Tips For Caring For Curly & Natural 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? Women with naturally curly hair have to take a different approach to their hair care routine. The team at Loza Tam has compiled a list of tips for caring for all types of natural curls.
1. Work In SectionsDue 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
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2. Sleep In A Satin-Lined Hair Wraps At NightAt 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.
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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.
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