Taking care of curly long hair involves a hair care routine designed for kulot hair. For one, kulot hair has a big tendency to get dry and frizzy, especially in a humid climate. You need hair products that are deeply nourishing and moisturizing to give your curls a good texture.
Now is the time to switch to a nourishing hair care routine for your curls. Here are easy tips that you can follow.
How to Take Care of Your Kulot Hair
1. Skip the brush or 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.
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: Go for a conditioner that deeply moisturizes hair like Dove Nourishing Oil Care 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It is infused with coconut oil and sunflower seed oil that helps fight dryness, transforming dry and rough hair to soft and smooth.
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.
Avoid frizz by applying hair mousse, hair serum, or leave-in conditioners. They help give you smoother and sleeker curls.
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. Use spiral hair ties.
Putting your kulot hair up? Use spiral hair ties instead of regular hair elastics or rubber bands. Spiral hair ties do not wrap around your hair too tightly. They put less stress on your hair, so there’s also less possibility for hair breakage and damage.
8. 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 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!
6. Crimped Hair
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
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
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
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!