Anyone with curls knows the struggle of achieving a good hair day. Between battling frizz, managing dryness and maintaining healthy-looking shine, some days, it’s just easier to call it a day and toss it up in a bun. If your biggest daily challenge is controlling your curls, then check out some tried and true tips to get your best hair day yet.
Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely: Curls require a little extra love and attention, so make sure you look for shampoos and conditioners that will help bring out the best of your curls. Plenty of great brands now make specific shampoos and conditioners catered to curls, but there are also entire lines dedicated to curly-haired babes like Ouidad and Deva Curl Concepts. Since curly hair tends to be drier than other hair types, a solid moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can also do the trick.
Trim often and trim it dry: We curly-haired gals know how quickly our ends can look stringy and dry. Maintain healthy-looking ends by visiting your salon every 6 weeks for a trim. Since curly hair can be deceivingly long when it’s wet, make sure you’re asking for dry trims and cuts so that you don’t walk out of the salon looking like Little Orphan Annie.
Detangle wisely: Yes, curly hair can get quite tangled, therefore, you should always make sure you detangle as much of it as possible while you have conditioner in your hair. Invest in a wide tooth comb or use your fingers to run your conditioner through your hair. If your hair is particularly prone to tangling, make sure you don’t skip out on leave-in conditioner. Applying your leave-in before you come out of the shower will help keep your curls soft and manageable.
Ditch regular towels when it comes to your hair: Eliminating frizz may be as simple as eliminating terry cloth towels from your hair routine. When it comes to your curls, microfiber towels are the way to go. The softer, gentler material will eliminate unnecessary friction, giving your hair more smoothness and shine when you style.
Cocktail your products: Anyone with curly hair will tell you it requires more than one product to get the right style and hold desired. Cocktailing your styling products is a great way to ensure an even distribution throughout your hair, while avoiding over-usage, which can weigh curls down in an unflattering way.
Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse: A hair diffuser can really give your curls life, especially if your hair is longer or flat at the top. Not only will you avoid a crunchy wet look, but you’ll also achieve better definition of curls by diffusing.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.