Oftentimes when we think of curls, we picture coarse, tough curls. While many of us share thick hair, there are tons of curlies out there who have fine strands. When you're starting your natural curl care journey, it's important to know what type and texture of curls you have. For those curlies with fine hair, the products and techniques you use might be different than our other curly haired friends. Here are some tips and tricks on how to treat your fine curls like gold:
Handle like fine china: Avoid pulling, yanking or tearing your curls. You wouldn't handle your grandma's china like it's Correll, right? Treat your hair with the same respect.
Avoid protective styles: Many naturally curly girls have been taught to utilize protective styles to let their curls grow. However, for curlies with fine hair, the manipulation that goes into protective styling can actually be more damaging.
Use lots of protein: Fine curls are more likely to get damaged, so help strengthen them with regular protein treatments. Look for shampoos and conditioners that have keratin, amnio acids and protein to help curls clump together and retain their shape. You'll also want to use a deep conditioner weekly.
Carefully detangle: Your fine curls are at their more delicate when tangled into knots, which is also super frustrating. Coat your curls with a conditioner in the shower, and use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to gently work through tangles.
Limit the oils: While curlies often use oils to seal down their cuticles. However, for fine curlies oils can be a bit too heavy. Avoid using butters and oils, which can weigh down your curls and make them greasy.
Use lightweight products: While you're still going to want to utilize products, the ones you pick up should be a lighter weight. Heavy products, just like oils and butters, can weigh your curls down and create unnecessary build up.