Curls are a world of a difference. If you have curly hair, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Every day it's a gamble; how will my curls turn out today? It's more stressful than a game of poker, trust me! For years I didn't know how to cope with my curls and therefore a flat iron was my best friend. I think this sounds familiar too for most curly ladies. Today I share some of my tips to handle your beautiful curls!
Seven years ago when I went to the hairdresser. My hair was dead, gone, terrible, because of straightening. I cut my long hair (it reached my butt) into.... an afro! I almost lost my natural curl because of straightening and I'm so glad I cut my hair back then! Since then I embrace my curls and I love them more than ever! Especially since I know how to handle the stubborn curl.
It came to my notice that there are a lot of posts about hair on most blogs, but little about curls. I mean real curls and not wavy hair. Here are a few tips to keep your curls beautiful, healthy and (almost) frizz free. Most of these tips work for wavy hair too.
- Use hair products for curls or dry hair. Sounds logical, but not everyone does this. Use a shampoo and conditioner especially for curly hair.
- In my opinion this is the most important tip. When your hair is dry: DO NOT COMB!!! Unless you want to have a cotton candy hairdo, that's up to you, you know.. Detangle your hair in the shower when you put a conditioner in it. If you really want to detangle it when it's dry, use your fingers.
- Moisturize your hair! Use a cream or a light oil for your hair, before you style it. Curly hair is very dry and it needs to be moisturized.
- Try not to use a gel, unless it's especially for curly hair. A gel dries out your hair. Mousse too, but not that bad as a gel. It's better to use a cream or light oil/serum. Scrunch your hair for extra volume and better development of your curl.
- When you want to use a mousse, use one for curly hair. For extra volume, put the mousse in your hair while holding your head upside down. And again, scrunch your hair.
- Let your hair air dry. If you're in a hurry, you can blowdry it with a diffuser, with cold air.
- Washing your hair every day is not a good idea in any case, but with curls it's a big no no. Your hair will get dry, while it's already a dry hair type. I've noticed this myself. It's best to wash your curls once a week. When you want to style your hair, just make it wet and put just a little product in it. There's already product in your hair from last time you styled it!
- A hair mask once a week does miracles to your hair! I use an all natural hair mask: olive oil! The results are amazing afterwards. Put some olive oil in your hair. If your hair get greasy easily, avoid scalp. If not, use it on your scalp, because olive oil does miracles to dry and damaged skin (and hair). I bet your scalp can use some hydration and nutrition! Let the olive oil in your hair for at least a half hour. Tip when you want to wash it out: put shampoo on your hair, before you wet your hair. Shampoo it for two or three times. You can also shampoo it once and leave a little olive oil in your hair. I can do a post about this olive oil mask later on, if you want to.
- Cut your hair in layers to have beautiful, bouncy curls. Go to an ethnic hairdresser who knows how to deal with curly hair.
- Last but not least: take good care of your hair. Curls need more attention and more love than straight hair.