Every curly girl knows the struggle of trying to get soft, bouncing curls.
While products and techniques vary depending on what type of curls you have, some core habits are true for every curly girl.
Healthy curls begin with healthy habits
15 tips you can start doing today to keep your curls in the best condition.
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1. Give The Curly Gurl Method A Try
If you have not already tried the curly girl method, I highly recommend it.
It’s essentially a method to embrace and promote your natural curls by using clean products and creating healthy hair routines.
I saw a significant change in my curls in the first 30 days following this method.
There are a plethora of different application techniques that are specific to your curly type.
You can read a more detailed post about the curly girl method here.
It can be a littler overwhelming which is why I created “Getting Started With Curly Girl Cheat Sheet” (including a guide to my favorite affordable drug store products) to help simplify the process and get you the curly results you want quickly!
2. Add collagen and hair skin and nail supplement to your daily routine
Collagen has been growing in popularity and for good reason. It has many benefits for your overall health but particularly for your hair skin and nails.
Adding collagen and hair skin and nails supplement to your daily routine will help your curls grow healthy and strong.
I started seeing noticeable hair growth within the first 30 days of taking these.
3. Incorporate A Rice Water Rinse Every Three Days (or once per week depending on your curls needs)
Rice water has a plethora of benefits (read more about rice water here).
Incorporating a solid rice water rinse into your routine can do wonders for natural curls including hair growth!
4. Rinse with cold water
I’ll admit this doesn’t make for a luxurious shower experience. But rinsing with cold water helps close the hair cuticle and hold in moisture.
5. Do an apple cider vinegar rinse
Apple cider vinegar does wonders for curlies. It works as a gentle cleanser while moisturizing and detangling hair. Read more here about how to make your rinse.
A pre-poo” is an oil treatment applied to before shampooing or cleansing. It can also be applied overnight.
The purpose of a pre-poo is to add moisture, repair hair shaft, and detangle curls before washing.
You can easily create your pre-poo mixture full of delicious oils.
7. Deep condition once or sometimes twice per week
It depends on your hair type, but using a deep conditioner is a must for curly hair.
If a deep conditioner tends to be too heavy for your hair, try moving it up in your hair routine. Start with the deep conditioner before you shampoo.
Experiment to find out what works best for your specific curls.
8. Stop using heat
Heat is very damaging to your hair. The less heat your curls are exposed to, the healthier they will be.
Always use a diffuser when blow drying and keep it on the cool setting.
I use and love this diffuser.
9. Style while wet
Always apply styling products to your hair when it’s super wet.
This helps distribute the product better and created less frizz.
Once applied, use a high-end microfiber towel to scrunch hair and remove added moisture before drying.
Note: Choose a high-quality microfiber towel. Lower quality microfiber towels can cause frizz as well.
10. Do not touch your hair until completely dry
Repeat after me: I will not touch my hair until it is COMPLETELY dry!!
Once you’ve applied your products styled, and crunched, do not touch, crunch, or run your fingers through it until it’s completely dry.
After it is dry, gently smooth or crunch out the crunch. Read more here.
I either use a light leave in conditioner to scrunch out the crunch.
11. Stop using shampoo
Shampoo tends to be harsh on your hair and causes frizz and even breakage. Opt for a low poo option or a co-wash.
I love this gentle cleanser.
12. Protect your curls while you sleep
This is a gamechanger when it comes to keeping second, third, and fourth-day curls.
A silk nightcap or pillowcase is non-negotiable for curlies.
Silk helps you to retain more moisture and allows your curls to glide smoothly over the material wich eliminates breakage and reduces frizz.
13. Use a t-shirt or microfiber towel to dry your hair using the pulsing method
A regular towel will destroy your curls before you’ve even gotten started. Use a microfiber towel to remove moisture by pulsing and scrunching.
14. Message scalp before bed every night
Beautiful curls begin with your scalp. Make a daily practice of message your scalp each night before bed.
This will awaken your hair follicles and encourage regrowth.
Scalp Messager: These are bomb. I use them every single day.
15. Keep your favorite oil with you at all times
Curls are unpredictable. Keep your favorite oil on hand to use to smooth frizz and rehydrate throughout the day.
Remember, that all curls are different and have a mind of their own.
It’s important to experiment and find out what works best for your curls.
Need more curly hair tips?
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I offer daily curly hair care tips and would love to connect with you! @curly_colleen
Because life is better with curly friends <3
P.S Don’t forget to download your getting started with the curly girl method cheat sheet <3
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