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10 Things To Remember About Curly Hair

June 4, 2016

Sick & tired of managing your frizzy wavy & curly hair? What if I told you you’re taking care of it completely wrong?

It’s unfortunate that we don’t grow up learning what I have listed below or we could have saved us years of trouble. Our hair texture is beautiful, wild, perfect; you just need to learn how to take care of it properly. Read & understand with these easy 10 facts about wavy and curly hair!

  1. Curly hair is naturally/structurally/inherently DRY.ย Because of its spiral structure, the natural oils from your scalp canโ€™t reach the ends.
    Cue- rough brittle hair & split-ends, more so with longer hair. That is why conditioning your ends is incredibly important.
  2. Regular shampooing will damage your hair.ย You know how detergents affect your skin? After you wash your clothes, your palm feels rough? The sulphate! Thisย strips your strands of moisture & natural oils, when it was already deficient! Either you shampoo less (like once a week), use a non-sulphate shampoo or co-wash with conditioner. ย Iโ€™ll share the names of the products for different budgets with you soon.
  1. Curly hair grows in patterns or clumps. When you brush or comb it dry, the strands get separated forcefully & poof up! That is why you should ALWAYS comb your hair when itโ€™s damp & with a leave-in-conditioner in it (that retains its shape & pattern).Look at the two picturesย of my hair below, taken a couple of years ago.
Frizzy Wavy & Curly Hair

Revenge of the Frizz- The Days of Combing my Hair Dry


Combing with Conditioner in my Hair

  1. Since our curly hair is dry, it sucks moisture from where itโ€™s available- like your environment! That is why on humid days, you have more frizz than you would in winters. Even if you canโ€™t get rid of it completely, you can reduce it with a good hair care routine.
  1. Hello hair shrinkage! Pull a curly strand straight down & measure โ€“ that is your actual length. It shrinks because of its shape. Remember this when you go get your hair cut next! The hairdresser will wet your hair and comb to cut it. But when it finally dries, itโ€™s shorter than you thought it would be!


    Your Actual Hair Length VS When it Shrinks

  1. By now you will have learnt that water= good. So naturally heat= VERY BAD). And yes, those everyday ten minutes of โ€œharmlessโ€ straightening of your bangs or blow drying to make it look โ€œneatโ€ damages your hair shaft leaving it dry & rough.
  1. Conditioners, leave in conditioners, hair masks, a good hair oil & a wide-toothed comb will become your best friends.
  1. Your hair care routine will depend on your texture. Is it wavy, curly or coily? How dense or porous is it? Will be it be easier for you maintain short or long hair healthily? I have a mix of 3A & 3B. Find out moreย about Texture Typing hereย :ย This will help you choose the perfect mix of products & styling tips!
  1. Don’t use a towel to dry your hair. Use a microfiber towel (available on Flipkart) or an old t Shirt (my go-to) after your hair wash. If you scrunch up with the t shirt, your curl pattern gets activated.
  2. ย Leave your hair alone! After it dries, avoid touching or messing it up. It makes it super frizzy.

Lastly, you are incredibly lucky to be a curly girl! It is beautiful & you can grow to love the hell out of it if you learn how to take care of it properly. Please donโ€™t think straight hair is the only kinda beautiful. And considering most Indian women, especially South Indians have curly, wavy hair, lets learn to flaunt it, not reduce it to a haystack with chemical straightening & blow drying. Give it a chance, watch how from frizzy waves & curls, they transform to healthy, soft & bouncy curls !

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    August 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Hey! Enjoyed your blog ๐Ÿ˜Š I too have curly hair, and over time, have learned to love it and enjoy it. I was wondering if you have any specific routine before going to sleep. I tie it up in a bun to avoid knots but that crunches up the curls. Is there anything you do to maintain the curls?

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      Pallavi Juneja
      August 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Hi Athira, thank you for stopping by! Glad you liked the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

      You can protect the curls before sleeping like this:
      1.’ Pineapple’ your hair, i.e I gather all my hair in front of my face like this: or this: & tie it with a scrunchy. This protects the curls from getting squashed & tangled.

      2. Wrap your loose bun or the pineapple with a satin scarf/headcap: or use a satin pillowcase.This reduces frizz & tangles!

      3. Lastly, the next morning, open your hair, overturn your head & spray some water on your strands. Then fluff around the curls like this:

      Hope this helps!

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    August 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Hey, amazing post.. Can you please suggest some leave in conditioners.. I don’t have hair as curly as yours, but yes my hair are curly towards the end.. And they get too fizzy depending on their own mood..

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