One of the best things about having curly hair is its versatility. You can throw in some braids, pack them in a messy bun, or place them in a gorgeous brooch.
Moreover, you stand out in the crowd, and your hair is low maintenance. According to a survey by Style Caster, 58% of people think curly hair is sexier than straight. Besides your naturally curly hair means you'd rarely use a curling iron or hot rollers.
However, curly hair is wildly prone to frizz. It is different from other hair textures and requires more hydration and less washing. Most importantly, curly hair needs more patience than straighter hair types. For curly-haired ladies, soft, defined, frizz-free ringlets are the primary goal. But, how do you achieve the voluminous curls and avoid frizz? It is all about finding the best styling routine for your hair type.
With the following tips, you'll be able to rock your curls with style and confidence:
1. Define and Hydrate Curls
Each curly hair type has unique features that may require slightly different styling and care products. However, most wavy and curly hair requires special attention to get defined curls. The most common obstacle to getting those perfect curls is a lack of hydration, resulting in poofy, frizzy, and unruly hair. One of the ways to combat dryness is to have your moisturizing mist ready in a spray bottle for hair.
Once you give your curls the moisture they need, you're on your way to achieving perfectly defined curls.
Here are some tips to keep your curls defined:
- Use a nourishing shampoo with high-quality conditioners to help your curls retain moisture. But do this sparingly and every few days or less, depending on your hair texture.
- After a wash, dry your curls gently with a soft cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel.
- Air-dry your curls whenever possible to reduce heat damage.
- Use curl-defining products while your hair is still wet, raking your gel, mouse, or cream gently through your curls.
2. Trim Your Hair Regularly
Whether your ringlets are tame, wild, or loose, one way to avoid split ends is to trim them regularly. Trimming may sound counterintuitive when you are trying to grow your length. However, when you cut the ends of your hair, you are getting rid of some damage your hair might experience.
How do you know it is time for a trim? The ends of your hair might look frayed and not match the rest of your hair. Or you may notice that your hair feels weak or shabby.
You can take it slowly and trim it in intervals if you are not ready to cut big chunks at a go. But it is best to get it done. Not tackling split ends means they can travel up the hair and cause more damage. Trimming your hair helps promote hair growth, making the hair seem thicker, healthier, and shinier.
3. Protect Your Curls While You Sleep
Curls can lose their shape and definition while you sleep. You can avoid this by "pineappling". The pineapple technique entails creating a loose, high ponytail on top of your head (just like a loose bun). Then secure the bun with a soft hair band. This method arranges hair to prevent flattened curls, frizz, and knots as you lay on your bed at night. All you have to do in the morning is apply a curl-defining product to refresh your curls.
To make the most of the pineapple technique, use a silk pillowcase to reduce frizz-inducing friction. In addition, you can do a pre-bedtime 'refresh' with a conditioner or moisturizing cream to keep your curls hydrated while you sleep.
4. Comb Your Hair from Bottom to Top
Brushing your hair from top to bottom may result in breakage. Experts recommend starting from the bottom and working your way up. Pulling on your hair or starting at your roots can cause breakage. Instead, begin brushing mid-hair or a few inches from your ends. Remove your brush if it gets stuck, and begin again.
Combing your hair right decides the health and texture of your hair. If not done right, hair combing could lead to split ends, hair breakage, and hair fall. You could also use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to get knots out of each other. This would help ensure you don't disrupt the natural curl pattern as much as a brush.
5. Use the Right Curl Products
It all starts with getting the right products for your type of curls. And you can achieve this by figuring out your curl porosity. Your curl porosity determines your mane's ability to absorb moisture–oils, water, butter, etc.
- Low Porosity: Your hair cuticle is tight and hard to penetrate. This means product buildup and weighed-down hair.
- High Porosity: You have raised cuticles and absorb a ton of moisture but also have trouble retaining that moisture.
Curls with low porosity perform best with lightweight products and hair treatments. On the other hand, curls with hair porosity look their best when you apply butters, oils, and proteins to keep them healthy and moisturized.
Your curly hair can envy other ladies with the proper styling methods and care. Get the right products for your curl type. Keep your curls defined and hydrated constantly. You should also keep in mind to protect your curls when sleeping to prevent dryness and enable easy styling in the morning. In addition, deep condition regularly, trim slip ends, and comb your hair from the bottom up. With these tips, you will maintain healthy and shiny curls.