It can’t hurt to get tips on how to take care of our tresses and keep them moisturized. It may be difficult to find good tips with all the info that is out on the web now but I’m here to help ya! I came across eHow.com and their curly hair section a few weeks ago and was greatly impressed with it. I’m currently doing the Curly Girl Method but I just wanted to share some curly hair tricks they listed that are good sound tips on keeping our mane healthy.
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“Curly hair ranges from tight corkscrews to wavy locks. No matter the type of curly hair you have, taking care of it and using the right styling techniques can make a difference in how your hair looks each day. Curly hair is prone to frizzing, drying and becoming coarse when not cared for properly.
The stylist you choose needs to be familiar with curly hair, according to BeautySurvival.com. A stylist proficient in curly hair can advise you on styles and cuts that will work best with your hair type and face shape. A stylist familiar with curly hair can also provide you information on how to take care of your hair as well as point you in the direction of the best hair-care products. ehow.com
There are different types of curly hair, such as wavy, corkscrew and fine tendrils. Curly hair can also be thick, coarse or fine. To find the best type of products for your hair, you need to know your type of curl and type of hair. Purchase hair care products that are specifically designed for your type of hair and your type of curls to get the best results.” ehow.com
These are great tips but here are some that I’ve learned along the way:
Direct heat (flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers) are just too harsh on curly hair and we need to use them sparingly and with a heat protective spray. If you must blow dry your hair, make sure to use a diffuser. Diffusers are becoming more popular with curly girls as they realize the dangers of heat.
Diffusers are blow dryer attachments that disperse its airflow over a large area. This design allows the attachment to aid in drying without disturbing the curl pattern or causing frizz. The benefits of using a diffuser includes: maximized shine, decreased frizz, enhanced curls, increased volume, minimized heat exposure and, most importantly, hair that is dried quickly but gently.
I know you all love videos to get a better picture on what a technique requires so I’m sharing a diffuser video by Hermela Solomon. She’s got a looser curl texture and will be using a slightly different technique than a curly girl with a tighter texture. She has a ton of hair so watch her get serious volume and curl definition with her diffusing routine.
LiveNaturallyLove shares a wonderful DEFINED Wash and go on 4C/4B Natural Hair with the aid of a diffuser. She uses a shingling routine and helps to dry her hair with her blow dryer and diffuser. Now, this is just one technique but a popular one and will get your hair dry quicker.
Our curls, kinks and coils are delicate and need moisture to stay hydrated and frizz-free. That requires not stripping hair of all it’s natural oils and moisture by over-washing with harsh shampoos. Yes, we need to shampoo with a clarifying shampoo from time to time but more often than not, a simple cowash is all you need to properly cleanse your hair. I cowash most of the time and use a clarifying shampoo on the 3rd or 4th wash cycle. This keeps my moisture in and dirt out.
If you are installing all of the other tips and not THIS one, you are doing your hair a huge disservice. How you care for your hair while you sleep is crucial to keeping it frizz-free and moisturized. While you sleep, your hair can tangle, which promotes breakage. Cotton pillowcases also cause your hair to catch, twist, and break as you toss and turn throughout the night.
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Satin or silk pillowcases have much finer textures that are smoother against the hair strands. Even if you sleep with a satin bonnet or cap, know that a a satin or silk pillowcase will ensure your hair is safe even if those bad boys slip off during sleep.
These tips are excellent for every textured curly girl so make sure to do them all and let me know below which ones you are already doing! Give it a try Naturals!
Take care Naturals,