Natural hair is all a rage since Alicia Keys decided to go sans makeup and hair products in Fall 2016. Your ringlets do not get the same treatment as their straight or even wavy counterpart. The way you wash, comb, and even throw your hair in a ponytail before hitting the gym is unique to your tresses.
Stop fighting your curls and embrace them. There are plenty of products out on the market that enhances natural textures. Give your hair the facelift it needs and treat it to some products that will make it shine.
“Everyone’s hair is unique and embracing your texture is one of the best ways to express your individuality,” celebrity hairstylist Vernon Francois.
Vernon Francois is known for styling Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Bey’s little sister, Solange Knowles.
What does my curly hair need?
Moisture. Put away the mousse. Hair products have stripped your hair of its glory. The 90s are over, it’s time to throw away the L.A. Looks hair gel. Alcohol infused products suck the life out of your hair. Do the reverse and add some moisture to your locks.
Adding vitamin rich foods and plenty of water will also help build strong and healthy hair according to Francois. Feeding your body from the inside out is the key to keeping your locks fresh and your skin looking young. Check out our post 23 of the Best Foods for Your Hair to find out what works best.
Put the shampoo down!
There’s a common misconception that you need to wash your hair at least every other day. With curly hair, that’s far from the truth. By shampooing your tresses every day, you strip your hair of its natural oils. For guys and gals with straight hair, their hair gets greasy over the course of only a few days. That’s because the oil has a chance to travel down from the scalp. But with curly locks, it needs the moisture to stay soft and manageable. You need that to give your hair nourishment. Opt to shampoo your hair twice or even once a week. Conditioning is encouraged more often.
Also, make sure to comb wet hair with a wide-toothed comb to avoid massive breakage. Combing curly, dry hair with anything is a huge no no. It will leave you looking like Medusa going through menopause.
Who’s got time for that?
Busy bees don’t have time to mess with their curly tresses. You know it’s perfect the day you wash and style but it loses its luster after day two or three. Francois shared a no fuss way to style your hair overnight.
“Try sleeping with your hair twisted and pinned up while wearing a silk cap to cover hair at night and with a spritz of moisture spray to seal in moisture. Gently unravel, separate and style in the morning.”
When it comes to curly hair, less is more. Don’t drown your hair in product. It will end up looking either super greasy or super crunchy. Embrace your natural locks. They are dying to come out and play.