Trust me when I say that I know a lot about curly hair. I mean, I have been living with curly hair for about 20 years now! I have tried a countless number of products, been very insecure about my hair and straightened it almost ever day for a year straight, and even had bangs at one point (what was I thinking?). Every single trial and error procedure I've done with my hair has taught me a lesson. One thing I've learned over the years is to be happy with my hair, even though it may be a lot harder to manage than straight hair. No matter what your curl type is (wavy, coiled, kinky, spirals, etc) there are a few things you NEED to know to make your hair look and feel healthier, which will make you start to love the hair you wear!
Stop using a towel to dry off your hair. Buy a pack of 100% cotton tees. These are now your towels specifically for your hair. Towels have thicker threads that run in all different directions and make your hair frizzier. Cotton tees are a lot softer and will be more gentle on your hair.
Invest in a blow-dryer with a diffuser. Diffusers are made for curly hair and allow you to enhance your curls rather than drying them straight. Even though you're allowed to dry your hair upward or downward (if you must use a regular blowdryer, make sure you're holding it downward so you don't blow up the fly-aways), diffusers make sure your hair doesn't frizz up.
Use shampoo and conditioner made for curly hair. I can't stress this enough! I've tried out tons of products at the salon that are made for keeping your hair straight when you want it to stay straight after you blow dry and style it, and trust me - they work. So if you're going for your natural look, use products that are for your hair type.
Do not shampoo your hair every day. While so many people tell me not to wash my hair every day, I simply can't follow that rule because I have thin, curly hair. Because I have thin hair, this means that my hair looks greasy faster than others and if I sweat, you can definitely see it in my hair. Regardless, I still don't shampoo my hair every day because it can strip my stands making my hair look dry more often. Use a 3-1 rule and shampoo your hair once for every 3 times you condition your hair. I try to condition my hair every other wash.
Get rid of tangles while your hair is wet, not dry. Curly hair girls CAN comb their hair, but the easiest way is when you're in the shower when you're conditioning your hair. Use a wide tooth comb while your hair is wet and you're detangling, and use a brush when your hair is dry and you're detangling.
Trim your ends often. This is a must for every hair type, but since curly hair is naturally dryer, it is more prone to split ends than any other type. Aim to get a hair cut at least every 3 months!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Our hair is very sensitive to the elements, especially extremely hot and cold weather. Moisturizing your hair is a must when you style your hair, and when you give your hair deep treatments. Always work your way from the bottom of your hair up since your ends need more attention than the fresh roots of your hair.
If you have more tips and tricks for me to add, let me know! Your suggestions could be featured right here!