Having wavy or curly hair, means that your cuticle layer’s scales are naturally raised and don’t lay flat. The more curly your hair is, the more raised cuticles you have. The raised cuticles causes your hair to be less effective at keeping in moisture, making it less shiny and not as smooth to the touch as straight hair.
When you hair is dry, it also tends to frizz and tangle more easily. Also when dried out hair meets humidity in the air, it will suck up the water from air and go back to the shape it was before, making it more difficult to style. That is why moisturizing and protection is the key to healthy and beautiful curly hair.
Moisturize and protect
Be sure to use a conditioner after every hair wash, and apply a moisturizing hair mask once or twice a week, to keep your hair soft and frizz free.
The hair oils doesn’t run as smoothly down the hair shaft, leaving the mids and ends looking frizzy and dull. Add a leave-in conditioner, hair oil or hair serum daily to your mids and ends, for a healthy and shiny finish to any hairstyle.
Wavy hair can get away with using a hair brush, but curly hair should always be tamed using a wide-toothed comb to avoid damage. Make it a habit to thoroughly comb your hair before taking a shower, or comb your hair gently under the running water with your fingers. Use a spray conditioner, hair oil or a detangling spray if needed. Avoid combing your hair once you leave the shower, to preserve and enhance your natural curl pattern.
Avoid crunchy curls
If you struggle with crunchy dry curls, try using hair oil. Scrunch it into your ends, while your hair is still wet, to make the curls soft and bouncy. Also avoid extensive use of drying hair products like hairspray and mousses.
Use caution with relaxers
Always choose a professional hair stylist when using relaxers on your hair. Touch-ups should only be done 3-4 times a year, and only newly grown hair should be treated. Never apply relaxer to hair that has already been relaxed, as it will cause extensive damage.
Curling cream – curly
Styling very curly hair has never been easier. After a wash, just finger comb a styling- or curling cream into your hair while it’s wet. Remove the excess water with a soft fiber towel, and leave it to dry naturally without combing through it to preserve your natural curl pattern.
Scrunching – wavy
If your hair is more on the wavy side, you might want to enhance the curls further by using the scrunching method.
Use a scrunching mousse on damp hair, hold your head upside down and push the hair towards your scalp with your hands. Avoid getting too much product around your crown area, as this will make the crown area more flat and greasy looking. Let your hair dry naturally, and avoid brushing it to keep the waves intact.
If you have the time, you can enhance the effect by splitting your hair into two sections, make a bun on each side and let it dry. The hair will take longer to dry, but the tied up position will enhance the wavy texture once dry.
It is always preferred to let your hair dry naturally, but if in a rush, you can still enhance your curls using a diffuser. A standard blow-dryer usually creates a strong wind blowing your hair in all directions, which can cause a lot of tangles, frizz and uneven curls. A diffuser disperses the air and focuses it around the curls. Apply a curling creme into your hair sparingly, flip your hair upside down, and hold the diffuser steadily at one spot at a time, since the escaped air can make your hair frizz. Work through the hair until your hair is dry.
It can be a fun break to get that silky smooth look, though it is a quite time-consuming task and should be avoided on an everyday basis to avoid heat damage over time.
Be sure to choose a great quality ceramic flat iron and use it on a low to medium setting, to avoid extensive damage. Prepare your hair before straightening it with a heat protecting balm or serum. Make a line running from ear to ear, and section your hair into a top and bottom section. Clip away the top section, and start on the bottom with small sections at a time. If you want a more flowy and less sleek look, lightly comb or brush your hair right after straightening it. Continue with the top section of hair, and finish of with a light coat of hairspray too keep the style in place. Flyaways can be tamed individually with a bit of hair wax between your fingers. Grab them one by one, to keep the crown area grease-free.
Styled and controlled curls can also be a fun break to add volume and drama to the hair. Choose a high quality curling wand, and use it on low-medium settings to avoid damage. Prepare your hair with a heat protecting balm or serum. Make a line running from ear to ear, and section your hair into a top and bottom section. Clip away the top section, and start on the bottom with small sections at a time. Continue with the top section of hair, and finish of with a light coat of hairspray too keep the style in place. Flyaways can be tamed individually with a bit of hair wax between your fingers. Grab them one by one to keep the crown area grease-free.
Preserve your curls
Sleeping on your hair can be quite devastating to your curly look, but there are ways to preserve your curls while sleeping;
Sleep with your hair on top of your head
Sleeping with your hair on top of your head will take some time getting used to, but if you can, it will save your curls beautifully. Try sleeping with your hair in a lose bun on top of your head, or wrapped in a satin bonnet.
Another way of preserving your curls, is the separate the hair into small sections, braid or twist them, and tie into loose tails before going to bed.
Some people suggest switching out your pillowcase with a silk or satin pillowcase, as it won’t tuck on your hair as much when you turn your head. Be aware that a silk/satin pillowcase is quite a hot surface to sleep on, and that scrunching up your pillow becomes impossible if you’re used to that.