Curly hair is the envy of every woman who has straight hair, but straight hair tends to be the envy of all women who have curly hair. We can’t seem to win, really, but there are ways you can tame your curls just enough to make them look shiny, healthy, and beautiful without getting rid of them!
#1 Skip the Shampoo
Your typical shampoo has a lot of harsh chemicals, such as sulphate, that will strip your hair of the natural oils and moisture. These natural oils are not enough to keep your curls hydrated on their own, so why strip out even more of them? Dry hair means split ends and other damages to your hair. Textured hair or curly hair has a tendency to be drier than straight hair because the sebum doesn’t reach the ends of the hair easily. Therefore, you should use a conditioner that has a bit of cleanser in it to give your curly hair its vitality back.
#2 Humidify Your Home
Dry air and curly hair just don’t mix. They create frizz. While there’s not a lot you can do about the weather – we can’t humidify the world, after all – there is something you can do about your indoor environment at home. When you humidify the air in your home, you’re nourishing your curls and giving them back the moisture they so desire, which will help keep them nourished long enough to survive a shopping trip without frizz. So add a pot of water to your stovetop and put it on a low boil, or pick up a humidifier at your local department store.
#3 Use a T-shirt Instead of a Towel
If you’re someone who’s using a towel to dry their hair, then you’ll lose moisture. You already know this is the enemy for curly hair. So get rid of that absorbent towel and start using a cotton t-shirt instead, which will reduce the amount of frizz in your hair and will reduce your risk of damage. T-shirts are not as absorbent as towels, so gently squeeze the excess water from your hair before you dry with the towel. Do not twist your wet hair because this will cause damage. The t-shirt will remove just enough water to keep it from dripping, but it’ll leave behind enough moisture to nourish your hair.
#4 Use Satin Sheets and Pillow Cases
Satin sheets and pillow cases are the best materials to sleep on, no matter what your hair type is. However, they’re especially good for curly hair because cotton pillow cases and sheets will suck the moisture from your hair. If you wake up with dry hair in the morning, you’re going to have dry hair after you shower. When you sleep on a satin pillowcase, your hair will retain moisture, which will help reduce breakage and frizz.
#5 Stop Using Brushes
You should never, ever use a brush if you have curly hair. Not only are the bristles damaging to your delicate, damaged hair, but they do nothing to untangle the mess of curls. Rather than using a brush, try a wide-toothed comb or your fingers instead. However, before you do that, make sure you detangle any knots. Use a little oil to prevent breakage and then part your hair into sections. This allows the combing process to go much easier and distributes the oil from your scalp to your tips easily. When your hair’s ready to be combed, brush from the nape of the neck to the top of your head from root to tip.
#6 Don’t Touch Your Hair
You should avoid touching your hair as much as you can because this will separate your curls and lead to some unwanted frizz. While you most likely already know that, those who have straight hair and like to admire your hair might not know this and try to touch your curls without warning you. Honestly, no one has an answer as to how to handle a situation like this other than to tell someone to stop touching your hair, but that might not be appropriate at the moment. Then again, neither is touching your hair uninvited!
#7 Diffuse the Situation
There’s no need to use a hair dryer on a regular basis because blowing hot hair on your hair will make it frizz terribly. It will also dry out what’s already dried out. However, on those occasions where you don’t have the time to let it dry naturally, there’s a solution. It’s called a diffuser attachment for your hair dryer. Diffusers on hair dryers will minimize frizz by evenly distributing the heat throughout your hair. It will allow you to dry your hair quicker without disturbing your curl’s natural shape. When you use a diffuser, you should set your hair dryer to medium to keep it moving, so the air distributes evenly throughout the hair.
#8 Go Natural
If you love your curls just how they are, then they are going to love you in return. Stop using those expensive treatments, bleaches, straighteners, hair dryers, and styles and allow your hair to be what it’s naturally mean to be instead – curly. Once you let your curls grow longer and avoid destroying them with heat and hair care products that are harsh, your natural shine is going to be restored, and your curls will look healthy and beautiful. Listen to your hair and nourish it instead of damaging it.
#9 Try Gloss Sprays Instead Of Hairspray
Hairspray and mouse both have high alcohol contents that are very drying to your hair. If you have to use hairspray, try hair spray that’s made without alcohol. Finish your hairstyle by spritzing some gloss spray into your palm, rubbing this all of your hands, and then gently massaging it into the areas where you tend to get frizzy.
The bottom line is that you should be nice to your curls. You were blessed with beautiful hair that most people are envious of, so treat it nicely and allow it to shine in its natural state!