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I’ve always had curly hair, and I’ve always been jealous of people that have straight hair. They don’t know what curly-haired people go through to take care of our hair! The list below shows the top 9 problems we curly-heads go through, and how to fix them.
1: Your conditioner bottle is always 2 times less than your shampoo.
Curly hair is naturally drier than other types of hair. When you have curly hair, it tends to either frizz or become dry easily, due to the need of moisture for the curls. Whenever you take a shower, you need to condition it to make sure your hair stays moisturized. If you have curly hair, you should only shampoo once or twice a week, since shampoo generally can add oils or frizz to your hair. For conditioners, I recommend TRESemme. My curls always look healthy when I use that conditioner, because of the high levels of keratin in the conditioner. Keratin is a protein that your hair needs to grow.
2: Taking two hours to straighten it.
If you have curly hair, everyone always asks you to straighten it, because you’d look like a different person, right? Well yeah, but do you really want to wake up at 5 in the morning to straighten your hair? Didn’t think so. An option is to straighten your hair the night before, and then straighten it again in the morning. When picking a straightener, try looking for one that has a built-in comb teeth or steam functions that can tame the curls. Always spray your hair with a heat-protectant before putting any kind of heat on it. The heat-protectant will help keep your hair from being heat damaged.
People always ask you to leave your hair down, but you know best that its going to look like a lion’s mane at the end of the day. To tame frizz, try rinsing your hair with cold water after you condition it in the shower. This takes out any excess shampoo, tames the frizz, and gives the hair a shiny look. Also look for shampoos that say “for dry or damaged hair” instead of “frizz controlling”.
4: Hair ties snapping regularly.
Since your hair has A LOT of volume, plus the added frizz, hair ties can easily stretch out and break. Always carry a minimum of two on you. Personally, I like to buy Goody hair ties. Goody hair ties are very durable, and can last up to 1 week if you use them right. They reduce snags and breakage of the hair.
5: Your hair taking all day to dry, and never being able to blow dry it.
Blow-drying will just make your hair frizz, and you know how much we curly haired people hate frizz. Never use a brush, you will destroy your hair. “ Bristles fray the hair, disturb curl formation, and create a cloud of frizz,” says Lorraine Massey of Devachan Salon for Allure Magazine. Instead, use wide-toothed combs, but only when your hair is wet. What I do to dry my hair is put it in a topknot, or a high bun, after I take a shower and take it out when I go to bed. This helps your hair dry naturally, and makes it even curlier!
Your hair is always getting caught on things like back of chairs right? This is because of the tangles in our hair. When one of them snags on an object, and you feel a sharp tug on the back of your head, you can thank the tangles. To prevent tangles, try looking for a detangler. I recommend Herbal Essences. Their detangler have built in conditioner and keratin in them, so they give your hair the repair it needs.
7: Having minimum hairstyle options.
Since your hair is so big, sometimes leaving it down isn’t the best idea. It’ll frizz, and you’ll look like a lion. The most common (and easy) hairstyles are bun, ponytail, and braid, because you can sort-of tame your hair. A half-up/half-down ponytail is also common. If you want, you can try other variations of these hairstyles to mix things up sometimes such as the French braid, braided bun, and or side-ponytail.
8: Having to do a full on FBI-scale inspection on hairstylists before you get your haircut.
You do not want to end up with a triangle shaped haircut. Also make sure to only get either a trim or 1-2 inches off depending on how short your hair is. You do not want to end up with an accidental afro (hello my third-grade haircut all over again!) Curly hair is harder to cut, and hair schools don’t teach how to cut it either. “You can’t cut curly hair accurately,” Jonathon Torch, founder of Curly Hair Solutions says. “Learning to break the rules and to cut hair unevenly is foreign to hairdressers. You have to change your whole thought process.” When you go to a hair salon, either ask for someone that cuts curly hair only, or someone that has curly hair themselves.
9: Spending A LOT of money on hair-care products.
How you take care of your hair makes or breaks you. You don’t want to look like you were just caught in a thunderstorm in July. But if you buy wisely, your hair can look both happy and healthy. Buy a good conditioner and defrizzer.
Love it or hate it, we curly-heads are lucky to be born with our beautiful hair. So embrace it, and make sure to treat it right!