Caring For Curly Hair

Curly hair tends to be drier, breakage prone and frizzier, thus requiring greater care than straight hair. Therefore, any curly hair care suggestion offered in this guide should be followed only after you are convinced that it is suited for your scalp and tresses and that it is offering desired results. The basics however include limiting shampooing your hair to no more than twice a week and using a leave in conditioner after every wash to help the hair retain its moisture.

Are you tired of seeing clumps of hair on your brush every day after you comb it? Do you dread washing your hair for the fear of the amount of breakage that you will see? If yes, you can set aside these fears for good by following some basic curly hair care tips that can not only reduce breakage but also help you maintain the PH level of your hair strands. In addition to that, you can ensure healthy hair that is moisturised from within as well as promote good hair growth by following the under mentioned tips:

Preventing Curly Hair From Shrinking When They Dry

One of the most common hair hassles faced by those with curly hair is, shrinkage as it dries up. If you too are looking for a solution to this problem, it would help you to know that using a diffuser is one of the best ways to prevent hair shrinkage. It also helps in retaining hair moisture while maintaining its length when it is wet.

You can also braid the hair in semi-large sections while it is still wet and after you have applied sufficient quantity of leave in conditioner to reduce the amount of shrinkage. If you do not like braiding, you can simply double strand twist your hair in thick chunks while it is still damp. This helps in stretching the hair length as it dries, thus reducing shrinkage.

Reduce Hair Breakage By Detangling It With Care

Hair is at its weakest when it is wet and pulling or tugging at it when it is damp will only cause more breakage. In order to avoid that you should detangle your hair gently after every wash. Even when your hair is dry, do not brush it roughly. The best way to detangle your hair is by gently pulling out one strand at a time. Being impatient will not help as it will only cause unnecessary breakage that you could have easily avoided.

Start with the ends of your hair and move upwards towards the scalp using your fingers. Once the hair has been more or less detangled, you can use a wide toothed comb to smooth out your hair. You can also use a small amount of diffuser along the length of your hair to add to the ease of detangling. Infusium 23 or Terax Crema Conditioner is aptly suited for the purpose. It is best to detangle your hair while it is towel dried as working on completely dried hair may cause it to become frizzy.

A Lesser-Known Fact About Curly Hair        

Have you been wondering why your curls do not shine like that of the model’s whose picture is placed on the packaging of your hair care product? Well, this is because of the build up of dirt, bacteria and  cholesterol along the roots of your hair due to the clammy hair products that you may have been using for years.

Unless you wash away the residue of these products thoroughly, your mane will not shine the way you want it to. In order to get rid of the product residue that undermines your hair health as well as shine, you can try the following homemade conditioner:

Homemade Conditioner Comprising All-Natural Products

You can get an envious shine in your curls by trying this home made hair conditioner. However, it is best to do a patch test with this before applying it to your hair so that you can be certain that it does not cause any unwanted reaction. Once you have washed your hair with a mild clarifying shampoo, you need to drain out excess water from your hair by scrunching it gently.

Next, prepare a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar by adding two tablespoons of the vinegar in two cups of water. Fill a spray bottle with this solution and spray it along the length of your hair starting from roots to tips. This homemade conditioner should be left on for about 15 to 20 minutes so that the vinegar can neutralize the alkali left behind by shampoos and other products. For better results, you can cover your hair with a plastic cap and wrap a warm towel over it.

After 15 minutes of application of this conditioner, you should wash your hair with lukewarm water and massage your scalp gently with your fingertips to remove any build up. This home hair care treatment should be done fortnightly or once a month depending on the health of your hair. This not only offers a thorough cleansing job but also adds sheen and softness to the tresses. This conditioner is suitable for all hair types and makes for an effective and inexpensive hair rinse for getting shiny mane.

A No-No for Curly Tresses

The market is flooded with hair care products for curly hair, each of which uses heavy marketing jargons to seduce unsuspecting customers. Their claims of offering multiple benefits are more often than not hollow and should not be believed. In fact, one such product that you should avoid is a combination shampoo. These two-in-one shampoo conditioners do little to either clean or condition the hair.

Since shampoos are meant to work in a different way than conditioners, bringing home a product that claims to clean, soften and strengthen your hair while leaving it with a wonderful shine is a complete waste of money. Instead, you should invest in shampoos and conditioners that have been especially formulated for curly hair to maintain the health of your locks.

Right Diet to Lock in the Nourishment of Your Curls

If you are looking for an easy tip to ensure the health of your curls, it does not get any easier than taking care to include protein rich food in your everyday diet. Human hair is made of long chains of amino acids that are joined together with peptide bonds. You can boost the health of your hair by consuming low-fat dairy products such as skimmed milk and yogurt as well as including red meat in your diet. In fact, a protein rich diet is essential to get shiny and bouncy curly hair.

Lack of protein in your diet will not only make your hair weak and brittle but also affect its colour that may change from black to reddish orange over time. Salmon, dark green vegetables, nuts, beans, poultry, eggs, whole grains and carrots are some important food items for maintaining hair health. Sometimes crash dieting can also affect hair health and is better avoided if you want healthy hair.

Opt For Home Steam Treatment To Moisturize Your Hair

One of the most common complaints about curly hair is that it has a tendency to become dry and brittle. An easy way to lock in moisture in your curls is by trying out a steam treatment at home. This helps in promoting water absorption of hair and allows the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft with ease for providing deep conditioning so that you get stronger, softer and healthier hair. Getting a steam treatment at a beauty salon can cost you as much as $100 per session. However, you do not need to empty your wallet every time you want to pamper your hair by trying out the following homemade steam treatment.

All you will need for this is a moisturising conditioner or natural organic oils (such as extra virgin olive oil), a few plastic caps and a turban towel. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and then apply the conditioner or the oil on your scalp and hair. Cover your head with a plastic cap and wrap the turban towel that you have heated for a few minutes in a water bowl in the microwave over the cap. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and follow it with a warm water rinse.

Finish off with a cool rinse to seal the moisture in the hair cuticles and to close the pores and the hair shaft in order to prevent any damage to it. You can follow this routine twice a month to keep your hair soft and bouncy.

So, next time instead of regretting that you have curly hair that are so difficult to manage, try out the tips and suggestions given here and take pride in your pretty locks and this distictive quality of your hair.

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