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TIPS FOR CARING FOR CURLY HAIR

Curly hair is beautiful and versatile. One day you can wear a super defined curly style and the next week you can rock it straight with a blowout. Due to curly hair’s nature, maintenance and care can be a challenge. At every bend, curve, and coil, there is a risk for hair breakage. Because of all the twists and turns, the hair is more prone to tangles due to the “highly social” aspect of the hair. The individual strands “interact” with one another, and the next thing you know, there are tangles and knots. And to top it off, because of the shape of curly hair cuticles, sebum produced in the scalp has a difficult time traveling down to the ends of the hair. This leads to dry hair. And we all know dry, curly hair, means that it’s at risk for breakage. What’s a curly girl to do?

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)

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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.

Recommended Products: Aussie Moist Conditioner (CVS.com; $8) or Briogeo (Briogeo.com; $28)

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.”

Recommended Products: Curls Cleansing Cream (Curls.biz; $15)

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.

Recommended Products: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Conditioner (Briogeo.com; $36)

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