I used to think the best way to manage curly hair was to straighten it and get rid of the big mess on my head. That’s why I wore my hair straight for almost four years. Then I realized that this wasn’t something I wanted to continue. So I did a lot of research to find the best way to embrace my natural curls. After a lot of trial and error and a whole range of products, I’ve now developed a good regimen for myself.
Maintaining Your Curly Hair
1. First things first, you need to have a clean head of hair. And what I’ve realized is that the shampoo hardly matters when it comes to curly hair. You can pick up almost anything. BUT remember to stay away from sulfates. Many shampoos contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate, the same junk you find in detergents. You definitely cannot put anything that harmful to your hair. Curly or wavy hair is already pretty dry. These sulfates will only make it more sterile. So steer clear!
2. The next thing you need to do is condition your hair. This is important for curly hair because this is where you will be giving your hair all the nourishment and moisture it needs. Another important thing that needs to d here is detangling. The best time to detangle your curly hair is when it is to lubricate with a lot of conditioners. Start from the ends and work your way up; this will minimize breakage. You can either use your fingers or any wide-toothed comb for this. Leave the conditioner in while you finish your shower.
3. Now comes the most crucial bit, the leave-in conditioner. Once you rinse out your conditioner, you’ll see that your hair is already behaving better, and your curls look more like they should. You can seal the deal by using a leave-in conditioner. The primary purpose of this is to lock in the moisture that your hair craves. You’re giving your hair a long sweet drink of water. The other thing with a leave-in is you can scrunch it into your hair. That way was curling your hair exactly how you want it. I work it into my hair and let it take its natural shape.
More To Know
Now that you’ve applied for the leave-in, your shower regime is complete. You can leave your hair out to just air dry, or you can use a blow dryer with a diffuser if you are in a hurry. Remember, when you’re drying your hair, DO NOT TOUCH IT. Nothing ruins curly hair and creates frizz like messing around with your hair while it’s wiping. One of the biggest problems kinky girls face is second-day hair. Your curls can easily get smashed while you sleep at night. There’s a sweet little fix for this. This way, only the underside of your coils gets affected. If you want to go a step ahead and prevent this as well, then what you can do is tie your hair on top of your head, then work any old T-shirt into a turban for your hair. This way, you are entirely protected from bed hair.