Curly Hair Tips
While many naturally straight haired women yearn to have curly locks, those with those same curls sometimes feel like no matter what they do, their hair can never be controlled. The reality is, no matter if your hair is straight or curly, the secret to getting the hair you love is to learn how it works. There are certain things you should avoid if you want your hair to be beautifully curly and some things you should always do to keep those curls controlled. It's important to understand and love your hair, there's no point in always wanting the opposite. It doesn't matter if it's straight or curly; with the right tools, your hair will always look healthy and amazing.
-Do keep your curly hair well moisturized. Curly hair is naturally dry, so using an oil treatment like argan oil will make your curls pop and make your hair much more manageable. I usually apply argan oil to my towel dried, detangled hair. Comb it out to make sure it's spread evenly on your hair, scrunch your hair a bit with your hands, and allow it to air dry. My curls get a serious hydration boost and it leaves my curls defined and shiny.
-Do invest in high quality heat styling tools and heat protecting sprays. I prefer to allow my hair to air dry before using my trusty Victorya flat iron by ISA Professional. By making sure your tools are 100% ceramic (not those cheaper brands that only coat ceramic the plates), you allow the heat to be distributed evenly, avoiding any heat damage to your curly hair. If you prefer blow dryers, invest in a diffuser, which will protect your curls by distributing the hot air (instead of blasting it all over the place).
-Do sleep on a satin pillow sheet or use a satin sleep cap. Cotton can make your curls break out in frizz and leave your hair full of knots while you sleep. Another trick is to use a T-shirt (not a towel) to dry your hair. Get rid of as much water from your hair as you can in the shower, then gently pat your hair to avoid frizz and breakage.
-Don't use any products that contain silicone. While this may seem impossible, there are plenty of silicone-free hair products to choose from. Even though silicone makes your hair look shiny, its only working on the outer hair shaft. By using silicone products, you don't allow your hair to be completely moisturized, since silicone is a moisture barrier.
-Don't use a brush, stick to combing only. Curly hair is prone to breakage and damage so extra care is needed. Stick to using a wide tooth comb (this protects your curls even more). After you condition, detangle with it in the shower, it also helps fight off frizz!
-Don't forget to get your ends trimmed every 7 weeks. Even if you want to grow your curls out, this step is still important. This is because hair thrives and even grows quicker when you trim it. You will love your curls even more when you see the results of getting a little bit of hair cut off. If you're scared how you'll look afterwards, ask your stylist to trim it dry, not wet.