Curly hair can be tricky to handle. However, once you know some tips for your curls that actually work, you'll wonder how you made it this far without them! Give these tips and suggestions a try. Don't forget to let us know if these work for you, or if you have any you'd add.
Tips for your curls that actually work
Invest in the right towel:
If you're still rubbing your curls dry with a terry cloth towel, you aren't doing yourself any favors. Instead, invest in a microfiber towel. They come in a variety of sizes, so you can pick which size works best for your curls. However, if you can't afford a microfiber towel, that's totally ok! You can get the safe effect with a t-shirt, which will help absorb the water without damaging the strands.
Make sure you're really looking through the ingredients list on the products you're using. If you're seeing ingredients such as sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances, or dyes, then you aren't using the right products. These types of products will only hurt your curls, so try to start phasing out those products in favor of more natural products.
Develop an overnight care routine:
Believe it or not, beautiful curls are developed overnight! Before you're going to bed, you're going to want to make sure your strands are being carefully cared for. Start by hydrating your strands with a curl refreshing spray to hydrated your strands, then letting them dry. Wrap your curls in a pineapple on top of your head, or another protective style. You can also try a satin lined cap or bonnet to keep your curls from moving too much overnight. If you don't care for caps, you can try a silk or satin pillowcase. These allow your strands to slip across the pillowcase and minimize damage.
As tempting as it can be to skip steps in your curl routine, don't skip this one. Make sure you're hydrating your curls with a misting spray or a leave in conditioner. You can do this as often as you need, depending on how your curls are in need of moisture. After washing your curls, make sure you're following up with conditioner or deep conditioning treatments, which will replace lost hydration.