Straw is fun around Halloween for decorations, but it's not so fun when your curls feel like it. However, you don't have to live with stiff, dry, straw-like curls. Here's what to do when your curls feel like straw. These tips will help you love your curls again.
What To Do When Your Curls Feel Like Straw
Before shampooing or cowashing, it's best to pre poo. This entails coating your curls with a lightweight oil to protect your strands from damage when washing. When you do shampoo or cowash, make sure you're opting for a sulfate, paraben, and artificial ingredient cleanser. When shampooing, start by saturating your strands completely with warm water, shampooing the roots, and then rinsing with cool water. Avoid scrubbing, or using scalding hot water.
Making sure you don't overwash your strands is important. However, when you do cowash or shampoo, you'll want to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Coat your curls with a water-based treatment, and allow it to sit for 60 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Lock in moisture:
After a shower, it's important to seal moisture into your strands. Apply your styling cream, and then seal down strands with an oil. This will encourage the cuticle of the curl to stay closed, which will keep moisture in, and make strands feel hydrated.
If you're noticing your strands are extra dry, and in need of a lot of TLC, you might want to consider adding heat to your routine. Apply your deep conditioning treatment, and cover your head with a warm towel. Allow to sit, and the heat will help open the cuticle, which encourages moisture to enter the hair's cortex.
Using a protective style can help minimize the damage your curls experience just from being out and about in the environment. However, remember to take the style out every week or two to allow your curls to rest. When curls are in a protective style, it's important to mist and hydrate strands regularly.