The society owes an apology to curly haired women more than anyone else. As if the fact that they have to deal with unmanageable and frizzy hair, that break easily, is not enough, they get to hear unkind comments from people, comparing their hair to instant noodles. All their lives they deal with unsightly hair and unfriendly comments, without knowing that people like them retain hair long after others have lost theirs. When people of their age are busy hiding bald patches and receding hairlines, these people who were teased as children and as adults, finally have the last laugh. With the coming of all kinds of styling products, which are easily available to those of the generation of young professionals, many people have sought to straighten their curly hair to make it more manageable but have, instead, ended up with more split ends than they ever had. After all, there is only so much that one can play with nature! In all, people do admit that curly hair is most difficult to manage. One needs to give it special care to save it from becoming frizzy and getting entangled. Here are some tips for curly hair care.
Caring For Curly Hair
Here are some tips that you can use to care for curly hair:
Not Too Shampooed
Curly hair is almost always dry and brittle because the amount of natural body oils, which act as conditioners, are not enough for the volume of hair on one’s head. Too much shampooing of the hair will strip the hair of these very natural oils. Therefore, those who have curly hair must take care not to wash it more than twice a week. This way you can maintain a thin film of natural oils in your hair, which will prevent it from going too dry or brittle.
On One Condition(er)
Every time you shampoo, make sure you use a conditioner to restore the moisture that you lost out on while shampooing. This is one tip you must never forget. You could use generous amounts of oil before shampooing to prevent the hair from drying further. It is best to use a leave-in conditioner if you hair is too curly.
Widen Your Comb Teeth
Another common mistake that people who have burly hair make is that they use narrow toothed hairbrushes or combs while combing hairs. It is best to use wide toothed combs and brushes for curly hair as they cause less breakage while you try to disentangle your hair.
Disentangle Me Wet
When you need to detangle your hair, start in the shower with your hair moist and conditioned and use your fingers to begin the untangling. This is primarily to prevent breakage and damage. Then finish with a wide toothed comb, by starting from the end going up finishing at the root of the hair. The next step is to rinse your head with water but do remember to try and retain half of the conditioner that you have used in your hair. If you try to detangle your hair when it's dry, you will cause it to become frizzy and brittle.
Love The Air
It is best for you to let your hair air dry if you want to reduce frizzing; avoid using the brush or the towel to dry your hair after shampooing. If you need to dry your hair quickly, you should gently blot your hair with a towel but not rub it, as that increases frizziness.
Heat Me Not
If you think the contrary, it might help to know that heat tool are just as damaging to hair as chemicals are. Heat tools often do a great job to curly unmanageable hair; surely they can be used to control frizzies, straighten unruly hair, and make the curls sleek and beautiful but too much heat and flat ironing can spell the death knoll for the hair, make it brittle and thin, causing further problems like split ends and such. You must have learnt by now as to how easily curly hair usually dries up and becomes frizzy and unmanageable. A little jojoba, macadamia, and coconut oil is extremely necessary to keep it moisturized and easy to manage. Don't use too much though, that will just make it oily and weigh it down.
In case you plan to use styling products, make sure you use small quantities of them and that they contains moisturizing ingredients in them to keep your hair from frizzing. Apply styling products on your hair when your hair is still slightly moist and gently style with your finger. The styling products used should be applied such that they are evenly distributed.