Most people with curly hair describe their relationship with their tresses as a complex one. It’s like a volatile love-hate relationship.
Love abounds on those days when the waves or ringlets look majestic on their own, and people openly express their envy and fascination with it. Meanwhile, the feeling of extreme dislike arises when the curls are unyielding to styling efforts.
But increasing those days when you feel great about your curly locks is not that hard to do. There are several ways by which you can tame typical curly hair woes, and eight of them are provided below:
1. Strengthen your strands with vitamins.
Hair nourishment can also come from within, and there are vitamin supplements that can strengthen and make your hair more luscious. They contain everything from biotin, and vitamins B, C, and E, which do not just improve the health of your mane but also your scalp.
When curly hair does not get enough nutrients it can become dry and brittle quite easily. A daily dose of vitamins for the hair is one effective way to outwork such problems even if you fail to eat right most days.
2. Prevent breakage by using the right hair ties.
Breakage is one of the most common curly hair woes, and this is often due to styling. Certain styling products such as hair ties can damage curly hair. They alter the shape of the curl, and along with that, they can tug and cause hair to snap.
Therefore, use the right hair ties for your natural hair. Curly hair experts recommend using Invisibobble and silk scrunchies. These will keep your hair in place without tugging and altering the shape of your curls.
3. Avoid “static-y” curls by using silk pillowcases.
Every person with curly locks knows how important a silk pillowcase is in battling static and unmanageable hair. Silk does not create as much friction as other fabrics; so, invest in a set of really nice silk pillowcases for when you sleep at night.
4. Use a microfiber towel or an old cotton T-shirt to get rid of extra water after washing.
Ditch regular towels if you wish to avoid the frizz. Microfiber towels or an old cotton T-shirt perform better at absorbing extra water especially when you are scrunching out extra water after washing.
5. Apply gel to define your curls.
A bunch of factors can result in lifeless-looking curls. But, if you wish to prevent this problem, apply gel generously to your hair while it is still wet and give it tight scrunches. Also, pin the hair near your crown to give it a lift. As your hair dries, the gel will maintain the natural shape of your curls.
6. Keep a bottle of water and conditioner handy.
Dryness is always a high likelihood for curly hair. Curly hair experts recommend keeping your mane as hydrated as you possibly can. One of the easiest ways to do so is by creating a mixture of water and conditioner, and placing it in a spray bottle you can use to “water” your locks throughout the day.
To make the shape of your curls more defined as you hydrate them, scrunch the ends.
7. Maintain shine with aloe vera.
Aloe vera has always been known as a reliable natural product for the hair. But for curly tresses, it is quite effective in maintaining smoothness and shine. This is because aloe vera has the same pH level as hair. Therefore, it possesses the ability to seal hair cuticles.
8. Get a haircut from a curly hair expert.
Styling curly hair can be a pain for many especially when it is not cut right. If you want styling to be so much easier, do not just go to any salon for your cut – go to a curly hair specialist.
People who specialize in curly hair know the appropriate cutting techniques for different kinds of curly hair. Likewise, they can provide you with the best tips to keep your natural hair bouncy even as you style it.
With curly hair experts, you can be certain that there’s no “guesswork” or trial and error process involved when you entrust your hair to them.
So, go ahead and try these tips.
Loving your naturally curly hair will be a lot easier because these are all proven effective strategies for making natural hair beautifully stylish and more manageable.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.