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How to Care for Curly Hair

Curly hair – it can be a love-hate relationship sometimes. When your curls are bomb they’re beaut, but when they’re frizzy and unruly, they can be a nightmare. Whether you have ringlets, coils or super wavy hair, these are some of our tips and treatments to get your curls looking *fine*.

FROM THE BOTTOM, UP

If you have curls, you know the struggles of waking up with tangled hair. Hair naturally curls when cuticles within the strands are open (opposed to closed or smooth, which gives hair its shine). Because of this, curly hair is more susceptible to damage from heat and other environmental factors. To avoid further damage, the best thing you can do is comb from the bottom to the top. If you start at the roots and tug your way down to the tips, you’re compounding the knots and will cause breakage.

TRIM FOR THE WIN

As curly hair is the most fragile, it is more prone to breakage and split ends. It’s a basic rule, but getting regular trims will help to ensure your strands are healthy and living their best life.

PRODUCT PLAY

‘Curly hair’ is an umbrella term for wider hair types.  Everyone is different – hair status, scalp condition and environmental factors all come into play. In order to create the best hair routine for you, experts suggest you do ‘product cocktailing’ – in other words, mixing and matching products to achieve desired results. While some people might want to control frizz (curly hair is more porous, making it susceptible to the effects of humidity), others might want to define their curls or even add volume.

The Love Curl range by Davines. Credit: BeautyEQ

TREAT YO’SELF

To help combat breakage and frizz, it’s important to give your hair a deep conditioning treatment on a regular basis. There is an array of products to choose from, including hair masks, smoothing treatments or leave-in conditioners. Davines offers an assortment of products for curly and damaged hair, such as the Love Smooth and Love Curl range or a variety of products within the More Inside family.

SILK AND SCRUNCHIES

It’s not just during the day that you need to care for your hair. Looking after your locks whilst sleeping is an important thing to factor into your routine. Sleeping on a silk pillow or using a silk (or similar fabric) scrunchie are both hair-hacks to prevent unruly curls. The smooth fabric reduces friction which causes static and ultimately, frizz.

Silk scrunchies. Credit: Mecca

DRYING RIGHT

To help keep your curls in check air-drying is the best option, but sometimes that doesn’t play out that way. If you want to blow-dry your hair, using a diffuser is highly recommended. Diffusers help to distribute the heat and air of the hairdryer, so you can help to maintain your natural texture. Before blow-drying, squeeze out any excess water from your hair and apply a heat protectant product – don’t towel dry your hair, as this will encourage frizz.