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Curly Hair Rules To Live By

by Chelsea Castonguay
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If you're trying to make the most out of your curls, you've come to the right place. Taking care of curls can feel like a lot of work, but fortunately it doesn't have to be! These are curly hair rules to live by. Follow these suggestions for easy ways to care for your beautiful strands.

Curly Hair Rules To Live By

Rule 1: always skip sulfates

If you haven't yet, now's the time to purge your curl care products, especially shampoos, and skip anything that has sulfates in it. Sulfates are essentially detergent, meaning you're going to be stripping your curls of natural oils and moisture every time you wash your curls. While you're at it, try removing anything with artificial ingredients and focus instead on natural, organic products that are moisturizing to help your curls be their best.

Rule 2: try to minimize heat use

This one can be tough, especially for those of us who live in colder climates. However, the least amount of heat you can use in your curls, the better. If you're addicted to heat tools or your blow dryer, start by cutting out your flat iron or curling iron. Then, start restructuring your wash day routine so you can allow yourself enough time for your curls to air dry as much as possible. This will help your strands recover from any heat damage, while preventing more. If you do have to use your hair dryer, try to keep the heat low, and make sure you use a diffuser. As always, use a heat protecting spray or oil on your curls to minimize damage.

Rule 3: never use a towel to dry curls

This is one that we can't stress enough: if you;re still rubbing your curls dry with a terry-cloth towel, now is the time to ditch it. Instead, use an old t-shirt or microfiber towel to gently pat or dab your curls dry. This will remove excess moisture and allow you to maintain your curls' natural shape without damaging your strands. As a result, your curls will hold their natural shape better, will be easier to style, have less damage, and will be much less frizzy. So really, there's no reason not to make the switch now.

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