Caring and Maintaining Curly Hair of all Kinds

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There is nothing prettier than perfectly curly, bouncy hair cascading from the back, framing the face. But it takes a lot of work to maintain curly hair. Brush it too much and it becomes unmanageable, kinky and all over the place. Use too much product and it brings the volume down, the hair becomes greasy and unkempt. There are different types of curly hairs and before you care for your own, you have to know what type of texture your hair has.

Curly Hair by Type

Wavy or Loose Curls

Does your hair have less defined waves, about two inches in width? If your hair’s texture is soft with defined curls with length, you have wavy hair. Because wavy hair falls flatter, you have to pump up the volume. You can use a light gel or mousse to add volume when styling.

Medium Curls

Does your hair have tighter but relatively wide curls? If the curls have definition, with lots of bounce and volume, you have medium curly hair! When styling this texture, you want to minimize frizz. Do not brush your hair; work the product using your fingers instead. Use a moisturizing shampoo followed up by a hydrating conditioner. Then, apply an anti-frizz hair product for glossy, defined curls.

Tight Curls or Kinky Hair

This hair type is common among African-American men and women. The curls are very tight. The hair strands are thin, prone to brittleness and damage. Because tight curls are prone to dryness, don’t over-wash the hair. Load up on conditioner instead. Then, treat the hair to a hair mask once a week for maximum moisture.

How to Maintain Curly Hair

Minimize Heated Hair Tools

Heat can damage the locks. It can leave the hair brittle, dehydrated and coarse. Blow drying or ironing the hair could disrupt the natural flow of your curls, leading to frizzy, dry and unmanageable hair. You can use heated styling tools but not all the time. Leave the sleek, straightened hair for special occasions. And before using a heated tool, prep the hair properly. Apply protective hair products to prevent dryness or damage.

Deep Conditioning

All types of curly hair will benefit from regular deep conditioning. Focus on applying thick, hydrating conditioner on the length of the hair. Pay extra close attention on the ends. Then, get a shower cap and cover your head. Leave the hair to soak up all the moisture for at least 20 minutes then rinse with tepid water, not warm. Warm water could damage or weaken the hair follicles.

Detangle Properly

Don’t just brush curly hair with wild abandon. Over-brushing could lead to frizzy hair! We recommend using a wide-toothed comb and a soft paddle brush. Comb the hair when it’s wet. Then, apply curling cream and let the hair dry naturally. Use only the brush to remove major tangles. Once the hair is dry, brush lightly until all tangles are gone. Then, wet your hands and use your fingers to reactivate the curling cream. Leave it to dry to maintain perfect curls!

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