Do you find that your curls often turn into frizz? Maybe you often end up straightening your hair just so you don’t have to deal with trying to get your curls right. However, regularly straightening your hair could be doing more harm than good. If you’re tried using anti-frizz products and they haven’t really helped you, it’s time to explore other ways of caring for your curls.
If you want to tame them without getting rid of them, you have a few options available. Keep reading to find out what you can do to get beautiful, healthy curls:
Try the Curly Girl Method
Have you heard of the curly girl method? You might have heard people say it, but perhaps you don’t really know what it is. This hair care method is designed to help care for all kinds of curly hair, from waves to kinky and tightly coiled hair. It focuses on using conditioner to clean your hair, instead of using harsh shampoos.
The idea is that it keeps your hair moisturised and avoids ripping out the natural oils, as well as encouraging your curls to form. It might not work for everyone, but it’s definitely worth trying if you want healthy curls.
Dry Your Hair the Right Way
The way that you dry your hair can make a big difference in the results that you get with your curls. When you’re towel-drying, it’s important to be gentle and avoid roughing up your hair too much. Some people use an alternative method of “plopping”, where they put their curls in a microfibre towel or even an old T-shirt to avoid twisting their hair in a towel and stretching their curls.
While drying naturally is best, use blow dryers with diffusers for your hair if you do want to blow dry. This will help to keep your curls intact and protect your hair, preventing it from drying out.
Drying your hair isn’t the only time when you need to be gentle with it. Another important thing is to remember not to brush your hair. Running a brush through it will pull your curls apart and can cause a lot of frizz.
Instead of using a brush, you should use a wide-toothed comb or simply use your fingers to separate your curls and detangle your hair. Treat your hair kindly by using gentle products too, being sure to moisturise your hair.
Spare the Heat
Another disastrous recipe for frizzy hair is to use too much heat. Your hair’s curl pattern can be disrupted by overuse of curling irons, flat irons, hair dryers, and other tools that can heat up your hair too much and destroy the cuticle. Try to air-dry your hair when you can and avoid straightening your hair to deal with frizz. Use other methods to get your curls looking good so you can put away the straighteners.
Curly hair might be hard to manage, but once you find the right products and routine, it becomes a whole lot easier.
*Photos by Polina Tankilevitch