Love it or hate, we believe that curly hair is amazing only if you know how to take good care of it and style it properly. After all, no one like a bad hair day, especially when it comes to curls!
We have gathered a few tips and advises to help you take care of these bouncy locks, and hopefully it will help you make the best of your hair!
1. Shampoo less, or not at all
- The best way to shampoo curly hair is with a 100% sulfate free shampoo (like the "Living proof conditioning wash"). Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a harsh salt ingredient which is present in most shampoos on the market and is damaging to hair, and particularly to curls. If you have fine hair - cleanse your hair every other day; For thicker hair - you can easily go three or more days without wash.
- Your Curls need lots of moisture, so don't forget to hydrate, otherwise the hair could look frizzy and more tangled. We recommend "Co-washing" your hair - meaning washing your hair from time to time with conditioner rather than with shampoos. It might not lather and make you feel like your hair is clean, but it will give you bouncier, more glossy curls.
3. Condition is key
- The curlier the hair, the longer it take for natural oils to reach from the scalp to the ends, causing your mid-lengths to ends to appear dry and lifeless. Start in the shower by adding a good conditioner to your hair, and then add a Leave-in conditioner on damp hair after. Blend it with light texturising sprays for soft curls, and with mousse and styling creams for more defined curls.
4. Style your hair when it's wet, not dry
- Before you rush to dry your hair with your towel, stop! Apply your styling products before you even leave the shower (or once you squeeze some of the water out of your hair) and you will find that your hair will have less frizz and more manageable. Apply the products from your ends to roots, scrunch your hair or even finger twist it in big sections.
5. Lower alcohol based products
- Styling products which contain high levels of alcohol suck the moisture in your hair, dry it and give curls a crunchy, matty look. Hair sprays contain the most alcohol content, whilst mousses and gels have less. Try to use soluble gels and foamy mousses for hold, and if you want to wear your hair more casual, better to use creams for softness.
6. Don't bug you hair too much
- The more you try to mould your curly hair to shape, the more you disturb the cuticle of your hair, creating frizz. Cutting down friction is key to good styling so try to stop rubbing your hair with your towel, and instead blot dry it (preferably with a microfibre cloth (remember to apply your styling product first).
7. Diffuser anyone?
- Regular hairdryer nozzle shoots hair in one direction and focuses the air in one area, whilst a diffuser dries hair evenly for a fuller look. After applying your styling products (don't forget your heat protection), flip your head upside down, and diffuse your roots and mid-lengths (for best results we recommend you use medium heat and medium speed on your hairdryer). Once these areas are dry, diffuse your ends last, and only semi dry them, as they tend to be more damaged and look best if they are left to air dry.
8. Change your brush
- Bristles (natural or synthetic) tend to disturb your hair and the formation of your curls, and create more frizz. Start to break the tangled hair gently in the shower with your fingers, and brush the rest using a wide tooth comb (starting at the ends and going towards the roots).
9. Reduce the heat
- Curls that come a lot in contact with heat loose their spiral shape, and will become more limp with time. Try to reduce using heat on your hair to twice a week maximum, and use lower hear if you are using flat irons. If you notice your curls lost their bounce, avoid using heat for a while and use a conditioning mask to bring back your hairs elasticity and fullness.
10. Sleep in style
- Switch your pillow cases to silk, as cotton sucks moisture from your hair, causing frizz. Cotton fibers also tug on hair as you toss and turn. Silk pillowcase cuts on friction and keeps your hair smooth.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and that you found this information useful. If you have more tips for curly hair, feel free to share them with us.