Having curly hair is amazing. There are so many things you can do with your hair, and it’s always an adventure. Most of us with curly hair have gone through phases of annoyance–maybe even wishing our hair was straighter or more easily manageable. To keep your hair looking and feeling it’s best, here are some do’s and don’ts for curly-headed gals.
DO Deep Condition
Deep conditioners are amazing for all hair types, but especially for curly hair. Shampoo and condition your hair as normal, and then follow up with a deep conditioner while you finish the rest of your shower routine. The conditioner helps tame your curls, leaving them hydrated and shiny.
DON’T Towel-Dry Your Hair
The fibers in your towels can cause friction which break and damage your curls. Instead, gently use a soft microfiber towel or let your locks air dry.
DO Sleep With Your Hair Up
Keeping your hair down while sleeping can flatten your curls. Instead try pinning your hair up in a loose bun, ponytail, or even wrapping your hair in a silk scarf. If you really want to sleep with your hair down, it may be smart to invest in a silk or silk-like pillowcase to protect your hair at night.
DON’T Use Chemicals
There are many chemicals that are bad for your hair that you probably use all the time. Alcohol strips your hair follicles, which lead to frizzy, dry curls, but is a main ingredient in many shampoos. Also to avoid are sulfates, parabens, and mineral oil. These ingredients strip down the hair shaft as well.
DO Rinse With Cold Water
While showering, try to keep the water as cool as is comfortable. The cold water will lock the hair follicles so they are less susceptible to breakage. Showering with hot water feels nice, but the heat can cause similar damage to a hot tool if it’s hitting the top of your scalp for long periods of time.
DON’T Wash Your Hair Daily
Washing your hair everyday dries out your scalp and your hair. Instead, letting your natural hair oils nourish your hair is best. For some, every other day is best, while others can go almost a week between washes. Find the time frame that works best for your hair and enjoy the extra few days without washing. Feel free to use dry shampoo on roots or refresh your curls with leave-in conditioner.