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I was born with naturally curly hair, and unfortunately, no one else in my family was. For the longest time I had no idea how to care for my hair, or how to make it look nice.
Step 1. Avoid heat products! No more straightening your hair or using a high setting on the blow dryer. Stick to a cooler or lower setting, and keep your hair natural.
Step 2. Don`t wash your hair every day, you can shower, but avoid washing your hair with shampoo or conditioner. Curly hair needs more moisture than straight hair or else it`ll go super frizzy. You should only wash your hair (shampoo and condition) 2-4 times a week. You hair will get used to not being washed every day, and it won`t get oily right away.
Step 3. Find a brush that works for your hair. I know that when I wake up, my hair is one giant knot. I`ve started braiding my hair at night so that the problem is lessened. I use a wide toothed comb, as any other brush would rip out my hair and make it ultra poofy.
Step 4. Use shampoo and conditioner made for curly hair. Yes there is a difference in the shampoo and condition for straight hair than the ones for curly hair! I use a conditioner that makes my hair easy to comb through with my fingers in the shower. Normally, I`d be ripping and tearing my hair out if I was using shampoo and conditioner for straight hair.
Step 5. Only use condition on the bottom half of your hair. Don`t massage it in like shampoo. Pull your hair into one section at the back or side of your head, and rub the conditioner from the bottom of your ears and down. It keeps your scalp moisturized and healthy. Conditioner actually makes your hair greasy, and your skin could break out, so make sure that you wash your back (rough loofah cloth) after, to avoid getting back acne.
Step 6. If you notice that your hair is brittle and dry, and is breaking a lot more than normal, invest in a hair hydrating leave in product. You just rub it on, and let it sit. You hair will feel a lot softer, silkier and healthier after.
Step 7. Don`t rub your hair with a towel. This actually causes more breakage and is really bad for your hair. Instead, `scrunching` your hair with the towel. I brush my hair out with my comb, while bending over so my hair is hanging down. I then take a towel, and grab my hair in handfuls to dry it. It absorbs the water, while still keeping it curly and natural.
Step 8. If possible, let your hair dry outside, naturally. I love sitting outside after I get ready, but sometimes my hair dries weird. I do the same thing in the step before, but without the towel. I bend over so my hair is hanging upside down, and grab handfuls of it to help it stay in ringlets, while not getting frizzy, or poofy.
Step 9. Use mousse if your hair gets a little too wild during the day. It keeps it in place and it looks awesome. Don`t use hairspray, because this makes your hair crispy and it doesn`t help natural curls at all. Mousse is applied in small amounts, otherwise it`ll be crispy too. Make sure you evenly apply the mousse.
Step 10. Love your hair! You were born with naturally curly hair and there`s no escape. You can straighten your hair all you want, but in the end, you`ll always have your curls. Straightening your hair is so unhealthy for it, so leave it natural and love yourself for who you are. Curly hair is so unique, everyone wants to have straight hair. So be different and love what you were born with.
**picture is my own**