Curly hair is thirsty. That's one fact that hardly anyone can argue when it comes to taking care of curls. Due to the coiled nature of curly hair, natural oils and sebum struggle to make its way down the hair's shaft. Therefore, curls are often dryer than other textures. As a result, you'll need to help your curls out to help your strands stay hydrated. Here's how you can moisturize your way to gorgeous curls. Try incorporating these easy tips into your curl care routine, and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised!
Moisturize your way to gorgeous curls
First and foremost, check the ingredients of your conditioning products, especially leave in conditioners. Water is the most important part of moisturizing your curls, so you'll need a product that will introduce water into your hair. Water should be one of the first three ingredients listed on your product. If it isn't, you'll want to grab some products that are water based.
This sounds kind of silly, but hear us out. This is an easy way to make sure your curls are actually benefiting from the moisture in your conditioner. After you've washed your hair, lean forward in your shower, and cup your curls in your hands. Cup upwards, squishing the product into your curls. This will help your strands take their natural shape, and and forcing water into the cuticle of your curls.
The right products:
When you're trying to reintroduce moisture into your curls, you'll also need to find products that will help lock moisture in. For this, you're going to want to grab a good quality gel. However, it's important to not use a product that has alcohol in it, as that will dry out your curls. Gel forms around your curls, locking moisture into the cuticle.
There are a few types of treatments you can use to help boost moisture in your strands. One is a prepoo. Using a warm oil of your choice (such as avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba, or castor oil) massage it into your scalp, and then pull it through the rest of your strands. Cover, and allow the oil to sit in your curls for at least an hour, or overnight if your curls are very dry. This will help moisturize, soften, and protect your curls during the washing process.
Hair masks are another great tool for introducing moisture into your strands. You can purchase a wide variety of hair masks that are designed for all types of curls, with a variety of different intentions. As with gels, make sure you're avoiding masks that have artificial ingredients, and try to focus on masks that feature water or other moisturizing ingredients higher up on the ingredients list. You can also make your own curl care masks, which allows you to customize your mask based upon what your strands need.