Embrace your natural curls by following these easy steps and guidance derived from tried and tested methods.
Maintain, protect, condition – Natural Curly Hair Never Left.
Maintaining, protecting and conditioning natural curly hair is no mean feat. Curly hair is unique. It bends and curves and coils leading to fragility and low levels of moisture. In essence, curly hair is thirsty hair. Because of this, a lather-rinse-repeat regime is not an option. For girls with naturally curly hair, the hair care routine is completely different. Here are a few smart hair care tips from the pros at CrozNest, to allow you to embrace your natural perfection.
A great night-time routine is as essential to healthy hair care as your daytime routine. A silk pillowcase is an absolute must-have for curly hair! Rough cotton pillowcases can cause your coils to tangle and frizz due to excessive friction, as well as absorb crucial moisture. Blog author Curly Cailin advocates the brand Silkskin for her own hair needs.
“Silkskin pillowcases are exclusively designed and hand-finished for the beauty industry and unlike any other, I’ve seen, touched or slept on before. They are incredibly soft, made from the finest and most durable natural silk available, Mulberry silk. Which is also naturally hypoallergenic, and breathable. “
Admittedly, they are a financial investment at £69 per pillowcase, but with proper care, they will last for years, and ensure beautiful skin too! Silk comes from a source that contains skin-compatible amino acids. This helps the products you apply to your skin before bed absorb better and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It’s a win-win.
Alternatively, find a silk head wrap for equal comfort. Pre-tied wraps also prevent the silk from moving in the night, we adore the joyful patterns used on products by Loza Tam.
Protective styles keep the ends of hair tucked away to discourage tugging, pulling, and manipulation. There are many different protective styles to wear at night, such as braids, top knots and pinned curls, however, be cautious to not alter the natural pattern of your hair or create tension that may lead to unwanted breakage. Not sure what direction to go? Youtuber Whitney White explains to SELF,
With curly hair, it’s a delicate balance between moisture and protein. Too much of the first and your hair could become limp and lack volume but too much of the latter, and it may become dry and brittle. Try to monitor the condition of your hair and adjust your favourite conditioner as needed. Factors like the time of year or your body’s cycles can change up your moisture/protein balance and require a switch in the shower. Take charge. Find your routine, keep a journal to find patterns in your hair’s condition and avoid unexpected changes.
Maintain, protect, condition – Natural Curly Hair Never Left
Words by Rhiannon Hudson