If you have curly hair, there are some things you should know about your hair! Whether you've been wearing your curls for a long time or are new to the curl care game, here's what you need to know.
Invest In Silk:
Whether it's a silk or satin cap or pillowcase, invest in one as soon as possible. Once you have your bit of silky luxury, make sure you use it nightly. The silk will keep your curls from tear or tugging, and won't draw moisture out of your strands like cotton does.
Spritz Your Curls:
Think about investing in a good quality spray bottle so you can regularly spritz your curls. Mix your own hydrating formula by incorporating 2 parts water to 1 part aloe vera gel or juice, and give your curls a daily spray.
Section Your Curls:
Whether you're getting ready to detangle, wash, or style, make sure you're sectioning out your curls in advance. Once your curls are sectioned and pinned, work through any knots or tangles from the ends up to the roots. Use an oil or conditioner to help you work through any snarls. When you're ready to wash, make sure to completely saturate your strands before washing each section individually, focusing on massaging your scalp to encourage blood flow.
Pre Poo Before Cleansing:
Before cleansing, massage your scalp with an oil like castor, jojoba or almond oil. Once you've spent some time on your scalp, you can work the oil down through your strands. This is a great time to start detangling as well. Allow the oil to sit for at least 15-30 minutes before washing your strands.
Use Deep Conditioner:
Every single time you cleanse, follow up with a deep conditioner. Make sure to select something that will give your curls lots of hydration and moisture, as well as one that's an appropriate weight for your curls. For example, if you have very thin, fine curls you might want to avoid products that could weigh your curls down.
After you've added in your products and styled your damp curls, don't touch them again until they are completely dry. Once your curls have tried, do your best to keep your fingers out of them. Excessive touching of your curls can transfer oil from your fingers to your strands, as well as disrupt your natural curl pattern.