Curly hair is a gorgeous crown of unique twists and twirls that requires love and knowledge to let it shine. Unfortunately, most hair care tips in the beauty industry is given with straight or wavy hair in mind, which can go beyond being useless to actually causing damage to those of us with different hair types.
I’ve had a bittersweet relationship with my hair ever since I can remember; the only times I thought about my hair while growing up was to wish it was straight and thinner. Being older and (still) learning to embrace my own beauty has led me to confront the issues I had with my thick curly hair. I still have days where it feels like a chore, but those are fewer and farther between now that I’ve really learned what my hair needs. Below I’m sharing the super important, game changing curly hair care tips I’ve accumulated over years of trying to be friends not enemies with my hair.
1. Only detangle your hair when it’s wet and thoroughly soaked in conditioner.
2. Switch to silk pillow cases to reduce breakage, frizz and tangles.
3. Don’t over wash your hair. Curly hair doesn’t get oily as fast as straight hair and washing it too often won’t allow the oils to moisturize your hair, drying it out.
4. Stock up on moisturizing products and apply them often and liberally – the key to keeping curly hair gorgeous is plenty of hydration. Some of my favorite are Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner, this Macadamia Oil treatment and just straight up coconut oil.
5. Use a deep moisturizing mask at least once a week or every other week (I try to use one every time I wash my hair). Something like Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque, this Argan Oil Deep Conditioning treatment or just rub coconut oil into your hair and let it soak in for an hour or two.
6. Reduce how often you heat style your hair. Straightening your hair and generally using heat on it not only damages your hair, it also breaks down your curl pattern, making it harder to have those perfect coils we’re trying to achieve.
7. Start taking a biotin supplement; just pick up a bottle from the store. Most of these specifically-made-for-hair supplements actually contain less biotin than the store bought versions but are more expensive.
8. Make sure you’re getting healthy fats like omega 3s from foods like avocados and flax seeds.
9. Use scrunchies if you tie up your hair; not rubber bands or small tight bands, they’ll break your hair more easily.
10. Get the ends of your hair trimmed about every 3 months. This doesn’t make it grow faster as some people believe, but what it does accomplish is preventing your hair from becoming more damaged by letting the split ends continue rising up your hair follicles.
11. When using hair products, keep in mind some oils moisturize, others seal the hair follicle, keeping that moisture in. So moisturizing oils first (like coconut and avocado oil), followed by sealing oils (like jojoba and grapeseed oil) to lock in the moisture.
Give these hair tips a try and let me know how they work out for you! Introducing these steps into my hair care regiment has made a huuuge change in the look and feel of my hair so I know they’ll be helpful for you. If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments! I’m curious to know what everyone does with their hair for sleeping; bun, braid, bonnet? Let me know in the comments.