Taking care of curly hair is no easy feat, especially since no two peopleâ€™s curls are exactly the same. Finding the perfect product cocktail for your hair is quite the challenge, but that doesnâ€™t mean you need to throw in the towel and reach for a straightener just yet!
Instead of clamping your locks between those scorching metal plates this season, maybe consider letting your coils live in their natural state for a bit. Stop pining for straight strands and unleash your true texture with the help of experts Maria Mavrostomos, the Marketing Director of Girls with Curls, â€œking of curly hairâ€ hairstylist Ricky Pennisi, and Technical Training Manager for DevaCurl, Cal Ellis.
Hands off!: â€œAvoid touching hair too much,â€ advises Maria. â€œTouching can leave hair dry and brittle, so scrunch them no more than three times while applying product.â€
Stick to silk: â€œA cotton pillowcase provides friction and scrubs hair throughout the night,â€ says Maria. Silk or satin pillowcases like the Slip Silk Pillowcase, will allow hair to glide across it during the night, keeping curls from developing frizz.
Shower without sulfates: According to Ricky Pennisi, â€œgreat curls begin in the shower with a sulfate-free shampoo. Since sulfate-free shampoos donâ€™t strip the hair of natural oils, itâ€™ll prevent frizz and hair damage.â€
Eat hair-healthy foods: Thereâ€™s tons of available foods jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids, biotin and vitamin D that work to help build shiny, healthy hair. For faster hair growth and extra shine, load up on salmon, sweet potatoes and eggs!
Brush with caution: Stop brushing wet hair. It just damages the hair cuticle, which leads to split ends and breakage in curls. Use a wide tooth comb to de-tangle wet hair instead.
Wear protection: Heat protection, that is. High temperatures from flat irons and blowdryers can damage strands and leave ends frayed. Use a thermal protective product to insulate the hair and lock in moisture.
Dry without towels: Ellis believes curly-haired gals should air dry their hair and avoid terry cloth towels at all costs. â€œMake sure you scrunch your curls with a DevaTowel, which is a great microfibre towelâ€”donâ€™t ever use a regular terry cloth towel since it will rough up the cuticle and result in frizz,â€ explains Cal.
Condition with care: Keeping your hair conditioned is vital for healthy-looking curls.