Curly hair is prone to tangling if not taken care of well. Where straight hair can be a breeze (especially while washing) curled hair has a tendency towards complex twining leading to difficult brushing and resultant pulling of hair. It is imperative to take care when you wash, condition and style your curly hair. At the outset, it is advisable to use products that retain moisture in your hair.
Tips to take care of your curly hair:
Washing: Curly hair can damage easily because it is likely to dry up pretty fast. It is best to purchase shampoos that contain milder ingredients and do not stress the hair. Purchase shampoos that are meant for dry and damaged hair or a similar formula.
Shampooing: Shampooing your hair more than twice a week can be detrimental because it leaves hair looking frizzy. Post the shampoo routine, brush hair gently to untangle it.
Conditioning: Curly hair requires regular conditioning due to its dry nature. Without the usage of shampoo, use just the conditioner to replenish the lost moisture in your hair. Stay away from silicone-based ingredients and products that can harm your hair. Deep conditioning your dry, frizzy, curly hair to recharge it with moisture.
The conditioning process:
Drying your hair: Use a lighter material rather than a rough towel to dry your hair. The towel can cause irritation and frizz. Just dab your hair dry with a soft material.
Hair styling: Diffusers reduce the hair’s exposure to heat when you blow dry it. With the use of protectants, you can style your curls the way you want. Blow dryers should also be used at lower settings and avoid drying out hair completely. It is also recommended to limit the number of times you blow dry the hair.
Detangling curly hair: You can either use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair. Regular brushes and paddle brushing can lead to split ends and breakage of hair.
Styling with a flat iron: Low heat settings on a flat iron can, to some extent, retain the health of hair. High heat settings greater than 400 degrees can make your hair limp. You might even want to avoid flat iron treatments since they can drastically harm curly hair.
To style your hair, use hair gels and adding a small amount of anti-frizz serum can also help.