Are you in a love-hate relationship with your gorgeous yet unmanageable curls?
Well, join the club of 11% queens across the globe who are blessed with curly hair.
And before you decide to give up on your hair, this Curl Guide will make managing curly hair seem like a breeze!
Cleansing Curly Hair
- Brush your hair and hydrate your curls with pre-shampoo, hair oil, or a simple 15 min leave-in conditioner mask will also do the trick.
- Use a comb or your fingers for even product coverage. Whatever pre-shampoo treatment you use, ensure you nourish entire strands of hair from the roots to the tips.
- Pop on a shower cap to trap the heat and open up the cuticles on your scalp so all the magic can reach the hair.
- Rinse off after 20-35 mins and continue with the rest of the regimen.
- Pre-shampoo treatments hydrate your curls, and detangling makes it easy for you to wash them in the shower.
- Use a shampoo that's formulated for curly hair and one that is free of sulfates.
- Using your fingertips, massage the shampoo for a minimum of 60 seconds directly onto your scalp and the hair roots.
- Divide your hair into sections and slowly and patiently detangle them from the bottom up using your fingers. No brushes or combs are needed.
- Massage your scalp and roots again as you rinse off the product.
- Thoroughly rinse off the shampoo or co-wash product from your scalp and hair.
- Piling up your bed of curls on top of your head only looks cool in movies. But it will make
you cry as you work through an intricate web of tangled-up coils.
- Don't use wide-toothed brushes or combs to detangle your wet curls in the shower. Use
your fingers to gently ease off those stubborn knots.
- Don't wash your curls/ waves daily unless you want to strip off your sebum's naturally producing oils.
- Depending on the nature of your curls and hair, washing it twice a week is recommended.
- If your hair is intensely curly, then unless it gets extremely dirty, you can wash your hair once every 2-3 weeks!
- Get a shampoo that's designed for curlies and wavies. Period.
- Formulas containing parabens, SLS, sulfates, and alcohol are toxic and an absolute no-no.
- Look for a creamy cleanser with hydrating and moisturizing elements such as hyaluronic acid, coconut, and natural fats. The CocoBerry Hair Curl Repair comprises blueberry oil, coconut water, and hyaluronic acid formula.
- Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. It's that simple.
- Give your curls that extra oomph of moisture between wash days with a hydrating hair
mist that will also reduce any itchiness in your scalp.
- Don't use dry shampoo. Ever. It will destroy those curls.
Conditioning Curly Hair
- Conditioner is your No.1 BFF! It should be a non-negotiable element of your wash routine. Never skip it!
- Use a silicone-free conditioner always, ideally one designed for curly hair such as CocoBerry’s Hair Curl Repair conditioner.
- Apply to the ends and avoid the roots. Be generous with conditioner. And let it sit for at least 5-10 mins.
- Super curlies can also apply conditioner to their scalp and roots for added hydration.
- Gently detangle and massage your hair while letting the moisture lock into your curls.
- Rinse off entirely, or leave some in for an extra burst of moisture.
What is a scalp massage?
- A scalp massage is a gentle massage performed on the scalp using just the fingertips or a device. Sometimes oil can be used in the process.
Why massage your scalp?
- Scalp massages of 15-25 mins twice a week can positively affect stress hormone levels, blood pressure, and heart rate.
- Studies show that scalp massages lead to thicker hair and reduced hair loss.
Traditional scalp massages
- Using your fingertips, gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
- Do this for 5mins several times a day for optimal results.
- Add a few drops of essential oils, such as rosemary or lavender, to your carrier oil, such as melted coconut or jojoba.
- Do a patch test before massaging onto your entire scalp.
- Massage the mixture onto your scalp with your fingertips.
- Studies show that lavender and peppermint oil aid in hair growth.
During Hair Washes
- If you are not pressed for time, massage your cleansing product or shampoo into your scalp while washing your hair. Rinse as usual.Brush and hair tool massages.
- You can also use scalp massaging tools like a brush or handheld massagers.
- Be gentle.
- Ensure you apply a hair mask or hair oil at least once every week. This will ensure your curls are hydrated as well. Especially if you are using heat-based styling tools.
- Add a few drops of essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or rosemary to your carrier oils (coconut, jojoba, etc.) for optimal results.
- Massage your scalp twice for at least 15-25 mins every week.
- This will alleviate stress and may also promote hair growth.
- Avoid washing your scalp and hair frequently with shampoo every day.
- Aim for a head bath a minimum of once or twice a week, depending on your hair's texture.
Consult a Dermatologist
- It is best to consult a professional such as a dermatologist to care for your hair and scalp well.
- In case of redness, itchiness, and other irritations, reach out to a dermatologist for help immediately.
- You can also take supplements for scalp and hair nourishment recommended by a dermatologist.
Stylin' & Wildin'
Styling Curly Hair
- Styling usually requires heating elements, so it's best to hydrate your curls, which begins while washing your hair.
- Wash and deep condition your hair to protect your curls.
- Always apply your styling serums, gels, and creams immediately after a shower when your hair is still soaking wet.
- Your curls need to absorb and lock in all that moisture and nourishment from the styling product.
- An after-shower treatment helps tackle frizz, flyaways, dryness, and tangles. They also provide structure, definition, and extra shine to your curls.
- Gently comb to detangle your hair before applying your styling gels, creams, or serums.
- Drying your curls naturally is always recommended instead of using heat assistance.
- Air dry your hair halfway through before using a blow dryer.
- Refrain from using towels, especially cotton ones, to dry your curls. Instead, use a microfiber cloth to help you dry your hair.
- Brush your hair to detangle any stubborn knots.
- Avoid brushing your hair frequently. A few times a week should be enough. Once before washing and after drying your hair.
- Heat and curls and enemies. Avoid excessive heat while styling your curls, as they can get fried and look lifeless and dull.
- Always use a heat-protectant spray on your curls before styling your hair.
- Choose a tool that offers even heat and works fast to minimize heat contact.
- Moisturize your curls after styling them. CocoBerry's Miracle Curl Repair Serum, enriched with onion extract, can boost your curl's hydration after a styling session.
- Bleaching curls can result in loss of hair elasticity and damage the curl pattern, and cause breakage.
- Use unique dyeing products designed for curly hair.
- Consider dyeing your hair with a temporary or wash-out color.
The curly-haired gang needs some unique tools to help manage all that gorgeousness.
- Invest in a good brush and comb to allow for better detangling of your curls and stubborn knots.
- Invest in a good quality styling brush designed for curly hair that gently and evenly distributes hair product and natural oils from the root making hairstyles shiny and smooth for those pretty up-dos, ponytails, buns, slick-back styles, and more.
- Instead of a regular blow dryer, gift your curls with an ionic dryer that blows out negatively charged ions, which cancel out the positively charged water molecules on wet hair. This dries hair faster and with minimal heat.
- You can also use a diffuser while you are blow-drying your hair.
- Diffuse drying is perfect for curly hair.
- Get your hair dryer a diffuser attachment, or use your blow dryer and a diffuser.
- A reusable misting spray bottle allows for easy hydration of your curls while styling. It is a long-term investment.
- Roller Jaw Clamps will secure curls while providing lift at the root allowing for a bouncier, more luscious curl.
- Use alligator clips to section your hair securely for maximum hold during styling.
- Instead of regular towels, get yourself a pair of microfiber drying gloves to speed up the drying process and style your curls while you are at it.
- Invest in satin or silk pillow covers to tame and manage frizz.