Having curls is an amazing thing! Curly girls have a lot going for them and it’s no wonder that tons of people everywhere are jealous of what we were born with. However, as awesome as it is to rock your curly locks, having curls can be equally frustrating. Here are a few suggestions on how to get the most out of your curls so you can spend more time enjoying them and less time annoyed by them.
Know your curl type: Before you do anything (such as buy products or book a cut with your stylist) get to know your curl’s type and pattern. This will help you determine which cuts, curl care regime and products are best for you.
Get the right haircut: Having a great haircut can make or break how you wear your curls. In order to achieve your best look, make sure you select a stylist who is knowledgeable in cutting curly hair. When you call the salon to make an appointment, ask for a stylist who has the most experience and education in cutting curls. At your appointment, make sure you discuss your curl type, how you wear your curls and what you’d like to achieve before allowing your stylist to begin snipping.
Exfoliate your scalp: While we often remember to pay attention to our dry elbows and cracked heels, we sometimes forget the benefits of exfoliating other parts of our bodies, such as our scalps. Curlies are prone to build up from the product we use, so don’t forget to give your scalp a little TLC with a DIY scalp exfoliator. You can do this by mixing brown sugar with your favorite shampoo, and using it in the shower to help unclog your follicles.
Skip the daily wash: As tempting as it is, try to avoid washing your curls every day. Daily shampoos will strip your curls of natural oils and actually deprive them of moisture. Try to limit your washes to once or twice a week. On your off days, invest in a fantastic dry shampoo and a curl refreshing spray for when your curls need that little extra boost.
Utilize your damp curls: Apply your products while your curls are still wet. This will allow your products to completely saturate your curls, ensuring you get the most even application.
Invest in a diffuser: While it’s ideal to air dry your curls, we don’t all have time for that. You can help speed up the process by investing in a good quality hair dryer and diffuser. A diffuser will allow the air to move more freely around your curls, drying them evenly without creating frizz.