Had it with your misbehaving curls? Good news…frizziness, dryness, and unruly locks are officially cancelled. What you’re missing is the right hair care routine to deliver soft, defined, frizz-free curls. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.
It starts with the hair care routine
Here’s the deal. Hair is more like skin than you might think. You need to use hair products designed especially for your hair type in order to get your dream hair. Let’s take a closer look at the mane (see what we did there?) issues for the curly-haired.
It’s no secret that curly hair tends to be more dry and prone to frizz than other hair types due to its unique structure and characteristics. Let me break down the science behind it:
1. Less natural oils
The natural oils produced by the scalp, known as sebum, help to moisturize and protect the hair. In curly hair, the oils have a harder time traveling down the length of the hair strand because of its coiled and twisted structure. As a result, the scalp's oils do not distribute as evenly as they would on straight hair, leading to drier ends.
First, don't overwash curly hair as that can cause the hair to be more dry. Your natural oils are working hard enough to make their way down the hair strand.
Second, choose a shampoo and conditioner that maintains moisture in addition to enhancing your curls and reducing frizz. With the market flooded with options, it's essential to make an informed choice. Here are our experts' recommendations on the best shampoos and conditioners for curly hair, each designed to cater to curly hair's unique needs.
Best shampoo for curly hair
Best Conditioner for Curly Hair
Curly hair often has higher porosity, meaning it has more openings along the hair shaft. These openings allow moisture to escape from the hair, making it more susceptible to drying out. High porosity hair can absorb moisture quickly but has difficulty retaining it, leading to dryness and frizz.
The porosity of curly hair requires a consistent routine of a weekly hair mask coupled with daily use of leave-in conditioner or hair oil. A weekly hair mask provides deep hydration, repairing these gaps and restoring moisture balance. Additionally, daily application of leave-in conditioner or hair oil creates a protective barrier, sealing in moisture and preventing environmental factors from causing further damage. These products not only nourish the hair but also enhance its elasticity, making the curls more defined and manageable.
Best mask for curly hair
best leave in conditioner for curly hair
3. Cuticle Shape
The outer layer of the hair strand, called the cuticle, consists of overlapping scales. In curly hair, these scales are often raised, especially if the hair is damaged or treated with chemicals. Raised cuticles allow moisture to escape from the hair, making it lose its natural hydration.
Smooth the cuticle & Up hydration
Curly hair strands rub against each other due to their coiled nature. This friction can lead to damage and breakage, making the hair more susceptible to dryness.
Refrain from adding more friction by using a delicate detangling brush, like a Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush, and only on wet hair covered in conditioner.
5. Environmental Factors
Curly hair is more sensitive to environmental factors such as humidity and heat. Humid weather can cause the hair to swell and frizz, while excessive heat styling can strip the hair of its natural moisture, leaving it dry and brittle.
6. PRODUCT BUILDUP
Curly hair often requires more styling products like gels, mousses, and creams to maintain its shape and definition. Over time, these products can build up on the hair, making it harder for moisture to penetrate the strands and resulting in dryness. This build up is definitely the case when co-washes are used over regular shampoos.
It's imperative to include a clarifying shampoo into your hair routine to remove build up from the hair strand. Incorporate one that exfoliates the scalp as well to remove dead skin and set the stage for healthy hair growth. Understanding these factors is crucial for individuals with curly hair. By choosing the right products, adopting a suitable hair care routine, and being mindful of environmental influences, those with curly hair can manage its dryness and enjoy healthy, hydrated, and beautifully defined curls.
Best clarifying shampoos for curly hair
Understanding these factors is crucial for individuals with curly hair. By choosing the right products, adopting a suitable hair care routine, and being mindful of environmental influences, those with curly hair can manage its dryness and enjoy healthy, hydrated, and beautifully defined curls.
Natalie Palomino is a Master Stylist and Founder of North Authentic.
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