|The mane in all its glory.|
Curls are both a blessing and a curse. If you’re a Curlfriend, I’m sure you’ll be familiar with the Humidity Monster. The I-Woke-Up-Like-This (not the Queen Bey version). The Post-Wash Tangleweed. The struggle is real. Curls are the Forrest Gump Box-O’Chocolates of the hair world – you just never know what you’re gon’ get in the morning.
However. Curls can be just bangin’ if you do the right things. Think of all the time and money people spend on trying to just get a wave in their hair – we’ve got it folks! Flaunt it! There are just a few tips and tricks with curls that can change your relationship with them from loathe to love in minutes.
Curls often lack moisture, and this can express itself as mega-frizz. Using a good conditioner, and conditioning leave in products (I’ve mentioned a couple of my faves here) can make all the difference. Make sure to concentrate conditioner application to the lengths and ends of your hair – the last thing we need is greasy roots!
Don’t Towel Dry
Towels are the enemy. I repeat – do not rub your hair dry with a towel. Curly hair is naturally a bit drier, often more coarse, and can be prone to splitting: aggressive towel drying will only make this worse. Instead, you can towel off the worst of the water (very gently – just pat, don’t rub) then apply your products of choice, and wrap it all in a cotton t-shirt. This will help to massively reduce frizz.
Yeah, so you have to sit with a t-shirt on your head for a while whilst your hair dries – but just pretend you’re having a spa day. If this is going to take too much time for your locks, use your regular products and then diffuse only the worst of the water off – drying hair completely with a hairdryer is a no-no for me anyway. Frizz ahoy!
Don’t, for the love of all that is good, brush your hair when it’s dry. I have some spectacular photos from my youth of my attempts to “smooth” my hair with ridiculous amounts of product and then brushing it through. Mistake. Unkempt is not the word.
Instead, while your hair is still damp, and after application of haircare products (not too much mind, slapping them on your head is just as bad as none at all!), gently tease any knots out using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Your curls will thank you for it.
Treat Yo’ Self
Deep conditioning treatments are just brilliant for curls and will really help out our dry end situation. My current favourite deep conditioning treatments are John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Masque and Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask from Cult Beauty - but honestly, I'm a hair treatment floozie - any and all reccomendations, send them my way. I try to do this once a week if I remember, and you’ll really notice the difference if you add this in to your hair care routine.
Reshape Whilst Damp
Yes. Like the washing instruction on that jumper you love. Twirl sections around your fingers after application of product and before T-shirt drying, then wrap it all up in a lovely clean, conditioned bundle. You’ll have well behaved locks in no time!
So all in all, the big secret?
Be kind to your curls!