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The Curly Hair Hacks You Never Knew You Needed

by Chelsea Castonguay
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We don't know about you, but we're always down for any tips or tricks that can save us time and money on our hair. Therefore, we wanted to bring you the curly hair hacks you never knew you needed. Give these suggestions a try, and make sure to write in with anything you'd add for other curly girls.

The Curly Hair Hacks You Never Knew You Needed

Find your porosity: find the right products

Believe it or not, the key to finding your perfect curl care products is to understand your curl's porosity. Therefore, in order to get started in finding the products that'll really make your hair shine, perform a curl porosity test. Once you know the level of porosity in your curl, you'll be able to determine exactly what it is your curls need.

Manage dandruff with ease

Is there anything more irritating than itchy, scratchy scalps? Fortunately, you don't have to live with dandruff. Here's a recipe for a very easy DIY recipe that will keep your curls looking great and those flakes off your favorite black sweater.

Mix 1/4 cup of hot water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 6 drops tea tree oil, 10 drops of peppermint oil, and mix together. Pour into a spray bottle (glass is best) and shake to mix. Spray throughout your scalp regularly, and then use your finger tips to rub it in. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then wash and condition like usual.

Clip your roots for volume

If you feel as though your hair doesn't have any volume, it might need some help. Try clipping your roots for more volume and lift. After showering and applying your product, start by twisting small sections of curls, about 1/2″. Use small duckbill clips, or claw clips if you have particularly dense or thick curls. You can either diffuse your curls, allow them to air dry, or sleep on them overnight. Remove the clips when your hair is completely dry, and use your finger tips to gently lift from the roots.

Detangle correctly to prevent breakage

If you're still ripping a brush through dry curls, then we need to have a talk. When curls aren't detangled correctly, you might find yourself at risk for causing a lot of damage to your strands. Start with wet curls, and completely saturate your strands with a conditioner to create slip. You can use a cheaper conditioner for this, so you don't waste a more expensive product. Then, use a wide toothed comb or your fingers to gently work through each individual knot. This can take some time, so make sure you've got the time in your curl care routine.

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