Are you fortunate enough to have naturally curly hair? It affords you the versatility to try a variety of different looks, long or short. The downside is that you may become frustrated with its tendency to be dry and frizzy. Feeding your curls with plenty of moisture will give you that full head of healthy hair that results in shiny, well-defined styles.
Whereas many products can weight down straight hair and make it look limp and lifeless, they can be curly hair's best friend, providing much-needed moisture. It all starts with your shampoo. It's best to stick with ones that have a creamy consistency. Clarifying shampoos are designed to remove build-up and can be counter-productive with curly hair.
Since there's no problem with excess oil or grease, you don't need to wash your curly hair every day. Experiment to find the schedule that works for you, which could be anywhere from two to four times a week. You may even want to try one of the non-lathering "no-poo" products or a DIY version made from natural substances.
What your hair does need every day is conditioning, and plenty of it. Along with a daily treatment, you should apply a deep conditioner once a week. You can use a rinse-out product on days you shampoo and a leave-in conditioner in between. Be careful not to apply too much as that can result in greasy rather than healthy hair. Focusing on the ends will help to keep it smooth and frizz-free.
When your hair's wet, wrap a towel around your head and leave it for five to 10 minutes to absorb excess water. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with the towel as the resulting friction can make it more likely to frizz. A coat of a smoothing cream and gel mixture will seal the cuticle to keep good moisture in and humidity out.
The best way to dry your hair is not to dry it at all. Since heat is the natural enemy of moisture, using blow dryers and other appliances can end up undoing all the good you've done with conditioning. The optimum solution is to apply a styling creme specially formulated for curly hair and let it air dry. Afterwards you can rub a few drops of anti-frizz serum in your palms and use it to touch up any trouble spots.
If you must dry your hair, use a diffuser to reduce the direct impact of the heat. Avoid the possible damage of a brush by holding each section of hair and squeezing gently as you dry. Also, application of a heat protectant is a must.
Our experienced stylists at Shaggin' Salon can help you formulate a game plan for healthy hair that shows off your luxurious curls. Please contact us for more information.