Curly haired girls, if you hate the unruly frizzy curl of your hair as I do, this post is just for you! We need to learn to embrace our curls, love them and rock them with confidence. Curly hair is not the same as unmanageable hair if you follow some simple rules to keep it healthy. If you have a hard time knowing how to tame them, then read on.
Brushing Curly Hair
When detangling your hair, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush to prevent breakage and preserve the shape of your curls. A normal brush will separate all the hair and make it look frizzy and messy.
When combing or brushing your hair, gradually move upward from the ends instead of starting at the roots. It’s much easier to comb through knots at the ends first. This is the same principle as for combing out backcombed hair and should be used at all times, not just to get rid of your big hair!
Moisturise Your Hair
Curly hair is naturally dry to begin with and is prone to frizz, as you probably know all too well! The key is to stay away from products with alcohol and sulfate in them as they will strip oils from your hair. It’s also a good idea to wash your hair less and take advantage of your natural oils. If you cant stay away from washing your hair every day, read on:
Deep Condition Before Your Shower
Before stepping into the shower, apply a deep conditioner to your hair, tuck it into a shower cap, and wash your body before washing your hair as normal. The steam from the shower will help the conditioner to work and to lock in moisture.
Mix a small amount of shampoo with a lot of conditioner to make your own cleansing conditioner, which gently washes while it deeply moisturises. Apply the mixture to the crown of your head and thoroughly massage it into your scalp, focusing on just the roots as this area is oilier and after a few minutes work it down to the ends. This will clean your hair without stripping all the natural oils, which causes dry, brittle hair.
To truly style hair and achieve the look you’re going for, straight or curly, you need product. You don’t have to go all out and spend lots of money on products however finding one that works for you is a must and you need some good basic products which you can rely on. I’ve personally used John Frieda’s Anti-Frizz Serum and have been happy with it however for my clients I use Tigi Catwalk Curlesque Defining Serum which is made for curly hair. It adds shine and softness and has a frizz-fighting formulation for beautiful curls. The defining serum provides light hold for your curls without overloading the hair.
Pinterest’s new favourite way to dry your hair. The towel might not be the actual problem, but the way you use it definitely will be! When you’re drying your hair straight from the shower don’t rub your hair as it will rough up the cuticles creating more frizz to deal with. Instead squeeze your hair dry. Instead of using a rough towel to dry your hair, try an old t-shirt to absorb the water (especially one of your boyfriend/husbands) Gently wrap the end of your hair in the shirt and squeeze out the excess water. You may also wrap your hair with a t-shirt and keep it up in a ‘turban’ for 20-30 minutes to let it soak up all of the water. The bottom line here is not to rub your hair dry.
Before you go to bed, tie your hair up into a high ponytail on top of your head. Make sure it is not too tight as it will cause a sore head and a ridge in your hair in the morning. Putting your hair in a high ponytail on the top of your head will help save your curls from the dreaded “bed head”. You may look silly going to bed, but you’ll wake up with naturally gorgeous curls.
Just so you know, you can’t try one or all of these things one time and expect the frizz to be gone and your hair to be totally fantastic. Develop a routine that works for you. Find the products that work best with your type of hair. Then do it consistently. Any beauty regime takes time to work; just stick with it and you will see results!
If you have any more tips on how to control unruly curly hair then please share them with us all by commenting below.
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