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How To Hack Your Curly Hair

by Chelsea Castonguay
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We don't know about you, but we're always down for a great life hack. This is true when it comes to taking care of our curly hair. We love saving time and money, as well as keeping our curls looking great. Therefore, this is how to hack your curly hair. Give these suggestions a try, and let us know what you think!

How To Hack Your Curly Hair

Use the shower:

When it comes to taking care of your curls, the shower is your friend! There are a ton of things you can do while in the shower to maintain your strands. You can detangle, allow deep conditioner to sit, and use the water to help your curls bounce into place. Plan your showers so you have plenty of time to give your curls a good washing, as well as time for a conditioner to sit. As always, when you do detangle, make sure to use plenty of conditioner to create slip, and a wide toothed comb.

Leave in conditoner:

It's important to provide your curls with extra boost of moisture that comes from conditioners. You can get this benefit by leaving some conditioner in your curls after showering and not rinsing it all out. If that's not for you, make sure you're using a leave in conditioner regularly to help maintain the right levels of hydration in your curls. You can also mix your favorite conditioner with water to craft your own leave in conditioner as needed.

Apply products to wet curls:

It's important not to remove all the water from your curls when applying products. Make sure your curls are still quite wet when applying product. This will ensure you get the product evenly distributed throughout, and help activate it.

Dry with a t-shirt:

If you're still scrubbing your curls dry with a towel, then it's time to think about switching things up. Terry cloth is doing your curls no favors. Instead, opt for an old cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel to gently blot your curls dry.

Don't touch:

As tempting as it can be, do your best to avoid putting your fingers in your curls, especially while your hair is drying. After curls are dry, it's best to still avoid keeping your hands to yourself. Touching disrupts the natural shape of your curls, as well as deposits oils which can weigh down your curls. Allow your curls to dry with a hard cast from gel, and then gently break the cast to get defined curls.

Overnight care:

Taking good care of your curls overnight is critical. Make sure you're choosing an overnight care routine that works for your curl type and sticking with it. Some curly girls opt to pineapple their strands, whereas others prefer to wear a silk hat or bonnet. Finally, if you're going to leave your curls bare, make sure you're sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase. This smoother material allows your curls to slide across the surface without tearing or tugging. It also doesn't leach moisture from your hair and skin like cotton does.

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