Without a doubt, curly hair can be beautiful to look at. If you’re someone with some curls, you’ll also understand how much time and effort it takes to achieve your beautiful and bouncy hair. The extra effort is worth it because you’ll have tresses that everyone envies. If you’re a girl with curly hair, you’ll want to know these hacks to keep it looking salon ready all the time.
Pre-poo before you shampoo
Shampoo can strip your hair of its moisture, and if you have curly hair, that’s no good! If you want to reduce the amount of moisture depletion, make sure to pre-poo your before you wash. It’s like adding an extra layer of protection for your hair, and it’s a fairly simple process that should take no time at all. All you have to do is saturate your hair with an oil, conditioner, or a mixture of both, and let it sit for a bit before you shampoo. That one extra step can save your curls!
Wash your hair with warm water and rinse with cold water
When you wash and cleanse your curls with warm water, it will remove any dirt and buildup that has formed since your last wash. Warm water also dissolves the products that have previously been put in your hair. Rinsing with cold water closes your hair cuticles, locks in moisture, adds shine, and leaves your hair feeling smooth and less frizzy. If you’re someone with curly hair, you’ll understand how satisfying it is to achieve gorgeous, frizz-free curls.
Pineapple your hair for gorgeous curls
If your curly hair is long enough, you can protect your hair overnight by putting it in a style known as the pineapple. To achieve this style, loosely coif your hair on top of your head so that it looks a little bit like a pineapple. Doing this prevents tangles and preserves a hairstyle while you sleep. We all know hard you worked to get that perfect twist out, so make sure to pineapple your hair at night to keep it looking gorgeous!
Dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel
If you want to retain length and prevent frizz, do yourself a favor and start drying your hair with an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel. Believe us when we say that your curly hair will thank you for this! Your typical bathroom towel can damage your hair because they have a rough texture that can easily catch on to hair strands and cause them to snap. The friction from rubbing a regular towel on your delicate, wet hair can also cause damage to your hair cuticles. Cotton t-shirts and microfiber towels are much smoother and better for your tresses.
Use a satin pillowcase or headscarf when you sleep
You never want to lose moisture in your curly hair, and sleeping on regular pillowcases can do just that. Not to mention when you toss and turn, it can cause quite a bit of damage to your beautiful curls. The solution? Make the switch to satin pillowcases or headwraps. The smooth satin fabric will keep your hair protected and prevent moisture from depleting from your hair. Not to mention you’ll feel like royalty when you sleep on satin! You can finally kiss frizzy, flat curls goodbye when you wakeup in the mornings.
Say goodbye to hairbrushes
Speaking of kissing goodbye to frizzy hair, you’ll want to get rid of all your hairbrushes if you want beautiful and healthy curls. You probably already know this, but curly hair is more prone to breakage than straight hair, so you should try to avoid brushing it too often. Brushing on dry hair is especially a no-no. Not only will it give you frizzy hair, but it’ll also give you nasty split ends and lead to breakage. If you need to maintain your hair and keep it looking good, it’s best to comb it with a wide-tooth comb on wet or conditioned hair in the shower.
Blow-dry your hair with a diffuser
If you have curly hair, a diffuser will be your best friend when you blow-dry your hair. It’s a separate piece that attaches to your blow dryer and dispenses airflow over a large area of hair. Diffusers are great for curly hair because they don’t disrupt your hair’s natural wave pattern, so your curls will still be intact after they dry. Diffusers are also great at preventing frizz, which is perfect for curly girls who struggle with that.
Deep condition for healthy hair
Deep conditioning is a must for girls with curly hair. It’s great for softening your hair and helping it replenish moisture, which will keep your curls happy and healthy. All you need to do is apply a deep conditioner to your hair and put a cap over it for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your hair’s needs. The heat your body produces will encourage the penetration of the product to your hair. If you want a deeper penetration, you can put a towel over the cap or use a heated cap. However, be careful not to over condition your hair because you don’t want it to become too limp and brittle.
Use a wide-tooth comb
Another must for curly girls is a wide-tooth comb. As previously mentioned, you’ll only want to comb your curly hair when it’s wet with water or conditioner to avoid breakage. When you want to get rid of knots and tangles, wide-tooth combs are much better to use than fine-tooth combs, as they will cause less breakage. Also, when you detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb, you won’t disrupt your curl pattern. There are plenty of combs for you to use based on your hair’s texture and thickness, so make sure you choose the best one for your needs.
Never apply products to dry hair
When you want to apply products to your hair, make sure you do it only on wet or damp hair. This is especially important if you’re putting in moisturizing products. When your hair is wet, it’ll absorb into your hair more easily, and you’ll get the most out of whatever you’re putting in it. Your product will just sit on top of dry hair, and you won’t achieve the style that you desire. Since water is pretty much the only thing that can truly add moisture to your hair, that’s something you always want to make sure is in your curly hair before you apply any other creams or oils.
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