If you've heard it once, you've probably heard it a few times; curls are dry. Keeping your curls moisturized is one of the top ways to ensure they will stay healthy. Here are some of our techniques we use to keep our curls hydrated.
One of the first things you'll need to do is figure out which moisturizers are right for your curls type. For example, if you have fine, wavy curls, you won't use the same heavy moisturizers our friends with kinky coils might use.
Here's how you can learn to correctly moisturize curls:
When searching products, make sure to select one that lists water as the main ingredient. Your curls need water to stay hydrated, so this will provide them with a foundation of good moisture. Before buying the product, consider checking out some reviews or watching tutorials to make sure it's worth your time and money.
Wash your curls regularly, but not too much. If your strands are coated in product and build up, it will be hard for moisture to penetrate the strands. Making sure they are clean will allow for moisture to get into the shaft and retain easier. Avoid shampoos that have harsh chemicals and instead select products with natural ingredients.
Before shampooing, consider pre pooing with an oil of your choice. This will allow your curls to retain moisture that would normally be stripped away by the cleansing process.
Keep the pH levels of your curls balanced by using apple cider vinegar to rinse your strands.
If you're feeling like your products aren't working as well as you'd like them to, it might be time to switch it up. Your curls can be come accustomed to deep conditioners and other products after a certain amount of time, which will make them less effective.
Finally, lay your head to rest on silk or satin pillowcases. If you're not about sleeping in luxury, at the very least invest in a satin bonnet. These materials will keep your curls from losing moisture while you sleep, which will make for better days for you and more hydrated curls.