We know how difficult can be sometimes to control curly hair. But, why restrain it if you can take advantage of its features and enhance them? We will tell you all the secrets you need to apply to your hair care routine to highlight your curls. And do not panic; we won’t recommend expensive hair treatments; everything that you need, you’ll find in the drugstore or supermarket.
Before getting hands on it, let us explain that any hair that is not straight is curly. Even if you have soft waves, you should be taking care of your hair as if it is a curled one. If you follow our advice, then you’ll see how your waves will be more defined and with volume. So, keep reading and discover how to treat your wavy or curly hair properly.
- Do A Good Hair Wash
First, you should avoid washing your hair with hot water because it will dry your hair. Try to do it with cold or warm water and use any shampoo that is paraben and sulphate free. Forget about applying shampoo in the mids and ends of your hair because you’ll be only wasting product. Only use shampoo on your hairy skin because it is the one that needs to be cleaned from oil, sweat, and dirt.
In case that you have oily hair, you can use once a week shampoo with sulphate that will ensure that your scalp is fully clean. However, remember that using this type of shampoo daily will dry your scalp, so use it in moderation. Rinse thoroughly to get rid of any shampoo residue, and your hair would be ready for the next step.
- Conditioner, Conditioner & More Conditioner
Using conditioner on curly hair is a must because it will seal the hair fibers helping to conserve the hydration on the hair. That way, your waves or curls will look healthier and shiny. If shampoo is for your scalp, then the conditioner is the product for your mids and ends. Naturally, curly hair is dry; therefore, you need to add moisture with a conditioner that will provide extra hydration.
After applying the conditioner, leave it on for three to five minutes. Before rinsing, take a tangle teezer or a wide bristle comb to untangle your hair. Start with the ends, then go to the mids, and go to the top of your hair at the end. Rinse the conditioner very well to avoid leaving any of it on your hair.
- Hair Mask A Girl’s Best Friend
Once or twice a week, don’t forget to apply a hair mask to your hair. If your hair is dyed, a hair mask will be ideal to prevent the colour from washing off and will keep it in amazing conditions. Oh, and do you know how often should you colour your hair to not damage it? In case that you’re not aware of it, you should do it every four to six weeks.
Remember that you’ll need to leave the mask a few minutes on your hair to act. So, choose your favourite one and add this step to your hair routine. On the day that you use the hair mask, you can skip the conditioner step, but untangle your hair too with the mask on.
- Styling Cream & Gel
After rinsing the conditioner or hair mask, do not try to remove the excess water from your hair. Water will be crucial in this step to work as it should. With your hair wet, take a good amount of styling cream and distribute it through your hair. You can use your finger to “comb” the cream uniformly. After that, take a small amount of gel and apply it to your hair.
The gel will be the one in charge of giving extra definition and getting rid of freeze in your waves and curls, so do not hesitate on applying it. Styling cream and gel only need to go on the mids and ends of your hair, do not apply it to the scalp. After using these products, you’ll be ready to do a key step – the scrunch.
- Scrunch & Use A Towel
Now it will be time for the most fun part of the hair routine. Bend your head forward and let your hair fall in front of your face. Grab a small section of your hair from the ends and start scrunching it upwards to your hairy skin. Do it as much as you want; there’s no defined time for this step. Just make sure that the curls or waves are forming nicely before stopping.
Now, use a microfiber towel or a cotton shirt to wrap your hair to soak the extra water. Don’t worry, this procedure won’t affect the bounce of your curls or their form. But avoid wrapping the towel too hard. After 30 minutes, you can get rid of the towel or shirt. And, voila, your hair will be all set up to go through the day with amazing curls or waves, and do not comb it again after taking off the towel.
How To Get Rid Of The Hard Coating?
Hard coating occurs when you use gel in your hair; it will give you a “wet” look, and your curls or waves will be thick. That is normal, and you shouldn’t panic about it; there’s a simple way to get rid of this coat. Use a small amount of argan oil, put it in your hands and rub them to spread the oil. Now, with the product in your palms, start scrunching your hair again.
After scrunching all your hair, the hard coating on your waves will be gone for good. You’ll have shiny and soft curls ready for any event.
Protect Your Hair From Pollution, The Sun & Saltwater!
Now that you know how to have amazing curls daily, don’t forget to take care of them properly. Protect your hair while swimming and getting exposed to the sun. Chlorine, sea salt, and the sun can damage your hair a lot when going to the beach. Don’t forget to use special styling creams or oils that will create a protecting barrier between your hair and the natural elements.
Pollution also damages your hair, so use a product that will protect your hair from it, if you live in a big city. Having healthy, shiny, and well-cared hair is easier than you think!
Hi, I’m Eleena Wills. Being a writer and blogger, I strive to provide informative and valuable articles to people. With quality, constructive, and well-researched articles, one can make informed choices. I cover a wide range of topics, from home improvement to hair styling and automotive.