If you have curly hair, you already know it needs all the care it can get, from its roots to its ends, and from washing to styling. I won’t be pushing it too far if I compare caring for curly hair to caring for a newborn. And the littlest mistakes can make you regret picking up your shampoo in the morning.
You might be the type that has loads of amazing curly hair products but still end up with frizzy and flat curls after styling.
This should tell you that caring for and styling your curls doesn’t just stop at picking the right products alone.
In some other cases, the choice of products might be the reason you always have poor looking results after styling.
Whichever category you might fall in from the above, you will find these following tips extremely helpful when styling your curls.
Best curly hair styling tips and products
- Keep your curls hydrated
The first step to bouncy and healthy looking curls is hydration. This can be done in so many ways. Your curls are very prone to dryness due to the fact that your natural oils can’t possibly coat your strands from their roots to their ends unlike it can with straight hair. Hence, you’ll have to cut down on washing your hair too often to retain your natural oils. You should instead wash occasionally using hydrating shampoos or by using a cleansing conditioner.
Another way of adding moisture to your hair is by using leave-in conditioners every day, hair oils and using a deep conditioner once in a week or two.
Note: Apply your hair products using praying hands in order not to disrupt its curl pattern and definition. Also don’t forget to avoid products that contain toxins like sulfates, silicones, alcohol and paraben. They can cause dryness and hair breakage.
Also, in order not to weigh down your hair if you have fine hair, avoid heavy creams and use lightweight products and hairsprays that can add volume to your hair instead.
- Detangle while your hair is wet
To prevent frizz and breakage, it is best to detangle while your hair is still wet. This method is more snarl-free. It is advised to detangle with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. In the event of applying a leave-in conditioner after a wash, the wide-tooth comb will not only detangle, but it will ensure that the products you have applied to your hair spreads out evenly.
Note: Comb your hair from the ends to the roots to prevent accumulation of tangles at the end that will occur if done otherwise.
- Use diffusers when blow drying
If you have curly hair and you are choosing to blow dry your hair. Don’t forget the diffusers. Diffusers ensure that your hair doesn’t go flat or frizzy after drying. It adds volume to your hair, makes your curls more bouncy and speeds up the drying process.
To diffuse without ending up with frizzy hair, first dry your hair using a microfiber towel or a t-shirt. Then proceed to blow dry with a diffuser on low heat. Ensure you don’t completely blow dry and leave it to dry completely by air drying.
- Use styling gels
Many may avoid using styling gels because it leaves their curls crunchy, but it is an amazing way to up your styling game. Besides, it only ends up in a crunch if done wrongly and if you forget to scrunch your curls after it is dry.
Styling gels have a way of improving the look of your hairstyles. They also add volume to your hairstyles, hold its shape and prevent flyaways.
Tip: use a curl cream before your styling gels to give your curls definition.
- Use heat protection sprays
While it is true that applying heat frequently to your curly hair makes it more prone to dryness and breakage, it may be indeed hard to completely drop heat styling tools. On days when your curls may need more bounce or when it needs to be straightened, before picking up the curling iron or flat iron, ensure to spritz some of the heat protection goodness on your precious strands to save it from damage.
- Trim occasionally
Leaving split ends unattended will not only give your curls a poor look but it will make it prone to further damage. In order to keep your curls looking healthy and bouncy, you should go for regular trims once in a month or every three months. You can seek the advice of your hairstylist to determine when it’s best to get your ends trimmed.
- Get your beauty sleep
Getting ready for bed means you already had a nice shower, rubbed on your night creams and got on your pajamas. But you should not forget your hair. Before going to bed, for a frizz and tangle free and easy to style curls in the morning, pack your curls in a loose updo with a satin band, sleep on a silk pillowcase or wear a silk or satin bonnet.
Silk pillowcase may prevent you from waking up with fine lines on your face, but they can also prevent your hair from dryness and frizz because there is less friction between your hair and silk.
Alternatively, wear a silk or satin bonnet for the same effect. Doing this at night makes your hair easy to style in the morning because you don’t have to deal with taming frizz and detangling.
The purpose of wearing your updo loose and using a silk or satin hair band is so that your hair doesn’t break. Tight hairstyles pull at your scalp and weaken your hair strands causing them to break. Rubber bands on the other hand snag your hair and cause hair breakage around that area.
With the helpful tips above, styling your hair should be what you now look forward to. With the right products and right hair care habits, your chances of ending up with flat, frizzy and dull curls after styling is reduced.
Bye to the era of unattractive curls and welcome your shiny and bouncy curly hair days.