Every curly-haired gal knows that her biggest enemy to looking great is frizz. Maintaining a luscious head of curls can feel like a full-time job and one that comes without a manual! We’re here to share some of our tried and tested curly hair tips and tricks, so you can have perfect curls, every day.
Use Your Fingers
Curls tend to get tangled easier than straight hair – it’s just a fact of life. But taking a brush to those tangles can cause damage and breakage. Instead, try using your fingers to de-tangle hair. If you need a little extra help, work in a leave-in conditioner with your hands. This will help moisturize and loosen those pesky knots.
Brush from the Bottom Up
If you absolutely need assistance from a brush to get through those tangles, you should always brush from bottom up. This helps ensure that you aren’t pushing all the knots to the ends of your hair where you’ll most likely need to use force to break through a tangled ball. Also, never brush your hair when it’s dry nor soaking wet – that can cause frizz and breakage. Instead, wait until it’s just barely damp.
Air Dry to Prevent Frizz
If you’re not air drying your curly hair already, you really should be. Heat and movement are two key factors in creating a great ball of frizz atop your head. Air drying will allow your curls to maintain their natural shape and smoothness. If you are short on time, you can blast your hair with a diffuser to help dry it more quickly.
Try a Satin Pillowcase
Did you know that the fibers of certain fabrics can actually roughen up the hair shaft, causing more tangles and sapping its moisture? Try switching to a satin or silk pillowcase at night, which helps lock in the natural oils. You’ll feel like royalty and wake up looking like one too.
Don’t Over Shampoo or Under-Condition
We can’t overexpress how important moisture is to keep your curly hair looking and feeling great. Most hairstylists recommend washing your curls only once or twice a week. Washing more than that and you’re stripping the natural oils from hair that keep it looking smooth and shiny. After shampooing, you’ll want to make sure that you use a conditioner and a leave-in conditioner – really, you can’t over-moisturize with curls! You can even opt for a hydrating mask and serum once a week.
Get a Dry Cut
The length and texture of your hair are dramatically different when your hair is wet compared to dry. When you go in for a haircut, ask the stylist to do a dry cut. This will help them see the natural curl pattern of the hair and make sure they get the cut just right.