Everyone of us wants to change style once in a while, but most of the procedures are very harsh for curly hair, which is naturally dry and prone to breakage. Hair straightening, chemical processing and dyeing break the natural curl pattern in your hair strands and in long-term might make permanent damage. In order to keep your curls healthy and bouncy, even once in a while changing your hairstyle, make sure to follow these steps.
13 ways to enhance your haircare routine
1. Add extra moisture
Curly hair tends to be very dry and therefore needs always added moisture. Restore the moisture balance in your hair by doing a deep conditioning or hot oil treatment.
2. Apply hair oil and leave-in conditioner
After shower use always leave-in conditioner and seal it with hair oil (you can use our Wavy or Curly hair oil). As well, sealing your hair with hair oils can help to further lock the hair in place by preventing from frizziness. After washing your hair, apply few drops of hair oil to towel-damp hair. Apply the oil mainly to the end of your hair and while applying, try to align the strands in a defined way.
3. Don’t over-shampoo
Over-shampooing can lead to dry hair and it can remove the natural hair oil from your scalp. Hair only needs to be washed two to three times per week and this totally depends on how dry your hair is. The curlier is your hair type the less you should shampoo it. However, always apply conditioner even when not using shampoo. Use gentle cleansers instead of shampoos to remove product residue, oil or dirt from your scalp and strands.
4. Trim your hair
Trimming your split and damaged ends is a good and easy way to keep your hair healthy. And don’t worry too much about your long hair goals, because trimming your hair actually promotes hair growth. Moreover, curly hair is easy to trim and you can achieve nice results by doing it yourself.
5. The big shop
Yes this is the Big Chop everyone is always afraid of! Sometimes the damage is too big and it’s better to start from scratch than trying to recover the lost curls back. Damaged hair easily tangles with healthy hair and result in overall damage to the hair and prevents hair growth.
6. Add protein
Our hair main component is protein. Therefore, added protein helps to strengthen and grow our hair by rebuilding the areas of our hair where the protein was lost due to damage. We can regulate the protein intake with our diet, but also we can add it topically. You can use protein masks or try a simple DIY protein remedy at home as well. Here is an example of a protein mask:
- 1 tbsp of a silicone free conditioner
- 1.5 tbsp of Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp of Honey
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Avocado
- 1 tbsp of Mayonnaise
Use a blender to mix all of the ingredients together. Divide your hair into sections and apply the mask into each section and twist them. After clipping the twist use a shower cap to cover your hair. You can leave the treatment in your hair for 45 minutes to an hour, then rinse the treatment out!
7. Wash and Go
Wash & Go! Wash & Go! and Wash & Go! Probably you hear this way too often when going natural. But it works! Wash your hair and rock your day au naturel. A wash and go involves washing, conditioning and moisturizing hair and leaving your hair as it is without stretching. Yes, this leads to shrinkage but that way you can achieve to have an awesome afro!
8. Use protective hairstyles
Protective hairstyles aim to limit the stress of environmental factors on natural hair by tucking your hair and ends within the style. These styles include twists, locks, braids, you name it… However, be aware that over manipulation of your hair might have a reverse effect.
9. Chemical damage (hair colour, shampoos, bleaching your hair!)
Chemical components found in hair colours, shampoos, hair bleach and other products we use can damage our hair structure permanently and prevents it to curl like it uses to.
10. Comb your hair in the shower or with leave-in conditioner
Over combing your hair and combing it dry might cause massive breakage and prevent your hair to grow. Always make sure to comb it when wet and well moisturised. Comb your hair in a shower with a conditioner or damp hair after shower with a leave-in conditioner.
11. Use curl creams
Use styling creams or gel to avoid frizz in your hair. Make sure that the product you are using is sulfate and alcohol free. You can also mix hair oil with cream or gel to create your own curl-hold options.
12. Air-dry your hair
Less added heat the better! It also allows your hair to dry into tighter curls with fewer flyaways. This way you also save time in your daily hair routine.
13. Don’t use heat
Again heat causes damaged to your hair structure. If you still want to blow out or straighten your hair, do it less often and always make sure to apply a heat protectant product first.
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So basically here is everything you need to know in order to get your curls back. Try it out and see how it goes. Patience is the word!
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