Have you ever seen a tips and tricks list and thought “yeah, that doesn't seem real?” That's because a lot of them contain unattainable ideas. Fortunately, this isn't one of those lists. We don't want to waste your time, so we've compiled this list of curly hair tips that work in real life. Give this list a try, and if it works for you, we'd love to hear about it!
Curly Hair Tips That Work In Real Life
Get a dry cut:
Curls have a lot of bounce and movement. They also tend to shrink up when dry. Therefore, you'll want to avoid any unpleasant surprises by requesting your stylist cut your curls dry. This will allow your stylist to make sure they're taking off the correct amount of hair and can see how your strands fall.
Before you hit the hay, you need to take care of your curls. This could include moisturizing strands with a spritz of water, or leave in conditioner. After hydrating, consider how you want to protect your curls while sleeping. Pineappling, or gathering your curls on top of your head and tying loosely, can help keep strands in shape overnight.
If you aren't the pineappling type, you can also tuck your curls into a silk lined cap or a bonnet before hitting the hay. This will help curls retain their shape and minimize frizz. Finally, if neither of these options work for you, swap out your cotton pillow case for silk or satin. This smooth fabrics allow curls to slip across their surface without damaging strands or drawing away moisture.
Skip harsh ingredients:
Finally, it's time to really investigate the products that are in your curl care toolbox. While many of us fall into patterns of using the same products for years, there are so many products out there that are actually really harmful for your delicate curls. In order to get the best out of your curls there are some ingredients to do away with. These include artificial fragrances, synthetic colors, parabans, sulfates, and mineral oils. All of these ingredients actually can cause more harm than good for your curls.
Style with care:
It's important to understand how to carefully and correctly style your curls. After you've figured out which products work best for you, you're going to need to know how to use them. Make sure to read all styling directions on the products before use. Then, you'll need to experiment to figure out which products work best for your strands. Additionally, make sure you're using the correct tools when styling. Wide toothed combs, duck billed clips, diffusers, and microfiber towels are all going to be helpful tools for you when it comes to caring for your strands.