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If you have naturally curly textured hair, you’ve likely become accustomed to the way it behaves when you style it, wash it and condition it in different ways. Cracking the code of the perfect products and styling techniques to use to help its natural beauty shine through can become a lifelong mission, which is certainly the case for some of the most popular natural hair bloggers out there like Black Girl with Long Hair and Curly Nikki. Thankfully they’ve put in the time to try various products and styling techniques so you don’t have to (unless you want to).
As a Toronto hair salon that caters to all hair textures, including working with natural textured hair for over 10 years, we’re throwing our tips in the hat to help you find the right routine to keep your natural curls looking beautiful.
Maintain the moisture
Maybe we say this all the time, but that’s because it’s true! When you have highly textured, curly hair, you need lots of moisture to let your hair’s natural beauty shine through. Conditioning after you shampoo likely won’t provide enough moisture to keep your curly hair looking great, so supplement with moisturizing styling products and regular deep conditioning treatments, whether at home or in the salon. We offer the L’Oreal Steampod treatment, which is a great option because it replenishes the hair protein and smoothes the cuticle to help seal in moisture and fight frizz.
Washing your hair too frequently can also rob your hair of precious moisture and leave curls looking frizzy. To preserve your hair’s natural moisture, it’s best to wash only a couple times each week. If your hair is very kinky and dry, consider trying the co-washing method, which cleanses your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo.
You can also try a ‘pre-poo’ moisturizing treatment before you shampoo, which you can do with natural products you likely already have in your kitchen, such as coconut oil. (We’ll cover more on how to pre-poo in an upcoming blog post).
Style with care
Curly, dry hair is delicate and prone to breakage, so it’s important to be extra gentle when styling. Try to avoid brushing too much, whether it’s wet or dry. Detangling with a wide-toothed comb during a deep conditioning treatment is a good way to prevent unnecessary breakage.
If you want to enhance your curls while styling, use your fingers to apply moisturizing styling products and create definition. Here’s a great tutorial on how to define curls and fight frizz if you have kinky curly hair texture. She even uses Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse, which you can buy right here at Studio 86 hair salon in Toronto!
Use the right products for your curl type
Not all curls are created equal. Those of you with natural curls are likely familiar with various texture types and where your curls fall on the scale from 1A (slick, straight hair) to 4C (kinky, afro textured hair). Obviously, these different hair types require very different products to enhance their natural beauty. Naturally Curly does a nice breakdown of hair types here, and you can learn more about how different hair types respond to different styling products at KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com.
Here’s a chart to give you an idea of each texture category:
Those of you who fall closer to type 4 hair texture will need to moisturize more frequently than someone in type 2 or 3 because the kinkier your curl pattern gets, the more prone to frizz it will be. Leave-in conditioners and deep moisturizing styling products with humectants (frizz-fighters) are recommended for these hair types. On the other end of the spectrum, styling products like heavy puddings and butters will likely be too much for those of you with type 2 or 3 hair texture, and could weigh down your locks and make them look oily.
For ideas on the best styling products to try for naturally curly hair, check out this list of Top 10 Curl-Defining Hair Products.
Ask the pros!
Everyone’s curly hair is different! If you’re not sure about which products and styling techniques work for your curl type, come into our Toronto salon and we would be happy to give you a consultation. Book your appointment online here.
What are your curly hair care secrets? Share them in the comments!