Ever since I was in high school I’ve been trying to come up with the perfect routine for curly hair *laughs* perfect curly hair? Anyone who has curly hair surely can relate on this one, one day curls can be full of life and bouncing here there and everywhere and others curls can resemble a birds nest… not ideal I know.
I like to think that 95% of the time my curly hair (unless met but any weather extremes) up until the recent snow situation in March it seems to play along quite well. So with that being the case I’ve decided to share my top 7 hacks for curly or wavy hair. I’m not promising that your hair will be perfect but with the help of these hacks I’m hoping I can help. I’m a qualified hairdresser so there’s some science and behind what I’m about to tell you, I’ll try my best not to be boring though…
If you’ve got curly hair the first thing you need to do is towel dry your hair, I know this sounds obvious as everyone towels dries their hair to an extent but there’s a method to towel drying curly hair. Curly and wavy hair can be very coarse so when drying it’s best to almost pat the hair to remove moisture rather than rub the hair as this rubs the cuticles the wrong way and then causes the dreaded frizz. Or alternatively you can leave it in a towel for a few minutes to suck up the moisture like I did writing this post.
De tangling are you using the right tool?
A common mistake when detangling hair is to get a brush and drag it through the lengths and ends of your hair (I’ll come back to this later). The mistake being not only using a brush but starting from the root of the hair, it’s a big no-no. If you’re wondering why a brush is a no no the reason is you should only use a brush on dry hair unless it’s a wet brush, I have one with moustaches on it. Brushes are too harsh on wet hair of any kind and especially on curly or wavy hair. The best thing to use is a comb, preferably wide toothed so it doesn’t cause too much stress on your hair.
De tangling are you doing it wrong?
Brushing hair from root to the end honestly makes me cringe, have you ever had christmas lights and tried to detangle those without finding an end? If so, you know how frustrating it is and how you seem to get nowhere and potentially break a few bulbs in the process and are unable to use the lights anyway? Yup well think about your hair… all you’re doing by starting from the root is bunching up any knots or tangles and forcing your hair to snap. When wet your hair is the most fragile, especially when curly or wavy so make sure to de tangle from the ends and then work your way up.
Hair care product confusion solved
I often hear people say ‘don’t leave conditioner on in the shower it will weigh down your curls’ or ‘serum will make your hair crispy’ and all I want to do is laugh. There’s nothing wrong with leaving conditioner in your hair and then rinsing it out, I do this whenever I wash my hair as it allows the nutrients to get right inside the hair. This is really needed when hair is curly or wavy because it’s naturally drier than straighter hair (I’ll skip the science here). There’s also no problem with using serum on the hair as long as you use the right amount, I use ‘Tigi Bed head Small Talk’ and it holds my curls in place without added weight, frizz or crispiness which I tend to get from mousse. I think the main thing to consider is how much you use, I use a 5p size for my hair which is very thick and shoulder length.
Night time mistakes
This is hands down one of the worst things you can do to your natural curls and waves apart from bleaching or extreme colour changing which I will come back to later. I know I’ve mentioned that your hair is most fragile when wet over and over and I’m starting to sound like a broken record but going to bed with wet hair not only leaves you looking a bit crazy in the morning but it is a super easy way to damage your hair. If you have to sleep with wet hair tie it up using a scrunchie or something soft. No rubber bands or pins and don’t pull it around too much as hair becomes more stretchy when wet. A silk pillowcase is also recommended to reduce unwanted frizz.
Two things you should never do to curly & wavy hair
Now this hack should be kind of obvious but if not don’t worry I’ll explain, we all know (hopefully) that bleaching or constantly changing our hair colour isn’t good for our hair right? If not the reason this isn’t advised is because these processes dry the hair out quite a lot, which means the hair is more fragile and likely to snap off. If you want to achieve lighter hair or a drastically different hair colour make sure to seek a professionals advice and don’t try it at home. High lift tints and Olaplex are great in helping to reduce damage to your locks when colouring, your stylist will be able to advise more on these alternatives.
The final touches
So you’ve towel dried your hair, combed it, applied your favourite products and are wondering what’s next? I find that this is the stage which makes all the difference to the final look. I like to give my hair a little scrunch to help my curls take their natural form (because I have combed it so it goes straight) and then I like to twist sections with my fingers some forward and some back. Making sure that any around my face go backwards. If you’re like me and have some bits that just don’t want to curl on their own I find this very useful.
Now it’s time to sit back, let that hair dry naturally or use a diffuser if you have one to take a little bit more moisture out of your hair and let your hair work its magic.
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