Getting perfect curls could be a struggle sometimes. Both for the naturally curly hair, and those who are trying to have deep, defined curls on their light natural curls, it is not easy. This is because curly hair has a mind of its own. Yes. If you wonder why your curls seem to be angry at you, then it is probably because you are not paying enough attention to them. Sometimes they are really great and defined. Sometimes they are not consistent and uniform and look weird. And, you should also be choosy when it comes to products you use on your hair and the methods you use to apply. You need to get products that will match your hair type and the type of your curls. If you want to grow long, healthy, beautiful, uniform and frizz-free curls, then there are certain steps you need to take and be keen on.
Sometimes it is hard to figure out which steps you should focus on. Don’t give up just yet. Because we will give you tips today on some of the things you should do to get perfect curls and maintain your curly hair volume.
How to Get Perfect Curls
Here are some of the things you are probably not doing yet that you should start doing to get those beautiful curls everyone wants.
● Get the right products
Getting the right products is the key to getting perfect curls. You should be able to get products that match your hair and enhance your curls. Note that there are products made specifically for curly hair. These should be your number one go-to. They include shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, hair creams and oils. Also remember quality over quantity and price. Don’t rush to get cheap products when you doubt their quality. It is better to get an expensive hair conditioner that nourishes your hair, moisturizes it, and maintains your curls than to get a cheap one that won’t do you any good or worse damage your hair.
Also, avoid products that are too harsh and hard on your hair and your scalp. There are different ways to find out which products are good for your hair. You can ask your hairstylist if you have one. But the best way is to try out different products and observe how your hair respond. Don’t be scared to experiment. The best way to learn your hair is by trying out different things and seeing what works for you.
● Pat dry and detangle with your fingers
After washing your hair, don’t be rubbing your curls with a towel. Instead, get an extra absorbent towel and pat to dry. Be gentle on your hair, don’t attack it. Rubbing your hair lifts the cuticles and may cause it to frizz. Also, avoid using regular combs or brushes on your hair. This is like forcing combs through the strands and may cause a lot of breakage and damage. To avoid this, form a habit to detangle with your fingers. You can part it into smaller sections and detangle section after section. If need be you can use a wide-toothed comb.
● Wash times and shampooing
For curly hair, you don’t need to shampoo it every day. Shampooing it every day may dry it out completely and cause rough strands. It may also increase dandruff and cause itchiness on the scalp. Instead, try to shampoo your hair once a week. Or at most twice. For some people, they can go up to 2-3 weeks. Now, I know that sounds disgusting but it is what works for them. Experiment with your hair to also see what works for you. You can just let warm water run through your hair when you shower every day and only shampoo when you need to. Don’t go too long without your shampoo routine though. You don’t want dirt and oil building up in your hair and scalp. Also note that, 1st and 2nd day curls after wash day are deep and too defined. If you have an upcoming event and you know specifically how you want your curls, time your hair wash times.
● Treat your scalp
Don’t forget to take care of your scalp too. Remember that the scalp and the root of your hair go hand in hand. Treating your scalp automatically means treating your hair roots. While performing your hair care routine, gently massage your scalp too, and make sure you get rid of all the dirt, dead skin, and buildups. This moisturizes your hair roots too and enhances growth. Be mindful of the products you use here and how you apply too. Products with too much chemical may cause dandruff, irritation, itching, or even more damage.
● Curling tools
Natural curly hair is beautiful the way it is and doesn’t need any tools. However, don’t be too ashamed to use a curling iron to get those extra definitions. Just make sure you protect your hair against heat. Hair masks usually come into play here. There are also other products meant to protect hair from heat. Check them out. Getting the perfect curls is not a hard task. You just need to get the right products and master the right routine and you are good to go.