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How to Take Care of Your Naturally Curly Hair

There are 14 hair types each with a unique look and feel.

While curly hair is gorgeous, taking care of naturally curly hair requires some extra work and patience.

However, by trying out a few hair care tips, you can pick what works best for your lifestyle and hair. These can then form your care routine.

The following are ten tips to help you keep your naturally curly hair in tip-top shape.

1. Dry It Differently
While people with straight hair can get away with blow drying it, you should probably stay away from the drier.

How should you dry your hair instead? If you are not pressed for time, you can let it air-dry slowly. Alternatively, you can use a soft towel to dry chunks of it at a time.

Frequently blow drying hair can damage it and its natural coils. If you absolutely have to blow dry it, cover it with a heat protectant first.

Many curly-haired women also swear by a cotton t-shirt. This is gentler on the hair and allows the hair to retain some moisture after a wash.

2. Detangle
You already know that curly hair can get quite tangled after a wash.

Before combing out your hair, use your fingers to detangle and take out all kinks and knots.

You can also use an excellent nourishing detangler to aid the process. Once you have all knots out, you can use a wide comb to comb through before using a finer one if need be.

Do not attempt to use a brush on your head. This is sure to weaken or damage it.

3. Hydrate
This is one beauty step that is vital for most hair types.

Hydrating your tresses improves its elasticity and prevents breakage. Arm yourself with a good moisturizer and ensure to use it more in between seasons when most hair damage occurs.

Go for heavier oils during winter to ensure your hair is adequately sealed from the elements. For the summer, however, you can do well with lightweight oils.

Natural humectants can also help keep your hair moisturized year-round.

4. Trim Your Ends
Frayed ends stop hair from growing. They also look bad and affect the overall health of your tresses.

Aside from cutting them off, ensure to give a little more extra care to your hair ends by moisturizing them year round.

This smoothens them out and deters damage.

As a rule of thumb, you should trim your ends once every three months. However, you can trim them in between if need be.

5. Use a Sulfate Free Shampoo
Have you ever wondered what shampoos add or take from your hair? The most common chemicals you will find in these products are surfactants.

The more common ones being sodium laureate sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate.
These compounds create a lot of foam but are not suitable for your hair type.

SLS shampoos can irritate your scalp, weaken your hair and even leave your hair dry and dull over time. It is therefore in your best interest to opt for natural or SLS free shampoos as much as you can.

6. Pre-shampoo
Pre-shampooing is becoming increasingly popular and can be especially beneficial for curly hair.

It detangles, conditions, and softens the hair before a full wet wash. This prevents damage while shampooing, more so if the hair is snarled or detangled.

Use conditioning oil or a hair conditioner and apply it in sections from roots to the ends. You can leave it on for about half an hour before shampooing.

After shampooing, your hair will tangle and frizz-less; this lessens the amount of damage that can occur.

Deep condition your hair occasionally as well. Depending on its overall health, you can do this once a week to once every two weeks.

There are many deep conditioning products in the market. However, not all of them work well.

Read more here to know what you should go for.

7. Do Not Shampoo Daily
Often, curly hair tends to be drier than straight hair.

Shampooing every day tends to dry out your hair even more. A better option is to skip the shampoo.

Wash your tresses with plain water, before conditioning, moisturizing and styling as required.
Pick a conditioner that provides a good balance of moisture and protein.

While most people with curly hair also have dry hair, there are exceptions to the rule.

Some people do have curly oily hair. In this case, it's okay to shampoo as often as is necessary to ensure your hair is not too greasy.

Try out different non-shampooing periods to find a balance that will work best for you.

8. Wash Your Hair in Sections
Piling your hair on top of your head and massaging it with shampoo encourages tangling.

Try sectioning off your hair and washing each section individually before clipping it.

You can then do a final cold water rinse. This closes hair cuticles, sealing in moisture, reducing frizz and making the hair shinier.

9. Go the Satin Way If you Have Naturally Curly Hair
How do you wear your hair in bed? Cotton pillowcases deliver unwarranted friction with your hair for hours on end, each night.

This can cause frizzing and tangling.

Sleeping on satin pillowcases, or wrapping your hair in a satin hair bonnet can protect your curls and keep your curls intact.

10. Hair Food
Your hair is going to reflect what your overall health is on the inside.

If you are keen on your looks, you will want to eat foods known to aid hair health, and that facilitate long, luscious locks.

Pump your diet with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low dairy, and lean protein. Do not skimp on water and fruit and vegetable juices as well.

Flaunt Your Hair
These tips will help you take better care of your naturally curly hair. Remember to moisturize, avoid harsh products, go for nutrient-rich, and fill your diet with pro-hair foods.

Most people forget is that hair can be affected by weather elements. Sun, rain, cold weather and strong wind can wreak havoc on your hair. You therefore must take an active role in protecting it.
Hungry for more beauty and wellness tips? Check out our blog.


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