Frizz, poof, split ends, be gone! As tempting as it sounds to lose your curly locks, managing your hair into moisturizing curls may be easier than it sounds. Here is a guide to everything a curly girl must know.
1. Stop shampooing your hair everyday. Yes, you heard right. Shampoo is usually full of powerful cleansers that are not necessary in order to clean your hair. Need proof? Take a look at your shampoo ingredients and compare them to your dish soap ingredients. Using shampoo on a regular basis leads to dry, brittle hair. Instead, use conditioner on your scalp, and rub it in gently with your fingertips. After washing your hair without shampoo for a week, decide for yourself if your delicate locks feel healthier. When you do need to use a shampoo, use one that is clearly marked “sulfate free.”
2. Stop using your regular towel to dry your hair. The little fibers in a normal towel will bring out frizz in your hair and may even cause breakage! Instead, dry your hair with a special microfiber towel. You may even be able to use an old t-shirt!
3. Use an olive oil treatment on your hair. Warm some olive oil in the microwave and work it through your hair with your fingers. Wrap your hair up and leave it for an hour. Wash it out with some sulfate free shampoo. I bet your locks feel better already!
4. Don’t blow dry your hair. While your hair is wet, plop it instead. You may not have heard of this process before, but I will explain it here. Work your usual products into your hair and scrunch it up lightly (I like Kinky-Curly Curling Custard). Set a t-shirt on top of a closed toilet bowl. Lean over and put the top of your head onto the t-shirt, so that your hair is now scrunched beneath your scalp onto the shirt. Take the ends of the shirt and wrap them around your head. One way is to tie the sleeves of the shirt under your chin into a bonnet. Either way, the way that you tie the shirt to your head doesn’t matter, as long as your hair is trapped inside the t-shirt on the top of your scalp. Leave it like this for 20-30 minutes. When you untie your shirt, your hair should have been scrunched inside, leaving you with beautiful, frizz-free curls. Scrunch it up lightly with your hands and let it air dry.
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5. Protect your hair at night. Invest in a satin pillowcase. This helps keep the frizz down and reduces hair breakage. To get your curls to last through the next day, tie your hair in a sock bun at the top of your head. Untie it in the morning, and scrunch it lightly with some curling gel. Rock those curls!