When I was younger, I was not a fan of my curly hair. I wanted it to lay down flat, like all the girls I saw on TV. As I got older, I started flat ironing my hair with more and more frequency, damaging my fragile strands. Thank goodness I came to my senses during college and learned how to really care for my curly hair.
Curly hair really does have a mind of its own. Every single curly girl I know has a completely different hair care routine. That’s why, today, I wanted to break down some of my tips and tricks so you can create a curly hair routine of your very own.
Curly hair has a mind of its own. Every single curly girl I know has a completely different hair care routine. Here are some tips that work for me.
Tip 1: Find Out Your Hair Type
You know how your skin can be oily, dry, combination, sensitive, acne-prone? Well, curly hair also has a variety of types. What type of hair you have 100% determines what type of products you should use, how often you should wash your hair, what styling tools (if any) you should use.
Famed celebrity hairstylist Vernon François, in an interview with Allure magazine says, “Your curl type is determined by the shape of the follicle that your hair grows out of from your scalp. The flatter or more oval shaped the follicle, the curlier your hair; while the more circular the cross-section, the straighter your hair. Your curl pattern is also identified by the shape that the strands of hair make, whether they kink, curve, or wind around themselves into spirals.”
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To figure out your hair texture, head over to Hair Rules. Hair Rules was co-founded by Anthony Dickey and is the first and one of the only multi-texture hair salons in the country. Back in 2003, he published his book titled Hair Rules! The Ultimate Hair Care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly, or Wavy Hair, which highlights his method for determining your hair type.
Tip 2: Water Is Your Friend
One of the most life changing tips that I learned from my curly hair journey is that water is my best friend. For years, I coveted fluffy, bouncy curls, but my hair was always so limp and stringy. Turns out, I’d been piling on tons of oils and buttery products to help hydrate my hair, instead of using one of the easiest and most efficient hydration methods: water.
Instead of drying your hair and applying your styling product, rake your styling products through your hair while it is still soaking wet from the shower. I like to keep my styling products in the shower specifically for this reason. So, think of the water like a hydrating toner—it’s hydrating the shafts of your hair and making it easier for the products to do their job, too.
Tip 3: Get a Wet Detangling Brush
I was on the finger detangling train for a while, but once I discovered my wet detangling brush, my whole life changed. Instead of my wash-day shower routine taking 20 minutes, it takes me about 10, flat, thanks to how easy the brush makes it to detangle my hair.
So, I wash my hair, rinse, apply conditioner, and use my wet brush to brush it through my hair while detangling it. Using a brush to detangle has helped me achieve my fluffy, curly hair dreams—it separates the strands, while ensuring each one is equally saturated in conditioner. I use the classic Denman brush.
Tip 4: Invest In a Good Haircut
I was very late to the game with this tip, but I’ve seen the light, and I am now that person who has a haircut booked every six months on the dot. Curly hair is more fragile and prone to damage than other hair types, and without a proper cut to get rid of dead and split ends regularly, it can look a bit unruly. It’s especially helpful for those of us curlies who have fine hair. Once my hair gets past a certain length, I lose all volume at my roots. If you want big, curly hair, making sure you have volume at the roots is key!
What are your curly hair tricks and tips?