Curly Hair Tips And Tricks
Wavy, crimped, corkscrewed, curled, and ringlety – all variations on curly hair! Although having curly hair may seem a bit of a chore, it’s really versatile letting you wear your hair in many different styles with it looking fabulous with headbands and scarves. When your curls are big, bold, and beautiful, you’ll really stand out in a crowd! See a few simple tips for curly hair care here…
Strands of curly hair are often under moisturised but the scalp can get very oily, so the key is to manage these two factors at the same time! Brushing curly hair can often cause damage, as can exposing it the elements without protection as this just ends up with the scalp collecting dust and dirt. So always detangle your hair when it’s wet, preferably with a conditioner on it to prevent pulling hair out at the root, or splitting the ends.
The number of times you wash your hair depends on you! There’s no set rule here you just need to experiment – if it feels dry wash it every couple of days, if your scalp gets itchy and oily you may need to adjust. Remember that shampoo is for your scalp, and conditioner is for your hair.
You need to choose a shampoo with care as those containing sulphates strip hair of its natural moisture – a perfect option is tea tree oil shampoo that soothes and moisturises. Wet your hair and apply the product to your hand and massage into the scalp, as you rinse from your hair continue to massage the scalp to help remove any build up.
An ideal conditioner is one that medium weight and doesn’t weigh hair down but has enough moisturiser to do the job. Use it to help get rid of knots in your curls and relax them so combing hair is much easier. Concentrate on the length of your hair here and not your scalp – the conditioner replaces sebum that your hair needs. If your hair is very tangled squeeze the conditioner into the affected areas and detangle with your fingers or gently with a comb.
Styling gel can be applied after showering, and hair should be patted dry with a microfibre towel that has wonderful powers of absorption. Cream stylers are ideal for thick and voluminous hair as they tend to be a mixture of butters, oils, and waxes. Natural gels are silicone free and make hair shiny, and throughout the day you can use an ultra-hydrating mousse oil to seal in moisture. Pomade is a styler that adds shine and hold and is waxy and stiff, or oily and smooth.
Diffusers are essential for drying curly hair – heat sensitive ones are now available that ensure you don’t accidentally scald your scalp, and wearing a silk cap at night will also protect your curls when you’re asleep.
If you need some extra curly hair tips and tricks you should visit a hair salon that knows all about styles that work for your hair type, and makes you look and feel great every day!