How-To Tuesday -- Tips for Dealing with Curly Hair
After many, many years of dealing with this hair, I've learned a few things. One thing I've learned is that I'm immensely grateful for hair product. We didn't have good hair products for curly hair when I was a teenager, so unfortunately, I was often called Frizzhead and was told that my hair doesn't get longer, it gets bigger.
But enough of reliving my childhood trauma. Let's talk curly hair.
Remember that one size doesn't fit all. Some of this might work for you, some of it might not. Take what works and discard the rest.
Tip 1: Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Curly hair tends to be dry hair, especially on the ends.
Tip 2: Don't overwork the hair. I comb my hair once every two days and that's in the shower, while I have conditioner in the hair. I use a wide-tooth comb that I keep in the shower. I comb my hair there, then towel dry it, put in product and don't comb it again for about 48 hours.
Tip 3: Make your own hair cocktail. Mousse and gel make my hair too stiff. Creams leave it too soft and with frizzy fly-aways. I mix the two together in my hands, apply to hair, finger comb and let it air dry.
Tip 4: Air dry whenever possible. If I'm in a hurry, I'll use a diffuser to partly dry my hair, but it goes much better if it air dries. Air drying makes the curls more defined and helps eliminate damage. I like to let it air dry and then use my fingers to separate the curls. Then I hardly touch it again for two days.
Tip 5: If the hair looks a little unruly on the second day, I spray it with water and a little spray gel, then a little arranging with my fingers and then leave it alone. The more you touch it and mess with it, the bigger it gets.
I hope these help. I didn't include any products, because I change products constantly.
Good luck with your curls and if you have any pointers I could learn from, please feel free to share with me.
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