Tips for Your Curly Hair
Curly hair is unique. It curves and bends and coils. Because of all the turns and twists, it can be delicate and fragile. And because of its curvy nature, the oils produced by the scalp to protect and soften strands have a harder time moving from top to bottom. As a result, curly people often experience low levels of moisture.
For people with naturally curly hair, the hair care regimen is entirely different. Here are some smart tips from the pros at Haair, for caring for all kinds of naturally curly hair.
Comb your curly hair with care and use seamless, snag-free combs. Don’t pull or rake. When detangling your curly hair after shampooing, use a wide-tooth comb and detangle smoothly, section by section. Always detangle your curls and as far as brushing goes just don’t. Brushing will wreak havoc on your curls by breaking up the hair strands and creating a frizzy mess. You also risk yanking the hair follicle out at the root or creating split ends or breaking it midshaft with a brush.
Turn Down the Hot Water
Washing your curly hair with hot water is a big no-no. Rinsing hair with warm water not only makes it rough and dry but also makes it prone to damage. A cold water shampoo or rinse even doesn’t go for the most pleasurable hair washing experience. However cold water will snap those cuticles shut, which in turn will lock in moisture, make your hair shinier and reduce frizz.
Embrace the Pre-Shampoo Treatment
Many curly people with delicate locks swear by the pre-shampoo hair care routine. Pre-shampooing is exactly what it says – steps performed before shampooing. It softens, detangles or conditions the hair before shampooing. It prevents roughness and damage during the shampooing, especially if hair is extremely tangled.
Use a conditioning oil or conditioner as a pre-shampoo treatment, and apply it to dry hair. Divide your curls into sections and work the conditioner or conditioning oil into your hair thoroughly, using your fingers to work the applicant in. Leave it on for at least 15-20 minutes and if your hair is super tangled, pop on a towel or plastic cap to help heat up your scalp, which will open up the cuticle of your hair strands and invite the applicant to penetrate more deeply.
Skip Daily Shampoos
Curly hair doesn’t need to be rinsed or shampooed as frequently as straight ones. Frequent shampooing can dry out thirsty curls and stress out delicate strands. However, conditioner is your best friend. Welcome your friend into the shower with you, even if you don’t shampoo your hair.
Wisely Choose Your Shampoo for Curly Hair
Think of your delicate curls as a fine cashmere sweater. You would not wash your cashmere with a harsh detergent, and you should not cleanse your curly hair with a harsh shampoo. Use a soft, mild shampoo like Science hair shampoo that is primarily designed for curly hair along with low-lather cleansing conditioner that will refresh your scalp and hair without stripping away of its natural oils and moisture. You can even go a step further and dilute your shampoos or conditioners with distilled water.