Every one 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 a long-term manipulation might do permanent damage. 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 hair care routine to restore your curls
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. The Wild Curl Moisturizing Curly Hair oil is an ideal choice for a hot oil treatment as it contains oils that can penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize your curls from inside.
2. Apply hair oil and leave-in conditioner
After the shower, use always leave-in conditioner and seal it with hair oil (you can use our Wavy, Curly or Kinky hair oil). As well, sealing your hair with hair oils can help to further align the hair in place and prevent frizziness. After washing your hair, apply a 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 or use a styling brush.
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, depending on how dry your hair is and your lifestyle. The curlier your hair type is, most probably the drier it is and the less you should shampoo it. Use gentle shampoos that don't contain sulfates like The Wild Curl Shampoo. Between washdays, use gentle cleansers or conditioner wash 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. Damaged hair easily tangles with healthy hair and result in overall damage to the hair and prevents hair growth. If you do regular micro trims every three months it won't affect negatively your hair growth goals. Moreover, curly hair is easy to micro trim and you can achieve nice results by doing it yourself.
5. The big chop
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 try to recover the lost curls back.
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.
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 & Go involves cleaning, conditioning and styling your hair without the use of heat, protective styling or any other manipulation techniques.
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 with various other techniques. 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 a 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 the shower with a leave-in conditioner.
11. Use curl creams or gel for styling
Use styling creams or gel to avoid frizz in your hair. You can also mix hair oil with cream or gel to create your curl-hold options.
12. Air-dry your hair
The less added heat the better! It also allows your hair to dry into tighter curls with fewer flyaways. If you want to save time in your routine, use a microfiber hair turban or towel. Microfiber is an ultrafine fibre with moisture-absorbent properties that will dry your curls faster. Take a look at our Anti-Frizz Microfiber hair turban.
13. Don’t use heat
Heat causes damage 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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