Over 65% of the world’s consumer population has textured hair. Plus, more people than ever are embracing their natural texture.
That said, caring for curly hair can be a labor of love. It takes time, gentle care, and the right products to maintain a healthy head of curls.
If you're new to the natural haircare world, you might feel overwhelmed by the learning curve.
Luckily, these hair hacks can help. Read on to learn the top tips that will keep your hair looking hydrated, defined, and fabulous.
Use a T-Shirt to Dry Your Hair
No matter your curl pattern or texture, all curls are susceptible to frizz. Using a traditional terrycloth bath towel to dry your hair can make it more prone to frizz.
For an affordable alternative, try an old t-shirt to gently squeeze excess water from your hair. This is also known as plopping. Not only will your hair be happier, you'll also get another use out of a shirt that's been taking up space in your drawer.
Another option is to spring for a microfiber turban. It's even more absorbent and will last for tons of washes.
Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar
If you follow the Curly Girl Method and use a co-wash rather than shampoo, you might struggle with product buildup on your scalp. The great news is you don't have to buy another hair product—you can turn to your pantry!
Despite its harsh smell, apple cider vinegar is gentle and it won't change your curl pattern. Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to prevent bacteria such as S. Aureus from growing on your scalp, where it can cause infection and itching. This is why some people use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse to control dandruff, eliminate lice and get rid of other scalp conditions.
Apple cider vinegar has more than 30 uses as well as health benefits. To use it on your hair, mix it with one part water and one part vinegar. Pour it on your hair, let it sit for a few minutes, rinse with water, and finish with your normal conditioner.
Always Comb Your Hair from the Bottom up
Constantly tearing out your hair when trying to detangle it. Have you tried brushing your hair? It’s really not the best way to detangle it.
A wide tooth comb is the best way to gently detangle curly hair. Tackle tangles from the bottom up to aid in the toughest of knots without causing breakage or damage to your hair.
Care for Your Hair While You Sleep
Curly hair is a delicate thing which is why gentle detangling is so important. That also means that you need to protect your hair while you sleep.
To avoid the dreaded smashed curls, you can try the pineapple method. Put your hair in a loose ponytail on top of your head and secure it with a satin scrunchie. In the morning, you'll still have defined curls that aren't smushed or frizzy.
You can also sleep on a stain pillowcase to prevent dryness and frizziness while you sleep.
Add These Hair Hacks to Your Routine Today
Caring for curly hair doesn't have to be difficult. All you need are the right techniques and products. These curly hair hacks will keep your curls looking bouncy and defined.
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