Calling All Curly Girls: How to Keep Your Curly Hair Healthy and Happy
Women with textured hair understand that having curly hair is a bitter-sweet experience. First of all, you never know when you’re going to have a good hair day, so you just brace yourself for what new challenges your hair will throw you. Secondly, your hair controls you, as opposed to the other way round.
The truth is curly hair isn’t that big a challenge, if you know how to take care of it well. Almost 65% of the population has curly hair, including women and men. But there are very few products for curly hair and less awareness about embracing your natural hair. This discourages those of us who have the fiercest of manes to embrace curls in all their glory.
Here is a guide for you to keep all those kinks, curls, waves and coils happy, healthy and perfectly in place!
Ditch the sulfates and paraffin
Most shampoos and conditioners are made with harsh chemicals like sulfates and paraffin as well as alcohols that are also found in detergents and dishwashing liquids. The latter products are designed to wash out tough stains and oil off ceramic, imagine what they could be doing to your scalp.
They strip your hair of the nourishing and moisturizing oil it needs and make your hair dry and frizzy. Curly hair is generally drier and needs extra tender, love and care. Opt for hair products that cut down on these ingredients. Try going organic.
Experiment and find your own routine
The truth is, no two curly heads are the same. Different methods and products work for different people. A curly routine that works for you best friend may be making your hair limp, flat and lifeless. Don’t let this discourage you! Keep trying different tips and tricks to find what works best for you.
Use a detangler in the shower
Try to avoid brushing your hair as much as you can because that disturbs your curl patterns. Instead when you condition your hair in the shower, use a wide-toothed comb to untangle your hair. This also ensures that you spread the conditioner evenly onto your hair.
Best hair salons – Deep condition twice a week
No matter what you do, try not to starve your curls for moisture, because that’s how hair gets frizzy when the follicles open to grasp more moisture from the air. Deep conditioning treatments twice a week are mandatory to restore natural oils to your hair and quench thirsty follicles.
You can even ask your salon to offer deep heat treatments so your hair can absorb the conditioner even more. If your hair is super dry, deep condition twice a day so your hair bounces back to its healthy state as soon as possible.