Let’s talk about general hair care. Tight, curly hair is a unique gift, but we bet there are times it doesn’t feel like one. It may look stylish but not all the time, as it can get unruly and overwhelming. It requires so much maintenance and care, which can be complicated for many women who are naturally gifted with curly locks. Know, however, that this is not too difficult to do – you can control tight, curly hair with the right nourishing and styling rituals and tools.
- Deep-condition your hair. Naturally curly hair tends to be drier than others, and should therefore be deep-conditioned every week. Give your curls the moisture they need for a smooth, shiny, and frizz-free appearance. Select a product that specifically targets curly hair and contains natural oils such as coconut and argan oils. For better results, apply from root to tip after you shampoo. You may also wear a shower cap to let the conditioner penetrate deeper. Leave it in for as long as possible, which can go from half-hour to overnight.
- Employ smart styling methods. Style your curls carefully to avoid damage and manage them. Dry wet hair using a microfiber tower, paper towel, or old shirt. They are gentler than regular towel and can soak up the water instead of roughly drying and disturbing the cuticle (which can lead to frizz). Allow your hair to air-dry, as opposed to using heated styling tools. For tight, curly hair, put it in a loose hairstyle when damp, such as a loose braid, and remove the style once dry.
- Use moisturizing products. Give your curly hair as much moisture as it can get; use moisturizing products at all stages of styling. Use a leave-in conditioner after washing and towel-drying hair. Use serums and oil-based products, too. Apply it to your thick hair liberally, and lightly to thinner hair to avoid buildup. Use a wide-toothed comb to disperse product. Argan oil may help to seal the cuticle, as well as a leave-in afterwards. Reapply these produces throughout the day to maintain shape and softness of your locks.
- Wash your hair properly. Maintain your hair’s natural oils to fight dryness and frizz. You can start to move everyday washes to every other day, and once your hair gets used to this, it becomes unlikely to overcompensate by producing excess oils. Your hair will look fuller and healthier with less frequent washes. Use shampoos, too, that are sulfate and silicone free. Silicone, for instance, builds up on your follicle over time, leading to breakage and dullness. Use tea tree or coconut oil to improve the look and feel of your curls.
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