Managing curly long hair is no easy feat. This hair type tends to have a life of its own. They can go from manageable to a hot mess in less than a minute. No wonder a lot of curly-haired Pinays opt to have their locks straightened—it’s way easier to maintain in our humid climate.
You can still rock curly long hair, no matter the weather! You just have to stick to the right styling regimen and, more importantly, a nourishing hair care routine. Curly-haired girls, read on and get the most beautiful hair of your life!
Hair Care Tips for Kulot Girls
1. Skip the brush or comb.
Combing out your curls is a cardinal sin, especially when they’re already dry. This causes the curls to break up, making you more prone to frizz. Instead of yanking on your curls with a fine-toothed 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 oils help provide the moisture it needs. Overcleansing your hair can remove the natural oils on your scalp, which help keep your strands smooth and healthy.
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 blow dryer on low heat.
Do you aim your blow dryer at its highest setting on your dripping wet hair every morning? If so, please ditch this habit. It can permanently damage your hair, leaving you with even more unmanageable locks. Go easy on the heat, and always use a diffuser when blow-drying your curly hair. 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, making it less frizzy and easier 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.
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.
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 TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse to define your ringlets and keep them in place without weighing them down. Simply pump a dollop of it on your palm and work it around your locks, scrunching the ends to shape your curls.
7. Go to an experienced hairstylist.
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.
Kulot Hairstyles to Try
1. Curly side ponytail
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
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
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
If your curls are being extra 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.
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!
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!