The more textured your hair is the harder it is to look after and style how you want it but not when you’ve got the best curly hair tips under your sleeve. It’s crazy how long you’ve gone up until now just not knowing how best to style your curly hair without compromising the length that appears just after you’ve had a shower. It’s time to start using all the best products that were made for your hair type and to take control of that frizzy-dizzy situation.
1) Absolutely no dry-brushing
One of the best curly hair tips you can follow is to agree to never partake in the horror that is dry-brushing. Do not, I repeat, do not ever brush your curly hair when it is completely dry. Not only will you struggle to even get a hairbrush through it but even the likes of the trusty tangle teezer won’t be able to help itself but pull on any knots and tangles you have which will result in many clumps of torn hair strands. Instead, the best time to brush and detangle your hair is when it is wet and full of conditioner. This will allow the brush to ease through your curly locks nice and gently.
2) Make friends with good old Mrs. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re wondering why I’m suggesting for you to use such a thing as apple cider vinegar on your hair is because it’s good for your scalp. A healthy, cleansed and nourished scalp is vital to promote hair growth and keep your hair in good condition from root to tip. If you have a sensitive scalp, this ingredient is one of the best you could possibly use too. We recommend Shea Moisture’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo which may look like black treacle but I assure you it works wonders. By following this second step in our list of curly hair tips, you’ll be able to go more days without washing your hair so you can focus on topping up its moisture each day rather than stripping it of its natural oils too many times a week by washing.
3) Oils, oils and more oils
This is by far one of the most useful curly hair tips and that is to welcome oils with an open heart. The best thing about having curly hair, unlike straight strands, is that because your hair shaft forms lots of ‘S’ shapes, your natural oils can’t travel too far. This means that it’s almost impossible for your hair to ever look greasy. However, it also means that you need to take the matters of nourishing the mid-lengths and ends of your hair into your own hands. Coconut and castor oil is a miracle combination and you can even buy it in jars already mixed. The thicker and more viscous the oils you use are, the more they will weigh your curls down to keep some of that post-shower length.
4) Prep the night before
After you’ve followed these curly hair tips, the next step is to part your hair and put it into two tight plaits. One of the best times to do this routine is before you go to bed so you’re giving all those products a good 6 or 8 hours to work their magic before you start manipulating your strands by styling it in the morning. Just pop a towel on your pillow and a silk/satin headscarf either around your head or on top of your pillow too if (like me) you’re terrible at tying them.
5) Hair-drying techniques
Finally, this is the best of the curly hair tips that I’ve chosen to save till last. Now, if you clicked through to this article you’ve been wanting to know how to prevent your curls from sucking up every ounce of moisture until they decrease by about 3 inches and shrink into super tight ringlets. So, after your night-before prep, spritz on some heat protectant (the oils you used will also act as a heat defence and aid the drying process) then part your hair into sections about three or four fingers wide, stretch out your curls by gently pulling on the ends and holding that position whilst you run your hair dryer through quickly. What this will do is dry your curls whilst they’re elongated and boom, you’ve got immediate length and have banished that shrinkage!
Which of these curly hair tips have you found most helpful to finally wave goodbye to that much-dreaded shrinkage? Comment down below which are your favourites!
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Mia Gardner spends most of her time writing fashion and lifestyle pieces along to the sweet sound of an Arctic Monkeys album or two whilst fighting an extreme book-buying addiction and saving up for the day she can transform her dream of running a cat sanctuary into a reality. She’s also rather handy in the makeup department.