Were you born with a head full of amazing curls? Or were you more like me, and grew into them? Seriously, I didn't have curly hair until I turned 26. Whether you're new to your curls or have always rocked them, there's a lot to learn. Figuring out what to do with curls can be overwhelming, but here are some tips to help make the process easier.
There are two things that can make great curls or break curls: dryness and lack of control. If your curls are too dry, you won't be able to control them. See how that works? Well moisturized curls make for much easier to manage curls.
Washing your curls:
It's time to ditch shampoo. Seriously, it's not for you. While you might use it occasionally, in truth shampoo is more harmful for curly hair than any other curl type. Shampoo's purpose is to strip away dirt and oils, which can make sensitive curls dried out and frizzy. Instead of shampooing, consider cowashing your curls instead. It sounds counter intuitive to cleanse your curls with conditioner, but cowash will remove as much build up, dirt, and oil as shampoo with much less damage.
Cleanse your scalp:
Don't forget to pay attention to your scalp. If the pores on your scalp are clogged with dirt and oil, it will be difficult for natural oils to lubricate your curls. The invigorating cleansing of your scalp will also help encourage healthy blood flow, which means your curls will grow longer and faster. Use a conditioner and a coarse sugar to create your own exfoliant. After you cowash your curls, rub the mixture into your scalp with your finger tips. Pay close attention to making sure you really massage your scalp.
Spend some time getting to know your curls before buying products. Remember, not all products are created equal and not every product will work well for each curl type. Additionally, consider the time commitment you can make to your curl care routine and adjust your expectations and usage of your products accordingly.