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Embrace Your Natural Curls
Give those suds up. We like to see our shampoo get bubbly when we lather up because it gives us the false impression that it's cleaning our hair better. But all those suds are drying out our hair which is especially damaging to curly hair as it is already on the drier side. Switch to a sulfate-free shampoo, and try washing only every 2-3 days. If sweat when you exercise and feel that you need to shampoo more often, focus on the roots: your hairline near your forehead and the nape of your neck.
Lighten up on the conditioner. Using a super heavy conditioner or using too much of any conditioner tends to weigh down the hair causing the curls to lose their bounce and shape. It's best to invest in a very high quality conditioner, use a small amount and work it evenly into your hair with a comb while in the shower. Apply just enough to get all the tangles out and nothing more. Let it sit, then rinse and apply a leave-in conditioner. Or, better yet, skip the rinsing, save money on an extra product, and just leave your regular conditioner in.
T-shirts, not towels. Wrapping your hair in a towel can cause static and therefore frizz. Avoid this by taking an old 100% cotton t-shirt and wrapping your wet hair in it, just like you would with a towel. Leave it on while you do your makeup and get dressed. The longer you leave you hair wrapped up in the t-shirt the better. All the excess moisture will be absorbed and your curls will actually start to form by the time you let your hair down.
Don't mess with it. After you have taken your hair out of the t-shirt, you want to avoid touching it as much as possible. Touching it disrupts the natural curling process and can cause more frizz.
Curly- not crunchy. Remember when mousse was a thing? Not anymore. Gone are the day of crunchy, straw-like curls. What you want are defined curls that are still supple. Meet your new best friend: defining cream. Ideally this cream is applied right after you step out of the shower, before you wrap your hair up in the t-shirt. If you forget this step you can do it after you unwrap your hair, but use a very gentle touch to smooth it onto the already-forming curls. Avoid running your fingers through if you can as this will "break" the spiral.
Diffuse, don’t dry. Invest in a good diffuser and attach it to the head of your blow dryer. Set your dryer on low (never high) and to warm (never hot). Flip your head upside down and gently cradle the tips of your hair with the diffuser, lightly nudging the curls upward. If you have the time, using the diffuser to dry your hair inside the house within a controlled environment will ensure that your curls form evenly and frizz-free. Once you step outside, temperature, humidity and wind all affect your hair and can affect the formation of your curls.