People with natural curly hair tend to have thicker hair. If you’re one of those people, the way you take care of your hair will be different from other people of different hair types. The thicker texture of curly hair means that the way the hair takes in moisture and fairs against the outside elements is different from someone with straight, thinner hair.
Keep in mind of these three main factors, curly hair tends to be dryer, more brittle, and more prone to frizz than other hair types. That said, extra care is needed to ensure healthy, moisturized curly. In addition, curly hair, being that it’s thick, is harder to manage, and at times harder to style (depending on hairstyle). So based on these factors, you should watch how often you wash your hair.
“The biggest thing with curly hair is washing it. Most people wash their hair far too frequently, says Michael Duenas, who owns Hair Room Service and is a celebrity hairstylist. “Curly hair should not be washed more than once to twice a week. When curly hair is washed too much the natural oils and moisture are stripped out, thus leaving the hair frizzy and unmanageable.”
Check out the video link below on some ways Michael helps take care of curly hair:
In addition to Michael’s recommendation, you need to use a shampoo that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. These types of products end up stripping the hair of all its moisture, causing hair to frizz and lead to damage. Michael mentions that, “Baking soda and water work very well to clean the scalp and hair without over drying. This removes odor and debris.”
Conditioning curly hair is critical for it to stay moist. Since it lacks moisture the most of any hair type, you need to condition it daily. Always condition your hair right after you shampoo your hair. It’s recommended that you even apply a leave in conditioner for moisture throughout the day.
When asking a few people what products they use for their curly hair, one mentioned she uses Giovanni Deeper Moisture to co-wash daily, and seals with an oil mixture (olive oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter). Another person says for her curly hair she co-washes with Suave Almond & Shea Butter Shampoo once a week, uses a natural homemade conditioner daily after rinsing her hair, and applies raw shea butter daily. Parnevue Tea Tree products are the heart of another person’s curly hair care routine.
Though these products and hair care routines are good ways to take care of curly hair, keep in mind it still depends on how your hair reacts to the products you use, and if you can commit to a specific routine you plan to use.
Some last suggestions, be sure to use a wide toothed combs to detangle hair. Gently comb your hair when using them to prevent frizz from occurring. Keep hair styling products that contain heat like flat irons to a minimum. When rinsing or washing your hair, let your hair air-dry. Should you need to use a blow dryer or flat iron, keep them at low heat and don’t use them for long periods of time.