Curly hair is something most straight-haired girls are constantly saying that they wish they had. Curly girls know that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. When you have curly hair, you have a unique set of styling and maintenance challenges. Here are some of the biggest curly hair mistakes and how to deal with them.
Perhaps the number one complaint, frizzy hair is a major issue for girls with curls. Sometimes it seems that no matter how you style your hair, you end up with more frizz than curl. First, try using a cotton T-shirt rather than a bath towel to dry your hair. It may sound, and feel, a little weird at first, but this can help eliminate frizz. Conventional curl wisdom suggests scrunching as you style to help shape curls, but this can increase the level of frizz in your hair. Instead, twirl curls around your fingers to help create structure. Lastly, skip traditional hair brushes. These only pull curls apart and add frizz to your look. Opt for a wide tooth comb and comb hair only when wet.
Curly hair is significantly drier than straight hair. Hair experts suggest to limit the amount of shampooing each week, but keep conditioning. Most curly hair girls can get away with only washing their hair twice per week. On the days that you do not need to shampoo, try the popular method of “co-washing.” Co-washing simply means that when you aren’t shampooing, you still wet your hair and use conditioner. This helps keep moisture in your curly hair. Additionally, you can use the steam generated from your shower to help your curls. Allow the steam to soak into your hair, which will help your curls stand up on their own without the need for as many drying styling products.
Hair Tools with Heat
Hot tools are to be used with caution by all hair types, but particularly curly hair girls. However, allowing your curly hair to air dry completely can lead to more frizz. So what’s a girl to do? Make good use of the diffuser attachment that comes with your hairdryer. If yours doesn’t come with one, invest in one immediately. When drying your hair, try to avoid touching it with your fingers as much as possible and just use the diffuser. Flat irons are fun to use when you want to switch up your look. Be sure to spray a generous amount of heat protectant on your hair prior to using the iron on your hair. Also, take care to use an appropriate heat setting. A good guideline for heat setting is that if it is uncomfortable and burns your fingers, the iron is probably at a setting too high for your hair.
Your curls look beautiful when you leave the house in the morning, but an hour later they’ve fallen flat. There are few things you can do to combat this curly hair issue. First, curls tend to hold better on hair that has not been just washed. If you have just washed your hair, you can always use a bit of dry shampoo to add some texture. Next, find a good curl cream or mousse that works for you. The product you choose will be what works for you, there is no single perfect curl product. Unfortunately, this means a good amount of trial and error. Once you’ve applied the curl cream or mousse, add a tiny bit of hair oil to the ends of your hair only. This way you keep volume and curl at the top of your hair as opposed to weighing it down. To maintain volume, lift the roots of your hair with your fingers as you dry it. Some experts suggest using a combination of air drying (while lifting the roots with your fingers) and then finishing the style by using a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer. A good middle ground is to let it air dry 50% then use your hairdryer for the remaining 50%. Spray your hair generously with your favorite hairspray to help lock in the curl. Keep a travel size bottle of hairspray with your for emergency touch-ups.
Curly hair is awesome, even if it comes with some challenges. Embrace your curls and celebrate how amazing your hair looks.