Let me get one thing straight (haha): you don’t style curly hair. You tame it. Every head of curly hair is different, but here are my die-hard, live-by tips that I feel every curly girly needs to know.
Forego the Cheap Stuff
Curly hair requires a little more cha-ching to really take care of it. For starters, you need high quality shampoo and conditioner. Personally, I prefer Pantene shampoo and conditioner. Ever since I have switched from cheap to chic, I have really been able to tell a difference. My hair is healthier and definitely less frizzy.
Brushing is Off Limits
As most curly girlies probably already know, you can’t brush curly hair. Not unless you’re going for the cavegirl or humid hair look. In order to keep the knots and tangles at bay, I use a wide-tooth comb. I also comb my hair while I’m in the shower. First while there is shampoo in my hair and second while there is conditioner. This helps untangle my hair and avoid the frizz that usually comes with brushing.
Use a Variety of Products
Yes, again this requires more money, but at the end of the day if I’m happy with my hair it’s worth it. For after-shower hair care, I prefer the Garnier Fructis product line. I begin with their spray gel and then massage in their hair mousse. On days I’m running late and don’t have time to wash my hair, I pin back my frizziest pieces (which tend to be my “bangs” if I had any) and spray my hair with Garnier’s hair spray. This usually tones down any stray or crazy hairs.
Avoid a Hair Dryer
Just how brushing your hair makes it frizzy, so does using a hair dryer. I’ve had experiences where hair stylists have told me “Oh no, I have a diffuser and it won’t make your hair frizzy” only for them to find out that yeah, it still does. So I tend to let my hair towel-dry or air-dry. On occasion, because I live in a place where, unfortunately, it snows, I use a hair dryer on my roots for less than five minutes so I don’t freeze when I leave the house with wet hair. To avoid this situation completely, I usually wash my hair at night during the winter.
Sleep In A Bun
By sleeping with my hair up, it doesn’t get frizzy and tangly while I snooze. This let’s me get in an extra day or two before I need to wash my hair again. Cause let’s face it, washing long, curly hair is a serious time commitment. Also, my hair let’s me do this cool twisty-knotty thing where I literally tie my hair in a knot. Now I avoid getting any hair ties stuck in my hair. But, if you can’t do that a traditional bun will work too (preferably a top-knot so you aren’t sleeping on your hair).
Keep it Moisturized
Every so often I start to notice that my hair is dry. With dry, curly hair, your individual curls start to “spread apart” and you have more stray and frizzy hairs. When this happens I go through my normal washing/combing process in the shower. Then, instead of using my Garnier Fructis products, I use a deep conditioner/hair masque. I love Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak. This stuff really works. After my shower I massage it into my hair (from my roots to my tips) and put my hair in my twisty-knotty thingy (or, in your case, a traditional bun). I usually leave the product in my hair for the rest of the day and wash it out that night.
So there you have it! Everything you need to know to tame your fantastically curly hair! Share this with a curly girly you know, whether she’s old, young or in between.
What tips do you have for curly girlies? I'd love to hear your advice in the comments below!
Feel free to ask me any questions. I’d love to help!