Have you noticed that naturally curly hair is having a moment? It seems as though curls are everywhere these days, from runways to magazine covers. We're thrilled everyone else is starting to notice what we already knew: curly hair is amazing. Unfortunately, this was not always the case and wearing one's naturally curly hair was often discouraged. As more women are tossing their straighteners, they now have to learn how to manage their curls. If you're embracing your curls or perhaps dealing with newly curly hair (hair texture can sometimes change with pregnancy, hormones, medication or chemotherapy treatments) and are wondering what to do, we've got you covered.
1. Cowash: You might have noticed your curly hair is a little dry. This is because your scalp's natural oils can't work as easily down the spirals as it does straight hair. To help your curls out, consider cowashing. A cowash is a mixture of conditioner and a sulfate-free shampoo. Cowashing will protect your hair's moisture, but it doesn't cleanse your scalp, so be sure to alternate with a sulfate-free shampoo.
2. Products: Finding products for your curly hair can be daunting. First things first, you'll need a moisturizing product, such as an oil-infused cream. This can be applied to damp or dry curls, allowing your strands to maintain essential moisture. If your curls need more definition, consider a moisturizing mousse that can be applied to damp or dry curls.
3. Diffuse: Gone are your days of blow dry and go. Diffusers allow you to dry your curls without creating frizz. While air drying is best for curls, if you're short on time or want to create more volume, grab a diffuser. For speed, flip your hair upside down and point the blow dryer down your curls. For volume, move the diffuser in slow circles around your scalp.
4. Wake and go: Before hitting the pillow, braid your damp curls. In the morning, undo the braid and work some leave in conditioner through your curls for added moisture.
5. The cut: When you're ready for a haircut, call ahead and request the stylist with the most experience cutting curls. Wear your natural curls to the salon so the stylist can see your curl's pattern. Request notching as opposed to a cut. Notching allows the stylist to de-bulk the interior of your curls, creating more movement and bounce.
Interested in more? Check out some more tips and tricks for embracing your curls here.