TLC for our curly haired beauties!

“Her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.”   -Mean Girls(2004)

Shakespeare mentioned “wires”, Damien from Mean Girls called it “big.” All the curly-haired heads out there have definitely found references to their tresses in all forms of art and culture. But, this just begs the question, are you treating those gorgeous curls or waves right? Read on!

Caring for curly hair is quite different than straight hair.  8 out of 10 women wear the wrong bra size, and likewise, many women with curly hair don’t manage their hair right. Unlike straight hair, curls are more prone to frizz, breakage and dullness as natural oils from your scalp have a hard time traveling all the way down the hair strand. Here are a few care tips you can follow to make a difference.

Condition, condition, condition! Curly hair is often devoid of moisture, and a good dose of conditioning will always be welcome. Pre-shampoo conditioning is also a good idea, just like the oil massages grandmothers swear by. Coconut, almond, and olive oil are your best friends. Embrace them! Leave on these oils at least 20 minutes before you shampoo your hair out.

When it comes to shampoo, less is always more. Daily shampooing might be a good marketing strategy for shampoo brands, but not the best idea for curly hair. Shampooing too often will only make your curls drier and more brittle. Invest in a good, mild shampoo and you could even dilute it with some distilled water. As for conditioning, even if you don’t shampoo but use just the conditioner, your hair will thank you. The temperature at which you wash is also crucial.  Hot water baths feel wonderful, but it’s going to make your hair stand on edge. Literally! Try washing with the coldest temperature you can manage to lock in those beautiful curls.

After-bath and not aftermath! Post washing, treat you wet strands like silk and don’t rough them up with a towel. You can try blotting excess water with a soft cotton t-shirt, it works wonders and keeps the curls defined.  To comb or not to comb, that is the question. Many people will be raising their curly-or not-eyebrows at this question. The truth is, don’t brush, only detangle. Brushing through your curls can lead to increased volume, frizz and bad-hair days. When your hair is damp, comb with a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair and let them dry naturally.

Unlike many beauty parlours who coerce you into straightening your curls with, “all-natural” treatments, curly hair is a blessing. There’s a certain romance and beauty about it and when cared for properly, it can be truly that-a blessing!

So go ahead, rock those curls and unleash your Aria Leya side! And don’t forget out Vintage Valentine bra while doing so!

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