Curls are a unique and beautiful hair texture that, when properly cared for, can be your crowning glory. Though, achieving stunning curls isn’t as elusive as it may seem, if you don’t know how to handle them they can also be frizzy, unruly curls. So what is the secret for beautiful, luscious curls that turn heads wherever you go? The secret lies in mastering the art of the Dos and Don’ts of curly hair care. In this blog, we’ll take you on a journey through the essential secrets to achieving and maintaining gorgeous curls. Ready to embark on this curl-tastic adventure? Let’s dive into the world of Secrets to Gorgeous Curls: The Dos and Don’ts.

I. Understand Your Curl Shape and Pattern

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 Identifying your curl shape and pattern(s) is best determined while your hair is sopping wet. It is a common practice among those with curly hair. This can help you choose the right hair care products and styling techniques that work best for your specific curl type. A simple breakdown: Type 1 hair is straight, Type 2 hair is wavy, Type 3 hair is curly, and Type 4 hair is coily. You can click HERE to find out more about all the hair types.

II. Curly Hair: What You Should Do?

 Curly hair possesses an enchanting allure, captivating with its lively spirals and dynamic texture. It’s a natural masterpiece deserving of the highest care and admiration. Let’s delve into the secrets of how to nourish and celebrate your curls in all their glory.

Curly Hair Dos #1: Washing

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 Reduce the frequency of washing your hair to a minimum, ideally 2-3 times a week. The body’s natural oils travel down curly hair slower than straight hair because of the pattern of the coils, so your strands need all the moisture they can get. Transition to sulfate-free shampoos or those with a creamy texture to prevent excessive moisture loss and maintain the proper pH balance.

 In addition to limiting washes, incorporate regular deep conditioning treatments into your haircare routine, aiming for once every 1-2 weeks to keep your curls well-hydrated. To rejuvenate your curls between washes, use a leave-in conditioner spray or serum.

#2: Hydration

 Curly hair inherently tends to be drier than other hair types. the curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends, causing the lower half of your hair to look dry.

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To combat this, opt for curly hair-friendly products that are free of sulfates, silicones, and parabens. This approach helps maintain moisture levels and prevents dryness, all while preserving your hair’s natural pattern and overall health. Additionally, it minimizes the risk of serious side effects, such as hair loss. When choosing products, ensure they offer hydration without weighing your hair down. Concentrate more on applying these products to the ends of your hair, particularly if you have an oily scalp to avoid over-saturation at the roots. For recommendations on the best hair care products tailored to your curls, you can refer to this article.

Curly Hair Dos #3: Detangle From The Bottom Up

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 Curly hair can be tangled easily and the perfect time to deal with this is when your hair is full of conditioner in the shower. It’s advisable to discard brushes and fine-tooth combs, as they can cause damage and breakage to your hair. Instead, opt for wide-tooth combs or detangling brushes designed specifically for curly hair. This approach is an excellent method for managing your curly locks.

 Detangle your hair while the conditioner is still in it. Use a wide-toothed comb or detangling brushes or your fingers, to remove tangles and knots with ease. Start detangling from the bottom and then work your way up to the roots. This will also help the conditioner to seep into strands. Avoid pulling or tugging to prevent damage. After finishing, rinse your mane with cool water.

#4: Dry & Styling

 We always recommend you allow your hair to air dry naturally because it’s a good way to not disturb the curl pattern while eliminating the harsh effects of heat from the dryer. However, if you want to dry your hair with a blow dryer, buy yourself a diffuser and dry at the cool mode to make your curls dry and give you the best results. When styling, limit the use of heat styling tools and always apply a heat protectant spray before using them. Curly hair can be styled with low heat settings to maintain its curl pattern.

Curly Hair Dos #5: Protecting While Sleeping And Regular Trim Your Hair

 Put your hair up at night or sleep on a pillow covered with a silk pillowcase. Doing this will keep your curls defined and frizz-free while you sleep. And remember to go in for regular trims to keep split ends at bay.

III. Curly Hair: What You Should Not Do?

 Let’s explore the “do nots” that will empower you to maintain the health, vibrancy, and bounce of your cherished curls.

Curly Hair Don’ts #1: Over-Washing

 Frequent shampooing strips away the essential natural oils that your curls rely on to maintain their structure and prevent hair from becoming brittle. To achieve that natural shine and elasticity in your curls, it’s important to allow these natural scalp oils to accumulate over time.

#2: Apply Conditioner To Your Scalp

 Apply a generous amount of conditioner, starting about an inch above your roots and working it through to the mid-lengths of your hair. Then, apply a little extra towards the ends. Try to avoid rinsing away all the conditioner; leaving a thin layer on your strands is key. This technique is a valuable trick for all women with curly hair, as it provides additional softness and moisture to your hair as it dries after washing.

Curly Hair Don’ts #3: Brush Your Hair When It’s Dry

 As much as possible, avoid brushing or combing the hair once it is completely dry. Unless you want a ton of frizz, keep all brushes away from your hair. If you have knots, detangle them as described above.

#4: Don’t Use A Regular Towel or Blowdryer Without A Diffuser

 Remember that friction equals frizz and a regular fluffy towel is doing your hair no favors. Switch to a microfibre towel to dry your hair. Besides, avoid using your hair dryer without a curl diffuser. Blast drying is not for curly tresses.

Curly Hair Don’ts #5: Don’t Give Up On Your Curls

 Whatever you do, never give up on your curls. Curly hair doesn’t have to be a hassle. You just have to find a curl routine that works well for you. Don’t be afraid to play around with different techniques until you find one that works wonders for your waves. Embrace your curls and treat them well and they’re sure to do the same for you!

IV. Wrapping Up

 By following the expert advice outlined in this blog, you can unlock the true potential of your curls and achieve healthier, more vibrant hair. With the right knowledge and a little patience, you’re well on your way to showcasing the best version of your naturally curly hair.

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