I’m so happy to see the naturally curly hair movement that has emerged in recent years. I’ll be honest. For years I thought I needed to “tame” my hair in ordered to be perceived as a “professional.” But now that I’m over society’s nonsense, I’m focused on making my curls as healthy as can be. Too many people give up on their curls and convince themselves they are too difficult to manage. The truth is that if you treat them well, they will behave. Promise.
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My naturally curly hair journey has been one full of trial and error. There are so many products, curl types and methods out there that it can be nearly impossible to figure out where to start. For starters, these are some Do’s and Don’ts you can try to get your curls back to all their glory.
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Or don’t shampoo at all … Your curls need moisture to look their best and most shampoos have chemicals that strip them of those natural oils (sodium lauryl sulfate is one of the most common). You can prevent this by either using sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoos/cleansers or co-washing, which means “shampooing” with conditioner.
Do Deep Condition Often
For healthy curls, deep condition at least once a week. You’ll notice less breakage and less frizz when you stick to your deep conditioning routine. I usually like to deep condition on the weekends while organizing my home or reading a book.
Don’t Towel Dry
A regular ol’ towel might be the reason why your curls are “unmanageable.” Regular towels disrupt your curl pattern and cause frizz. If you must use a towel, opt for a microfiber towel. Air drying and diffusing is preferable. And remember to put product in while your curls are still damp since that’s when they’ll absorb best.
Do Chop It
What should you do with things that are weighing you down? CUT THEM OFF. The same is true for damaged hair weighing your curls down. Say bye-bye to tired curls with a curly cut. Not only will a curly cut revitalize your curls, but you’ll also love the style. I feel like my hair grows in a triangle shape and curly cuts shape my hair perfectly. I’m sooo tempted to chop it again … (If you’re in the Orlando area, check out these awesome curly hair stylists.)
Don’t Brush It
This one is probably a no-brainer.
Do Prevent Damage
Too many of my friends have straightened their curls for so long that they barely curl anymore. Heat damage is real. You really have to commit to your curly hair journey for the happiest curl. Use heat sparingly and when you do, use a heat protector to prevent damage.
You should also be careful hair dye as that can also impact your curl quality. My stylist is a miracle worker since my hair is a bleach blonde right now and still very curly thanks to careful processing as well as frequent conditioning.
How do you take care of your curls? Let me know in the comments below!