Hair How-To - Care

Top 10 Dos & Don'ts For Curly Hair

by Schwarzkopf AU

Curly hair needs special care. It’s something a lot of people probably don’t realise. For us curly girls, it actually takes a long time and a lot of effort to get our curls looking naturally curly!

Naturally curly hair is often drier than straight hair, which means it’s extra prone to the dreaded ‘F’ word: frizz. Add in the effects of heat styling and colour and you’ll see that curly hair needs a special care routine.

And in the meantime, so many curly-haired women out there are doing the wrong thing by their locks – not on purpose of course. But either treating curly hair like straight hair or not reacting the right way to the strange things it does, curly girls around the world are struggling with their hair.

To help make the most of your beautiful locks, I want to share my most important 5 dos and 5 don’ts for curly hair with you:

DO...

Use lots of conditioner

Curly hair is naturally drier than other hair types, so that means it’s thirsty! It will drink up your conditioner, so use more than you think you need. Focus more on the ends of your hair and avoid your roots if you are prone to an oily scalp.

Detangle from the bottom up

Curly hair can be tangle easily and the perfect time to deal with this is when your hair is full of conditioner in the shower. Use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair starting at the ends of your hair. Then slowly work up your hair to gently remove any knots.

Use deep conditioning treatments

Make time to do a deep conditioning treatment on your hair regularly. I like to do one once a week and really give my dry hair a treat. If you have fine hair, you can switch your regular treatment for a mask in the shower instead. I love the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Mask.

Cocktail your products to find your perfect mix

Finding the perfect curl product has been my life’s work. What works for one curl may not work for you, so the secret is in blending your own product. My fave curl cocktail is the Schwarzkopf Curl Cream mixed with the blue Taft gel.

Apply products to wet hair

The secret to beating frizz in curly hair is to apply your products to really wet hair straight out of the shower. This lets you lock in the most moisture to your hair and stops the frizz from forming.

DON’T...

Apply conditioner to your scalp

Oily scalp is a common problem with curly hair and it’s the same reason that the ends of your hair are dry. The oil from your scalp can’t travel easily down your hair so stays on your scalp. Shampoo the roots of your hair only and then deep condition the ends so your hair is back in balance.

Brush your hair when it’s dry

Unless you want a ton of frizz, keep all brushes away from your hair. If you have knots, detangle them as described above.

Use a regular towel

Remember that friction equals frizz and a regular fluffy towel is doing your hair no favours. Switch to a microfibre towel or better still, use an old, soft t-shirt to dry your hair. Oh and keep your hands away from your hair while it’s drying too.

Straighten your hair all the time

The bonus of having curly hair is that we have so many ways to wear our hair, but please don’t straighten your hair all the time. Your curls will suffer if you flat iron your hair all the time. It’s ok to do it occasionally, but please use a heat protectant spray when you do.

Give up on your curls

Finding your perfect curl routine takes trial and error, but keep going! If you’ve straightened your hair a lot, it can take time for your curls to recover, but they will, I promise.

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