Textured hair has a mind of its own. While some people get frustrated taming frizz, knots and tangles into submission with a straightening iron, others put their hands up in exasperation when they are tired of trying out almost each and every hair product that exist.
And then, there are a few who do flaunt their textured mane and they are able to do so with some nifty little tricks that go beyond washing, conditioning and styling their curls.
There are different types of curly hair patterns and each type of curl pattern is unique and requires special care. Here is one common style regimen, which will help you take care of your curly strands on a daily basis. Follow them for more “good curl days” than the bad ones!
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The L.O.C. Method
If there is one procedure that every woman with natural curls must follow for the rest of her life, it is the L.O.C. Method. Now it may sound like some advanced hair treatment available only at selected salons and afforded by celebrities, but it is not.
It is just the process of using Liquid (read water) based hair products, Oil, and Cream. Together, these three products help retain the moisture content in textured hair, which has the tendency to get dry and rough very easily.
Here is a quick roundup of how you can go about this method:
- Liquid – Use a liquid based leave-in conditioner to lock in the moisture content in your hair right after the shower. You can take your pick from a wide range of liquid leave-in conditioners that are available on the market.
- Oil – Choose any oil of your choice and use it after the liquid leave-in conditioner. Olive oil, Coconut oil, and Avocado oil are three popular options that are commonly preferred. Alternatively, you can also take your pick from any other hair oil to lock in the moisture.
- Cream – Some of you may think that there is no need for applying cream to the hair post the liquid+oil treatment. However, this is a must, if you want to get the complete benefits of the L.O.C method. A hydrating cream will help you avoid frizz, soften your curls and mold them into definite shapes when the hair dries.
Shampoo – Co-wash – No-Poo
Don’t let your curls fall prey to harsh shampoos or any other product that contain harsh chemicals. Ideally, you need to choose a gentle shampoo (devoid of sulfates, parabens et al) to wash your hair. Although you need to wash your hair to get rid of product buildup, dust, dirt, debris, and pollutants, over washing your hair may strip the scalp of its natural oils and leave you with dry curls that no one desires.
The best solution is to take your time to find out the best shampoo that suits your curls and leaves them soft and supple each time you use them along with cleansing the hair thoroughly.
As an alternative, you can try going for the “no-poo” or “co-washing” method. Co-Washing or Conditioner Washing is an alternative hair washing method, where you switch to conditioners instead of shampoos to cleanse your hair. A part of the no-poo hair wash regimen, co-washing helps ensure that the curls stay hydrated and as a result, you get beautiful, soft and nourished hair. However, just like shampoos, you need to keep a tab on the ingredients in co-washing conditioners. Also, you need to wash your hair occasionally with a sulfate-free shampoo even when you are strictly on co-washing mode.
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Condition The Ends
Textured hair is rough mainly towards the ends, where the natural oils from the scalp can’t reach. Hence, when you apply conditioner to your hair, make it a point to apply most of the product on the ends.
Begin by parting your hair and start working your way down to the ends of your hair. Alternatively, you can start by conditioning the ends first and work your way up.
This works for hair of any length and needs to be done when the hair is dripping wet. Leave the conditioner for a minute or two and rinse off with cold water. Follow this regimen at least twice a week to get frizz-free, soft hair that looks wonderful on you.
If simple conditioning doesn’t work for you, settle for a protective serum. There are several nourishing serums for curly hair and can work on frizz and unruly flyaways. Use it after conditioning your hair to get more manageable hair.
Detangle Your Hair Properly
Just like frizzy, tangled hair is another bane for those with textured hair. Unlike straight hair, curly hair takes up a lot of time to detangle. To begin with, you will need to detangle your hair in the shower.
Start with running your fingers through the hair as you rinse off the conditioner under running water in the shower. You need to go slow and be extra careful during this process as wet hair is more prone to breakage. As an alternative, you can also use a wide-toothed comb or special detanglers to detangle your hair in the shower and avoid messy curls when the hair dries.
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The “Plop Method”
Blow-drying curly hair can make it frizzier than ever. You can use a diffuser to tame unwanted frizz and speed up the drying process, but nothing works like letting your hair dry naturally. One of the ways to let your curls dry naturally sans any frizz is to replace your towel with a t-shirt for hair-plopping as it offers several advantages:
- It controls the frizz.
- It prevents hair breakage.
- It absorbs moisture quickly than a towel.
- It helps retain the natural curls in the hair.
- The no-heat method of drying adds to the health of your hair.
While this is some of the common hair care regimens for curly hair, you need to back it up with some more tips:
- Change your hairstyle from time to time. This will not only make you look different, but also help you keep split ends at bay.
- If you are suffering from hair fall or hair loss, don’t just rely on home remedies. You can use clinically-proven products that are gentle on the scalp and yet, prevent hair loss.
- Say no to over-styling. This includes chemical treatments along with hot styling tools, which in the long run, end up doing irreversible damage to your curls.
- A hair mask once or twice a week works magic for restoring your hair’s health.
What regimen do you follow to tame those curly tresses? Share your unique tips and tricks with us.
This guest post created by Axara Sharma.
Axara Sharma is a Delhi-based writer. She writes on several topics, which include lifestyle and healthcare. She extensively writes about hair loss, hair regrowth and hair care for Athena Life Sciences. Apart from the written word, she loves the outdoors and being a foodie!