The beauty of diversity is that it transcends political terminology, economic conversations and race and gender dialogues. Diversity enters the beauty realm and through association, the hair care realm and the fun we experience trying new things.
So celebrate your hair and its uniqueness by taking care of it!
Curly and coily hair care has different needs than its straight-haired or wavy counterparts.
Coily hair can be fine and thin to wry and coarse with many, many strands densely packed together. It also has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types providing less protection from damage caused through combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it.
Curly hair can be lightly curled hair to very curly patterns that are well-defined and springy. Curly hair has lots of body and can be styled easily as is or straightened through blow-drying.
For both styles you can use this regimen:
Step 1: Cleanse. The goal is to remove buildup from products, natural oils and any dirt. Curly and coily hair can go longer periods of time without washing. Some can shampoo once a month while other hair types will need twice a week. Follow your heart…for your hair.
- Focus on your roots and scalp. Naturally curly hairstyles don’t get less oil production than those with straight hair but it stays near the scalp.
- Scrub with fingertips and don’t tousle or scrunch your hair. Let the shampoo’s lather travel on its own down your hair. Your job is to make sure you clear your scalp of buildup. The don’t of tousling or scrunching is to avoid tangles.
Step 2: Condition & Detangle. The good news is that this is a routine that can be used daily or a few times a week through co-washing, or conditioner washing. For curly and coily hair, co-washing prevents drying and frizzing.
- Conditioning closes and protects your hair cuticle and makes it smooth.
- Co-washing prevents stripping your hair of natural oils.
Step 3: Moisturize. For daily refreshing, water is great for a quick mid-day spritz. Use a hair product by all means but make sure that it is high in water content.
Step 4: Seal. You can use your favorite hair oil to help ensure that moisture stays locked in. You can even add this to your water spritz to complete steps 3 and 4. Argan oil has made a huge impact on the hair care market and it is proven to work. There are many different brands to choose from – Agadir, Macadamia Natural Oil and Amika to name a few. They all combat frizziness and have huge added moisturizing benefits.
Step 5: Deep Conditioning & Repair. Even the most flawless hair needs repair treatments. These are suggested once a month to help address the damage that comes with daily combing, brushing and styling.
This is an outline of the steps you can follow and some can be completed at once!
If you are a gym buff, then most likely conditioning, moisturizing and sealing moisture steps will occur on a daily basis. Depending on the weather and your hair needs, some of these steps will be crucial.
Try a routine for a month using the same products so you can monitor results and let us know what works!
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