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Caring for your curls might be something you dread every morning. Some days I’ll straighten my hair because I want to minimize the amount of time I spend getting ready in the morning.
I will admit that curly hair isn’t always fun, but it can be. If ever I want to have a sleek look, I pull out my blow dryer and brush. If I’m going for a wild look, then I stick to my natural curls.
And beach waves are easy for me to achieve. Simply straighten my hair, place it all in a low bun and release when I’m ready to go out.
It Wasn’t Always This Easy While shopping at Costco, I had a woman look at my hair and smile. She said she loved it because she always wanted curly hair. Now, her granddaughter has it and she’s had issues maintaining it while swimming. I suggested a couple of things and it inspired this post.
The woman told me about the knots her granddaughter has had in her hair from the pool — really, it’s from lack of care. I’ve been there. As a teen, I didn’t know what to do with my hair.
Hair spray, gel, mousse. You name it, I tried it. From expensive to inexpensive, every product left my hair in need of a lot of TLC.
What I really needed was to learn how to embrace my curls. Once I did that, then I would be able to manage it. Pinterest works wonders, but nothing I found worked for my thick, frizzy curls.
1. Condition first.
I heard about this idea in a commercial for a beauty brand. I thought it was a little silly until I tried it.
Conditioning your locks first helps with detangling your hair and allows you to get a better clean when you apply shampoo.
2. Style when wet. As a child, my mother would try to style my hair when it was already dry. You can only imagine what that made my hair look like. I walked around with an afro for most of my childhood.
Styling your hair while it’s still wet makes it easier to stay down.
3. Condition in between each wash. Many people don’t know about the importance of adding conditioner to your hair. You can skip using avocado or mayonnaise if you get a really good one. I recommend trying this one.
4. Comb your hair from bottom to top.
My mother has thick wavy hair, and I have thick curly hair. Her hair was easily untangled with three to four brushes. She tried the same routine on my hair and it didn’t work. She would pull my hair several times. It would give me a headache.
To save yourself or someone you love from getting a headache, I suggest slowly combing the hair from bottom to top. The trick with curls is to be gentle. The more gentle you are, the better.
5. Avoid hot water. The women at the salon thought I was nuts when I would ask for cold water on my head, but it was really giving my curls a boost of life. Very warm to hot water can damage your hair and cause it to frizz.
Do you have any other suggestions for maintaining curly hair?
Former B2B editor and marketer turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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