Not all of us are blessed with natural curls. But those, who are, know very well that it is not easy to manage a thick crop of bouncy curls. In fact, dry, frizzy, lifeless and boring are some of the adjectives they regularly use to define their hair. Also, they are only too familiar with the term “bad hair days”. Sounds nightmarish right?!
If you too belong to the category of people with curly hair and feel that maintain it is a challenge, then here are some of the ways you can show your curly tresses some love.
Don’t shampoo too often
Shampooing frequently takes a toll on all hair types, especially curly hair.
The harsh chemicals in shampoos (such as sulphates and parabens) strip curly hair of its natural oil, making it rough and brittle.
The solution is to shampoo only when it is absolutely necessary, such as when there is too much product-buildup or when you want your hair to be squeaky clean and devoid of dirt and dust.
Co-wash your hair
As an alternative to shampooing your hair, you can opt for co-cleansing or conditioner cleansing. It not only cleans your hair, but also softens and makes the curls easily manageable.
Those of you who are not familiar with the whole concept of co-washing, let me tell you that it is similar to shampooing your hair, minus the shampoo!
All you need to do is buy co-washing product and follow these steps:
Wet your hair with water to loosen up dust and dirt particles or any kind of product buildup. This makes it easier to rinse them out and distribution of the conditioner.
Take enough conditioner in your palm, which will coat the strands from the root to the tip. Apply it evenly on your hair and scalp, massaging gently.
Leave it for a few minutes and rinse it off.
You will be able to see a significant change in your hair when you follow a co-washing regime on a regular basis.
Aim for a clean scalp
A clean scalp is the key to healthy hair irrespective of your hair type. An unclean scalp can lead to many hair woes ranging from dry scalp to dandruff. Therefore, ensure that your scalp is squeaky clean and devoid of product residue or debris.
In case you do have dandruff on your hair and have no way to control it, you can give D’free lotion a try. Apply the anti-dandruff lotion, leave it overnight and rinse it off with a mild shampoo. This effective treatment will work wonders and give you dandruff-free hair instantly!
Switch to T-shirt from Towel
Did you know that you can avoid frizzy hair with an old T-shirt? Laugh if you may, but it is very much true that a T-shirt is all you need to tame your unruly hair and say goodbye to frizz.
The explanation is quite simple.
Your regular towel has grooves and when you rub your hair dry using it, the cuticles become aggravated. It absorbs all the moisture from the hair and creates frizz. Even patting the hair dry gently with a towel doesn’t help taming the frizz.
A soft cotton T-shirt comes to your rescue as it only absorbs the excess water and lets your hair retain most of the moisture and doesn’t cause frizz. Wrap it in a T-shirt and when your hair dries out, you will be left with beautiful curls that you’d love to flaunt!
Just make sure that you don’t twist the T-shirt too much or aggressively dry out your hair.
Get rid of all the brushes
Applying the best products and following every rule in the book to manage your curls go for a toss when you use a hairbrush on your curls, especially when the hair is wet. The hair will break easily as an after-effect and have split-ends.
Instead, opt for a wide-toothed comb, which can easily untangle your curls and doesn’t affect the natural bounce. Try using the comb at the shower right after applying conditioner. Alternately, you can just run your fingers through your hair gently when they are still wet. This will help you avoid making a ‘nest’ or a frizzy mess of your hair.
If your hair is dry and you want the curls to be more defined, tame the flyaways by spraying water-based spray that can effectively detangle them and then use a wide toothed comb. In the end, scrunch your hair a bit and let it dry. You’ll end up with beautiful curls within no time.
Don’t blindly follow trends
It is always tempting to look at the latest celebrity hairstyles or DIY hairstyle videos and wish to do the same to your hair. For instance, one day you’ll feel like trying an Ombre hair color and the next day, you’ll want poker straight hair or get a pixie cut or get it all dyed in pink just because it’s the trend.
This is wrong on so many levels. You can either end up damaging your natural curls or end up getting a hairstyle you may regret right after you step out of the salon.
Therefore, first, pause and think about choosing the best salon, where you can consult a stylist who can give you the best advice. Second, choose hair products very wisely as not all of them will suit your hair type. This holds true especially for hair colors and hair dyes. And third, you should know that curly hair shrinks after a haircut and so, you need to know exactly how much hair you want to chop off and get the desired length and look.
These basic steps will help you cause without compromising on the style aspect.
Whether you have wavy hair, corkscrew curls or loose curls, you can protect them and keep them out of harm’s way by following these points. Do you have any other tips that works magic on curly mane? Do share them with us!
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