Curly hair is often the most sought after hair type by people everywhere. People get perms and use curling irons just to get what we curly topped folks have. What those hopefuls don’t realize is that there is some maintenance involved to help keep flyaways and frizz from taking over our heads. The following are some simple tips for taking care of curly hair that have worked for me.
One of the biggest mistakes a person with curly hair could make is ‘breaking the curls’. The curls look best when they’re in their clumps. Because of this, you should never brush your hair. The only time it’s acceptable to do so is right before you wash it so you get the tangles out. It’s a bad idea to brush your hair after showering because it breaks the curls and promotes the dreaded frizzies. Your hair will look a lot better if you lock up the brush and comb in a safe or just throw them away. Curly haired people don’t need to brush. I guess in that way, we’ve got it easy.
While showering, don’t use conditioner. I can already hear the gasps of shock and disbelief from my readers at this comment. Think about it this way, though. What makes our hair frizz? Moisture. If it rains or is humid outside, our heads will look like afros in no time. Then it only seems natural that conditioner would do the same. If you have color treated hair, you may just have to bite the bullet and use conditioner because of how drying hair dye can be. If you let your hair color go natural, don’t condition. I stopped conditioning my hair years ago and I never looked back. My hair is a lot more manageable now, and still just as soft.
Once out of the shower, dry your hair by patting it with a towel. Don’t rub at your hair with the towel or you’ll break up the curls, sending you to frizz hell. Steer clear of the hair dryer and let it air dry. If you’re in a hurry and need it to dry quickly, change the hot air of the hair dryer to cold. This simulates real air drying, but just sped up. The heat of a hair dryer can cause frizzy and damaged hair.
If your hair still ends up frizzy after all of these steps, add some anti-frizz mousse to your damp hair. Coat the spots that frizz the most; for me, it’s the temples. When your hair is done air drying, run your fingers through it gently, shaking out the stiffness of the mousse. Remember to do this delicately so that the curls stay intact. Your head should now be full of frizzless and beautiful curls.
These steps work for me time and time again. I get many compliments about the state of my hair. Since it’s worked for me, it should work for most other people with curly hair. Try out these steps the next time you shower. Don’t be afraid to stay away from conditioner and brushing. You may be surprised at the positive results.