Learning to Deal With Curly Hair
Whether you've always had curly hair, have recently had a perm, or even if you're trying to learn to work with curly hair for your child's sake, you are facing a bit of a challenge, but one that is doable. From large, loose waves to kinky ringlets, locks with curl can require more work to look good than straighter styles. In order for this type of hair to look good, it must be kept healthy and free from damage and split ends. The curlier the hair, the more you'll need a good de-tangling conditioner. Fortunately, there are techniques and products designed just for you.
Shampoo & Conditioner
In order to tame that wild mane, you'll need to choose a good shampoo that is made for your type of hair. Consult your hairdresser for recommendations of shampoos that will enhance your curl without leaving residue behind. Select a conditioner that will add moisture to your tresses without weighing them down.
After shampooing and rinsing your hair, apply conditioner throughout and untangle gently with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Start at the tips of your hair and gradually work your way up to the roots, working all the tangles out. Rinse your hair with cool water to promote shine and reduce frizz.
Styling it Up
There are many different types of styling products that work well with curly hair. Make sure to ask your hairdresser for a recommendation next time you visit the salon. Some popular styling products for curly hair include:
You may want to experiment with various types of product to see what works best with your hair.
After washing and conditioning your hair, comb through it with a pick or wide-toothed comb to remove any leftover tangles. Next, apply a small amount of your chosen styling product to your hair from roots to ends. If you want a curlier head of hair, you can scrunch it and tie it up in a messy ponytail until it air dries. For a looser curl with body, blow dry your hair using a diffuser attachment.
Deep Conditioning Treatments
Once or twice a month (depending on the condition of your hair) you should apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair. After a regular washing and conditioning, squeeze all water out from your hair and towel dry. Apply a thick, deep conditioning cream or mask, and then put your hair in a disposable plastic shower cap. Next, use a heating unit such as a blow dryer cap, hot water bottle or heating pad to apply heat to your head for approximately twenty minutes.
After 20 minutes, remove the cap and allow your hair to cool for 5 minutes. Rinse most of the deep conditioner out with warm water, then turn the water to the coldest temperature you can stand and rinse out the rest. Make sure not to wash your hair the next day in order to give your hair a break.