Naturally curly hair is beautiful.
Unfortunately, most women who are blessed with it find it a struggle to rock their locks. They find the volume hard to contain especially when the weather’s hot and humid, and their hair starts asserting its own personality. In the end, they resort to straightening products that give them straight and more manageable hair.
Currently, however, there is a movement encouraging women with curly locks to start embracing what they are naturally given with. This, thankfully, coincides with the growth of knowledge on how to care for natural curls.
Therefore, if you naturally have ringlets and you finally want to go with what the heavens gave you, you will find that it is no longer that difficult to care for them so they look healthy and pretty. To get you started on properly caring for your naturally curly locks, here is a guide to help you keep them healthy and bouncy.
Find a hair salon that specializes in curly hair and set an appointment there to have your hair evaluated by people who are trained to take care of “natural” hair. It is imperative to start off by understanding the true condition of your hair before investing in hair care products and treatments.
Curly hair is not created the same. Likewise, you may have done things to it that have altered its condition. Find out if your hair is damaged, brittle, dry, or has a combination of issues to determine what should be done to restore its original beautiful condition.
Every beauty expert will tell you that silk pillowcases are a must for healthy hair. They are even more beneficial for curly hair because they can help retain moisture and allow for the even distribution natural hair oils throughout your crown. Additionally, smooth silk prevents snagging and breakage.
Washing your hair once every week will help ensure that you are not stripping your hair of its oils, which can lead to brittleness.
And when you do wash your hair, use a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo.
After shampooing your hair, restore its moisture by using a specially formulated conditioner for your type of curly hair. Massage the conditioner through your hair and finger comb it to stimulate growth. Let your mane absorb the moisturizing power of the conditioner for anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes.
With a microfiber cloth, get rid of extra water in your hair after washing. Don’t rub your hair to dry, just squeeze out the water by scrunching to prevent frizz. Afterward, let it air dry because heat can strip your curls of moisture, which is necessary for shine and bounce.
If you need to dry your hair quickly, use a diffuser.
There are hair health vitamins that you can take to make your curly hair shinier, thicker, and less prone to damage. You can take them every day and also ensure the health of your skin and nails.
Massage your scalp every two days to improve blood circulation as well as to distribute hair oils evenly. This is also a great way to give yourself some much needed TLC.
Love your natural curls!
All these may seem like a lot of work but you will get used to it in no time. After all, it will all become part of your self-care routine, and you know your “crowning glory” deserves your care and attention.
Plus, when you think about it, all these create for you some “me” time that provides the awesome side advantage of feeling better and really confident about how you look.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma&Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma&Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.