For those lucky enough to be blessed with natural curls it’s a beautiful thing. Curly hair can be styled endlessly for many different looks.
However, with the curls comes a lot of maintenance. Anyone who has curly hair knows that it needs extra care, love and treatments.
I am not a hair professional but I have beautiful curls and over the years I have become an expert at taking care of them. I used to dye my hair regularly and style it in several different ways until one day I noticed it had stopped growing and to my despair it was starting to fall out. Something had to change.
Through my research and experience over the last few years I have put together a list of my top 5 tips to take care of your curls.
With curly hair you’ll always want to focus on products that help add moisture to the hair and avoid any hair product that’s going to dry out or weigh your hair down. These following tips will ensure that you keep your hair strong, healthy and beautiful.
1 – Healthy diet
Yes, your hair and scalp are greatly affected by what you consume or lack in your diet. There are multiple nutrients that encourage healthy hair and growth.
Eating foods that are antioxidants, high in protein, Biotin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Omega 3 and iron foods are essential in maintaining healthy, strong, beautiful hair.
Add foods like berries, avocado, spinach, almonds, eggs, oysters and salmon in your daily meals. If you are like me who does not track what you eat daily, take supplements such as Biotin, Hydrolyzed collagen, omega 3 and irons.
2 – Reduce washing
Curly hair needs moisturizer. Washing your hair regularly can rip out the natural moisture keeping it dry. By washing your hair just a few times a week this allows the natural oils to do their job. If you feel you need to wash your hair more than this consider co-washing
*Co-washing simply means that you wash your hair using a conditioner instead of shampoo.
Knowing how to properly wash your hair is a skill that will benefit your hair. Here is the routine I use
- Before you jump into the shower to wash your hair make sure your hair is detangled. This can be achieved by wide brush or using your fingers.
- Divide the hair into manageable sections. If you are using a brush begin at the tips and work your way up to the root.
- Choose curly hair friendly shampoos. I personally like shampoo bars. If you are using a regular shampoo get the one without SLS (sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate). SLS can strip away moisture and leave your curls dry and damaged.
- After shampooing apply a deep conditioner instead of regular conditioners. Squish and massage the hair to conditioning and allow it to sit for at least 5-10 minutes and section the hair and brush from the tips to the root.
- Rinse with room temperature or Lukewarm water
- Dry your hair with cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel
- Apply leave in conditioner and allow it to dry naturally or use a diffuser to add volume to the hair.
- Apply your favorite oil to seal the tip of the hair. If you have a dry scalp you can also apply oil at the tips of your fingers and massage the scalp gently.
3 – Avoid heat styling
Heat will dry out the natural texture of the hair and constantly straightening and heat styling will break down the hair on a molecular level changing the natural structure of the protein. This will result in the loss of the natural curl pattern. Blow dryers, flat irons, curly irons…….. all of these thermal tools lead to frizzing and breakages
If you like to style your hair with heat, use a heat protectant before styling. Heat protectants create a barrier between your hair and heat that protects your hair from temperatures up to 450 degrees
4 – Apply hair masks
Hair masks moisturize and rehydrate your curls. Including a natural hair mask in your routine will make your curls healthier. I apply a hair mask up to once a week depending on my style at the time. There are lots of different types of hair masks on the market. Masks for damaged hair, protein, hydrating, moisturizing masks are all good for protecting your curls. So do your hair a favor by adding a hair mask into your routine.
5 – Massage your scalp
Like any other parts of our body we develop tension (Especially around our forehead and scalp). So massaging our scalp increases blood circulation that reduces tension, provides stress relief, and extends hair growth and thickness. Whether your hair is fine or thick, straight, curly, dry or oily you can still benefit from scalp massages.
Scalp massages are relaxing and promote better sleep. You should give yourself a scalp massaging treatment once to twice a week for 5 to 10 minutes
Bonus Bedtime tips:-
Put your hair in pineapple
Use a silky headscarf or a pillowcase to cover your hair
(Silk pillowcases can help your hair retain its moisture throughout the night)
So these are my 5 Tips to take care of Curly Hair. If you have any others you would like to add please add them in the comments below