Curly Hair Care & Textured Hair
Because Hair Care is Self-Care! This post is part of a series that is focused on the wonderful world of curls and coils. I want to help inspire and give you simple yet effective ways that you can start giving your textured hair the care and attention it needs starting today.
Today’s tips are curated by our in-house curl-enthusiast Louis Driver. He loves a curl and positively encourages people to embrace their natural texture wherever possible. He will also work with a client to come up with cut or styling that suits, and in some cases more manageable. He also has curly hair and over the years has experimented and perfected a curly hair care routine for himself and shares this knowledge with clients.
1. Don’t over-shampoo
Generally, curly hair care is hard and the hair is prone to being dry, which is the reason why it’s so important not to over-wash it. Excessive shampooing opens up the cuticles and strips the hairs of their natural oils, which will dry out your curls even more. The less you wash, the better! Lots of brands also now make a cowash. Cowash allows you to cleanse, refresh and condition without the shampoo part. Products are essential and we’ll go into them in more detail in a separate post.
2. Cleanse the scalp
That being said, shampooing curly hair is still necessary for healthy hair growth, as it gets rid of all the build-up from oils, dirt, and dust. When shampooing, concentrate on rubbing and cleansing your scalp properly with your fingertips.
3. Avoid alcohols and sulphates
The key is to use products specifically made for curly hair, which are also sulphate and alcohol free. As you may already know from this post, these are the ingredients that really dry out the hair (and are also harmful in other ways), so you want to avoid them at all costs.
Speaking of keeping moisturised, it’s so important to replenish moisture into your curls. Some ways you can do that is by using conditioner every time you wash your hair, as well as performing routine deep conditioning and oil treatments.
4. Choose the right towel
Reaching for a standard bath towel isn’t the best choice when it comes to curls. Opt for a microfibre cloth or a cotton t-shirt. The aim here isn’t to rub and disturb the curl pattern resulting in frizzy hair. You want to gently scrunch the excess water into the hair.
If your hair is prone to getting frizzy once it dries, then use leave-in hair products meant for curly hair such as curl activating cream. No matter what, do not interrupt your curls in any way while they’re drying! Playing with them or running your fingers through them may cause them to frizz up, which, let’s face it, is the first thing you want to avoid.
Air drying is always a preference, but if you’re pressed for time, you can use a diffuser to dry your hair. Flip your head upside down and hold the diffuser steadily to your scalp — don’t move it around too much, because all the escaped wind can make the hair frizz.
5. Never brush curly hair
If you even own a brush, get rid of it at once! Only comb your hair with a wide tooth comb before your shower, or gently finger comb after the shower. Remember that wet hair is more prone to breakage, so be super patient and gentle if you’re combing it wet.
6. Avoid hairsprays and mousse
Not only do these products make your curls crunchy these two products in particular also contain the highest amount of alcohol. There are similar products like texture sprays and foams specifically designed to work with your curls.
7. Dial down the heat
Excess heat can cause your curls lose their shape, making them look lifeless. If you notice a change in your curl pattern stop using any heat, including the hairdryer and diffuser! For a week or two, focus on rehydrating your curls to give them that bounce back. If you do use hot styling tools, use them on moderate heat setting and always use heat protectant.
8. Talk to a curl or texture specialist at the salon
Getting a haircut, colour or treatment by a professional hairstylist with previous experience in working with curly hair is always advisable. A stylist that truly understands the art and science of working with textured and curly hair, can make all the difference to your salon experience.
Walking out of the salon with amazing textured tresses not only looks great, but will also encourage you to embrace the curls and give you confidence!
What are your tips on caring for your curls? Any special tips or tricks? We would love to hear them. Also, if you have any requests on what you’d like to see in future posts, then let me know by contacting me on Instagram.