5 Curly Hair Hacks

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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.

It wasn’t until I received a product from a long-time favorite brand that I realized it was time to give one more thing a try. I’m forever grateful I took the chance. 

Curls For Days
My hair is long, and it’s a lot longer when I uncoil a strand of my curly hair. People are always amazed at the length it has reached.

My secret? Don’t trim, condition!

I apply conditioner and leave-in conditioner to my hair all the time. It helps with the weather in South Florida.

So, what’s been a blessing to my hair regimen besides this affordable shampoo and conditioner? Here’s what has helped my locks:

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?

19 thoughts on “5 Curly Hair Hacks

  1. I am one of those straight hair people that wished she had curly hair. My mother has lovely curls and hates them lol. I remember when I was a child – she used to IRON her hair with a regular iron – the kind you use on clothing! We didn’t have hair straighteners back in “those days” lol.
    Now she of course takes far better care of her hair. I will share your post with her for more info 🙂

  2. I have naturally curly hair, but I get keratin treatments to straighten it now. I never did master how to get nice looking curls, so I got rid of them.

    1. No worries, it took me FOREVER to get a decent regimen going to tame these curls. I’m terrified of trying out the keratin treatment. I always hear stories… good and bad. I guess it’s like anything in life, you never know unless you try!

  3. Wow, this post is exactly the info I needed about my frizzy hair! I use really hot water on it when I shower. Ok I will wash my hair separately and use cold water instead! Thank so much for the incredibly helpful post!

  4. Thanks for this very interesting tips on how to take good care of our hair especially for the curly one. I am afraid of how hair damages because of an endless chemical we put on our hair for a makeover. If we’ve got straight hair we want curly and vice versa, trying to see if the one is better than the other.

  5. You have such beautiful hair! Reading this post and all these tips, I can see why! I have wavy-curly hair and just love it, I hate it when I give in to my hairdresser and have it blown dry straight!

  6. I do a deep conditioning hair mask once a week and it’s made such a difference in the strength and health of my hair. It also helps keep it less frizzy and isn’t as prone to tangling.

  7. It looks so beautiful. I love curly hair. Never had it as I just get waves. I think it is a lot easier to flatten it than curl it for it to look natural. These are great tips. I really want to try it out.

  8. These are all great tips. I can’t believe that the people who work at the salon use hot water. Heat is never good for your hair or your skin.

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