The Ultimate Guide for Curly Hair

March 27, 2016

If you're looking for tips on how to get your curly hair under control and have amazing, luscious, non-frizzy curls, I'VE GOT YOU.

You have come to the right place. I'm going to share with you all the tips I have learned from dealing with my thick curly hair for 20-something years and the secrets I have discovered to reducing frizz, maintaining well-defined, shiny and beautiful curls.

I will also share with you some of the products that I use or have used that help you achieve your curly-hair goals.

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Without further ado, here are...

The Golden Rules For Curly Hair

1. Use a shampoo + conditioner or repairing mask for curly or dry hair.

Having a well-cared for curly hair is all about nourishment and hydration. Hydration is key for well-defined curls and frizz prevention.

When it comes to conditioners/masks, don't be afraid to use a lot of it on the ends of your hair - curly hair, especially if thick, tends to be drier than other types of hair so it will absorb everything you apply to it. I would, however, avoid applying conditioner on the roots because those are more likely to get greasy as they aren't usually curly.

Here are a few recommendations:

2. Use a detangling brush to untangle your hair in the shower. 

Untangling curly hair is usually a very complicated and painful task, but fear not because I have the solution!

Forget about the combs with large separate teeth or whatever people have told you. The BEST and easiest, pain-free way to untangle your curly hair quickly and painlessly in the shower is by using a detangling brush like those ones made by Tangle Teezer while your hair still has conditioner or a mask on (and has had a couple of minutes to absorb it).

The reason why these brushes are so great is the fact that they have a lot of small teeth, which untangle your hair very easily without your locks getting stuck in the brush's teeth. This also means it will be painless - a win-win situation!

3. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel to dry it off

After washing your hair, let it dry for a bit in a towel (the towel will absorb the water and you won't need to rub your hair so much to dry it). 

Even if you don't have much time, you can just leave your hair in the towel for a few minutes while you're getting dressed or doing your skin care routine. Then, just remove the towel and carefully squeeze your hair with the towel to get rid of any excess water (but avoid twisting the hair with the towel, as this creates frizz and tangles your hair up too much all over again).

However, you will probably need to brush your hair again since it was in the towel but do it while it is still damp as this way it won't hurt as much and because brushing dry curly hair will cause your hair to frizz and nobody wants that!! 

Finally, once you've brushed your hair, you just need to apply a curl-defining cream all over your hair, starting from the ends and scrunching up your hair a bit to define your curls. This will keep your curls in place and prevent too much frizz as you go about your day.

4. Invest in a good-quality curl-defining cream.

These creams that I just mentioned are your absolute saviors and your best friends when you have curly hair. As the name says, they help define your curls, which means they help to maintain their shape by keeping them in place, which also helps control volume and frizz during most of the day. 

Trust me, you'll use it every day!

P.s. Notice I'm saying creams and not those foams/mousses that used to be all the rage. I don't particularly like those mousse-like foamy creams because they glue curls together and make your hair sticky to keep that weird wet hair look all-day long. 

The curl-defining creams I'm talking about prevent frizz and help define your curls while still maintaining a natural curl look when your hair dries.

Here are some great creams that I've used and recommend:

5. Air-dry your hair.

Air-drying your hair is the best option to avoid frizz. 

However, if you do have to dry your hair during the winter or if you wash it at night, then I suggest using a hair dryer with a diffuser - these great little accessories minimize frizz because they don't make your hair fly around when you're blow drying it.

Here are a few examples:

Bonus: Morning Routine for Curly Hair

On mornings when you don't wash your hair (and you can't follow the above routine/rules), this is what you should do - and trust me, it took me a long time to figure this out!

First of all, don't even think about combing or brushing your hair!

Curly hair isn't meant to be combed or brushed when it's dry. In fact, this is about the worst thing you can do to your curls. It destroys them because it separates the locks of hair, which will also cause frizz.

Because our hair usually gets a little disheveled from sleeping, what you can do in the morning to sort of comb it and make it look neat is dampen it with water and untangle it with your fingers, as if you were combing your hair with your fingers. 

The difference is that this won't separate your curls which is what would happen if you used a brush or a comb on dry hair. The water helps untangle your hair because it will make it softer and smoother to work with. It also avoids you pulling on your curls like you might with a brush, which would make you end up with a mess of frizzy hair.

Then, while your hair is still damp, apply a small amount of curl-defining cream on the frizziest sections. This will redefine your curls and control frizz for the rest of the day.

It's as simple as that. Oh, and avoid rain! The cream does provide you with a little bit of protection against humidity but it can't make miracles happen in that area so make sure you have an umbrella or a hood on rainy days!

Having curly hair is a lot of work but it's totally worth it! 
I really hope these tips help you get those luscious curls you've been trying to achieve.
Do you have a different routine that works for you? I'd love to know how you control your curls!

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