We know there’s a lot of information swirling around out there on what exactly is the best way to deal with the tricky nature of curly hair but we’re here to be a resource for some of those answers. How to properly care for curly hair can differ greatly on style, cut and texture but we wanted to provide a solid basis to at least get you started.
The first, and for a lot of people, most important step is picking the right shampoo to get the job done. The absolute best way to wash curly hair is with a sulfate-free shampoo. Sodium lauryl sulfate, which is the key ingredient in most conventional shampoos, is both a salt and a detergent. Traditional shampoos are great for cleaning hair but actually leave it too dry and stripped especially for curly hair types. “Without enough conditioning agents, it can lift the hair’s cuticles,” leaving hair dry and frizzy.”
Davines LOVE shampoo is a great place to start, not too much lather but you’ll still be left feeling fresh n clean. If you have extra-dry hair, skip shampoo and try “co-washing” or washing your hair with only conditioner once a week.
Especially if your hair lacks oil or moisture, you may actually not even need shampoo. Although you won’t get the same satisfying lather, your trade off will be bouncier, and glossier curls. For fine hair, cleansing every other day is appropriate, where those with thick strands can usually go three or more days without a wash. The new LOVE curl cleansing cream is designed for this! It’s a beautiful blend of a shampoo and conditioner designed to be incredibly hydrating. Did we mention conditioner?
The next logical step if you aren’t interested in “co-washing,” is to condition. The curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends, causing the lower half to appear dry and frazzled. Below is the best way to wash and condition curly hair:
- Before you hop into the shower make sure you lightly brush out curls with a paddle brush. Many women make the mistake of brushing hair while hair is wet which can lead to breakage. The reason behind this is hair strands are more stretchy when wet, combine this with detangling and you’ll be left with a lot of hair on the floor.
- Gently rinse hair and apply a sulphate-free shampoo to just the roots. An alternative to this is using a cleansing cream.
- Only softly wash roots and let shampoo fall down the rest of the hair follicle. Do not wash the ends as they are the driest, especially curly hair types.
- Apply conditioner to the ends, this helps condition dry areas properly and also weigh hair down just enough.
- Apply an oil serum or leave in conditioner to the ends of the hair once out of the shower.
- Let hair air dry or lightly diffuse. Curls maintain their best shape and health when left to do their own thing.
With the right techniques for washing and conditioning curly hair you can easily have a great wash n’ wear style. Contact us for more information on Davines LOVE curl line and what stylists can help with cutting your curly hair properly.