Curly hair may be voluminous and glamorous but it also needs a lot of extra attention.
Do your friends envy you for your curly hair? Only you know that it’s not so easy managing your mane, especially on days when your hair looks like hay! Here are some great ideas that help you make the most of your naturally curly hair.
1. Conditioner is supreme!
To make sure your hair stays as smooth as it can, you have to use conditioner every time after you shampoo. The ends of curly hair often stay depleted of natural oils found at your scalp. This will give nourishment to your hair. For best results, use a leave-in conditioner like L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5 Leave-in Conditioner.
2. Use a soft towel
Curly hair is more likely to break and get frizzy after washing. And tying your hair in a thicktowel does more harm. Squeeze out water from your hair using your hands and loosely wrap them in a soft and thin towel or maybe even an old T-shirt.
3. Don’t use hair brushes
Leave the hair brushes for those girls with fine and limp hair. When you use brushes on curly hair, it only creates static energy and builds frizz. Use your fingers to comb through them or opt for a wide-tooth comb.
4. Try a blow dryer with diffuser attachment
Do you use a blow dryer every day? Try and avoid it as much as you can as it dries out hair, especially at the ends. If your lifestyle is such that you can’t do without it, buy a dryer with a diffuser attachment. Diffusers spread the hot air over a larger area than the nozzles of dryers. Your hair stays safe and there is little or frizz to worry about.
5. Detangle correctly
With curly hair it is important to detangle at the right time. The best time is when the hair is wet or half-wet. When you run a wide-tooth comb through dry hair, you struggle more and cause more breakage. And if your hair really tangles up, use a detanglerlike Himalaya Herbals Hair Detangler& Conditioner.
6. Go for hair masks
Thenumber onereason for curly hair looking awful is lack of moisture. Once a week take the time to really nourish your hair with a good hair mask like Iraya Cream Hair Masque For Shine. Or you can try a homemade mask with 2 tbsp of yoghurt and 1 tbsp or olive or almond oil.
7. Shampoo with cold water
Apart from dryness, lack of shine and dullness are another problem for those with curly hair. If you want your hair to shine, use cold water to shampoo and rinse your hair. In winters, stick to lukewarm water. Avoid hot water as it makes hair look very dull.
8. Insist on a dry cut
Your hair looks so nice when it has just been cut by the hairstylist. But the next morning when you wash your hair you can’t even tell you had a haircut. This is because most salons and parlourscut hair when it is wet—it works for straight hair but not for wavy and curly hair. Each section of hair has a particular way of falling—some are tightly curled and others have loose curls. Ask for a dry cut so that the stylist works with the natural shape of your hair.
9. Sleep on silk or satin
Hair strands tend to get stuck in cotton pillow covers and break when you are sleeping. They also absorb the hair’s natural oils and moisture, leaving them dry. Silk or satinpillow covers are a much safer option as it keeps the breakage in control and you don’t wake up with frizz or dryness.
10. Colour safely
Curly hair is more fragile and does not react well to bleach and peroxide-based hair colour. Consult the hair colour expert and ask for ammonia and peroxide-free colour. A semi-permanent gloss is a good idea as well. At home, use a conditioning or organic hair colour system.