Curly Hair Care Tips!
To me, my curly hair has always been a blessing. I mean, these humid Boston summers can sometimes make it a curse… but mostly a blessing. All the curly haired girls out there know it can be a lot to maintain but there's no better feeling than walking down the street and your curls are just bouncing along with you. Over the years, I've found some things that give my curls the life they need and some thing that I've learned to stay away from. And I'm here to share them with you!
First and foremost, we have to make sure we're using products in the shower that are made for curly hair. Our curls can get dry and frizzy with just any old shampoo and conditioner. I recently started using the brand Shea Moisture and I've seen such a difference. I use their Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo every time I wash my hair which is usually every 2 or 3 days. I try to stay away from shampooing my hair every time I shower. Shampooing your hair every day can really strip your hair of the natural oils it needs. You want to make sure you're using sulfate free products. Sulfate dries out your hair which can cause breakage and tangles or as my mum calls them "snarls".
With this summer being so muggy and because it's convenient, I've been wearing my hair up a lot. I've noticed that brushing and pulling my hair back so often has really been causing my hair to break in the front. I stumbled across the Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Conditioner while on a "run in and out" Target trip (we all know that never happens). I usually switch between this and a cheap store brand moisturizing conditioner. I apply the conditioner and let it sit for as long as I can while I wash this sacred temple of mine. I make sure that I brush my hair out gently while I'm in the shower, I find that it's easier to get any knots out that way. You want to be very careful when brushing your hair out so that it doesn't break, especially when it's dry. Make sure you work your way up from the ends to the root of your hair.
When I get out of the shower, I wrap my hair up in a towel and keep it like that until I finish doing my makeup. By the time I'm done, my hair isn't dripping wet anymore so it's easier to style. I use the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk every time I wear my hair down. It smells so good, I find myself sniffing my own hair throughout the day. This styling milk helps with frizzy hair, helps to moisturize hair, and makes it shine. Most days, this is all I use but every once in a while when I know it's gonna be really humid out, I'll apply a little coconut oil to the ends. And voila! You could use a defuser if you don't want to go out with your hair wet, but I usually just let it air dry.
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Every once in a while I notice my hair getting a little dull. My favorite thing to do to bring it back to life is a hair mask. There are a bunch of different home hair mask recipes on Pinterest but I usually stick to my tried and true.... Coconut Oil! I use the Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil because I mean, I'm using the rest of their products, why switch it up now! Also because it's the greatest coconut oil I've ever used. I take about a quarter size at a time out of the container and heat it up in the hands so it melts. I apply it all over my head…. like drown myself it in. I'm waiting for Shea Moisture to make a container big enough for me to just stick my head in (wishful thinking). Once it's all oiled up, I throw it in a top knot and leave it for as long as I possibly can which is usually over night. I've also tried the Palmer's Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack after seeing one of my favorite curly haired girls on Instagram (@Actually_Ashly) rave about it. It made my hair feel so healthy. It's definitely more heavy duty than just coconut oil so I plan on using it every 4-6 weeks.
One thing us curly haired girls need to stay away from is heat. Whether it be a blow drier, straightener, or curling wand, our curls do not like to be messed with. Using heat on our hair can really mess with the curl pattern. I went through a stage about 2 years ago that every time I went out I curled my hair. You know, those big bouncy curls. I did this for probably 6 months and my hair is just recently going back to normal. If you want to straighten or curl your hair every once in a while, make sure you use a heat protectant. You can find a bunch at Ulta.
If you follow one (or all) of these tips, I'm sure you'll see a difference in your curls. That's all I have for now, I hope you enjoyed my quick and easy tips on how to show your curls some more love! Until next time.