Taking Care of A Curly Hair - Your Ultimate Routine
Curly hair is gorgeous, and it gives you an extra edge that the natural straight hair does not have the ability or capacity to do. Many women love having curls because they spice up their look. Since more women are going the curly way, they always wonder about the best routine to help them take better care of their curls. They have tried different routines but did not get the best results.
In this article, we will cover the best curly hair routine for you to try. Other than that, we will look at some of the basic things that you should not be doing yet you are doing them. We will also look at some good practices as well as some healthy products that you can use for your curls.
With the information that you will receive, you will be able to take care of your curly extensions with ease and have the best results always. Since human hair is easier to work with, you can rest be assured that nothing will escape you.
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Types of curly hair
There are different types of curls that extensions have, and they are all beautiful when well maintained. The routine that we are going to share with you will apply for all these curls because they all have the same principle behind them.
The loose curls
As the name suggests, this type of hair has curls that are loose, and it forms bends that are similar to the letter ‘S.’ These curls create an excellent and attractive volume.
The tight curls
These curls are tighter than the ones mentioned above. The curls can be described to have clumps that look like a corkscrew or a spiral shape.
Thick spiral curls
This type of curls is almost similar to the tight curls. The shape of the curls can be said to resemble a screw. The hair has an excellent volume as well as compared to the others, and you can blame it on the densely packed strands.
There are other types of curls, and they all have different names depending on the company that manufactures the hair. Regardless of the name and the shape of the hair, they all have a common denominator: curls. That is why the maintenance process will cut across all of them.
Taking care of your curls
Wash and shampoo your hair
Your hair will accumulate products and become dirty over time. Therefore, come up with a wash and shampoo schedule for your hair. You can consult with you stylish for recommendations on how often you should clean your curly extensions. One thing to note is that curly hair tends to be lacking in moisture. It feels dry most of the time because of the curls. Therefore, ensure that you do not wash it too often.
Before you shampoo your curls, you need to get rid of tangles. Take a wide tooth comb and gently comb the hair. Start combing it from ends going up to the roots. A girl doesn't need a long shower but a regular once twice or thrice per week.
The conditioner is your curls’ best friend
As stated above, curls tend to be very dry. Therefore, you will need a high-quality conditioner to moisturize the hair. You can also choose to always co-wash it. You will be surprised that the conditioner will get the work done. Rinse it through your fingers while your hair is still wet.
Note: always use shampoo and conditioner that is high in its moisturizing effect and lower in its pH level. They should be organic products because they are the healthiest options.
Many people used to do this the old-fashioned way. They use a towel and rub their hair in a bid to get rid of any trace of water. This will damage your curls after washing them. Do not rub your hair with a tower because you will cause static friction. The friction will cause frizz and destroy the definition of the curls. Get rid of excess water by tying a t-shirt around your hair. A towel will absorb too much water yet you still need to apply some products to help the curls retain their shape.
Applying hair products to your curls
Many people do not know the proper way of applying products to their curls. The worst thing is that some other people use products the way they do with straight hair. This causes a mess. Have you ever heard of scrunching? Scrunching a method for applying products to your curly hair where you section it, put the product on your palms, and take a section and crumple it. Do it as you would when trying to turn a paper into a ball. Scrunching helps in encouraging the curls to be more defined and makes the hair more bouncy.
Combing dry hair
Many people do not know this, but when you comb or brush curly hair that is dry, you damage it. You will end up with a messy, frizzy, and unattractive hair. Curls can maintain their shape because of three things. There is a medium that bonds the strands, their smooth cuticles, and the absence of static charges. When the hair is dry, and you comb or brush it, you will break the bond that keeps the strands together whether it is the sebum or from an external hair product. Also, constant combing and brushing may damage the cuticles which will lead to frizz. As you comb or brush the hair, it acquires static charge as well as the comb or brush. These charges are different. Since it does not conduct charges, they will remain there and cause repulsion between the hair strands. The curls will fall apart eventually.
Sleeping at night
We all have that special trick that we do before we go to sleep to ensure that our hair looks great when we wake up in the morning. However, these hacks fail us when we need them the most. The way you sleep will significantly affect how your curls will look like when you wake up. As you toss and turn while sleeping, the curls loose definition because of rubbing together and squishing.
As you go to sleep, three tricks can help your curls immensely. You can use a band and tie your hair in a ponytail that is very high. This ensures that the ponytail falls over your face instead of backward. The high ponytail will keep the curls safe from the weight of your head because they will be over it and not under it as you sleep.
You can also tie a standard ponytail. However, as you sleep, ensure that you use a pillow. Position your head on the pillow such that the ponytail falls behind the head and over the pillow. This trick works best for people who sleep facing upwards and do not move around.
The last trick is to wrap your head in a scarf made of satin. You can also wear a satin bonnet. This method is safe and prevents hair breakage while sleeping.
Products that you can use on your curls
You need to ensure that your curls are conditioned as often as possible so that you will not need to use too much hair products. Nevertheless, all these products are perfect for your scalp and it will feel fine to use them. When the hair is excellently conditioned, you will not need so many products such as gels, moisturizers, oils, sprays, and so on. You will only need necessary things such as your bottle of shampoo and conditioner, recommended virgin oil, some water, and a wide tooth comb.
Your hair products should not have parabens, silicone, and sulfates. They are unhealthy for your hair and will ultimately weaken it. Your shampoo should be neutral or have a pH of 7. The styling aids that you choose to use on your hair should be alcohol-free. Also, use small amounts on your hair.
Some of the products that we recommend for use include
- Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Curl Perfector
- Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil
- Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel
- Organix Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shine Spray and the serum
- Tresemme Curly shampoo and conditioner
- Tresemme Flawless Curls Jelly
When styling your hair with heating appliances like curling iron, ensure that the heat is kept at the minimum. Excess heat is terrible for your hair. It will cause it to break and shed. The heat will ultimately cut short the lifespan of the hair.
You can avoid using heating appliances to style your curly hair if you want. Replace curling irons with Flexi-rod curlers, heatless setters and so on. You will protect your hair and increase its durability. Use of less heat is part of the best practices when dealing with curls.
Taking care of your curls will now be pleasurable. When you put to practice all that knowledge you have gained, your curls will always look gorgeous, well defined, and neat every day. You will not have to struggle to keep things together or wake with a mass of unruly curly hair. You will have everything under control.
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