Your hair may be curly without you even realising it. It sounds unlikely but for me and a lot of other girls, we grew up believing our hair was just frizzy and difficult. If anyone has ever told you to just brush your hair and you know that it looks the way it does, because you brushed it – chances are you have curly hair too.
For some reason, people are protective over curly hair. They will say your hair is wavy and not curly, when in reality there are many different types of curls and wavy is one (2a). If you aren’t sure if your hair is curly or not, try using these tips to see if your hair becomes more manageable. And if you know your hair is curly but still struggle with bad hair days, see if there’s any curly hair advice you have yet to try.
How To Brush Curly Hair
As mentioned above, brushing curly hair can lead to an unmanageable frizzy mess. This is why you should aim to only brush your hair when it’s wet. Most people do this after applying conditioner in the shower. Use a comb or wet brush to distribute the conditioner through your hair and detangle at the same time. If your hair is looking slightly tangled while dry, you can run your fingers through it or use a spray to wet hair before combing. On the topic of brushing, dependent on your curl type, it is suggested to use a wide tooth comb. This helps maintain the curl pattern and not accidentally brush them out.
How To Dry and Style Curls
The best way to dry curly hair is to allow it to air dry naturally. The material of a towel can be too abrasive for curly hair, drying it out and causing excess frizz. Instead, you can use a microfibre cloth or even a cotton t-shirt to ‘plop’ your hair. Plopping is basically a method of wrapping your hair to dry it. This is a basic step by step guide if you want to learn more. If you are short on time and absolutely need to blow dry your hair, invest in a diffuser attachment to prevent frizz.
Since curly hair tends to get drier than other hair types, incorporating a leave in conditioner into your hair care routine is recommended. As always, make sure you research your products and look up the ingredients before use. I usually use this website, as it rates the ingredients on a super easy to understand scale. Just because a product or brand is labelled curly hair friendly, does not mean it will not damage your hair. For example, the brand DevaCurl has been the target of a class action lawsuit for alleged damage and hair loss.
What To Avoid
Products that contain silicones and sulphates are not ideal for any hair type but can be especially damaging to curly hair. Sulphates strip your hair of its natural oils and curly hair dries out faster than straight hair, which can lead to dehydrated and broken curls. Silicones cause build up and can ruin the definition of your curls.
Heat damage can occur with any hair type if you aren’t use a protector alongside it. With a curly hair routine it is recommended to use minimal heat and if you do use it, make sure to use a decent heat protectant spray. If you prefer to blow dry your hair rather than allowing it to dry naturally, use a diffuser attachment. The benefits of using a diffuser include reducing frizziness and it helps prevent the disruption of a natural curl pattern.
Hopefully, you found this article helpful and informative. Remember this list is not exhaustive and always do your own research too. Have you always known your hair is curly or have you only recently realised? Let me know below!
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