When you have curly hair, taking care of your strands is a full-time job. Of all hair types curly hair is by far the most dry, and dry hair is fragile and prone to breakage. Your perfect curly hair routine involves lots of moisture and special care to avoid dry, shapeless curls and damage from things like heat-styling and color treatments. If curly healthy hair is what you seek, you’ve come to the right place. We’re telling you how to nurture your curls back to health and fix your dry, damaged curly hair. Read ahead for our favorite dry curly hair tips and curly hair hacks for springy, quenched curls.
Lots of things are damaging to your hair’s health. The following are the most common causes of the damage and breakage to your curly hair.
Whether you have loose waves or tightly-wound ringlets, your curly hair requires special care to look its best. Take a look at the reasons why below:
These curly hair care hacks will help you fix your damaged curly hair.
Broken strands can’t be repaired. In fact, split ends will continue to split up the hair shaft if they are not trimmed, so the longer you leave them untrimmed, the more damaged your hair will become. Plus, trimming damaged hair will improve the appearance of your curl pattern. If you’re dealing with breakage, see your hair stylist to trim it away.
If your curly hair is feeling brittle, fried, or damaged, it's best to avoid bleach, hair dye and straighteners. These chemical influences damage the hair cuticle and cause hair damage to already moisture-zapped strands. Give your curls some time to recover by avoiding highlights and other chemical processes.
After your curly hair becomes damaged, bringing moisture back into your strands is a must. A deep conditioner in the form of a hair mask for dry and damaged hair helps to restore moisture to damaged follicles, nourishing and repairing thirsty strands. Apply your moisturizing hair mask to damp curls and let it sit for a few minutes to a half an hour, before rinsing it out. Or if your curls need it, deep condition with an overnight mask or leave-in conditioner.
A hot oil treatment involves using heated oil to nourish your strands- root to tip. The heat helps to refine the oil making the molecules finer to penetrate the hair strand. Once inside the hair shaft, the fatty acids in the oil deposit moisture to the hair follicle, helping to repair and prevent split ends, and strengthening the cuticle from the root by sealing the cuticle.
Washing every day isn’t recommended for any hair type, but especially if you have damaged curly hair, limit your shampooing to once or twice a week. Wash every other day at most. Every curly haired person should use a curl enhancing shampoo at least once a week, followed by a curl conditioner and a blast of cold water. Alternatively, co-washing—or washing with conditioner only.
Rubbing freshly washed hair with a rough towel can cause breakage. Instead, blot moisture out of your hair, then wrap it up in a microfiber towel to keep your curls protected when wet. Keep your strands wrapped until more than half of the water has been absorbed.
Wondering how to fix heat damaged curly hair? Stop using heat. Hot tools are the leading cause of hair damage. The only way to completely prevent further damage to curly hair and the fastest way to restore your curl pattern is to avoid heat styling. At the very least keep it to a minimum. Try these heatless healthy ways to straighten curly hair.
Any time you use heat on your curly hair you must prep strands with a heat protectant. This should go on after your stylers, and directly before you blow-dry, straighten or curl your hair with heated tools. Pick a lightweight formula, so it won’t drag down your curls or make them feel heavy.
You can further damage your curly hair using tools like curling wands or flat-irons if there is any remaining moisture in the hair. If your hair is even the slightest bit damp from washing it, your strands will burn even faster. The hot tool overheats the water in your hair and burns the cuticles of your hair, damaging the curl pattern. Allow ample time to blow-dry or air-dry your curls before using hot tools.
A protective hairstyle is used to shield your curls from further damage — especially the kind that comes from physically styling your hair. If you use hair straighteners, curlers or aggressively handle your curls regularly, a protective style can give your fragile strands a well-deserved break.
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by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor