Curly Hair Hacks
Curly hair can be difficult to deal with. From unruly frizz, to products that leave curls hard and crunchy, finding the perfect look can cost time, money, and frustration. These helpful tips can bring life back into your curls, lessen frizz, and add shine.
- Use a sulfate free shampoo
This tip works for all hair types, but in particular, it helps those with more texture in their hair. Curly hair dries out faster, leading to frizz and breakage. Sulfates found in most shampoos are too harsh for curls and cause damage. Certain shampoos are made to be sulfate free. These shampoos are less dehydrating, and while they don’t lather as much as shampoos with sulfates in them, they leave hair shinier and less frizzy. For added benefit, wash hair every other day, or when it gets greasy. Washing hair too often, even with sulfate free shampoos, can lead to damage and drying. For best results, use a shampoo specifically formulated for curly hair, such as Deva Curl No-Poo. Remember, after washing hair, always use a hydrating conditioner.
- Apply product to wet hair
This may seem obvious, but always apply product for curly hair right after you’ve been in the shower. This will keep the product from sticking in clumps to your strands. To apply evenly, spread product over your hands and finger comb down through your hair, scrunching up when you reach the bottom. This should disperse product evenly, defining curls without leaving too much or too little product behind. It’s also important to pick the right product for you. Products with high alcohol content can leave hair crunchy and looking like uncooked ramen noodles. Look at ingredient labels to avoid this, and be sure to pick a product formulated for your curl type. This Sephora page helps recommend products for four different types of curls.
- Blow-dry with a diffuser
Anyone who’s tried to blow dry curly hair without a diffuser knows that the end result is not pretty. The focused hot air leaves hair with a frazzled appearance, while a diffuser disperses air more uniformly, drying hair in a gentler manner. Drying with a diffuser after a product is put in hair will help give curls definition, allowing your spirals to stand out. However, don’t use it too often. Too much heat will dry out curls, leading to damage. Use a blow-drier a maximum of three times a week, and don’t use styling tools at temperatures above 400°.
- Cut hair often
Because curly hair breaks easily, it’s important to get it cut often to keep it healthy. Curls can be unpredictable if cut when wet, so make sure to tell your stylist only to trim once your hair is dry. Curls also work best when cut in layers. Long hair weighs down curls, and keeping hair at one length can cause it to appear in unflattering shapes. Layers help even out curls and keep your coils from becoming too weighed down to bounce nicely. Also, ask for a stylist who specializes in curly hair. Having someone who knows about your hair type is a good way to get fantastic results the next time you want a new look.
- Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase
Cotton pillowcases tend to absorb moisture when you sleep, leeching it out of your hair. They also cause friction, leaving hair frizzy in the morning. Silk and satin don’t do this. Their smooth surfaces are better for curly hair, leaving you with a sleeker look when morning comes.