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Curly hair requires special care in order to look defined and healthy—but caring for your curls isn’t as demanding as you may think. If the thought of an extensive hair care routine intimidates you, we have good news: we know seven easy beauty hacks for keeping your spirals hydrated and healthy. Some of these hacks might even surprise you, but give them a shot and be prepared to be wowed! Read on to learn about our top curly hair hacks.
The ultimate solution to moisturized and defined curls starts in the shower—before towel drying or using any hair treatments or styling products. Here’s the deal: You need to select a shampoo and conditioner system that’s tailored to curly hair, more specifically, one that's meant to keep your curls moisturized. Why? Well, more moisture generally means more definition and less frizz. Try the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Conditioner, which are formulated to re-nourish and redefine curls in just one wash. Also, if for some reason you’ve been told to skip out on using conditioner, don’t! Like we said, curls need to stay as hydrated as possible. Plus, hair care systems are meant to be used as a system—that’s how they do their best work. If you’re worried about your roots appearing greasy, simply focus the conditioner on the lengths and ends of your strands.
While most of us don’t think twice about the towel we use to dry our hair, this is just as important of a part of your regimen as the products you use. A regular cotton towel can cause friction on the hair cuticle, which can result in frizzy hair. Next time your hair is wet post-shower, try using a microfiber towel to remove excess water from the hair and let curls dry more defined and less frizzy. If you don’t have a microfiber towel handy, try drying your hair with a soft T-shirt instead.
We all know the importance of getting our beauty rest, but who knew where you rest your head mattered, too? Chances are your hair spends more time against your pillow than it does anywhere else. Much like a cotton towel, cotton pillowcases may not be gentle enough for your hair. A smooth, satin or silk pillowcase will not only feel super luxurious, but will also take it easy on your mane.
Blow dryers can expose hair to intense, direct heat which in turn causes curls to be frizzy and lose their natural shape upon drying. With a diffuser, heat is distributed more evenly, helping to prevent this frizz and enhance your individual curl pattern. Before drying, don’t forget to apply product to protect your hair from the heat. In case you need a refresh, here’s How to Use a Diffuser to Blow-Dry Curly Hair.
Over time, heat and the elements can cause curls to go limp. Once or twice a week, switch out your regular conditioner for a deep conditioner or a nourishing hair mask, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Curls Re-Nourish Mask. This particular mask helps re-nourish and redefine curls, eliminating dryness in its wake. To use, apply onto wet hair after shampooing and massage through your strands from root to tip. Leave it on for three to five minutes before rinsing out completely.
After you step out of the shower post-cleansing, apply a small amount of serum onto the lengths and ends of your hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, which will help transform lifeless curls into soft, shiny strands. To use, apply a dime-sized amount through the lengths and ends of your damp hair, then proceed through the rest of your hair styling routine as usual.
To style your hair without using heat, use a lightweight hair mousse to help define and structure your curls. If you can't part with heat styling, you can also apply a bit of hair mousse before you blow-dry—the L'Oréal Paris Advanced CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse is perfect for this method since it provides strong hold and heat protection. Either way, apply a large dollop of mousse through your lengths and ends, working it through each curl to make sure it’s evenly applied.
Moving right along, now that your curls look their best, perhaps we can interest you in some curly hair color ideas? Here are 10 Hair Color Ideas for Curly Hair.