How To Take Care Of Curly Hair

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There are a number of factors that can affect curly hairs and many different methods to choose from when trying to maintain and style this type of hair style. Straight hair has a tendency to curl upward, sometimes causing it to appear frizzy and unruly. Curly hair can also curl in different directions, making it more difficult to get the style to work properly.

Reasons To Avoid Blow Dryers And Hot Rollers

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Using blow dryers and hot rollers are both dangerous for curly hair, since they both tend to make the hair extremely frizzed and dry. Shampooing can be beneficial, but it can also dry out the curl. Hair rollers can also damage curly hair if the rollers are made of rough metal, since this can dull and even cut the curl. Using diffusers to help make the drying time more gentle and minimizing damage caused by direct exposure to the sun are the best ways to maintain the curls.

Many hair care products contain silicates and sulfates as ingredients. These substances are natural products that provide added benefits but can still have negative effects on curly hair. These additives can cause dryness and itchiness. They can also cause the scalp to become irritated by irritation or by releasing chemicals through the scalp into the hair. Most cleansers on the market today are very harsh on curly hair, and it’s important to read the labels of all of your favorite styling aids to find one that is designed for use on curly hair and which contains no sulfates or silicones.

Treatment By Professional Salons

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Professional salons often offer treatments for curly hair that also include detangling, highlighting, straightening and scalp treatments. In addition to the shampoo and conditioner that you purchase at your local salon, many stylists will offer a line of styling products for those customers who require them. Many of these haircare items are designed specifically for those with frizzy, curly hair and can be purchased together in an assortment of lengths, from the lightest “ampoo” to the longest “ampoo & conditioner” that the salon offers. The lengths of the products may reflect the length of your hair.

Detangling and strengthening are two other steps that should be taken when treating curly hair. Typically, a leave-in conditioner should be used to keep the hair smooth and healthy. A deep conditioning rinse will add moisture back to the hair shaft, leaving it stronger and more vibrant looking. Some hairstylists use scalp scrunching strips on the ends of the hair that is similar to what a stylist would do with long hair.

Skip Your Shampooing

Some people choose to skip shampooing altogether and use a good quality clarifying cleanser instead. Clarifying shampoos contain a mild surfactant which removes debris and oils without stripping away the natural oils that protect the scalp. This is a great option for people whose hair is already chemically treated but who wish to retain their natural shine and luster. Clarifying shampoos may also be used at a later time if desired. Since most cleansers contain some degree of sulfate, those with a greasy residue can also choose to skip the shampoo and use a degreasing shampoo, such as a foaming one, instead.


Finally, anyone needing to shampoo or condition their curly hair will find that there are a number of steps that can be taken to improve the overall efficiency of the cleansing and conditioning process. The first, and most obvious, is to rinse well; bad breath is rarely caused by poorly performed rinsing. Next, use a clarifying shampoo to remove any debris and oils; this is often combined with a deep penetrating conditioner. Follow this up with a leave in conditioner so that the moisture will remain in the scalp and will not run into the drier. Once the entire strand is rinsed, use a finishing shampoo to seal the deal and help your locks stay healthy.

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