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How to Care for Curly Hair

It’s a curl thing

Curly hair is gorgeous. Whether you’re rocking big, bouncy curls or tight ones, chances are it’s not always so glorious or easy to get them to be their perfect selves every day. Thankfully, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you keep them looking their best.

To shampoo or not to shampoo?

No matter what your hair type, too much shampooing can be harsh, leaving hair dry and frizzy. When shopping for shampoos, look for ones like Curly Wurly, which focuses on lots of moisturizing ingredients like free range eggs, cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil to help calm curls and eliminate frizz. Or pick up Brazilliant Shampoo Bar; it's made with strengthening andiroba oil to help tame that curly mane.

When washing your hair, try to concentrate mostly on cleansing your scalp, and then gently cleanse the ends of your hair. And lather, rinse, repeat? Forget it. A single shampoo should be enough to cleanse your hair, getting rid of unnecessary dirt and build-up. Shampooing twice will only guarantee dry locks once your hair dries.

Jess lathers up with Brazilliant

Jess using Brazilliant Shampoo Bar

For those with curly hair, co-washing is probably nothing new. Conditioner-washing is the act of bypassing the shampoo altogether and simply using conditioner to get your hair clean. Check out Avocado Co-wash. It was created with co-washers in mind and contains beautiful ingredients like fresh avocado and cocoa butter to cleanse and condition your frizz-prone hair in just one step.

Condition, condition, condition

Since curly hair tends to be drier than its straight and wavy counterparts, conditioning is everything, especially after shampooing. Pick a conditioner you like—you might find that a heavier conditioner is best, while others might choose a lighter one. There is no obvious choice here, even for curly-haired folks. Apply conditioner to the length of your wet hair, but not too much near the scalp since it could weigh hair down, and try keeping it on for as long as possible – the longer it’s left on, the more moisturizing it’ll be.

Once you’re out of the shower, consider using a leave-in conditioner like R & B. This hair moisturizer is packed with softening ingredients like organic avocado butter, oatmeal, olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil and candelilla wax because they’re extremely good for conditioning the hair and scalp. It’ll help lock in moisture and keep frizz and flyaways out of sight.

Hot Oil Treatments

Once a week, a deep-conditioning hot oil treatment is a must. Because of curly hair’s natural swirl, it takes a long time for its natural oils to travel the length to the ends, which can leave it feeling dry and frizzy even after a long week of good conditioning. Adding a hot oil treatment like Kinky to your routine once a week will add intense moisture without diminishing your volume or bounce. Protective lanolin infuses moisture back into those frizzy ends, making the cuticle lie flat so hair appears smoother, shinier and healthier.

No touching!

The more you ruffle your hair, the more chance frizz has of making a comeback. When drying your hair after the shower, try gently blotting it with a microfiber (and not terry cloth) towel to help cut down on friction. In fact, even coarse wearables like scarves, coats and hats can wreak havoc on your hair – try choosing silkier items to reduce frizz.

Also, throw out your brush. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? When you brush curly hair, the bristles disturb the natural formation of your curls and cause a puff of frizzy hair. If you must brush, use a wide-tooth comb in the shower while you wait for the conditioner to work its magic. Otherwise, use your fingers to curl and tousle your hair. It’ll help maintain those perfect curls and frizz won’t stand a chance.