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Hack Your Curls Like A Pro

by Chelsea Castonguay
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We don't know about you, but we're always on the look out for amazing curl care tips. Everyone wants to save time and money on their hair care, so here's how to hack your curls like a pro. When we say hack, we mean tips and tricks and not taking the shears to your strands! Make sure you're still scheduling a trip to your salon for trims and cuts! However, give these tips and tricks a try, and make sure you let us know what you think.

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Hack Your Curls Like A Pro

Skip the shampoo:

Most stylists know slathering on a shampoo with parabens and sulfates is going to cause your curls a lot of damage. These ingredients are what creates that thick lather we're used to, and also that squeaky clean feeling. However, your curls shouldn't actually feel squeaky clean after you've washed them. This means your hair's been stripped of all its natural oils, and is now prone to dryness. Instead, opt for a low poo, or a cowash to cleanse your curls and preserve moisture.

Apply products correctly:

Before you even think about adding a product to your curl care routine, read the ingredients list and instructions to make sure it's going to work for you. After that, follow the instructions or suggestions for proper application of your product. While it can definitely be fun to experiment with your products to try for different results, this is best done after you know what your products can do. Start with the basics, make sure you're applying them correctly, and then move on from there. This will help you understand what your curls need and how your strands respond to products.

Care for curls:

If you're still chemically treating your curls, and using heat, please consider taking a break. While it can be fun to experiment, as with products, you can be doing a lot of damage to your curls. While some can be bandaged, excessive damage can be irrevocable. Therefore, you want to make sure you're taking care of your curls. Stop using chemical treatments like relaxers, straighteners, and perms completely. If you do opt to use heat, try to limit the amount of heat you use, and use a protector before hitting your curls with a heat tool. Additionally, make sure you're spending time deep conditioning, doing protein treatments as needed, and getting regular trims to remove damage.

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