Maintaining Curls – The Very Basics of Curly Hair Care

By: Malak Khaled

When you have curly hair,having a good hair day can be once in a blue moon.

As a member of the curly hair club, maintaining  curly hair is a struggle that I and many other people have to face on the daily. It has been one of the most difficult tasks that I had to learn. My mom has always had straight soft hair so she didn’t know how to deal with the mess that was my hair. She unfortunately did all of the wrong things that I -a person with curly hair- was not supposed to do. I was very eager to grow up and maintain my curls by myself. It has been one hell of a journey, truly, and I’m still learning. Here’s what I’ve learned so far!

Firstly, never -I repeat – never brush your hair unless it is wet or at least damp. Brushing your hair when it is wet does cause it to fall out more, but brushing it when its dry will cause it to fluff up and become twice your size. The only time that brushing curly hair is acceptable is before hopping in the shower. Always brush your hair from the bottom up as well.

Your hair is most vulnerable when it is wet. Washing your hair for people with curly or generally thick hair is honestly a chore at this point. I dread the day that I have to wash my hair because it takes approximately 12 hours to be 100% dry. This is more of a tip for everyone,so not just for curly hair,but washing your hair every 3-4 days can prevent major hair damage and split ends. The more you wash the more your hair gets damaged. I’m not saying don’t ever wash your hair, simply wash your hair less. Preferably every 3-4 days. Drying your hair can go both ways: air drying or blowdrying your hair,personally i like to let my hair air dry because its much healthier for my hair. After washing your hair,brush it from the bottom up with a detangle brush and using a microfiber towel for your hair is much more gentler and less aggressive then a conventional towel. Microfiber absorbs more and dries faster than your regular towel. Also it makes your hair less frizzy just like sleeping on a silk pillow case.

Serums are your best friend! Now, all types of curly hair is different,but thats why their is different types of serums for your hair. Just because someone you know with curly hair does a trick with their hair to help it staying smooth and luscious doesn’t necessarily that it’ll work with you because all hair is different,but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try! I recommend you to try anti-frizz serums because personally,they’ve saved my life.

At the end of the day,hair is just hair. It’ll grow back, so try new things with your hair. Dye it,cut it or anything you’ve always wanted to do but never had the balls to do it,and if worse comes to worst,just cut your hair because it will grow back,eventually.

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