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Curly Hair

Curly Hair is beautiful, but learning to care for and manage your curly hair can seem impossible. Curls come in many shapes and sizes, but this specific hair guide pertains to 3A and 3B curls.


How To Care for Curly Hair

Learning to care for your hair is a process.  The information we provide is a good start, but we highly recommend researching the matter a lot deeper. Do your research online to find some great black hair care books.

Cleansing

Many women with curly hair do one of two things wrong: shampoo their hair too often or too little.  Both which can have disasterous outcomes on the health and look of your hair. For this hair type we highly recommend following the no poo routine created by author of the book Curly Girl, Lorraine Massey. No-poo is short for the term 'No Shampoo' and basically means not using shampoo your hair. Massey explains that shampoo is a market gimmick that is too harsh for porous, fragile curly hair. Instead, cleanse your hair with conditioner, using the same motions that you would when using shampoo. Your hair will be cleaned as thoroughly as with shampoo, and conditioner will not leave your hair thirsty and fragile. 

If you are not ready to give up shampoo, you can continue to do so as long as you use a very mild form. Only apply the shampoo to your roots and scalp. Sulfates are extremely drying on you hair and should be entirely avoided in both shampoo's and conditioners.


Conditioning

You should condition your hair at least 1-2 times a week. We recommend that you deep condition 1-2 times a month. When conditioning regularly, apply conditioner to your hair and leave in for at least a couple of minutes. When deep conditioning, wear a plastic bag or a plastic cap on your hair and cover with heat for at least 20 minutes.  Heat can be applied with a hooded dryer, a conditioning cap, a hair steamer or a warm towel.

Always wash out conditioner with lukewarm to colder water. This will close the hair cuticles and lock in moisture. If you wash the conditioner out with warm water you will open the hair cuticles and wash out too much of the moisture. 


Styling

Curly haired girls tend to have their straightening iron and hair dryer in their top bathroom drawer. The most vital step in getting your hair healthy is to quit using heat! Though curly may seem thick and strong, the reality is quite different. Any textured hair type will be more porous and drier than straight hair. Brushing, blow drying, flat ironing and all other types of hair styling tools, will cause stress on your hair, more so than any other hair type. The best way to care for curly hair is to leave it alone! Look up healthy hair tips on styling your curly hair without the use of heat, and also read about wearing your hair in protective styles.


Do's and Dont's For Curly Hair

Do's

  • Always sleep on a satin pillow or with a satin scarf

  • Always tie your hair back in a bun or braid it when going to bed

  • Wear your hair in a protective style as often as possble.


Dont's

  • Never brush your hair.

  • We recommend only fingercombing with conditioner. But if you must comb you hair, use a wide tooth comb, preferably with conditioner in your hair

  • Never use rubber bands

  • Never use sulfate shampoos on your hair (try not to use shampoo at all)

Growing Curly Hair

When following a healthy hair care routine, women see and average of 0.5-1 inch of new hair growth a month. Imagine 6-12 inches of new hair growth a year! That is pretty incredible. We recommend incorporating the following procedures and products into your hair care regimen:

  • Protein Treatment - For your hair to be at it's ultimate health, you must find the perefect balance between moisture and protein in your hair. The balance between the two is delicate, but if your hair is overall breaking and unhealthy it is highly likely that your hair is lacking protein.

  • Moisture - Curly hair is naturally very porous and dry, it is important that you moisturize your hair daily in the form of a co washing or a leave in conditioner. Even wetting your hair with water will add moisture to your hair.

  • Hair Oils - Use oils for your hair just about any chance you can. Do oil rinses and treatments, seal your ends with oil, mix your favorite conditioner with your favorite oil, oil your scalp. The benefits of incorporating oils in your hair growth regimen are enormous.

We wish you good luck on your long healthy hair care journey! Remember patience and persistence are key to great results!

LongHairCorner and Bear Fruit Hair