Curly hair is famously mistaken for being easy to look after, but those who have it know this isn’t the case at all.
Looking after curly hair can be challenging, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.
When you do know the secrets though, you can walk around with confidence as you proudly display your curly mane.
To get you started, we’ve put together a list of some of the most important things you need to do when taking care of curly hair.
So if you need some help, read on!
1. Don’t Brush Your Hair
You might be tempted to brush your hair from time to time, but when you have curly hair, brushing it is definitely something you don’t want to do.
We’ve been told to brush our curly hair by mainstream media for decades, and that’s because the proper grooming techniques haven’t really been understood until now.
Brushing curly hair actually causes more damage than help, so you need to make sure that you don’t brush yours.
Brushing curls will make them frizzy, and get rid of their bouncy shape.
The best thing you can do if you do need to brush is to get a white toothcomb and detangle them in the shower.
By doing this, you avoid damaging your ringlets and you retain moisture which will stop your hair from getting frizzy.
2. Conditioner Is Your New Best Friend
Everyone has been trained by the media to shampoo and then condition their hair, and in some cases, people use shampoo twice in one sitting.
Some people overlook conditioner altogether, but if you have curly hair, then you need to get acquainted with conditioner. It’s going to be your new best friend.
Shampoo actually dries your scalp, but conditioner will leave your curly hair hydrated and soft.
Lots of people with curly hair actually skip out on shampoo altogether and exclusively use conditioner.
This might feel a bit strange for the first couple of times you do it, but once you get used to it, you’ll see a drastic improvement in how your hair looks.
An important thing to remember when you’re conditioning your hair is to leave it on for about 10 minutes while you’re in the shower.
Anything over 5 minutes will work just fine though if you don’t have much time.
3. Use A Blow Dryer The Correct Way
Using heat on your curly hair is a surefire way to damage it and make it go frizzy.
This is why lots of people in the curly world don’t use a blow dryer and will definitely say something if you’re using one.
But, there are some ways you can use a blow dryer without damaging your hair.
You can still use a blow dryer, but do not use a setting any higher than medium.
In fact, try and avoid heat completely by using the cold setting.
You also need to make sure that you’re using a diffuser on your blow dryer and target the ends of your curls rather than your scalp.
It’s also in your best interest to use a blow dryer every now and then rather than all the time.
Save it for special occasions, or when you don’t have as much time to get ready.
Heat and curls do not go together, so bear that in mind if you do opt to use one.
4. Trim Your Split Ends
Split ends can be a bit harder to notice in curly hair, but if your hair is a bit dry and frizzy, you definitely need to keep your eyes out for them.
You can avoid split ends a bit more if you condition the ends of your hair regularly, but you will inevitably get split ends at some point.
The best thing you can do when this happens is to trim them.
You can go to a salon to get this done, but there’s absolutely no reason you can’t trim them yourself.
You don’t need any hairdressing training either, just get a mirror and some scissors, look through your hair, and trim wherever you find a split end.
You can find many video tutorials if you need some extra help.
Trimming your split ends allows your hair to repair itself and when it is curly, it gives it the chance to be bouncy and spring back to life.
It’s also just good for your hair to trim off these split ends every now and then.
5. Learn To Srunch
If you have curly hair and you’ve never heard of scrunching, then pay attention!
Scrunching is basically a styling technique that gives your curls more definition. You scrunch when your hair is wet and freshly conditioned.
It involves flipping your head over so your hair is flipped upside down, and then you take your hands and clench your fists from the bottom of your hair to the scalp.
There are plenty of videos out there to show you what scrunching looks like.
Scrunching adds more bounce and volume to your curls, and it also removes any excess water.
With every scrunch that you do, make sure you hold it for a couple of seconds to really allow your hair the time to adapt.
You also have to be careful at the speed that you are scrunching.
If you scrunch your hair too quickly, then you can cause your hair to frizz. Take your time when you are scrunching!
Looking after curly hair is definitely a lot harder than people think, but once you know how to do it, your hair will look great every time.
Use the tips we have provided in this article and you will see a fantastic difference in your hair in no time at all.
It might take a week or two for your hair to catch up with your new techniques, but as long as you are patient and trust in the process, you’ll be thanking yourself for the extra time and effort you put in!