Every hair type demands a certain hair care routine. Curly hair is not that different. In fact, curly hair needs more attention than any other hair type. In order to keep it nourished, hydrated, healthy, and curly at the same time, you’re gonna need a special hair care routine. Anyone with curly hair has heard at least one person with straight strands lament, “You have pretty hair, I wish I had curly hair too! ” Now, I’ve done blogs about black, shinny hair, dry hair, damaged hair and now it’s time for some curly hair care. Will be giving some tips and curly hair masks to help prevent split ends, dryness in order to enjoy beautiful shinny curls. Don’t worry, it’s all natural and won’t cost you a thing, you have it all in your kitchen.
Curly hair care tips
Because of the excessive use of curling tools, curly strands are vulnerable to premature breakage, dryness and split ends. Unfortunately, this makes it hard to growth your curly strands to a certain length. But with the right curly hair care, even curly hair can grow longer, healthier and natural. Here are some easy tips to help you care for your curly hair:
Before and after washing
- Because curly locks are vulnerable to most harsh shampoos. It is important to choose a natural shampoo that has a pH level between 4.5 to 5.5. Consider using a shampoo specifically targeted for curly strands. It may be more moisturizing and strip away less of your hair’s natural oil.
- Before shower, apply some coconut oil to your hair and wear a shower cap. Leave it in for an hour and then rinse with mild shampoo.
- Don’t wash your hair every day. Daily washing strips hair of its natural oils. And because curly locks are typically prone to dryness, daily washing can lead to excessive dryness and breakage. Instead, wash every other day or a few times a week.
- Don’t “wash, rinse, and repeat. Only use shampoo once and follow it with a deep conditioner to moister your curly locks. Even better if you mix your shampoo with your conditioner at once. Apply them to your hair with a gentle massaging and then rinse with LUKEWARM water.
- If you have particularly thick or curly hair, wash and condition your hair one section at a time. Means, split your hair into two parts and wash each part at a time.
- After shower, wring out the water with a T-shirt instead of a towel to prevent tangles and frizz. Unlike a T-shirt, towels will absorb too much water and moisture out of the hair, which causes frizz, instead of just the excess water.
- If possible, avoid washing your hair on rainy days. Spray with a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner instead to avoid frizz.
Conditioning and moisturizing
It is very important and a must to keep curly locks moisturized and nourished. Failing to condition curly
locks will result in lack of shine, dull hair colour and will attract more oils. Conditioning will add moisture to curls that will shut the hair cuticle to lock in the moisture giving you softer curls. You might also consider using additional moisturizing products after or between shampooing. After shower, mix leave-in conditioner with gel or cream to moisturize your hair while sculpting the curls. Scrunch and twist the product into damp hair and air-dry or style as normal.
Comb your curls
When combing or brushing your hair, gradually move upward instead of starting at the roots. Because
starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding them all toward the bottom. When detangling your hair, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush to prevent breakage and preserve the shape of your curls. Instead of combing your hair after you’ve dried off, liberally apply conditioner, and comb it through your hair while still in the shower. Because combing your hair after the shower will separate your curls and cause frizz.
Keep it trimmed
When asked to trim their hair, some girls react in a surprised way, specially if they’re planing to grow their
curls longer. What most girls don’t know is that trimming their hair every (at least) 6 months will allow them to grow longer and healthier. Trimming rids the hair of split and dry ends. Not just curly but all types of hair need trimming every once in a while. Trimming also allows the hair to absorb moister and nourishment. In case you’re afraid of ruining your beautiful curls, head to the hairstylist every six to eight weeks for a quick trim.
Your everyday/night topknot
There are some simple and healthy ways to style your hair when at home, working out or just reading your favorite book.
- When letting your hair dry, try “pineappling” or piling your hair into a loose bun or ponytail on top of your head. This will prevent gravity from pulling your curls out and causing frizz.
- To make your blowout last longer, separate your hair into sections and loosely twist them before going to sleep. This will give you nice waves instead of creases and kinks.
- Dutch braids or cornrows: To get ’em, use a hair priming product like Bumble and bumble’s BB. CurlPre-Style Primer to moisturize beforehand. Then detangle your curls completely before starting to braid. This will significantly reduce the amount of tension that will need to be used for braiding. Divide your hair down the middle into two sections, then separate each section into three pieces. Starting at the front and top, create a three-strand braid. Cross the piece on the right into the middle underneath the center piece, then repeat on the left side, gradually adding more hair as you braid down to the bottom. Secure each braid with an elastic or clip.
- Switch to a satin or silk pillowcase instead of cotton to prevent tangled or matted hair in the morning.
Curly hair masks with essential oils
When it comes to maintaining your curly hair care, you may be seeing lots of products bombarding the market touting all sorts of ingredients. When it comes to the sheer number of natural curly hair masks with oils, it can be confusing to know which one may work best for your hair. Although you can learn by trial and error, it is always a good idea to do a little research before trying new ingredients. There are a number of essential oils that will help you keep your strands hydrated and shinny. Giving your curls an oil bath before and after shower will make a big difference in how they look. When it comes to oils, there are two main categories you will come across:
- CARRIER OILS: Vegetable/nut/seed derived oil. Usually odorless, and can be used alone or used to transport or carry the scent and properties of an essential oil.
- ESSENTIAL OILS: Highly concentrated scent. Contain specific therapeutic benefits, normally extracted from plant sources and diluted with carrier oils.
Essential oils are widely used in the natural hair community and are found in many natural hair products. Because of their healing and restorative properties they make great curly hair masks. Here’s a list of some of the most popular natural oils on the market that can be used as curly hair masks:
This magnificent oil can easily be used by all hair types. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft. It is rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. When used on hair, it improves scalp health, fights infections and fungus, and supports hair growth. In addition, it adds volume and shine without the common harmful chemicals. It is typically clear in its liquid form and a white color that is solid at room temperature. Here are some ways to use coconut oil:
Coconut oil is free of the scary chemicals that lurk in commercial hair products. It is an excellent conditioner, for all hair types and specially curly locks:
— After washing with a gentle natural shampoo: First of, warm the oil in the palm of your hands. Apply to hair shaft and ends, and then rub into scalp. Cover with a shower cap, and leave on for 1-2 hours, or overnight. Wash with gentle shampoo, and style as normal.
*1 teaspoon (for short hair), 2 teaspoons (for shoulder length hair) and 1 tablespoon (for long hair)
One of the main reasons that argan oil is so healing, is that it is rich with vitamin A and vitamin E. However, argan oil is also packed with anti-oxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. Argan oil is not only beneficial to skin but is also great for hair. This non-greasy oil makes for the perfect leave-in conditioner that makes your hair easier to style. In addition, it repaires those pesky split, dry ends caused by curling tools. If you have dry, brittle hair, once a week do an overnight deep conditioning treatment with argan oil.
—Before shower: Warm 4-10 drops in your hands (depends on your hair thickness) before massaging into your scalp. Continue applying all the way to the ends, twist, and place a shower cap on top. Your natural body heat retained in the shower cap will help the oil to penetrate, while keeping your pillowcase free of oil. In the morning, wash your hair as normal, rinsing until all residue is gone.
—After shower: Before your hair drys, add few drops of argan to your palm and run your fingers trough your curls and ends. The oil will keep your curls moisturized and nourished.
This multipurpose oil is a staple in many hair care regimens. Not only is olive oil a great pre-poo and hot oil treatment. But its also works wonders to seal moisture in and can add a kick to your conditioning routine. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. Extra virgin oil is also rich in high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E. This oil is really one of the greatest curly hair masks. If you have finer hair you may want to use just a small amount in order to not weigh the hair down. Olive Oil is great for curly hair. Use it to fight all the frizz and heat damage. If its making your curls little straight then you can mix it along with Coconut oil which is 100% pure. Warm this mixture and apply on your hair from root to tips.
For dry curly hair:
Another great thing about olive oil is that it’s a cheap and easy way to add moisture to your hair. Here’s a simple deep conditioning treatment you can try for achieving beautifully smooth, moisturized hair at home.
—1/2 cup your favorite conditioner
–1/4 cup olive oil (available at your local grocery store)
- Mix both ingredients in a bowl into a yogurt-like consistency.
2. Apply it to dry hair in sections, focusing on the length and ends of your curls.
3. Clip each section up as you apply the mix, and leave it in for about 30 minutes.
4. If you like dry detangling, now is a good time to do so with your fingers or a wide tooth shower comb.
5. Rinse your hair thoroughly, air drying to maintain moisture and natural curl definition.
6. Repeat this masks twice a week for a month to see results.
Here’s a video that explains how to do it in details:
When deciding what type of oil is best for your curls, first consider what end results you are looking for. There are two main types of oils: sealing and moisturizing. Sealing oils, like jojoba oil seal in moisture, meaning that you’ll need to apply water or conditioner to your hair beforehand for them to really work. Jojoba oil is one such carrier oil which has similar molecular structure like sebum. This liquid wax is extracted from nuts of jojoba plant. Due to its exceptional nutritional properties, you can use it over skin, hair and nails. Curly hairs in particular are often weak and dry, jojoba oil hydrates them from inside and reduce hair fall. This oil is one of the best and my favorite curly hair masks. Here’s how to use it as a curly hair care:
- Take head-bath and pat your curls dry. When they are still damp, apply jojoba oil evenly on the scalp and hair. Alternatively, you can mix other essential oils with this carrier oil.
- Mix jojoba oil with shampoo while taking bath. This won’t make your curls too dry.
- Else, blend equal quantity of grapeseed oil with jojoba oil and apply it over your curls as conditioner.
- Because of matching properties with sebum, jojoba oil is an excellent staple for your curls. This liquid wax controls excess oil production and prevents greasiness. With long shelf life you can use jojoba oil for curly hair.
Sweet almond oil
This light, all-purpose oil is great for all hair types and offers many benefits to naturally curly hair. Sweet almond oil works great as a sealant. Sweet almond oil is a moisture rich oil that penetrates well into the hair shaft and follicles. This amazing oil eases itching, soreness, dryness, and rashes. It’s good to note that it can do all of this even thought it doesn’t penetrate as deeply as other oils. Like most hair treatments, sweet almond oil, doesn’t create new growth. It does, however moisturize the hair making it less prone to breakage. So apply a small amount on top of your moisturizer to lock in the moisture. It is also great for improving manageability by smoothing the hair shaft.
You can either:
- Before you wash your hair, section and rub S.almond oil into the scalp to help remove any build up.
- Add few drops of almond oil to enough of coconut oil.
- Massage on your scalp for 5 minutes.
- Gently comb mixture through hair, cover with shower cap, and leave on 1 hour.
- Rinse with water, wash with natural shampoo, and towel dry.
- Repeat 2 times a week.
This super nutrient rich oil is heaven for thick-haired curlies. Chock-full of natural goodies like amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, avocado oil can help strengthen hair and enhance deep conditioning treatments.
- Whisk up two tablespoons of avocado oil, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 tablespoons of natural yogurt (the real yogurt, not the sugary ‘fruit’ stuff). Smooth all over damp hair, cover with a shower cap and leave for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a mug, nuke it for 30 seconds, and comb it through your hair. Then comb through. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, then wash it out.
A lightweight oil, rose oil is perfect for wavies or those with fine, low density hair. Rose oil strengthens hair at the root, protects against frizz, and adds shine. Using this oil for hair can help keep the hair moisturized and prevent dehydration. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it may help calm a range of scalp conditions and skin problems. The primary benefit to using rose oil on hair, is the fact that it hydrates dry hair and promotes health. This is especially beneficial for those with dry, damaged, or brittle hair. Those with naturally curly or course hair may also benefit, since their hair tends to be naturally drier than others.
The scent of rose may help promote feelings of calm, especially when used as an essential oil. If you are making your own mixture for this purpose, try to ensure that other strong fragrances aren’t mixed in with the rose unless they also promote calmness. You can also use rose oil for hair mixed with other ingredients which have similar properties. This may include the oil of various types of roses, avocado, or other oils.