It’s a delicate balancing act.
What you’ll need
Curly hair textures act like that one girl in your squad who marches to the beat of own drum. She’s sassy, fun, oftentimes moody—and sometimes we don’t understand how to deal with her sensitive personality.
It can sometimes be a balancing act of how much care and attention to pay, but in the end you realize you just need a bit of understanding to make it work.
Read on below for a few notes on curly hair, what makes it tick and why you should embrace your fun, unique texture:
Common Characteristics of Curly Hair Textures
The main hallmark of curly hair is its dryness-prone tendencies. Unlike with straight hair, coating strands with scalp oils from root to tip is a longer, bumpier process in curly hair. It’s therefore more susceptible to breakage and can usually take deep conditioning much better than its straighter counterparts. A weekly at-home treatment, such as Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask, helps give parched strands a potent shot of moisture.
Curly hair textures also have a tendency to look dull and lackluster when the strands frizz out, because its ringlets separate. This is a cause for concern for a lot of ladies who were born with natural coils. Having dull hair doesn’t have the tendency to look unkempt, but it can give an unhealthy, damaged appearance, even though this is not the case at all. Rectify with a curl-defining cream like Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound Curl Recall Cream, which brings the bounce back to flattened ringlets and enhances their shine and shape.
We said the P word! Many women hate the automatic fluff that gets thrown their way whenever a slight change in the weather occurs. Curly hair textures are very porous hair types, meaning that they soak up moisture in the air which causes the hair shaft to swell up. Sufferers commonly refer to this annoyance as frizz. (Whoops. F word.) Keeping hair in an optimally conditioned state with a conditioning serum (we like the nourishment we get from Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum) can help keep it sleek and prevent it from being vulnerable to humidity.
Curly Hair Categories
According to popular hair typing systems, there are two kinds of curly hair textures: 3A, comprised of loose curls, and 3B or corkscrews. A third natural hair type, 3C, characterized by tighter Z-shaped spirals, was added later on by other hair charts.
Hair charts such as these have allowed those with curly (and natural) hair better define and address their needs. Knowing that there are others out there with similar concerns has also helped give a morale boost to some curly-haired gals. It’s also made the quest for the right products easier and more straightforward.
Curly Hair Has Feelings Too
Curls are very temperamental and sensitive, and yeah, they do break easily—so go easy on the heat, will ya? Managing curls is a delicate balancing act: Too little product and you might frizz out, too much and can you weigh your style down. For everyday care and treatment, check out the following regimen:
Shampoo and Conditioner
A nourishing wash and care system that respects your texture is very important. Note that curly hair doesn’t need to—and shouldn’t—be washed daily. Cleansing with products that are inherently moisturizing or tailored for your hair type, such as Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo and Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Conditioner, can help set the basis for healthy-looking strands.
Seriously, curls can’t seem to get enough. Just make sure it’s the right one, though—it’s literally a make or break with this step. Choose a formula that deeply moisturizes and repairs dryness and damage, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Restoring Masque.
Curl Cream/Curl Definer
Contour those cute little ringlets by gently massaging in some curl cream or gel, like TRESemmé Bouncy Curls Defining Gel. These products not only protect against frizz; they also define your curls and make them more sturdier and more manageable. You can also refresh your hair with a curl definer that retains the shape and keeps your overall bounce intact.
Cut and Color
Even though it might be tempting to keep curly hair longer and heftier, don’t skip on the trims with your stylist. Every six weeks is a fair amount of time to ensure your dryness-prone ends don’t start fraying on you. Also, don’t shy away from color: It can provide even more dimension and personality to your already-unique look.
What are some common gripes about curly hair textures you’ve encountered?