The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Curly, Textured Hair
Every curly-haired girl knows that trying to manage their locks can be a daunting task. From the endless search for products that won't leave your hair feeling heavy and greasy to finding the right routine that works best for you - it's never an easy journey! But don't worry because we've got the ultimate guide to help make caring for your curly, textured mop easier than ever. Read on to discover the top tips and tricks for keeping your curls always looking fabulous!
The best ways to care for your hair
1. Understand your hair type.
The first step towards finding the perfect hair-care routine is understanding your hair type. Different curl patterns need various levels of moisture and styling products to keep them looking their best. So whether you have tight coils, loose curls, or wavy locks, figuring out what type of texture you have will make all the difference in finding what works best for you.
2. Use only products designed for curly hair.
It's important to use brands that are created specifically for curly hair. Look for those that don't contain sulphates, which can strip away your scalp's natural oils and leave it feeling dry. Also, ensure that they can replenish lost hydration, like Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo and Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Rinse Out Conditioner. And if you've got a sensitive scalp, these organic products can help you steer clear of the common chemical nasties. Finally, use lukewarm water to rinse off, and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment once a week for extra hydration.
3. Be picky with your styling products.
After washing, it's vital to use styling products that help keep your curls in place, such as the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker Curling Jelly. It has a lightweight jelly texture that defines your locks without leaving them feeling heavy, crunchy, or sticky.
Look for natural oils, like coconut or argan, as these are great for providing moisture to frizzy strands. Avoid using too much product—only apply it to the ends of your strands, and make sure you don't weigh it down with heavy creams or gels. If you're looking for a quick style, try finger-combing. Air-dry your hair before using any heating tools.
4. Protect your curls from heat damage.
Heat styling can wreck your curly mane if it isn't done correctly. So, invest in a quality heat-protectant spray, like the Mielle Organics Heat Protectant and use it every time you style with hot tools. Also, try to keep the temperature setting on low to medium to help prevent any unnecessary damage. Lastly, always section your hair off before styling. This will ensure an even finish without overworking any single area of your locks.
5. Fend off frizz and flyaways.
Curly hair is prone to frizz and flyaways, so it's essential to choose products that are mainly designed for taming them down. Select nature-based serums, such as the ASIAM Scalp Serum - Strengthening Hair Treatment, with Biotin Phytosterols, aloe vera, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate butter. Nutrient-dense serums can help smoothen out strands by coating each one with a protective layer. Be careful not to go overboard, though—using too much of these can weigh your locks down.
6. Keep your hair hydrated.
It's essential to keep your strands hydrated. And you can do this while sleeping! First, braid your hair into two or three sections before bed, and secure it with a loose-fitting scrunchie (not an elastic band!). Where possible cover your hair with a satin bonnet, or sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. This will help reduce tangles and knots in the morning and preserve the shape of each curl. It's also a fantastic idea to apply some leave-in conditioner, like the Camille Rose Coconut Water Leave-In Treatment, that works to restore natural curls. This will add extra moisture and definition to your locks.
Step up your moisturisation by indulging in magnesium-rich foods! Did you know that the miracle mineral can be beneficial in preventing the loss of your crowning glory? Magnesium actually maximizes the bioavailability of vitamin D in the body, which helps metabolize keratinocytes. These are cells needed to grow keratin, which is the building block of hair.
7. Too tight is never right.
From high ponytails and half-up styles to messy buns and box braids, your styling possibilities are endless.
However, be sure not to pull your hair too tightly, as this can cause damage over time.
8. Wrapping up
Caring for curly, textured hair doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. The easy and effective how-tos we shared can keep it looking healthy and beautiful! With the right products, styling regimen, and protection from heat damage, you'll be able to enjoy your luscious locks for years to come. So go ahead, and give your curls the love it deserves. Thanks for reading—now go get gorgeous!
Look out for more curl-loving techniques, coming soon to our blog
Written by Katie Pierce
Katie Pierce is a teacher-slash-writer who loves telling stories to an audience, whether it’s bored adults in front of a computer screen or a bunch of hyperactive 4-year-olds. Writing keeps her sane (most of the time) and allows her to enjoy some quiet time in the evening before she walks into a room of screaming kids (all of whom she loves dearly) the next morning.