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The A-Z of Curly Hair Care: All You Need to Know

by Purple Naturals, 31 Mar 2023

Curly hair can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a bit tricky to care for. If you're someone with curly hair, you may have found that your curls can become frizzy, dry, or even limp and lifeless if you don't know how to properly care for them. But don't worry, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your curls looking their best!

First and foremost, it's important to understand that curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair. This is because the natural oils produced by your scalp have a harder time traveling down the curls and coating each strand. So, it's important to make sure you're giving your curls the extra hydration they need.

One way to do this is by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for curly hair. These products will help to add hydration and nourishment to your curls, leaving them looking soft and bouncy.

Another tip is to make sure you're using the right styling products. Look for products that are lightweight and contain natural oils and butters, such as coconut oil or shea butter, to help add moisture and definition to your curls. Avoid products that are heavy or contain alcohol, as these can dry out your curls and cause frizz.

When it comes to styling your curls, it's best to avoid using heat styling tools as much as possible. Instead, try to let your curls air dry or use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer to dry your curls gently.

And lastly, try to avoid over-washing your hair. Curly hair tends to be more prone to dryness, so washing it too frequently can strip it of its natural oils and leave it looking dry and frizzy. Instead, try to wash your hair every 2-3 days and use a dry shampoo in between washes to keep your curls looking fresh.

With a little bit of TLC, your curly hair will be looking its best in no time! Remember to be patient and kind with your curls, and they will reward you with bouncy, beautiful ringlets.

Some references:

"Curly Girl: The Handbook" by Lorraine Massey - This book is considered a bible for curly hair care and provides a comprehensive guide to managing and caring for curly hair, including information on the "Curly Girl Method" which is a method of hair care designed specifically for curly hair.

"The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care" by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy - This book provides in-depth information on the biology and chemistry of black hair, including information on the different types of curly hair and how to care for them.

"Textured Tresses: The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Natural Hair" by Anthony Dickey - This book provides expert advice on how to care for and style natural, textured hair, including information on the different types of curls and how to manage them.

"Good Hair: The Curly Girl's Guide to Healthy, Beautiful Hair" by Michelle Breyer - This book provides expert advice on curly hair care, including information on the best products, tools and techniques for managing and styling curly hair.

"Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America" by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps - This book provides a historical and cultural perspective on the relationship between African American women and their hair, including information on curly hair care and the evolution of hairstyles.

"The Curly Hair Book: Or How Men Can Finally Have Good Hair" by Rogelio Samson - This book is written by a professional hair stylist and provides a comprehensive guide on how to care for, style and maintain curly hair for men.