The Original Love-Hate Relationship
Oh yes, before your bad guy phase, before you had your first bite of cheesecake, and before Netflix Binging was a thing, women developed the first ever love-hate relationship with their curly hair.
For as long as you can remember, people have been commenting on your tresses; you just think to yourself how you would give just about anything to tame the monstrous mane.
Remember in high school when all your straight-haired friends would get perms and tease their hair for hours? You, on the other hand, weren’t too sure why. It was almost as if they wanted your “I Woke Up Like This” style. Whether you have tight ethnic ringlets or frizzy rounds, curly hair can really be a pain.
So how do celebs like Taylor Swift, Zendaya, and Queen B embrace their natural curls and actually rock them? These popular ladies may have stylists performing magic on their natural locks, but lucky for you, we have scrounged up a few tricks of the trade, so you too can rock your natural curls.
Get It, Girl!
It’s true, a head of healthy, sexy curls is not the easiest mane to maintain. Not to mention, if you have those cray curls, you may have already tried some of these tricks – since everyone’s hair is different not all these tricks will work for everyone, but go ahead and give them a try!
- From the inside out: Incase there aren’t already enough reasons to stay hydrated and take your vitamins, here’s another one for you! Along with drinking ample amounts of water on a day-to-day basis, you can also try taking Biotin and Omega3 supplements. This will help keep your hair hydrated and promote your new growth to be healthy, strong, and frizz free.
- Use protection: For heat that is! You should always be protecting your ringlets from the heat when using any kind of styling tool. Even when you straighten your hair, you need to apply a good heat protector to ensure that you don’t cause damage to your hair, which you will notice when rocking your natural curls.
- Pick your products wisely: A top tip that any stylist will tell you is to use shampoo and conditioner lines that are sulfate free. No exceptions. Sodium lauryl sulfate, SELS, or its most common name, sulfate, is a very inexpensive and extremely effective foaming agent. While George Washington shower hair can be fun, it has been found to have a few cosmetic dangers. Without getting too scientific, it is important to understand that sulfate can strip the hair from its natural oils which will leave your hair naturally frizzy. Repetitive use will make frizz a regular thing, which is certainty not what you want.
- Keep your hands to yourself: If you have the option, always chose to air dry your locks. This allows for the least amount of manipulation to your hair, which, you guessed it, prevents frizz. Also, while you’re letting your hair dry, continue to remind yourself that you mustn’t touch your curls! If you are short on time and you need the heat tools, apply that heat protectant and use a diffuser on a low or medium setting.