If you’re a curly-haired person, you know the pain of caring for your hair. People with straight hair can get away with brushing through their locks in the morning, but your routine probably isn’t as simple as that. Here are some tips that will alleviate your curly struggles.

Reducing the frizz

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1. Brush your hair when it’s wet. The more frizz you have, the less curl definition. Unless you’re going for a Mufasa hairstyle, never brush your hair when it’s dry. If you do, you’re ripping your curls apart and inviting the frizz in. Maybe even keep a comb in the shower.

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2. When you sleep, put your hair into a “pineapple.” Similar to a high ponytail, you have to use a scrunchie to tie your hair at the top of your head. This minimizes frizzes from friction against the pillow and retains your curls. Watch this video to learn two ways you can “pineapple” your hair.

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3. Try not to touch your hair too often. Many curly-haired girls are guilty of this. It’s fun, but the more you touch your hair, the more likely you are to divide clumps of hair into individual strands. Tie it back if that helps you from playing with it all the time.

Washing your hair properly

You need to start by finding the curl defining products that work best for your hair. To do this, you’ll need to do some experimenting; you won’t know which ones fit until you try.

Normally, those with fine hair shouldn’t use sticky or oily products because they can weigh down the curls. Curly hair in general tends to be dry and frizzy, so hydration is one of the key components to consider. A typical piece of advice is to avoid products with a high sulfate content, which can strip too much moisture from your hair.

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Further, make sure to apply to curl defining products while your hair is soaking wet (unless explicitly mentioned otherwise). If your hair is dry, it won’t be able to properly absorb the product. Once the product is evenly applied, scrunch your hair with your hands to tighten the curls.

When drying your hair, do not use a regular terry cloth towel, as they are quite rough and produce a lot of friction, which leads to frizz. Instead, use a microfiber towel to minimize damage.

Additionally, don’t blow-dry your hair unless you have a diffuser. Blow-drying can prevent your hair from clumping and reduce curl definition. If you’re in a hurry, use a diffuser to shorten drying time while retaining your natural curl pattern. Read about how to use a diffuser here.

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Finally, don’t wash your hair every day. This will make your hair really dry. Curly hair takes longer to become greasy as it’s more difficult for natural oils to travel down the hair shaft. Washing your hair more often than necessary will remove natural oils from your scalp and cause dryness.

Curly-haired people should wash their hair every two or three days. But if you’re a sports person, you may feel the need to wash your hair every day. If this is the case, ensure you use conditioner to keep your hair as moisturized as possible.

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Routines of curly-haired teachers at AISB

If you’re still unsure of which hair routine to follow, the information below might help you create one.

Courtney McDonald, MYP Music

  • Shampoos twice a week
  • Conditions every day
  • After showering, mixes a variety of products, including Bumble and Bumble BB Gel (found at Douglas) and Deva Curl Ultra Definining Gel while hair is upside down
  • Blots the hair ends with a microfiber towel once product is applied
  • Puts hair in the strainer (mesh wire) and uses a blow dryer with a diffuser to dry hair
  • Sometimes applies hairspray at the end
  • Sleeps with hair put into a “pineapple”

Jennifer Sutton, DP Physics

  • Washes hair once a week
  • Wets hair and conditions it every morning
  • Applies a leave-in product and a light gel on hair to help set the curls
  • Doesn’t touch hair after that

Erin Connolly, MYP English

  • Washes hair at night
  • Uses a towel with a button to pile hair on top of head
  • Lets hair sit in towel and dry for a while
  • Blow-dries hair with a diffuser upside down while using some kind of hairspray 
  • Sleeps with hair put into a “pineapple”
  • In the morning, wets hair by using the sink
  • Uses powdered dry shampoo every other day

Jennifer Lawless, DP Drama

  • Washes hair twice a week using sulfate and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner
  • Uses a really heavy conditioner
  • After showering, applies in a leave-in conditioner
  • Wraps hair in a T-shirt to remove excess water
  • Applies mousse in hair and lets it air dry (takes about an hour)
  • Sleeps with hair in “medusa clippings
  • In the morning, mixes gel or conditioner with some water and applies to hair

Tell us: Do you have a curly hair routine or product recommendation? Share in the comments below!

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