Ever since I was younger, I have always hated my curly hair. Everyone always told me that when I was older I’d grow to love it, and they were right. Using these tips I’ve managed to keep my hair under control and actually begin to work it!
TIP #1 –
In the shower, brush/comb while the conditioner is still in your hair. This makes it much easier and quicker to untangle, as well as minimising damage to your hair from tugging the brush. I use the L’Oréal Elvive Full Restore 5 Extreme Conditioner for Very Damaged, Dry Hair. Even though my hair is neither damaged nor overly dry, I find that this conditioner works amazingly to counteract frizz and leaves my hair feeling smooth, silky and smelling gorgeous.
TIP #2 –
After part-drying your hair with a towel turban, rub in a dollop of conditioner. I find that doing this while my hair is still damp works really well to further stop frizz, especially at the ends of my hair. Be careful not to use too much conditioner though, as this can make your hair look greasy the next day. Make sure to also never apply conditioner to your roots either, as this has the same effect and no one wants greasy roots..
TIP #3 –
Never blow-dry your hair. Aside from how damaging blow-drying your hair can be, it is never a good idea to blow-dry curly hair. The heat pulls out your natural wave pattern, which is irreversible until it comes into contact with moisture again (i.e. washing your hair). The only time I ever blow-dry my hair is when I plan on straightening it as soon as I’ve dried it, otherwise, I always have time to let it air dry naturally.
TIP #4 –
Never brush/comb your hair when it’s dry. This has a similar effect to blow-drying your hair, but minus the heat. This action completely counteracts the way the curly fibres have formed in your hair and honestly, I never brush my hair until I’m in the shower washing it again!
TIP #5 –
Curl your hair while it’s curly. It may sound crazy, but trust me, it works! Without going into too much detail about the science behind it, hair is made up of a protein called keratin, and chains of keratin are joined together by disulphide bonds, making the hair fibres extremely strong. Using heat breaks these bonds, causing them to reposition. So, if straightening hair breaks these bonds and permanently re-arranges the keratin chains until they are wet again, then no curling wand is going to make a difference to the now straightened hair. Therefore to avoid this, USE your hair’s own natural curly fibres to curl your hair! When I do this, I could leave it for days and it would remain as curly as it ever was because the keratin chain arrangement is being used in the way that it’s supposed to be in your hair!
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