Do you have fine curls and struggle with figuring out how to moisturize them? If so, you're certainly not alone. Even though it can be tempting to skip out on deep conditioning, leave in conditioners, and other moisturizers to avoid dragging your strands down, in the long run it can actually do more harm than good. You see, even though your strands are fine, they still need moisture in order to thrive and be healthy. This is how you can go about moisturizing fine curls without weighing them down.
Keep it light with conditioner:
As tempting as it can be to just really slather that conditioner on, remember that it can actually end up working against you. Conditioner, while meant to hydrate curls, can actually keep fine curls dragged down, or be too heavy to work effectively. Instead, opt for lightweight conditioners, and try to apply minimally, rather than liberally.
When you do moisturize, it's best to focus on the ends of your curls, as opposed to the roots. Try not to slather products on your scalp, as this can clog up your pores and leave your strands dragged down. To apply, “start by rubbing conditioners and similar products across your hands to ensure evenness and begin applying them three to four inches away from the root.”
Use protein-rich products:
Curls always need to be healthy before they can accept moisture, and retain it. To help create that strong foundation, you'll need to use more protein. This will help keep your curl's structure strong, which will ultimately allow your hair to stay more hydrated. However, make sure you aren't going overboard with the protein, as there can definitely be too much of a good thing when using these products.
Pre poo before washing:
While it might seem kind of counter-intuitive to slather your strands with oils before washing them, there are actually a lot of benefits to not skipping this step. Since fine curls are prone to hygral fatigue, which is an overabundance of moisture, you need to help your curls make sure they don't take on too much water during the washing process. Pre poo can help your fine, thin curls be protected against deep conditioners, which still allows your strands to reap the benefits of using those treatments.