Caring for Curly Hair

If you have curly hair, you know how frustrating it can be. If it’s not taken care of properly, it’s hard to manage. Caring for curly hair does take some experimentation, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of work. In fact, once you get styling curly hair down, it can be a lot easier and faster than styling straight hair and definitely faster than straightening curly hair. Follow these tips to start taking better care of your curls.

When it comes to curly hair, conditioner is king. You might use shampoo from time to time, but conditioner should be your best friend. Start by washing your hair with conditioner. This sounds a little weird, but shampooing your hair can be very drying and damaging. Curly hair is thirsty hair and needs all the moisture it can get. Use a light conditioner, such as cheap dollar ones, to scrub your scalp with your finger tips. Apply conditioner all over your scalp, let it sit for about 30 seconds, then rub your scalp in small circles to lift out all the dirt and oil. Do not tangle your hair or clump it on top of your hair when doing this. Rinse it out very well with warm water. If you find your hair gets oily, you can shampoo once or twice a week as necessary.

Use a moisturizing conditioner for the length of your hair. You can even boost the moisture by adding a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of aloe vera gel, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix it up with your favorite conditioner, apply it to your hair, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes, or as long as you can. Rinse thoroughly. This is great as a weekly deep treatment if you’d rather just use conditioner the rest of the week.

To style your hair, apply a light leave in conditioner and some hair gel. Do not comb your hair, just scrunch it up. You don’t want to break up the curls. You may decide to use a serum instead to help with frizz, but curling gel works well, too. Using curly hair products does not require the most expensive products. Test out different products to see what works for you. Also, you don’t have to wet and wash your hair everyday. Wash it every other day or so to keep it from losing moisture, and you will save money on hair products, too.

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