The Best Care Tips For Curly Hairs
How you take care of your curly hair depends on the genic hair you have, your lifestyle, and how you maintenance your curly hair. Curly hair is envied by many but is all too often scorned by those who were born with it. Curly girls frequently go to great lengths to smooth and straighten their hair, while those born with pin-straight locks spend a lot of money trying to get those gorgeous curls.
When you have curly hair, you need to look after it properly to stop it getting dry and frizzy. If you have the patience then you can blow dry it straight everyday, and/or use straightening irons on it, but if you do this then you have to take special care to keep your hair well conditioned and protect it from the heat. Caring for your curly hair will bring out the best in it; just keep in mind a few basics as we show you how to care for curly hair:
Common Curl Types:
Afro: The most fragile curl type, Afro curls have fewer cuticles in the hair shaft and are more prone to damage. The curls are very tight, coiled curls that cause the strand to have an almost wire like appearance.
Botticelli: This curl type is “S” shaped in appearance and will vary in size. Botticelli curls fall flat and form in hair that usually has a fine to medium texture.
Corkscrew: Have the appearance of small, tightly wound, coils. People with corkscrew curls generally tend to have hair that is frizzy and dry and will find it hard to get the curls to lie flat.
Wavy: These are the loosest curls and may appear more wavy than curly. Humid weather will automatically frizz wavy curls.
Common Curl Patterns:
Curly: In short hair these classic looking curls will form tight spirals. In longer hair the curl will transform into longer spirals that are loose in appearance. A curly curl pattern usually comes with lots of volume.
Loose: The trademarks with loose curls are slight waves that look straighter when the hair is cut short and curlier when the hair is grown into a long style. The curl of loose patterns is less defined than with other curl patterns.
Kinky: Kinky curls are usually tight ringlets that come in a firmly coiled shape that may look like an S or a Z when pulled straight. A kinky curl pattern is very fragile and more prone to dryness and damage.
Common Curl Textures:
Coarse: A coarse curl texture will keep hair free of moisture and frizz, but is usually found on straighter curls that don’t actually hold the curl that well.
Fine: Although a head full of thick curls may actually appear to be a coarse curl texture, most naturally curly hair types have a fine hair texture and will benefit from using lightweight products when trying to care for the curls.
Things You’ll Need:
- Curling mousse or gel
- Wide-toothed comb
Curly Hair Care Tips:
- Limit shampooing your hair to no more than twice a week., shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils.
- Use a conditioner every time after you shampoo to re-moisturize your hair.
- Use a leave-in conditioner on your hair daily or every other day.
- Use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically geared towards curly hair.
- Avoid using narrow toothed combs and brushes, use wide-toothed combs instead which has less of a tendency to cause breakage and frizzing.
- To detangle your hair, in the shower start with your hair moist and conditioned (which will protect it from breakage), use your fingers to begin the untangling then finish with a wide toothed comb starting from the end going up finishing at the root of the hair. Then rinse your head with water and try to retain half of the conditioner in your hair. If you try to detangle your hair when it’s dry, you will cause it to frizz.
- Let your hair aid dry to reduce frizzing, avoid brushing and using a towel to dry your hair. If you need to your hair to dry quickly, blot your hair with a towel, but do not rub it.
- Deep condition your hair once a month or more to re-moisturize your scalp and hair.
- Use a small amount of styling product with moisturizing ingredient(s) in it to keep your hair from frizzing when your hair is still slightly moist and gently style with your finger. Apply the styling one section so that it is equally distributed.
- Avoid playing with your hair or touching it as much as possible, the more friction that occurs on your hair will cause it to tangle and/or frizz.
- If you’ve been straightening your hair for a long time now, and you want to go curly, the first time you try to go curly will look weird (and maybe bushy, at that). It takes a couple of weeks for your hair to adjust from being fried everyday to moisturized. The time in between may seem horrible, but stick it out and they will look amazing in the end.
- Every head of curly hair has different needs and you’ll have to experiment to find the right products and routine for you.
- Ingredients in both deep moisturizing conditioners and frizz fighting products can cause acne in those prone to it.