Jan 232017
5 Curly Hair Hacks To Naturally Improve Your Curls Overnight

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Caring for your curls might be something you dread every morning. Some days I’ll straighten my curls 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 I want to have a more controlled look, I pull out my blow dryer and brush. If I’m going for a wild look, then I stick to my natural curls.

Beach waves are easy for me to achieve. I simply straighten my curls, place it all in a low bun and release when I’m ready to go out.

Curly hair hacks that help with moisture in your curls.

Trying Different Curly Hair Hacks

While shopping at Costco, I had a woman look at my hair and smile. She said she loved it because she always wanted to have curls.

Now, her granddaughter has it and she’s had issues maintaining it while swimming. I suggested a couple of curly hacks and it inspired this post.

The woman told me about the knots her granddaughter has had in her locks 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 curls.

Hair spray, gel, mousse. You name it, I tried it. From expensive to inexpensive, every product left my curls 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 my curls. People are always amazed at the length it has reached.

My secret? Don’t trim, condition!

One of my favorite tips is rinsing my hair and applying conditioner throughout the week. I often add leave-in conditioner to my hair to help maintain it’s moisture. It helps with the weather in South Florida.

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

1. Always condition your curls before detangling.

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. Learn to condition your curls while it’s wet.

As a child, my mother would try to style my locks 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. I do this by doing twists or braids while my hair airdries.

3. Comb your hair from the bottom to the top. 

My mother has thin 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 as a child and it didn’t work. She would pull my hair several times, causing me to cry. It would also give me a headache.

To save yourself or someone you love from feeling those beauty pains, I suggest slowly combing the hair strands from the bottom to the top. The trick with curls is to be gentle. The more gentle you are, the better.

4. Condition in between each wash.

Many people don’t know about the importance of conditioning your hair. It’s a great way to refresh your curls. You can skip using avocado or mayonnaise if you get a really good one. I recommend trying this one or anything from Briogeo.

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. Using very warm to hot water can damage your hair and cause it to frizz. Think of it as adding excessive heat to your hair. No bueno!

Learning To Love Your Curls

No matter how many hacks you read online or the number of deep conditioner treatments you put in your hair, nothing will be more satisfying than loving your curls.

Although it took months for me to appreciate the beauty of my natural curls, it had a lot to do with how I viewed them. Oftentimes curls can be perceived as messy and unkept.

It wasn’t until I changed my mindset that I was able to love my locks. Even as an adult, I would receive backlash about my hair from family. I remember how they’d always suggest I straighten my hair, or that I shouldn’t trim it a certain way.

With time, I learned there was a need to not only change my mindset but to help change other’s perceptions of natural curls. There’s beauty in accepting who you are and learning ways to improve on that.

In certain societies, your looks define your status.

So next time you try a hack for your curls, learn about the most important one: embracing your natural hair.

Do you have any other curly hair hacks for maintaining curls?

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.


Reader Comments

  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 🙂
    Thanks!

  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.
    x

  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.

  9. Great set of ideas for curly hair. I think it looks very romantic and absolutely beautiful to have waves and curls.

  10. Well I do not have curly hair but I know it is tough to maintain. You have provided superb tips and your hair is beautiful. One of my friends has curly hair, I will share your post with her so that she is benefitted

  11. My daughter and I both have very curly hair. I will have to pass along this post. For me I don’t worry as much because I never let it grow out. But maybe I should condition more anyway just to keep my hair healthy.

  12. i remember when i was in grade 6. i want a curly hair so i asked my tita to permy hair. if only digital perm was up that day, i must be enjoying my hair now and not regretting having that kind of decision.

  13. Combing your hair from the bottom to the top really makes a big difference. If you don’t you’ll be struggling and end up damaging your hair even more. Thanks for these tips!

  14. This post is so helpful. It’s so hard at times being a curly girl. Thanks for your really helpful tips.

  15. When I cut my hair super short, the curls/waves comes out. Sometimes it drives me crazy because my hair will go every which away. I ended up using the straightener and it was all good.

    My sister has super curly hair, like a perm, and she has to use a ton of the tips that you mentioned. I’m glad that I don’t have it that bad.

  16. My niece has gorgeous curly hair. I think she went through a long period of not loving her hair, but now she does. I’ll share this with her in case she doesn’t know all of these tips.

  17. These are some great tips. I’ve had natural hair for some years now, however, after years of relaxing my hair I’m still trying to get back to my original curl pattern. I’ll have to try this out for sure.

  18. I do some of these things with my curly hair especially the conditioning part. My problem is I shower at night so when I go to lay down to avoid my wet hair I braid it which doesn’t do it any good.

  19. I normally have wavy hair so I feel this on some levels. These are great tips that I am going to pass to my curly haired sister. Thank you so much!

  20. I have straighter than straight hair, but my daughter has a slight curl to hers. These are some great tips for those ith curls. I do love the way her hair looks after its been un- braided after drying overnight.

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