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With curly hair, getting ready seems to be a little hard. It requires some serious attention to begin with. If you have heavy coils or curls, you already know it’s not just simply a trait you got from your parents; maintaining it is a whole lifestyle.
Unlike other hair types, curly hair tends to lack moisture and dry out fast, making it challenging to take care of. Product after product seems to be not working at all. We then feel frustrated with our hair. And it does affect our mood for the day.
But, having one is actually an envy to many girls out there. So, knowing how to care of your glorious curls properly can be a big factor. You don't have to worry about anything that involves your hair anymore if you just know what to do.
Well, you’ve asked, and we answered. Let's discover more about curly hair and some tips you can do to keep it shiny and healthy. If you’re also a curious curl beauty, tag along!
It’s the shape of the follicle each hair strand grows that dictates how straight, wavy, or curly our individual strand can be. If you have a U or C-shaped follicle, you’re a curly-haired gal. Also, curly follicles angle directly into the skin, causing the hair to curve, thus, creating curls.
Identifying your curl pattern can be confusing too. Type A features stretched, big spirals that roll down from the crown. This type is the easiest to manage. Type B indicates smaller springs that mimic a corkscrew. Volume is insane in this type. However, it is very vulnerable to breakage. With relatively smaller and tightly-packed curls, you might have a Type C curl.
If you don’t straight up know if you have curly hair, here are some hints that might help you find out:
Brushing your curly hair is pretty much impossible without looking like someone who was just involved in a catfight. As it turns out, there are ways to brush your curly hair that won't leave with that horror movie hair.
First, brush it wet. Curly hair is naturally dry and brittle. Hence, brushing it when it's not wet can cause breakage and split ends. Also, you need to use the right kind of tools. A wide tooth comb or detangler brush is good to avoid tagging and snagging.
You may also add a good moisturiser to your brushing routine. As mentioned, curly hair is prone to dryness, so it’s important to incorporate products specifically made for curly hair and seal that moisture your hair needs.
To successfully wash your curly hair, don’t shampoo in a circular motion. This technique will help reduce the tangling. You can do a gentle back-and-forth massage on your scalp instead and avoid bunching up your curls. Lather your shampoo into the roots of your curls, and work the lather down the middle and lightly on the ends. If you have very knotted curls, detangle them first using your fingers before washing.
When it comes to how often you need to wash your curly hair depends on your curl type. Loose curls can be washed two to four times a week. Coily types can be washed up weekly and deep-cleanse with shampoo once a month. Lastly, tight curls should be washed every few days to a week.
Simple rule: If your curls feel dry, wash them less frequently. Don’t forget to use conditioner, too. Your curly hair needs some hydration!
Frizz? There are lots of it when you have curly hair!
You can follow these tips and techniques to reduce frizz and dryness in your hair:
Curls have a similar trimming timeframe to that of wavy hair. Less-is-more rule can be applied in terms of how much you cut. If you don't usually expose your hair to heat, 10 to 12 weeks is ideal. When it starts to knot easily, your curls should be trimmed.
The biggest thing you need to understand when you have curly hair is that it tends to dry out easily and craves moisture more than ever. There's no denying it requires a lot of attention. But when you understand the needs of your hair, it'll make sense why.