Growing up all I ever saw was luscious straight hair in all the adverts, movies, TV and honestly, it really ruined my confidence in my natural hair. I will admit there has been a massive improvement in the exposure of more hair textures both online and off, but the hair tips they are everywhere still only relate with straight hair.
There’s a common misconception that curly hair is hard to deal with, which I will admit is the case for a lot of people with more kinkier hair textures, but personally, I find my hair pretty easy to manage. The key is to relearn how to manage your hair and revamp your whole routine.
Do not brush your hair when it’s dry!
Now our straight-haired sisters and brothers can get away with brushing their hair dry, but with curly hair, it could lead to breakage and honestly, it takes forever to do. Unless you want to go for the Hagrid look, don’t do this. Instead, use a wide tooth comb and brush your hair in the bath/shower while it has conditioner in it. It’s a lot easier and quicker to do and you don’t have to sacrifice the integrity of your curls.
Deep condition your hair once a week!
Curly and kinky hair textures are naturally drier as their shape doesn’t allow oils from the scalp to reach all of our hair so it is vital to deep condition your hair once a week. Think of your hair like a plant, plants need water and nutrition to flourish, so deep conditioning treatments are the food to allow your hair to grow stronger and faster!
Use the right products for your hair!
Depending on how curly your hair is, and how fine/thick it is will make a huge difference when it comes to finding the right products. Some peoples hair prefers thicker products, some prefer lightweight. Some people also swear by the L.O.C method whereas others swear by using just one, at the end of the day everyone’s hair is different. So pay attention to what you’re using and how it makes your hair look.
One important thing is to not get bogged down by the product junkies, we don’t all need 100 gels and leave-ins, just stick with a handful (or less) of tried and true products!
Sleep with your hair in a pineapple!
Curly and kinky hair can’t just be left out in its natural state when you sleep because you’ll put yourself at risk for horrific tangles and breakage. Sleep with your hair in a loose ponytail at the top of your head and trust me your hair will thank you. Some curly girls and boys also opt-in for using silk scarves and satin bonnets for that extra protection.
Oil your scalp!
This might be a weird one for some people but honestly oiling my scalp has done wonders for its health, and has promoted rapid hair growth in the process. Some of us curly humans suffer from the dry and flaky scalp and as a result, it might make us want to shampoo more often, but honestly using oils helps battle that. I personally love using a concoction of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil and a few drops of Tea Tree oil and it works wonders.
Don’t shampoo your hair every day!
As stated before curly hair tends to be drier, and shampoos strip away all the moisture in your hair. The best way to keep your hair moisturised is to practice shampooing your hair once a week instead – some even go two weeks to a month without shampooing.
Ditch the sulfates!
One of the best things I did for my hair was ditching the sulfate-filled shampoos. Sulfates are harsh detergents that are found in detergent and using that on your scalp and hair can lead to long term damage. The most common ones to look out for is sodium lauryl sulfate.
Those are my sacred curly hair tips and tricks, have you got any that haven’t been mentioned? Feel free to share, the more knowledge we all get, the better our hair health is.
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