Curly hair has a reputation for being difficult to care for – and if you’ve got curls, you know exactly why that is.
It is legitimately hard to deal with.
That’s because curly hair is drier than other hair types, is prone to big time frizz, gets tangled easily, and can suffer from major breakage and split ends.
But curls are also seriously beautiful – they give your hair extra volume and bounce, and can definitely stand out a little more than straight locks.
The key to enjoying curly tresses is knowing the proper way to care for them – because if you treat your curls well, you’ll definitely have more good hair days than bad.
Don’t Shampoo Too Often
Curly hair tends to be on the dry side, and washing it too often can leave it frizzy and brittle because shampoo strips the scalp of its natural oils. Try to go as long as you can between shampoos – every other day is a good start, but every second or third day is even better. If your hair starts to look a little greasy at the roots, try a dry shampoo like the DevaCurl No-Poo Quick Cleanser to refresh your hair between washes.
When you do shampoo, opt for a moisturizing formula such as the Oudiad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo. Focus the shampoo at your roots where hair gets its oiliest to prevent drying out your curls. Just before you’re about to rinse, work the shampoo through the ends to make sure all of your hair is clean.
Condition, Condition, Condition
Because it’s dry, curly hair requires regular conditioning – so always condition your locks after washing them. Curly locks tend to get tangled and knotted easily too, and the right conditioner can help detangle your hair so it’s easier to comb out afterward. Choose a formula designed for curly hair like the John Freida Frizz-Ease Curl Around Daily Conditioner, which can help fight frizz. To avoid weighing down your curls, though, apply the conditioner only to the ends of your hair. Let it sit on your locks for several minutes to allow it to fully penetrate the hair shaft to ensure that your curls get the most moisture possible.
Ditch The Brush
When you have curly hair, a brush can be the enemy. That’s because the bristles can snag your hair, causing frizz and breakage. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet to detangle more gently. If your hair is difficult to comb out, try a detangling spray like the DevaCurl No-Comb Detangling Spray to make the comb go through your curls more easily.
While styling tools like a blow dryer and flat iron are sometimes necessary, the heat that they generate can dry out your curls and lead to frizz. Always apply a heat protectant to your hair before using a heated styling tool. Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Setting Foam is an ideal option for curly locks. If possible, though, allow your curls to dry naturally – and when you do blow dry your hair, use a diffuser attachment and the low setting to protect your curls.
Even if you treat your curly hair with plenty of TLC, unsightly frizz may crop up from time to time, particularly when the weather is dry and cold. To keep your curls smooth and shiny, incorporate an anti-frizz serum into your hair care routine. Apply it to wet hair, avoiding the roots but making sure to coat the rest of your tresses. The John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Six Effects + Serum works well to keep frizz at bay in curly hair.