TIPS FOR CARING FOR CURLY HAIR
1. Work In Sections
Due to curly hair being prone to tangles, it is best to always work with your hair in sections. Working in sections will make the task of detangling feel more manageable and reduce the risk of the hair tangling. Part your hair into sections using a rattail comb
Recommended Products: Wooden Rattail Comb (Amazon.com; $8)
2. Sleep In A Satin-Lined Hair Wraps At Night
At night, your hair is especially prone to dryness, breakage, and tangles for a few reasons. The air from your home’s heating and/or cooling system can dry out your hair if it isn’t covered. Sleeping on a satin pillow case simply isn’t enough, as it still leaves your hair open to the air and prone to tangles as you toss and turn while you sleep. Hair wraps are super cute and are a great way to protect your hair…all while sleeping.
Recommended Products: Satin-Lined Hair Wraps (LozaTam.com; $40)
3. Pre-Treat With Oils Or Conditioner Before Washing
Due to curly hair being prone to tangles, it is best to pre-treat your hair prior with oils or a cheap conditioner prior to washing. This will help to lubricate curly hair strands to make the detangling process easier and quicker. Start by placing your hair into four sections. Once the hair is sectioned, apply Olive Oil or a low cost conditioner to your hair starting at the ends. The ends of your hair are the oldest, so they need the most attention. The ends of curly hair are also the driest, which means it needs more moisture. This process of treating the hair before shampooing is also known as a “pre-poo” treatment.
4. Shampoo 1-2x Per Week
Naturally curly hair is prone to dryness. If you shampoo your curly hair more than 1-2x per week, you could be making your hair drier. Additionally, the process of shampooing the hair with a surfactant can increase the hair’s pH, which lifts the cuticles, creating more tangles. If your hair feels dry or dirty throughout the week, use a conditioner based cleanser. This process is also known as “co-washing.”
5. Turn Down Your Water Temperature
Curly hair already has lifted cuticles, and hot water can make the cuticles of curly hair “lift” even more. This creates more tangles, as the lifted cuticles make the strands more “social.” Cleansing curly hair with luke warm water will help to dramatically reduce the amount of tangles you experience when washing your hair.
Recommended Products: Luke Warm Water
6. Deep Condition As Often As You Wash
Every time you shampoo curly hair, it strips the hair’s naturally produced sebum and increases the pH of the hair. Conditioning the hair restores the moisture levels and it’s pH. You should deep condition curly hair as often or even more than you shampoo. For the best results, you should place a plastic bag over your hair and sit under a heated dryer for 15 – 20 minutes. Sitting under a heated dryer helps to lift the cuticles so moisture can penetrate the hair strands. This is very important if you have low porosity hair. You can alway use Loza Tam turbans and hair wraps to deep condition on the go.