A good curly hair routine doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Read on to find out how to keep your curly hair in great shape every day.
Curly hair doesn’t just look different from straight hair – it acts differently, grows differently, and even has its own unique needs.
So any old hair routine won’t be enough to keep your curly hair looking good.
Why curls are different
Like we’ve said, curly hair comes with several unique characteristics in its growth and structure.
This starts at the follicles: curly hair grows from the scalp at an angle, and the follicles are actually asymmetrical.
These factors affect the structure of the hair.
Where straight hair tends to be fairly even, curly hair has keratins (the protein that makes up the bulk of your hair’s structure) concentrated on the inner side of the curls.
This has consequences for the health of your hair; curly hair tends to dry easily, as it’s difficult for the natural oils of your scalp to make their way down the strand.
Luckily, a good routine can help with this.
Curly hair routine
When caring for curly hair, you’re generally looking to achieve two things – provide your hair with moisture, and texture.
Start off by washing with a moisturising shampoo like Head & Shoulders Royal Oils shampoo. Curly hair is naturally prone to tangling, and you’ll want to avoid this as much as possible.
Do so by massaging your scalp in an up and down motion when washing your hair, as opposed to a circular one.
After you’ve shampooed (to get rid of scalp oils that can buildup and cause problems), use a moisturising conditioner that will help your locks stay properly hydrated.
Take the opportunity to detangle any snarls that may be showing up.
This is an ideal time to do so, as your hair will be lubricated by the conditioner – that means less breakage and ultimately less frizz.
When it comes to drying, skip the towel and wrap your hair in an old t-shirt instead; this allows your hair to dry without causing any knotting.
Ideally, you’ll want to let your hair air dry once you’ve squeezed out most of the water. This will help the curl keep their shape, and add texture.
All that’s left after that is to look forward to a great hair day.