Beleive it or not, great curls start in the shower. While this might sound kind of out there, hear us out. A good washing routine is the foundation for fabulous curls. If you're not washing your hair correctly to ensure great results, odds are you're going to end up with a mess. These are the best shower hacks for curly hair. Give these tips and tricks a try to see if it improves upon the overall health and well being of your curls.
The Best Shower Hacks For Curly Hair
Soak your strands:
When you get in the shower, make sure your curls are completely, totally saturated before beginning to wash them. This means standing under the stream for a good 4-5 minutes, or more depending on how long and thick your curls are. Use warm water, and don't be afraid to squeeze your strands to encourage the moisture to more deeply penetrate your strands.
Detangle with conditioner:
Before you even begin thinking about tackling those knots, make sure your curls are completely covered with conditioner. There are a lot of low-cost conditioners out there that will do the job effectively, so don't be stingy with this product. Once your curls are completely covered, you can begin working on tangles. Start from the bottom, and work your way up, tackling each at a time.
Deep condition in the shower:
If you have the time, deep conditioning in the shower is a great way to multitask. After detangling, rinse out the conditioner and cover your curls with a good quality, hydrating deep conditioner. Put on a plastic shower cap, and all the steam and heat from the shower to open your cuticles. This will enable the product to deeply penetrate into your curls, adding much needed moisture. If you don't want to hang out in the shower waiting the 30 minutes for it to process, try taking a bath or hopping out and coming back later to finish.
Style with conditioner:
One of the great things about using conditioner is you then have a built-in styler. When rinsing, try to leave behind a good amount of conditioner in your strands from the midshaft down. This will act as your leave in, and lay the foundation for great styling. You can also opt to apply your products while in the shower to soaking wet hair. This can allow the products to take more quickly to your strands, and prevent a mess. After applying products, squeeze out excess water, and use a microfiber towel or t-shirt to remove excess water.