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It’s no myth that curly hair can require demanding upkeep. For those of us with naturally curly hair, our curls are a part of our identity and we take them very seriously! However, with all the information circulating on curly hair—some true and some not so true—it can be confusing to know the right way to care for your curls. Should you skip out on regular shampooing? Will a leave-in hair treatment weigh down your curls? Not so fast! Here, we’re setting the record straight about some of the biggest curly hair myths, plus sharing our top hair care and hair styling tips to keep your curls looking their best.
While it is true that constant shampooing without replenishment of moisture (such as with a nourishing conditioner and treatment) can leave your curls starved for nourishment, not washing your curls enough isn’t the answer to this dilemma. Regardless of your hair type, you’ll want to create a consistent hair care routine that includes regularly using a shampoo and conditioner that are formulated to keep your curls hydrated. We’re fans of the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Shampoo and the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Conditioner if you need a recommendation!
Curly hair may be prone to dryness, but that doesn’t mean dry hair is a life sentence. In addition to using an oil-based shampoo and conditioner system that’s intended for use on curly hair, add a hydrating hair mask, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask, into your regular hair care routine to help combat and ward off dryness. This particular mask is formulated to help re-hydrate hair for more defined, lustrous curls. Swap it into your routine in place of your regular conditioner once or twice a week and leave on for up to five minutes before rinsing out completely.
A hair treatment or oil can also help. When your lengths and ends are feeling especially dry or brittle, apply a dime-sized amount of the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment. You can use the oil treatment on damp or dry hair, so you have a method of defense whether you notice dryness after a shower or toward the end of a hair styling session.
The twists and turns that are innate with curly hair may make your mane more susceptible to tangles, but there are ways to get around this. Try applying an oil-based hair serum onto the lengths and ends of damp or wet hair to add slip to hair and avoid knots. Another trick is to sleep with your hair wrapped in a silk scarf to help reduce friction and minimize tangling. If you try these tips and your hair still resembles something of a rat’s nest, it could be that the way you dry your hair is to blame. Rough drying with a towel can cause more tangles, so consider switching to drying your hair with a soft cotton t-shirt.
It can seem like curly hair takes forever to grow, but really it just takes longer to see the growth because of the shape of your spirals. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, generally, everyone’s hair grows about six inches a year, although male hair does grow slightly faster than female hair. So, don’t lose hope! It is possible to have curly, long hair, it just requires a bit of patience. Here are our best tips on How to Style Short Curly Hair While Growing It Out to help you through the grow-out phase.
While it’s true that heat styling should be avoided when possible, curly hair can be blow-dried just like any other type of hair! When you do blow-dry your curls, use a diffuser and have your blow-dryer on the lowest possible heat setting that will still get the job done.
If you have natural curls, don’t think your only option for straighter locks is a chemical treatment. Although that is one way to straighten your curls, you can also use a flat iron to do so—just be sure to do it correctly. First off, you need a heat protectant, such as the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, to help protect your tresses. Beyond that, you can follow our tutorial: How to Straighten Curly Hair—The Right Way.
Want more curly hair styling tips? Here are 6 Heat-Free Ways to Style Curly Hair.