Unlike the straight hairs, curly hair will in most cases lack moisture and dries out easily making it difficult to maintain. Curl amount in the hair is usually influenced by hair follicles. Most of the people with curly hair will always have asymmetrical or oval follicles which are usually determined by the genetics.
In case you are planning to add more shine and bounce on your natural curls, here are important tricks you can use to take care of your curly hair.
Get the Right Conditioner and Shampoo
It is advisable that you get a conditioner or shampoo specifically designed for curly hair bundles. Get products like essential oils, sunflower oils, aloe vera, Shea butter, plant extracts, panthenol, keratin, etc.
Although you will not be washing your hair on a daily basis, whenever you do, always use a mild shampoo that contains gentle cleansing agents and conditioning agents.
In case you are having a curly or coarse hair, you can always consider using a pre-shampoo treatment. Negative to the popular belief, it is not only important that you condition after cleansing, you can always use a conditioner after or before you shampoo.
Curly and coarse hair is known to lose moisture fast. When you use a conditioner before shampooing, it will help in protecting the hair strands hence shampoo will not take natural oils from the hair.
Use the Right Comb or Brush
Curly hair is known to be brittle and dry and can easily break when brushed or combed. It is advisable that you always comb or brush your wet and wavy hairwhen in shower. This will help in preventing breakage. Always start by using a wide tooth comb to help in breaking up the knots. Thereafter, you can use the comb while the conditioner is still in the hair. This will make it easier and ensure the conditioner is able to coat all the strands.
Heat Styling the Curly Hair
A good number of the stylists will always recommend that you let the curly hair dry since using the blow dryer will always make it a bit frizzy and can even damage it.
Whenever you are interested in using a blow dryer, it is advisable that you use some type of heat protecting spray or treatment first. Always look for a spray that contains keratin or silicone to help in sealing cuticle or making it resistant to prevent heat damage.
Always avoid split ends
Avoiding split ends is quite difficult. There is no other way of fixing the split ends apart from cutting them off. One best way to avoid the split ends is by being gentle with the curly locks.
Ensure you avoid tying the hair into tight buns or ponytails. Always use combs having wide-tooth and stay away from the heat tools.
We hope you now know how well to take care of your naturally curly hair without damaging it. In case you encounter any challenges or not sure of what to do, feel free to consult a professional hair stylist.