How to look after natural curls at home.

    In my experience, curly hair can be one of two things: Gorgeous or a downright mess

    I've had a love-hate relationship with my curls since day one. Growing up they were a nightmare to manage for both me and my mother. As I got older the resentment grew and I eventually stopped caring for it altogether. In recent years I've even taken to wearing wigs to cover my thin and often frizzy hair. But at the beginning of 2020, I made a vow that I'd take better care of myself, curls included. And there's never been a better time to experiment that COVID-19 lockdown. For the last few months I've been using various home treatment methods for dry, thin, and damaged curls and the results have been wonderful. 

    1. It's all about the oils. 

    Curly hair requires oils in order to keep it fresh and healthy. The single biggest complaint I've had with my curls have stemmed from the lack of viable oils. Frizzy? Brittle? Splitting easily? Oils are the key. 

    Unlike straight hair, curly hair tends to lose hydration easily which causes it to appear frizzy and dull. A lack of hydration also means hair splits and breaks far more readily than straight bobs. Those with curly hair need to work that bit harder to ensure it remains happy and healthy, therefore we need to replace those lost oils. It's advised to use treatments such as Aragon oil or Coconut oil once a week. You can buy these from your local chemist or, in the midst of COVID-19, online. These treatments clean and moisturize the scalps and hair follicles in order to promote healthy hair growth.

    I'm currently using Brazillian Keratin oil from Natural World to help bring some life back to my curls. Personally I've seen a significant improvement in the volume, frizz control, and even the shine present in my hair. 

    2. Don't over shampoo.

    It took me a while to come to terms with this one. I grew up being told that you should wash your hair daily with both shampoo and conditioner. My mother and sister both have straight hair, and so it was their understanding that shampoo was the key. However, for curls, it might just be the opposite. 

    Unlike straight hair, curly hair doesn't need to be shampooed on a daily basis. In fact, too much shampoo can stress fragile hairs and leave them dried out and dull. Instead, we should be focusing on conditioner and this is something I've been doing on a regular basis since moving out. I shower every day, but only shampoo my hair twice a week as opposed to conditioning which I do once daily. 

    3. NEVER brush! 

    Maybe I'm preaching to the choir here but please don't brush your curls. This leaves them uncontrollably frizzy and can even aid in breaking fragile hairs. Stick to combing with a wide-toothed comb or 'rake.

    4. Avoid overheating your hair. 

    I NEVER heat treat my hair in that I haven't straightened it with a flat iron since I was about sixteen. It's a well know fact that overuse of straighteners and these sorts of products can cause significant damage to your hair. Especially if you're not using heat resistant sprays and treatments. Use COVID as a chance to give your hair a break. Avoid the heat treatment and let it breathe in it's natural, curly state.

    5. Not all curls are the same!

    What works for me and my hair may not work for yours. Experimenting and trying out different treatments and products is the key. Not all curls are the same so please be mindful.

    - Nyxie 

    • M D M D :

      This is so honest about curly hair. Thank you for posting! I love hearing people's curl stories- they're usually very similar, but like you said, not all curls are the same!!

      3 years ago 
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