It’s not easy having curly hair. One day, your luscious locks are cascading gracefully down your back. And the next thing you know, it’s like your hair has an eternal grudge against all things beautiful. But it doesn’t always have to be a guessing game. There are ways to manage your curly hair so that you aren’t miserably walking around with a bird’s nest on your head.
Styling products like Cantu’s ever-reliable moisture retention styling gel and Soultanicals’s vegan styling custard do wonders when you want to glam up. But you should also pay attention to hair care. To make sure your curly hair stays pretty, start with keeping it healthy.
Here’s a short and sweet guide to healthier curls and kinks:
Use Deep Conditioners to Prevent Frizziness
Deep conditioners and hair mask treatments are every curly-haired girl’s best friend. You don’t need to empty your pockets on expensive salon treatments if you’re consistently keeping your hair moisturized.
Don’t skimp on those extra 15 minutes in the shower for hair conditioning. The moisture treatment prevents frizz from ruining your day. You’ll be happy to see that your curls are finally cooperating with you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Explore Hair Care Products
Your momma suggests a deep conditioner that she swears by? Your best friend wants you to try this new mousse that she’s been using? Give them a chance, but keep your mind open to other products, too.
Just like how no two people have the same personality, curls are also unique. What works for one person’s hair might not work for another, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different products.
Avoid Touching Your Curls throughout the Day
As tempting as it is to pat your hair down every five minutes to make sure every strand is still in place, make an active effort not to touch it. Otherwise, you might end up messier curls than you want.
The habit of playing with your hair, whether it seems as innocent as twirling and twisting curls around your finger, could affect the natural shape of your curls and generate friction. Leave it alone, please.
Regularly Visit Your Hairdresser for a Trim
“It doesn’t matter whether I have my hair trimmed, it won’t be noticeable in this head of curls,” assumes many curly-haired girls. But regardless of how noticeable the trim is, your hair will thank you for it.
Regular trims prevent split ends and breakage that are a nightmare for curly hair. Choose a hairstylist who is experienced with curly hair textures. They’ll work their magic and make you look better than ever.
Pay Attention to Your Diet
Finally, and as strange as this advice sounds, you have to pay attention to what you eat. Haircare and styling products can only do so much in making your hair look good if you aren’t eating healthily.
Add protein-rich food to your diet to promote healthy hair growth. Pay attention to snacks that are rich in iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and omega three fatty acids to help keep your hair strong and healthy.
Follow these pointers for healthier, more manageable curls.