Just to clarify, when we say hacks we mean tips and tricks, not cutting off your curls! When it comes to taking care of curls, there are a lot of tips and tricks out there. Some work great, and others not as much. Therefore, we've done the hard work for you when it comes to taking care of your curls and figuring out what are actually easy hacks for curly hair care. Give these suggestions a read, and let us know what you think.
Most shampoos are made with sulfates, which are designed to suds up and strip away dirt and oil. The downside of this is that they also can remove moisture and good oils from your strands. Therefore, if you're noticing your curls are dry, or difficult to style, you might want to think about switching to cowash instead.
After cowashing, you're going to want to make sure you use a deep conditioner regularly. About once a week is usually a good rule to adhere to. After you've slathered on a good quality deep conditioner, cover your head with a plastic shower cap. You can also apply heat via a warm towel, steam hood, or by use your hair dryer and running it around the outside of the shower cap. The heat will help activate the product, and let it penetrate more deeply into your hair's cuticle.
When you rinse your curls, it's ok to leave behind some deep conditioner, or conditioner. Make sure you rinse out the product from the roots, but allow some to stay in the midshaft down. This will ensure your curls stay moisturized while also keeping your strands from getting dragged down.
One of the best times to detangle your curls with minimal damage is in the shower. Cover your curls in conditioner, and work through knots individually. If you're having a hard time, stand under running water so the water can help detangle or unknot strands.
As tempting as it can be, resist the urge to rake a brush through your strands. Brushes aren't a good friend to people with curly hair, especially when your strands are dry. All that brushes will do is disrupt your natural curl pattern, and leave you with a mess of frizz. Use your fingers to work through knots, or get a wide toothed comb.