Hair Skin Care Curly Hair

Curly hair can be beautiful. A person with a head full of shiny, bouncy spirals can be the envy of countless straight-haired people. However, those with curly hair know how hard it can be to make curls look perfectly bouncy instead of frighteningly frizzy.

Taking care of curly hair requires the proper hair care products as well as a bit of patience. Here are some tips to help.

Taking Care of Curly Hair: The Cut

In order to achieve the most from your curly hair, the first thing you need to consider is your cut. A good haircut can cause your curls to spring to life. A bad one, however, can leave your curls limp and lifeless.

Before choosing a hairstylist, call around to several salons and ask if you can make an appointment with a person who specializes in cutting curly hair. If the salon doesn’t have a curl specialist, move on to another. There’s likely to be someone who can cut and style curly hair working in a salon near you.

Before getting the actual haircut, you might want to meet with your chosen stylist to discuss what will work best for your curl, face, etc. Your stylist should be able to help you pick a cut that is both flattering and easy to maintain and style at home.

Don’t be alarmed if your stylist wants to cut your hair while it is dry. Cutting curls while they are dry will allow the stylist to shape each curl.

Caring for Curly Hair: Hold the Shampoo

If you have curly hair, there are certain hair care products you should avoid. Since most people with curly hair also have dry hair, some experts recommend avoiding shampoo altogether. Instead of using a drying shampoo, consider working only conditioner and water into your scalp. Or, mix the juice of one-half of a lemon in with your conditioner to moisturize and remove dirt and sweat.

When applying conditioner, use at least a few tablespoons of high-quality conditioner to liberally coat your curls. Rub the conditioner between your palms and then use your fingers to pull your conditioner from your roots to the ends of your hair. Avoid using a comb to pull the conditioner through your hair, as combing your hair can break its natural curl pattern.

Leave the conditioner in your hair for a few minutes and then rinse well with warm water. Don’t rinse with hot water, which can cause excessive drying of the hair.

Drying Curly Hair

To keep your curl pattern and to avoid breakage, blot your hair with a towel when you get out of the shower. Never vigorously rub your hair with a towel.

Once you have removed the excess moisture, apply a curl-enhancing lotion or cream. Pull the product through the hair and scrunch your hair from the tips to the roots to promote curl. For extra hold and definition, mix a little hair gel in with the curl cream before applying it.

Defining Your Curls

If you’re not happy with the way your hair curls, try this trick: After applying your styling products and while your hair is still wet, take very small sections of your hair and use your fingers to twist the sections into spirals. Next, dry your hair with a diffuser. Your curls will be perfect spirals!

Once you have applied the product, allow your hair to air dry, or use a diffuser to dry your hair quickly and increase curl. Set your hair dryer on its lowest speed and use the coolest temperature setting for the best results. Also, avoid touching your curls as they dry.

Once your hair is dry, gently flip your head over and use your fingers to gently loosen the curl from the roots. This will allow your curls to fall into their natural place when you flip your head over again.


Dobkin, Lauren (2007). A Curly Girl’s Guide to Loving Your Locks. Retrieved October 30, 2007, from the stylelist Web site: