There’s probably not one day that goes by when someone doesn’t say, “Girl, I just love your hair.” And because you don’t want to come off as ungrateful, you simply smile and say, “Thank you.” But any girl with naturally curly hair knows that it comes with its own set of problems.
It frizzes up in humidity. Your hair brings new meaning to “bed head”. Searching for the right products can be a nightmare. Too much product makes your hair crunchy while too little is a totally waste of time. Wanna get bangs? That’s a horrible idea. Wanna try a hat? 7 times out of 10, it’s not gonna sit right. We could go on and on.
Still, no one is thinking anything about what you go through when they see those pretty lil’ ringlets hanging on your shoulders. All they know is you’ve got a texture they would die for. And when you think about it that way, you do have something pretty special going on! You just need to know how to handle it right. We’ve got a few proven ideas.
Use A Detangling Comb
Curly hair equals tangles and potential snagging too. If you don’t want to be pulling out chunks of hair at a time (we’re not exaggerating on that), you need to use a detangling comb on wet and dry hair. What makes them different is that detangling combs are specifically-designed to separate your locks and pull out knots without giving yourself a headache in the process. We’re thinking you probably already have one. Just in case you don’t, click
here for a list of some of the best ones on the market.
Layer Your Hair
Does your hair look heavy but at the same time it doesn’t appear to have much volume? That’s a huge sign that it’s time for a haircut (don’t you do it, go to a stylist). Having some layers in your hair will give it shape and make it easier to style. Here’s a heads up: If your stylist wants to cut it straight, don’t go for that. Remember that you “lose length” when your hair is curly. You need someone who is a pro at cutting your hair in its natural state. That way you don’t end up looking like you lost half of your hair’s length in one salon visit.
Use A Plastic Cap
Plastic actually becomes your friend on a couple of levels when you have curly hair. The way to keep your hair from clogging up your sink is by putting some plastic wrap over it while you’re detangling your hair. A plastic cap is also a good thing to put on your head while you’re conditioning it. In fact, let’s stop here for a second. If you traditionally shampoo and then condition your hair, that’s cool (read the next step). But try co-washing a couple of times, just to see how you like it. It’s basically washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. It can keep your hair from drying out and add more sheen to your curls. Read more about that
here and here.
Try Some Carbonated Water
Whether you choose to give co-washing a try or you’re gonna stick with old-fashioned formula, put a couple of teaspoons of honey into your bottle of conditioner. Honey is a humectant; that means it pulls moisture out of the air to keep your hair moisturized throughout the day. It also helps to keep your hair soft too. If you want to do a hot oil treatment, mix equal amounts of honey with coconut oil, zap it for a few seconds in the microwave, section off your hair, apply the mixture and put on a plastic cap for 45 minutes. We dare you to tell us that you don’t feel the difference after!
Condition With Honey
Hate frizz? We feel you. Guess what can eliminate a lot of that? Carbonated water. Not Sprite (that will make your hair mad sticky), but non-flavored seltzer or mineral water. Combine half of it with half tap water and use it as the final rinse after washing and conditioner your hair. The low pH levels will keep the frizz down so that your curls can glow up.
Dab On Some Aloe Vera
Why spend all of that money on curling serums when all you need is a little Aloe Vera? The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in it will smooth your hair’s cuticles and make your curls nice and shiny. Your best bet is to dampen your hair and then massage some on your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Do this twice a week.
Mix Some Coconut Oil And Lavender Together
There are a lot of women who swear by coconut oil for their skin and hair, and with good reason. For your hair (and scalp), it clears up dandruff, adds sheen, detangles, fights frizz and seals your ends so that you don’t end up with split ones. Add a few drops of lavender oil into the mix and you’ll have hair that is soft, defined and smelling great. If you want to make the kind of lavender spritz that will make you friends jealous, click
here for a recipe. Our two cents is to add a drop or two of warmed up coconut oil and you and your cute curly-headed self will be good to go!