Curly hair is a blessing in disguise: when it’s properly cut and styled, it can look beautiful, but curly hair can quickly lose its natural luster if it’s damaged or the wrong products are used. Here are 10 hacks to making your curly hair look awesome.
Find out your curl type
No two heads of curly hair are the same. You might have tight ringlets while a friend has looser waves. When you find out your curl type, you can learn how best to style them to make them look lovely. Your stylist can help you identify your hair type and recommend which products to use.
Use a leave-in conditioner
Leave-in conditioners are great for any hair type but are especially wonderful for curly hair. Curly hair is naturally super-dry and a leave-in conditioner can provide that much-needed moisture your strands are craving. One way to use a conditioner like this is to style your hair at night and then let it soak in while you sleep. You’ll wake up with awesome strands. Another way to use it is during the day as a base for other styling products. Use a quarter-size amount and work it thoroughly through your hair after shampooing. Then watch the frizz-free results unfold!
Use a hair mask
Hair masks are a slightly different treatment than leave-in conditioners. They can be used once or twice a month to provide serious moisture and protection against breakage. This is especially a must if you use heat tools regularly.
Get a diffuser
Frizz is one of the biggest problems people with curly hair have. A diffuser can solve that problem while also adding body when you blow-dry your hair. It’s also super-easy to use. Squeeze out the extra moisture in your hair and twirl your curls into the shape you want. Then cup the diffuser around your hair. It’s simple as that.
Try a detangler
A detangler can work double-duty to untangle your hair and provide light conditioning to dried-out strands. It can be used after you wash your hair to set the stage for smooth styling product application.
Use a microfiber towel, not cotton
Cotton towels can dry out already-dehydrated hair cuticles even more. Microfiber to the rescue: a microfiber towel will absorb moisture and preserve your hair’s natural texture at the same time. You can wrap your hair in a microfiber towel or just use it to lightly squeeze out the ends.
Comb your hair from the bottom up
Most people comb their hair from the top down, but this can push knots into the hair. When you comb from the bottom up you can get rid of knots as they appear. Make sure to use a wide-toothed comb to prevent snagging.
Try a serum
Only shampoo your hair when you have to
This is another hack that tackles frizz. Instead of shampooing every day, only shampoo when your hair looks dirty or greasy. Shampooing too often can dry out curls even more.
Get a regular trim
A regular trim every six to eight weeks can help you avoid split ends and also keep your hair from getting too heavy, especially if you have big, thick curls.