Curly hair is gorgeous and should be celebrated, yet for years people have been using harmful heating tools and chemicals to straighten their stunning curls because it was too difficult to manage. Yes, curls can be a challenge as they tend to be coarse, dry and frizzy, but with the right styling tips, you can easily conquer these challenges and be left with a beautiful bouncing crown of curls. In this blog, we discuss several how-tos for taking care of curly hair so you can embrace your natural texture and have healthy curls.
How To Take Care Of Long Curly Hair
While it may seem counterproductive to get regular trims, hair cuts are crucial in taking care of long curly hair. Trimming your long curly hair ensures it doesn’t grow from damaged split ends. You can even try trimming it at home. There’s a technique called “dusting,” which requires only a pair of hair shears that can be purchased from any local beauty supply store. All you need to do is snip any tips that look or feel dry and damaged. Be sure you only “dust” your hair when it’s dried and styled. If you try this method while your hair is wet, you may realize you’ve taken too much off once it dries.
Another great tip for taking care of your long curly hair is to do frequent treatments. Whether that’s a scalp treatment or a deep conditioning treatment, sometimes curly hair, especially longer curly hair, needs some extra TLC. A great at-home scalp treatment is a mixture of argan oil and Moroccan red clay powder. Combine the two and apply it to your scalp for twenty minutes before rinsing to exfoliate your scalp, moisturize your curls and prevent dandruff. As for deep conditioning, there’s a variety of effective storebought treatments. Just ensure the one you use is formulated for curly hair. Then, all you have to do is apply it to your hair from roots to tips, put your hair in a plastic shower cap and rinse. Try out these treatments once a week for maximum effectiveness.
How To Take Care Of Baby Curly Hair
Gently massage sulphate-free baby shampoo once or twice per week to prevent dry, dull curls. Once every two days, use a moisturizing baby conditioner containing olive oil, aloe, coconut oil or shea butter and rinse with warm water. Use a baby spray detangler at the ends of that hair and slowly and carefully work through your baby’s curls in sections with a wide-tooth comb. Air dry, or use a t-shirt to pat out any moisture.
How To Take Care Of Curly Hair At Night
Protect your curly hair while you sleep by using silk or satin pillowcases to prevent frizz and breakage. On top of using silk or satin pillowcases, you can additionally tie your hair up using a silk and satin headwrap or bonnet. Finally, add a spritz of leave-in conditioner to your bedtime routine. A keratin treatment before bed will help maintain shine, bounce and softness. When you follow these tips, you’ll wake up with touchable, easy-to-style curls!
How To Take Care Of Curly Hair In Winter
Winter can be rough for multiple reasons. The frigid air can not only dry out your skin but can also leave your curls thirsty. To weatherproof and keep your hair moisturized during the colder months, we recommend the following three tips:
- Lower the thermostat while you sleep – When you’re all cozy in bed under blankets, you don’t need the heat blasting. Instead, simply follow the above steps to take care of your curly hair at night and keep the heat at a minimum so the air is less dry.
- Get a humidifier – Humidifiers are essential for harsh Canadian winters. This device keeps moisture in the air, which will also add moisture to your skin and hair. An added bonus – humidifiers help you breathe better, which is crucial during cold and flu season.
- Take cold showers – This tip may sound daunting when the temperatures outside are below freezing, but hot water drys out your hair. The shower temperature doesn’t have to be icy cold; we just recommend rinsing out shampoo and conditioner with the coldest water you can stand to shock your hair cuticle. Trust us; your curls will look healthy, shiny and moisturized.
How To Take Care Of Curly Hair Naturally
If you prefer a more natural approach to hair care, we recommend avoiding products that contain sulphates, parabens and silicones. These ingredients are drying and block healthy oils. Instead, look for products that contain simple ingredients that you can pronounce, like aloe vera, shea butter and coconut oil.
How The Curl Ambassadors Can Help
If you need help sourcing the best natural hair products for curly hair or tips on styling, we have a wide range of shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins, gels and much, much more. Our skilled Curl Ambassadors can help you find the best formulation for your curls, whether they’re loose ringlets or tight tresses. We additionally offer curly hair services and treatments to help you style your lovely locks. Our talented curly hair experts are here to help at our locations in Toronto, Vaughan, Pickering and Brampton. Contact us today for more information on how we can be ambassadors for your curls or schedule an appointment.