Curls can be unpredictable and difficult to control, and there are days when your wild curls probably feel less than enviable. Below, you’ll find simple tips that will keep your waves and curls looking shiny and strong!
Time Your Washes
Curly girls with thinner hair may want to wash their hair often, because the hair can get greasy and weighed down after a few days, while those of us with thicker hair can probably last a few more days. But it’s recommended everyone wash their hair at least once a week, not only because your curls will probably be ready for a revamp by then, but also because it’s important to take care of them.
When your hair goes through a dry or dull phase, what you don’t want to do is weigh it down with a ton of product. Simply use your fingertips to apply a dime-size blob of styling cream or oil to your ends (wet or dry hair is fine!), giving them extra moisture and bounce. If you — like most curly girls! — find that your curls are routinely looking dried-out or frizzy toward the ends, you should probably incorporate a leave-in conditioner into your product cocktail.
Wrap Before Bed
It might seem a little high maintenance, but protecting your hair while you sleep is actually a crucial step in caring for your textured hair. No matter how expensive your sheets may be, their cotton fabric is still far too harsh on your delicate strands. Cotton also soaks up your hair’s natural oils while you sleep, depleting your strands of their moisture. To combat this, try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf or sleeping on a silk pillowcase, which will help preserve your curl pattern and reduce the amount of friction they’re exposed to throughout the night.
Your curls will hold their shape best if you apply styling products to damp hair then air dry or blow-dry with a diffuser. A diffuser attachment will ensure your curls will dry in perfectly separated spirals.
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