As you can see from the photos above, I used to have straight hair. Early this year, I decided to curl it permanently. The main reason was because I wanted to have more volume and “oomph” to my hair. I also felt that it was sexier and easier to maintain because I didn’t need to brush, maintain or make sure it’s styled properly, etc. But lo’ and behold! I was dead wrong!
When I finally got my hair done, I realized that it looked different from what I expected. I assumed my natural shiny hair would come through, instead it looked dry and frizzy. I was in panic mode! I immediately went on my laptop and researched everything I needed to know to keep my hair from becoming a disaster!
The main issues are dryness and frizz. No, it won’t treat itself. You certainly have to do something about it! So, I have decided to list down the tips I have learned so far; hoping that I can help all women out there who are naturally curly and have been struggling with it and those that are planning to curl their hairs.
- Curly hair needs moisture. It hungers for it!
- Drink lots of water! This is generally healthy.
- Avoid washing your hair every day. Yes, that’s right. This will strip the hair of its natural oils which helps keep the hair from looking extra dry and reduces risks of breakage.
- Avoid direct sunlight. Protect your hair by wearing scarves, hats, etc when going out on a sunny day. If you have extra money, you can get a hair serum with silicone or Hair Cuticle coat to cover your hair and screen it from the harsh UV rays.
- Use Natural Oils after washing hair and massage your scalp with it and coat your cuticles: Rosemary, Cedar wood oil, Coconut oil, Sesame seed oil, Horseradish oil and Olive oil.
- Deep conditioning is really important. You can do it at least once every week or once a month. There are several commercial products you can choose from; however, these are some natural remedies:
- eggs & mayonnaise – mix them together and apply on dry hair. Cover it with a shower cap for 30-45 minutes. For better conditioning, use gentle, low heat using a blow dryer and then rinse.
- Avocado & Olive oil – Mix half an avocado with a spoon of olive oil. Massage carefully into hair and leave for twenty minutes with an old shower cap to aid penetration.
- Coconut Oil & Natural Honey – Place a half cup of coconut oil & natural honey in a plastic bag and place in a bowl of hot water to warm it. Then, apply on hair. Leave on for 30-45 minutes and rinse. For more recipes check this site.
- Frizz is a huge issue with curly hair.
- Let your hair dry naturally. Avoid blow drying. If you insist, then use a diffuser before doing so.
- Use wide tooth combs instead of brushes. You can also use your fingers to get rid of tangles.
- When drying your hair, do not rub. Instead, pat it with a paper towel or your regular towel.
- When you go to sleep, braid your hair. This will keep it from going all crazy when you move around your bed and rub your head on your pillow.
- Use a leave on conditioner or a Curling lotion. This will group curls together and give more definition to it.
- Use creamy shampoos rather than gel-like ones.
- Avoid hair products that are alcohol and gel based.
- Avoid hair straighteners.
- Styling curly hair can be very challenging.
- Choose the right hair style. Curly hair looks better when it’s long. Short curly hair tends to go everywhere and is less flattering. Layers also complement curly hair.
- Use hair serums when styling.
- You can also style your hair while damp and let it dry naturally.
- Choose hair products specific for curly, frizzy, or dry hair.
- flattering hair styles can be loose buns, half-up half-down, wearing headbands, loose ponytails, romantic up-dos, etc.
So those are some of the tips I have come across so far. For my personal routine, here it is:
- I wash my hair every other day.
- I use Watson’s smoothing treatment shampoo yoghurt in strawberry for curly frizzy hair
- I use Beauty Formulas Honey Treatment Wax for my deep conditioner
- For my regular conditioner, I use Cream Silk Volume up conditioner
- I also use a hair rinse which is The face Shop’s Cooling Mint Hair rinse in apple mint & pepper mint
- After taking a shower and drying my hair by patting it with a towel, I apply Monea’s curl defining milk which is a hair lotion. I do this 2-3 times a week.
- I also use Olive oil to massage my scalp and coat my hair strands to retain my hair’s natural moisture.
So, I hope this has been helpful and I wish you all luck in your journey to a better, healthy looking hair!