Naturally Curly Hair Care
Be it hot oil massages, hair masks or natural rinses – there are a ton of different things that you can incorporate into your hair care routine to shower your curly hair with love. Here’s a few things that you can do:
- Hot oil massages: When it comes to choosing an oil to nourish your hair, the world is your oyster. Coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are just a few options that you can try out. Just leave the bottle of oil in a bowl of hot water or microwave the oil in a bowl for a few seconds to heat it up. Not only does massaging your curly hair with hot oil deep condition your hair and repair it from within, it also makes it more smooth, manageable and easy to detangle.
- Hair masks: Treating your curly hair to a hair mask once a week may seem like a chore to a few, especially when you are already oiling, washing, and conditioning your hair regularly. But a hair mask works wonders in repairing your hair, preventing it from getting damaged, and maintaining the definition of your curls. You could buy a hair mask from a drugstore (make sure to pick one that contains keratin) or DIY one at home (anything with eggs, bananas or yogurt works wonders.)
Washing Curly Hair
- Don’t wash your hair everyday: Some people grow up washing their hair every day and can find it hard to break that habit. But shampooing your hair every day can spell disaster for your curls as you are stretching them out and dehydrating them, ultimately making them lose their shape and damaging them.
- Use a mild shampoo: And by ‘mild’ I mean any shampoo that does not contain sulfates, silicone or parabens. All they do is coat your curly hair and block natural oils from penetrating you hair shaft in the name of adding shine. Instead, opt for natural shampoos.
- Use a microfiber towel: Terry cloth towels are great for drying your body but they do nothing but amp up your frizz and break your hair when drying your curls. So get yourself a microfiber towel that will be much gentler on your curls. An easier alternative to that is to use a cotton t-shirt.
Styling Tools and Products For Curly Hair
The great thing about curly hair is that once you’ve figured out what products and styling tools work best for you, you don’t need to change them for a long time. So here are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Use a wide toothed comb: Throw out your hair brush right away. Yes, I’m serious. Hair brushes do nothing but mess up your curls, rob them of their definition, and make them super frizzy. Use a wide toothed comb instead as it will eliminate all those problems, plus make your detangling process absolutely pain-free.
- Less is more: Be it a serum, gel, mousse, pomade or leave-in conditioner – try to use as less of the product as possible. Applying too much of any product will weigh your curls down and add buildup on your hair – which you definitely do not want.