Naturally curly hair is simultaneously a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, most people have to spend long periods with a curling iron to get the kind of tight curls you have naturally. At the same time, though, it’s not easy to keep curly hair from getting frizzy and messy, which leads to way too much time spent in front of a mirror with a hairbrush. Here are four easy ways to tame your naturally curly hair and keep it looking like you just stepped out of a salon.
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Blow Dry Less
Blow drying might be the fastest way to dry naturally curly hair after a shower, but do it too often and the heat is likely to damage your hair. An alternative: squeeze lengths of wet hair between your palms to let excess water out, then wrap your hair in a t-shirt or a specialized de-frizzing cloth. Cotton t-shirts are gentler on curly hair than a standard towel, and will help to prevent frizz. There are also various hair heat protectant products to keep your hair healthy if you need to blow dry it frequently.
Find the Perfect Shampoo
Different shampoos are designed with different types of hair in mind, so it’s worth your time to try out different curly-hair shampoos until you find one that’s perfect for you. Be wary of over-washing, though—washing your hair too often can actually be another cause of damage. It’s also worth noting that there are many private label, cruelty-free hair products available for naturally curly hair if you’re conscious of how your shampoo is made.
Use Dry Shampoo
One of the best ways to avoid over-washing is to keep a reliable dry shampoo on hand. Many people over-wash their hair because they hate the greasy feeling that comes from their hair’s natural oils. A dry shampoo can help you reduce or remove these oils without shampooing your hair every single day. Besides, being able to spray a dry shampoo on and then go about your day is incredibly convenient.
Only Brush Your Curls When Wet
It’s extremely tempting to mess with your curls throughout the day in an effort to keep them styled, but brushing dry curls is likely to damage your hair. Naturally curly hair breaks and splits easily, so it’s important to brush your hair only after showering, while the curls are still wet. This will make brushing easier and help you avoid breakage or split ends.