Pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to maintain your curly locks? Fret not, we’ve got tips and tricks right here!
Can we just fangirl over her gorgeous locks?
Curly hair may look incredible but let’s get real here, it takes a village to maintain to have them look good. Whether your hair is wavy, curly, or somewhere in between, there are a few things you need to keep in mind for a frizz-free life. Different curl patterns need different styling and maintenance routines. Here are some tips to help you tame the mane.
- Use a sulfate-free shampoo
Most shampoos are a combo of salt and detergent, which can be too harsh for curly hair. A sulfate-free shampoo has conditioning agents that conditions as it cleanses.
- Deep condition before showering
Curly hair is synonymous with frizz and dryness. Deep conditioning helps add moisture to your hair whilst reducing frizz. Slather it on before entering the shower and tuck you hair in a shower cap. The steam from the shower opens the hair shaft allowing the conditioner to absorb into your locks.
- Use a T-shirt instead of a towel
Drying your hair with your towel causes friction, resulting in tangles and frizz (and we don’t need any more of that!). So, switch up your towel for a T-shirt. A cotton one is much gentler as it absorbs water while smoothing your curls and prevents them from getting matted.
- Style the hair when it’s dripping wet
Avoid frizz and that sticky after-feeling after applying a styling product by raking your hands through your hair from roots to end and scrunch upwards while it is still wet. The water helps break down the products and evenly coat the hair so you don’t find a patch that is crunchy.
- Use a diffuser
We would recommend air-drying curly hair, but when you’re rushing (like most of us), use a diffuser. A standard blow-dryer creates strong wind that can lead to frizzy and tangled tresses. With a diffuser, it reduces and disperses the air focusing around the curls. The shape of the diffuser makes it easier to cup your coils as they dry without disturbing your curl pattern.
- Use a hair serum to reduce the ‘crunch’
After applying hair styling products (whether it’s a mousse, cream, or gel), it can result in crunchy curls. To reduce this, use a dollop of hair oil or serum, scrunch upwards and evenly distribute it onto the hair to reduce the ‘crunchiness’ and increase shine.
- Pineapple trick
‘Pineappling’ is a technique where the hair is loosely gathered at the top of the head before sleeping. It protects the curl pattern as you sleep while staying voluminous. It even prevents frizz! Here’s a video on how to achieve the pineapple hair: