Like most girls with curly hair, my hair care journey has been more of a rollercoaster than a straight line. In middle school, I was hopelessly clueless about the complexities of styling curly hair, causing my hair to be more or less a frizzy mess. I finally started experimenting with curly hair products in high school, and now I feel a bit more confident in my hair care ability, though there’s always something new to learn. So, I’ve compiled 5 of my best tips in the hopes of spreading some curly girl wisdom with you!
- Get Regular Trims
Keeping split ends at bay is one of the best ways for ensuring healthy, defined curls. Most stylists recommend getting a trim at least four times a year, though an article by Mielle outlines a few scenarios that might require more frequent cuts, one of them being for curly hair. Keeping your ends tangle-free will stop curl breakage and overall make styling your hair easier.
- Use a Co-Wash
This is a relatively new discovery for me, but anyone following the Curly Girl Method will already know about the benefits of co-washes. A co-wash is basically a cleansing conditioner that is able to break down any oils or buildup in your hair without drying your curls. Depending on your hair type, you can alternate between a co-wash and regular shampoo, or just use a co-wash; all you need is a little experimentation.
- No Parabens or Sulfates
Paraben and sulfate-free products are a must for all hair types, but people with curly hair especially should be mindful of what chemicals are in their shampoos and hair products. Both chemicals can make curly hair dry and prone to breakage, so make sure to check the ingredients on the back of any bottle. In this article, It’s a 10 HairCare outlines some specific names to look for to keep your hair healthy.
- Find the Right Styling Products
Most people with curls know that their post-shower styling products can make or break your curl pattern, so it’s essential to find the right kind. Some thicker leave-in conditioners are perfectly suited to type 4 hair but will weigh down type 2 or 3 curls. Similarly, a lighter mousse might give volume to type 2 hair but leave type 4 hair dry. Finding the right products for your hair type is essential, so always be open to trying a new method.
- Keep Your Hair Moisturized
Dry hair is nearly synonymous with breakage, so keeping your curls well moisturized is a must. On non-wash days, make sure you use something to fight the frizz, like argan oil or coconut oil. Additionally, be mindful of other outside factors that could dry your hair, like being in the sun for a long time or having a cotton pillowcase.