7 Kulot Hair Care Habits for Pinays

Got natural curls? Here are kulot hair care tips you must follow to get beautiful, curly long hair. 

Having curly long hair tends to be a challenge, especially when humidity comes into the picture. Because curly long hair has the tendency to get dry and frizzy, you need a different hair care routine to keep your kulot hair in good shape.

Now is the time to switch to a nourishing hair care routine for your curls. Here are easy tips that you can follow.

1. Skip the brush or comb.

How to brush curly hair: Asian woman combing her dark curly hair and wearing a fuchsia blouse
Out with a brush and in with a wide-toothed comb.

Combing out your curls using an ordinary brush or a fine-tooth comb is a no-no. This causes the curls to break up, making your hair more prone to frizz. Instead of yanking on your curls with a fine-tooth comb after a bath, gently detangle your hair using either your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Twirl each cluster of curls, set it in place, then scrunch it. Not so hard, right?

2. Shampoo your hair less often.

Curly hair tends to be dry, and your natural oils help provide the moisture it needs. Overcleansing your hair can remove the natural oils on your scalp, and this leads to dryness. On some days, opt to co-wash your curls, where you skip the shampoo and just use conditioner on your hair.

Editor’s tip: Try to wash your hair only twice or thrice a week, and use a moisturizing shampoo like Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Shampoo. It’s not only for colored hair. Murumuru butter can also help moisturize your curls and help make your hair shiny.

 3. Set your diffuser on low heat.

How to style curly hair: Asian woman using a diffuser on her long brown curly hair
Minimize damage by using a diffuser to dry your curly hair.

A diffuser dries your curly hair without ruining or damaging its shape, but go easy on the heat. This way, you don’t dry out your curls. Or better yet, just air-dry your hair, making sure to not touch it too much: You’ll have gorgeous curls and you’ll also get to save on electricity!

4. Always condition your hair.

Using a hair conditioner is a necessity for curly hair. It gives your locks extra moisture to prevent frizz and to make it easy to manage. After shampooing, apply conditioner and leave it on for at least five minutes before rinsing it off so the nutrients can penetrate your hair strands.

Editor’s tip: You can also deep condition your hair at least once a week using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask for extra moisture. Leave it on your hair while catching up on your favorite TV show for a relaxing afternoon!

5. Leave your hair be.

How to brush curly hair: Asian woman twirling a section of her dark curly hair
Style your curly hair in the morning, then don’t touch it anymore for the rest of the day to avoid frizz.

It’s very tempting to keep touching curly hair throughout the day to make sure that each ringlet is still in place. It seems like a harmless habit, but it’s actually a major culprit of frizz. Constantly twisting and twirling your curls also make your hair stressed, causing it to fall off. Just accept that your hair is going to have a life of its own, and leave it be!

6. Turn to styling products for help.

Frizzy hair remedies: Closeup shot of Asian girl touching her black curly hair wearing denim jacket against a stone wall
Indeed, hair mousse is your curly hair’s best friend.

You’re practically begging for frizz if you leave the house without applying a styling product on your hair. Bring out the beauty of your curly long hair with the help of styling products like hair mousse, hair serum, or leave-in conditioners.

Editor’s tip: Apply a drop of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream on your curls to refresh them, keep them from getting dry, and make them smooth and sleek-looking.

7. Go to an experienced hairstylist.

Woman with curly shoulder length haircut
Choose a hairstylist that knows his or her way around natural curls. Credit: Dvora

Yes, your choice of hairstylist matters a lot. Not all hairstylists know how to cut curly hair properly, especially here in the Philippines, where curly girls often get asked if they want a rebond upon entering a salon. A hairdresser who knows what he’s doing will cut your hair dry and snip off your strands according to your curl pattern. He can also teach you how to style and maintain your ringlets. It might take some trial and error to find “the one,” but when you do, it’ll be totally worth it.

1. Curly Side Ponytail

Asian woman with curly long hair in a side ponytail wearing a white dress outdoors
Put your pretty curls in a pretty side ponytail. Credit: Hariono Halim

Dressing up for your friend’s wedding? A curly side ponytail can make your curly long hair stylish and elegant. This hairstyle also suits any outfit—whether you’re wearing a long gown or a simple cocktail dress.

2. Curly Down ‘Do

Caucasian woman with dark brown curly long hair wearing a blue tube top outdoors
Curly hair, don’t care. Show off your curls by leaving your hair down. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Celebrate your natural curls with a long, beautiful down ‘do. Just tame your frizz and make your curls well-moisturized with a drop of hair serum of leave-on cream.

3. Half-wet Waves

Side view of a woman with long dark wavy hair wearing a blue vest and green top
Half-wet waves make for a sexy hairstyle, too. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

You can also sport a half-wet look along with your curly or wavy hair. It’s a sleek hairstyle that makes you look polished and sophisticated sans the need to straighten your curls.

4. Half-up Space Buns

Asian woman with black curls in a half-up space bun wearing a light yellow jacket
A bun hairstyle is a fun hairstyle! Credit: Natasha Estelle

If your curls are unruly, a half-up space bun hairstyle can make your hair look great despite the mess. It’s a young and hip look that you can sport during weekends when watching a movie or going on a tour around your city.

5. Turban

Caucasian woman wearing a purple outfit and purple turban in a fashion show
Having a bad curly hair day? Wear a head gear. Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Curls out of control? Say goodbye to a bad hair day by wearing a turban, a bandana, or a hat. Now, no one will notice your kulot mess!

6. Crimped Hair

girl in red with long curly hair
Of course, you can always grow your kulot hair long. Credit: Hariono Halim

Sometimes, the best way to wear your kulot is to just let it flow like mermaid waves. You can also use hair crimpers to achieve this look. Feel free to add some gloss so your hair looks polished.

Editor’s tip: Give your hair the shiny finish by spraying on some TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray and you’ll love your hair transform from drab to fab. 

7. Braided Updo

girl is wearing an off-shoulder top and dangling earrings to show off her kulot hairstyle
Look fab in this stylish and sleek hairstyle

Going out to a party or having a romantic dinner date? Put your hair up in this braided updo and look fresh all night. This stylish look helps you maintain your curls and keep them in check. You can also wear this hairstyle to a wedding.

8. Curly Crown Braid

curly haired girl smiles with her nice curly crown braid hairstyle
Look extra nice with this hairstyle

Turn your ordinary work hairstyle into something more stylish and trendy! Just use your own hair and braid it into a crown. Then, accentuate with some nice earrings and you’re all set to conquer the day.

9. Half Up Ponytail for Short Curly Hair

girl wearing a black jacket has an '80s-inspired kulot hair
Bring back that classic ’80s look

The beauty of having kulot hair is that you have natural volume and body to work with. This is a good start if you’re in the mood for ’80s hairstyles. Go for half-up ponytail for curly hair for a fun and cute hairstyle for your barkada night!

You don’t have to resort to straightening your curls to get a manageable mane. All you need is patience, practice, and a sense of appreciation for the gorgeous hair you were born with. Next time you feel the need to pick up the flat iron, try our tips first and see the difference!

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