Over the past couple of years, the curly hair movement has gained momentum with many ditching their flat irons and opting to go au naturel. But anyone who has curly hair will tell you that managing this hair type is a task on its own. While the end results may look pretty, every curly-haired girl knows that achieving that perfectly coiled lock, takes a whole lot of time and effort, ‘coz let’s face it, curly hair is high maintenance. From finding the right products to figuring out a proper wash routine to getting the curls to sit right---the process is quite tedious, especially if you’re just starting your curly journey. It may all seem daunting at first but don’t worry, we’re here to help make the journey a lot easier. Keep on scrolling to learn about the 6 curl lessons I wish I had known before I started embracing my curly hair.
The curly hair movement has surpassed social media and has now entered the high fashion world as we see many designers taking the curly route when it comes to their models’ hair. But don’t be fooled by those perfect coils. When it comes to curly hair, everyone has a different curl type, so while embracing your natural hair, don’t expect it to be exactly like Camila Cabello’s beach waves or Zendaya’s luscious mane.
Forcing your curls to turn a certain way will end up with fruitless results. Embracing your curls mean wearing it in its natural form i.e letting them turn in whatever direction they want. The easiest way to let your curls thrive is by letting them dry naturally without the use of a blow dryer or any other so-called protective hairstyles.
Every person who has been in the curly game for a long time will tell you that they follow a strict hair care routine which helps their curls thrive. For you to achieve healthy curls, you need to ditch the use of silicones, sulphates, parabens, drying alcohols, and heat, and opt for shampoos, conditioners and other hair products that are enriched with natural ingredients. These products won’t strip away the natural oils needed to keep the curls moisturised.
At least once a month, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of dirt, debris, dead skin cells and product buildup that may hinder hair growth and create an unhealthy scalp. What’s the difference between your non-toxic shampoos and clarifying ones? Well, clarifying shampoos that contain sulfates like sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate, create a lather which helps remove build-up and give you bouncy, shinier curls. It’s important to use it only once or twice a month, depending on the amount of buildup on your scalp.
Every newbie is guilty of this mistake. If you have curly hair, remember to never comb it out while your hair is dry. This can damage your curls and even lead to breakage. The best time to detangle your hair is after conditioning your hair or before styling it while the hair is still wet.
Curly hair is accompanied by frizz but instead of trying to eliminate it by using different styling products, just let them be and don’t stress out. You need to accept that frizz is all part of embracing your natural hair.
If you want your curls to really thrive, you can embrace the LOC method. This technique is all about using a leave-in-conditioner, followed by a little hair oil and finally, moisturising cream to keep the curls moisturised and hydrated until your next wash.
Now that you’re well aware of these curly lessons, go on and let your curls steal the spotlight.
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