Curly hair may look gorgeous, but compared to other types of hair, it is hardest to control and manage. It is more prone to humidity (excess or lack of it!), split ends, breakage, and not to forget frizz, which often explodes like a lion's mane ... and that's not even counting bad hair days! But there's no reason to not love those lush curls.
Here are a few handy tips that will go a long way in providing expert care for curly hair:
Ditch the Hot Iron: Using a hot iron (flat iron) or hot rolls over a long period of time brutally damages curls. Heat robs the hair of its natural moisture, shine and strength and makes your curls look like a ball of fuzz.
There's nothing much that you can do to repair the damage, except for visiting a good hair stylist to get your split ends snipped or your hairstyle altered. Avoiding heat will gradually make your curls less brittle and restore the lost shine and health in them over time.
Avoid Frequent Washes: Although a general rule for any hair type, this tip is most relevant for curly hair. Frequent shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils and makes your curls frizzy. Curly hair needs a much larger dose of moisture than straight or wavy hair. Therefore, washing it two to three times a week is more than enough.
Use the Right Hair Products: Every hair has different needs. Therefore, the type of hair products you apply on your curls, including shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, etc., must suit your hair's bespoke requirements. Use of random hair products is not recommended, especially if you have curly hair, as they may wreak more havoc than your hair can handle.
Don't Towel Dry Your Hair: Scrubbing your hair with a towel creates friction and causes your curls to become frizzy and break. Gently wring your hair after a wash to squeeze out the water and wrap your hair in a towel for 10-15 minutes to soak up any excess moisture. Use a wide toothed comb to slowly detangle your curls while they are still moist to avoid tugging and breakage.