TOP 10 Curly Hair Nightmares…Solved!
Founder of CURLS
Frizz is the #1 complaint I hear from all curlies. Learn how to prevent frizz and tackle other curly hair challenges.
Problem #1: Frizz
Solution: Frizz is a curly girl’s “public enemy #1”. Our goal is to experience frizz free curls, everyday. Here are few tips to help you eliminate the frizz and revive your curls.
- Dry, moisture deprived curls are prone to frizz. Start off with the on the right foot by using the right products. Cleanse with non drying, sulfate free cleansers. I recommend doing so no more than 2x a week.
- Follow up with a moisture packed rinse off conditioner (vs. a protein based conditioner), to lock in the moisture.
- Use cool water to rinse out your conditioner, doing so will seal the cuticle and reduce frizz and increase sheen.
- Seal in the moisture by applying a small amount of a natural oil to your hair and ends, before applying your styler of choice. Doing so will pump up your moisture level and prevent dryness and frizz.
- Only use a microfiber towel to blot dry your curls. Do not use terry cloth towels, as they create frizz.
- Make sure to add a daily leave in moisturizer into your curly hair care regime. Look for a product loaded with natural moisturizers and oils.
Problem #2: Slow growing hair
- Contrary to the wide spread myth, curly hair does not grow slower than straight hair…the only difference is the amount of damage and styling faux pas we indulge in. All hair grows, on average, ½ “ per month.
- To retain growth treat your hair like a fine, silk blouse…gently and with great care and attention. Moisturize daily, deep condition weekly, use quality, naturally formulated products, avoid heat styling, and trim damaged ends every 3 months.
- Take a multi vitamin full of rich minerals and Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
- Use products formulated with proven growth enhancing ingredients (e.g. MSM, Silica and Lecithin)
- Get a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles.
Problem: Dry, brittle hair and ends
- Ditch drying shampoos. Use sulfate free cleansers. Sulfates are harsh detergents that cause the suds factor in your cleanser and results in dry hair. Creamy, sulfate free cleansers will gently cleanse, and lightly condition your hair at the same time.
- Stop heat styling altogether. The excess heat further exacerbates the problem.
- Deep treat your hair with a super hydrating, natural based deep conditioner. Add heat to the mix so that the conditioner actually penetrates the hair shaft.
- Moisturize daily…remember, this is key to healthy hair! Seek out liquid moisturizers packed with humectants and natural oils.
- Mix a natural oil of your choice (e.g. pomegranate seed, olive, jojoba, or sunflower oil) to your styling products for extra moisture. You can purchase natural oils at your local health food store.
Problem #3: Excessive Breakage
- Moisturize daily! This is a very important step you cannot afford to miss. Dry hair leads to breakage, so the way to avoid breakage is to keep your hair moisturized and hydrated. Opt for liquid moisturizers that are formulated with natural oils and ingredients. Ditch products with mineral and/or petrolatum oil in them. Both of these synthetic oils coat the hair and therefore blocks moisture out.
- Restore your hair’s lost keratin. 90% of human hair is made up of a natural protein, keratin which is responsible for the hair’s strength, resistance to wear and tear, elasticity, flexibility and shine. Hair keratin is damaged by straighteners, colors, perms, blow-drying, the sun, pollution, pool chemicals and even everyday brushing. Seek out products that are keratin based to restore strength and elasticity.
- Lubricate your hair, and ends, with a natural oil. Pure Monoi de Tahiti oil is my personal favorite. This rare and exotic oil has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties and is rich in lipids and essential nutrients.
Problem #4: 2-3 different curl patterns on one head
Solution: Most curly girls experience MCP (multiple curl personalities)…loose, perfect curls in one spot, tight and dry tresses in another. The best way to create one seamless head of curls is to use styling techniques to create one curl pattern. My favorite option for this is to do a twist out.
How to do a twist out.: Apply your styler of choice to clean, conditioned hair. Divide the hair into 4 sections. Create 4 braids in each of the 4 sections. Wrap the hair in a silk scarf, and allow the hair to air dry overnight. Remove the braids, apply a smoothing cream to the edges, shake and go!
Problem #5: Curly hair style rut
Solution: Curly hair is the most beautiful texture, with that said, styling curly hair can become routine, sometimes, boring. Tis the season to shake things up! Create a new look for the season. Research curly hair styles on the internet for inspiration. Try a new do for the New Year.
Problem #6: Limp, lifeless curls
Solution: The only thing worse than limp, lifeless curls is frizzy AND limp, lifeless curls. Here are a few tips to help you avoid this curly girl conundrum.
- Check your styling product ingredients. Ditch products loaded with synthetic oils, as they coat the hair shaft and weigh down curls. Look for products formulated with natural oils.
- Don’t over condition. While curly girls intuitively get the need to condition, over conditioning will yield the opposites results than desired.
- Choose styling products created for your hair type. Fine curlies should avoid heavy creams…light lotions and gels are the best styling options for this hair type.
Problem #7: Matted, bedhead
Solution: Simplify your morning routine by waking up to tangle free hair. Make sure your hair is fully dry, before going to bed, to avoid waking up to a matted, tangled mess. Cotton pillowcases can also create dry, matted hair, opt for a satin pillowcase instead.
Problem #8: Selecting a Curly Hair Stylist
Solution: Selecting a stylist to cut and care for your curly hair can be a daunting experience. Make sure to ask get 2-3 referrals from friends and ask the right questions of your potential stylist. Most importantly, make sure your stylist asks you the right questions, before he or she begins.
5 Important Questions Stylist Should Ask Their Curly Clients
1. Is your hair natural? If your hair has been color treated and/or if the texture has been relaxed, you must tell your stylist. Natural hair is much stronger and resilient…chemically altered hair requires more intensive care.
2. How much you want to trim/cut off? As curly hair dries, it shrinks. 1” cut off of curly hair becomes 2” with shrinkage. The last thing you want is to leave the salon with a cut significantly shorter than desired. Any stylist with experience cutting textured tresses will know this.
3. How much time do you want to spend styling your hair daily? A stylist that understands your busy lifestyle will not send you home with a style that requires a full beauty team to recreate!
4. What products do you use to cleanse, condition and style your curly hair? If you use silicone based stylers the stylist should begin with using a clarifying cleanser followed up with a deep treatment.
5. Do you primarily wear your hair curly or straight? Your hair cut and style options should be based solely on this information.
Problem #9: Dry, itchy scalp
Solution: With all of our focus on creating frizz free hair, we tend to ignore the health of our scalp. Over shampooing, excessive styling and products can irritate the scalp, and cause dryness. My favorite solution for this is to mix 3 parts of a natural oil (Olive oil works great) with 1 part pure Tea Tree oil and apply it directly to your scalp. The freshness of the oils and antiseptic properties go to work immediately. Allow it to stay on your hair overnight. Shampoo and condition the hair the next morning.
Problem #10: How to select the right products for your hair type
Solution: With all of the new curly hair products that have entered the market, selecting the right products for your hair type can seem overwhelming. How do you find the right products, for your specific hair type, without breaking the bank?
· Research brands online that match your hair care philosophy. If natural and organic hair care is most important, find companies that align with your natural hair regime.
· Get a basic understanding of what your hair type is…wavy, curly, or kinky coily. Once you find curly hair brands that interest you visit their website and social marketing sites to see what hair type they mostly cater to.
· Ask questions…email the Customer Service Representatives of each company and send them questions you have and pictures of your hair for assistance.
Last but not least, try freebies first! After you narrow down your search, request free samples of each of the products that meet your hair care needs. Trial before purchasing always makes for a satisfied curly girl.