1. Choose your shampoo wisely..... we all know that naturally curly hair is prone to dryness but needs to be cleaned. If you are a co-wash kind of gal then more power to you but every once in awhile your scalp and hair needs to be rid of excess product, dirt and oil. Shampoo your curls with a gentle moisturizing cleanser like Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo that removes build up while leaving your tresses soft, moisturized and detangled. A little of this shampoo goes a long way, use a dime to quarter size on wet hair for freshly clean curls.
2. Moisturize is KING! A healthy natural hair care regimen always includes a leave-in conditioner. A great leave-in conditioner will provide slip for detangling, add shine and seal in moisture. Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner detangles on contact making it easy to finger detangle or comb freshly shampooed hair. Want springy defined curls? Always use a leave-in conditioner.
3. "Dusting" Split ends. There is a myth that trimming natural hair is not necessary----especially if you've taken a vow never to straighten your hair. Natural hair needs trims too. Lucky for us, we can do it all by ourselves. All you need to dust your ends are a pair of professional hair scissors--- these scissors should only be used for your hair not for cutting paper or fabric. Twist hair in small sections and snip knots or split ends. This is a great way to keep your ends in check between salon visits. Sealing the ends with a light oil like Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend, will ensure that they are moisturized and reduce damage.
4. Protecting from heat. Wet hair is defenseless against hot tools. Always use a heat protectant when blow drying. If you are straightening the hair, apply a heat protectant to wet hair, completely blow dry then straighten. Not using a heat protectant will result in heat damage and your curls could become permanently straight.
5. Regulate your water temperature. Different stages of the "Wash Day" routine requires changes in water temperature. When rinsing out shampoo, use warm water to get rid of dirt, grease and oils. The water temperature should not be too hot because higher temperatures can be drying. Rinse out conditioners or deep treatments with cool water to seal in the moisture. Try Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment for your next conditioning experience--- NaturallyCurly.com says it is the BEST Deep Treatment.
7. Don't be afraid to switch it up. "All work and no play, makes Jane a dull girl." Have some fun with your natural hair and switch it up. Don't wear your ponytail or section your hair in the same spot all the time because repeat styling causes breakage. Alternate between wash n' go's, twist outs, bantu knots and braids. Your hair will thank you.
8. Air Drying is always the best policy. For obvious reasons, we know that taking a vacation from heat is the best way to go. Heat can be drying causing weak, brittle and sometimes permanently straightened hair. Luckily for us, most natural hair styles yield better results when they air dry: Wash n' go's, twists, braids, bantu knots, etc.
Many naturals like to apply a generous amount of product to their strands. If you find that your shoulders or hair is covered in little white particles after drying then you have used too much product. Each section of hair only needs about two small fingertip swipes of product. If your index finger is completely drenched in curl creme or gel then you've gone too far. A little will go a long way if you use a styling product that is made from rich ingredients. Try Kurl Defining Creme or Jelle Coconut Styling Gel for sexy shapely curls.
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