The Curly Hair Triage Guide

My #1 rule for curly hair is Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Natural curly hair does not hold its own moisture well at all, so you can’t get too much moisture in the hair. Use products that say “hydrate” or “moisture” to shampoo and condition. If you color your hair, this challenges moisture retention as well, so talk to your stylist about using demi-permanent color. Demi is much gentler on the hair.

The approach to styling curly hair is to lay the top layer – called the cuticle – down to promote shine and softness. So after shampooing, apply a conditioning oil, cream or mousse. The product label should say it’s specifically for curly hair or for “smoothing,” and remember always choose products without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate! Disperse the product through the hair by combing, and place the hair in the direction you want it to be when dry. Once that’s achieved do not touch the hair until it’s dry. The less you disturb it, the fewer frizzes. After it’s dry, use a small amount of moisture-rich styling cream, and run it through your hair with your fingers for added softness and shine.

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