7 Tips and Tricks We’ve Learned About Caring for Naturally Curly Hair

BY Maggie Glover · July 14, 2017

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Naturally curly hair is—if you ask us—naturally sexy hair! The key to realizing its full potential? Proper care, of course. Whether you have wavy, coily or kinky hair, we can all agree that curly hair needs a special kind of love. That’s why we’ve assembled seven tips we’ve learned over the years to keep our curly hair bouncing, shimmering and looking gorgeous all season long.

1. Skip the hair dryer if you can.

Not only can frequent blow-drying damage your already fragile hair, it can also ruin its natural shape. Instead, press your damp locks between your palms to squeeze out excess water, then wrap it in a clean T-shirt or defrizzing hair cloth made just for curly hair, like AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel. If you’re tempted to blow-dry again in the future, be sure to slather on some heat protectant, such as Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection and Heat Protectant Cream, to minimize damage.

2. Use your fingers to detangle wet hair.

Instead of a hairbrush, use your fingers to gently comb out each curl, but don’t fuss with it too much. If you’re prone to tangles, try prepping hair with an organic spray like John Masters Organics Rosemary and Peppermint Detangler, which is so gentle, it is safe enough even for damaged and chemically treated hair.

3. Remember that not all curly hair behaves in the same way.

That might be why that conditioner that your wavy-haired friend absolutely loves makes your kinky curls look like a staticky mess. Curly hair can be fine, coarse or anything in between. Depending on your beauty routine or the weather where you live, even the climate control settings at your office can affect what your hair needs to look and feel its best. Most curly hair responds best to sulfate-free hair products that are less likely to dry out tresses, such as Rene Furterer SUBLIME CURL Curl Activating Shampoo.

4. Even curly hair can lose volume.

You’ve been blessed with gentle, soft curls? Lucky you! Despite their innocent- sounding name, however, we know those waves aren’t always a day at the beach. Loose curls can weigh down hair and make it look flat and lifeless. If your hair is finely textured, the waves may come across as dull and straggly. To restore volume and put the bounce back in your look, try DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam. Then, a setting mist like Phillip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist will give your beach babe hair the final touch it needs, restoring your full-fledged mermaid status.

5. Tight, Z-shaped curls can easily frizz in any weather.

You’ve got gravity-defying curls, so it’s time to show them off. Your BFF is a good styling cream that will allow each curl to separate and lift, such as Briogeo Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Creme.

6. Curly hair is more likely to become dry and damaged than other hair types.

We’ve all hit the hairdryer or straightening iron a little too hard once in a while. Heated styling tools can do more damage to curly hair than other hair types because it’s more prone to breakage. But don’t sweat it! Be sure to show your damaged tresses the tender love and care they need with a rejuvenating and nourishing hair mask, such as Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask. Indulge once a week to repair and revive those gorgeous curls for good.

7. Consider a dry shampoo.

A dry shampoo like Alterna Caviar Sheer Dry Shampoo can help soak up any oiliness at the scalp and your hair will actually look healthier (and super shiny). When it is time to wash again, perhaps three times a week, try a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo.

Maggie Glover

Maggie Glover is originally from Pittsburgh. Before joining the team at DermStore, she worked in marketing for companies like ModCloth.com, ipsy and TripAdvisor. Her true passion is writing and reading poetry, but she also has a thing for wild style ... Read More >

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