Being a woman with curly hair is like being part of a secret society of mad scientists. We do a science experiment every time we wash our curls. I don't believe that straight haired women have this same experience. It goes like this...wake up and realize it is hair washing day. Get excited to use a new product that you picked up that promised to give you the absolute best, frizz free curls evaaaaaahhhhh. Decide how you will use said product and fantasize about how awesome of a hair day you have ahead of you. Decide if you will then possibly skip hot yoga so as to not ruin those awesome curls before a big night out later. Oh, the decisions we must face all in the name of great curls!
Having the holy grail of curls all depends on both the products you use and the process of how you use the products and treat your curls. Below are my favourite tips to give you awesome curls on day 1, 2 and 3!
1. Don't wash your curls everyday as this dries them out.
Try to go 3-4 days without washing and just rejuvenate your curls with a little spritz of moisture combined with oil. This is my personal fave and btw has also won an award for how well it works on dry, coarse hair. Toot toot.
Wondering about how often to wash your hair no matter what hair type you have? Hair expert Haircareology breaks down the reasons for only washing 2-3 times a week for you.
2. Apply loads of water to your curls.
Then add conditioner or a nourishing hair mask. It should be sopping wet when you get out of the shower. Apply your product (curly hair oil, gel, curl cream or mousse) then lightly scrunch out the excess moisture with a hair towel, hair gloves, or an old t-shirt works too. Don't ever rub it dry!
3. Use natural, plant-based ingredients on your curls.
Curly hair, especially if dry and coarse or grey, loves oils and butters to penetrate the hair shaft making it soft and manageable and also repairing lost moisture due to heat, sun, chlorine, and styling products. Use good quality plant based products with oils and butters to restore and replenish your hair. Do not use parabens, sulfates, silicone and alcohol and ideally ensure they are scented with only essential oils to stay away from harmful fragrances.
4. Don't touch curly hair while it is drying!
Allow the cast to form as your hair dries with product on it and the curls take their natural shape. Air dry it to 75-90% then use a diffuser to finish off the curls. Touching your hair makes it frizzy. When you hair is almost fully dry simply gently pull the curls apart to separate them nicely and fluff them up. I like to use a hair pick gently at my roots to shake up my curls, lift them from my scalp and to fluff them up now that my hair is dry. I personally love the Xtava curly hair diffuser but find one that works best for you.
5. Protect curls while sleeping.
Sleep with your hair up in a pineapple pony tail. Put that baby right on the top of your head to get your "I dream of Jeannie" look on (if you are old enough to get that reference!?). You don't want to squish your curls by sleeping on them and getting them all frizzy and tangled. I personally like to spritz my curls with hair oil before bed or do this step right when I wake up before taking out the pony tail to rejuvenate and restore moisture.
6. Use a silk pillowcase.
I recently bought a great one from Amazon and love it! It is great for curly hair and also for your face to protect from wrinkles while you sleep as you smush your face deeply into your pillow. Double whammy for your hair and skin with a silk pillowcase. Get one!
7. Mix up your hairstyle everyday.
Curls are fun and meant to be enjoyed. Down one day, low ponytail the next, top knot for yoga and the gym, long braid. You get the point. Mix it up since you are not washing your hair but want to look and feel your best, of course.
8. Freshen your curly hair up with oils & natural scents.
During non-wash days use oils, mist and essential oils. Our hair can retain the scent of foods we cook and eat as well as the outdoors, smoke, and other smells we don't want in our hair. I use our Clean Kiss hair oil mentioned earlier to give it a nice refresher of peppermint and rosemary essential oils (which have the added benefit of stimulating your scalp and your mind too!).
9. Treat your curly hair to some extra love.
About once a week use a deep conditioning treatment and leaving it on for at least 24 hours. Best to do this on a weekend when you know you can hang around the house and just have your hair in a braid or bun with the treatment soaking in and nourishing your luscious locks. You can also try using incredibly nourishing foods you have around the house such as avocado, egg whites, apple cider vinegar and more in order to nourish, clarify and give you healthy, shiny curls.
10. Love what nature gave you.
I used to always ty to tame my curls by keeping them in a pony tail but find when I just let them go wild and crazy I get more compliments and have fun with them. A big head of curls is the way to go!
11. Work those sexy curls into a big bouncy head of hair.
Let's make those straight haired women oh so jealous. I love using my hair pick to fluff up my curls on day 2 and 3 with my head upside down to get max volume. Spray hair with a natural, unscented hair spray to keep it nice and full.
Want to see these curly hair tips put into action by our resident curly girl Clean Kiss Founder, Jodie Pappas?
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