Taking care of curly hair is not a gender biased thing. If you have curly hair and want to know how to take care of them, then this post is for you. It’s great you’ve deiced to embrace your natural hair!
When you embrace your natural hair You will:
- Love and appreciate yourself and others better.
- Stand out in the crowd – for being you and for being beautiful…
- Save money on all those salon treatments and products.
- Save your hair from further damage!
We were all conditoned to think in a particular way. So, let’s understand what’s a myth and what’s real in the curly world.
MYTH #1 Straight hair is good, Curly Hair is a burden
This has ruined so many curlies. People have lost their time, money and their self-worth because they feel curly hair is such a burden. It’s not. The notion of straight hair being the best hair type is just so overrated. F.R.I.E.N.D.S in the early 2000’s Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe all had poker straight hair?
Most of us grew up watching that. And the movies and the ads on TV – everyone propagating how awesome it was to have poker straight hair. A majority of people all over the world are conditioned to think straight hair is better. I blame the widespread media bombardments. That’s a billion-dollar industry propaganda. Hair straightening products and service companies make money this way.
I would encourage no one to straighten regularly. Treating your hair with methods like bonding, or using a flat iron every single day can cause a lot of damage. You may want to experiment with different temporary looks and that’s ok. Permanent straightening methods though cause hair DAMAGE! You are not worth that at all. You deserve so much better.
MYTH#2 You Should Comb Dry Curly Hair
Never comb your dry curly hair. Putting a comb through your dry natural curls is the biggest mistake you can make. Don’t comb curly hair to make them straight. It doesn’t work that way.
Why shouldn’t you comb dry curly hair?
Curly Hair is one of the most fragile hair types and running a comb through already fragile hair can damage it further. Use a product like a leave-in conditioner, oil, or curl cream to detangle your curly hair with fingers first.
FACT: In the ancients days, people washed their hair once a fortnight. Unwashed hair creates a lot of sebum – the natural oil. You had to brush 100 strokes a day to distribute those oils from scalp to the root, every day.
This is NOT the need of today.
Since your hair is exposed to pollution and dirt, you need to wash it several times a week. You may use multiple hair products, right? Unsafe products damage your hair and create product buildup too. So your hair is already fragile and if you brush it dry then it cases breakage and hair fall too.
Plastic brush with smaller bristles is hard to put through thick curly hair, plus plastic causes static and frizz. Get yourself or your baby curly a Denman Brush – it’s a curly hair essential instead. Use your Denman to detangle and style your curly hair.
Wavy and Curly Hair Texture
Curly hair texture is unlike any other hair. Curly hair is one of the most fragile hair types there could be. They are dry, with big pores within each strand. That’s why they need to be moisturized a lot to make them look healthy, shiny and bouncy. It is naturally brittle. You need to treat curly hair being gentle, giving it care and the love you’d shower on a puppy or your own baby.
The pores inside wavy hair are not as big as curly hair. Wavy hair may not need as much moisture as curly hair. They are fragile though and may need an amount of moisture to keep them going frizzy. Thus, putting a comb through your dry curly hair will just break it. It will cause split ends and make it frizzy. Those annoying little strands of flyaway hair are thus born.
Frizzy hair is NOT a hair type. Frizz is a condition and a clear sign that your hair is needs more moisture.
MYTH #3 You need to shampoo curly hair every day
Think of taking care of your curly hair as you would do your laundry. Yes, clothes; laundry. You take special care to dry clean some of your best clothes right? Because whites clean better with only whites, and colors with only colors and so on. You treat different clothes, right? Ok now think about this. Each of us has a different skin type and the soaps and the creams that one uses may not suit someone else. It’s the same with curly hair.
Curly hair care methods are different.
Say NO to shampoo. Consider a method called cowashing; it’s changed my hair game! Wash curly hair only twice a week and refresh on non-wash days. Your curly hair needs deep conditioning every week. You need a routine. You do need to shampoo but not for every wash, that’s what I’m saying. You can always use bentonite clay mask to shampoo and detox your hair naturally.
All this may sound complicated, but when you get into the rhythm then it’s like riding a bicycle or swimming or driving, you’ll be on autopilot! If you need help, I’m here for you. Come chat with me on Instagram @honestlizhere today or Tell Your Friends to!