Curly hair is definitely one of the most difficult hair types to manage. Curly hair often occurs due to the twisted nature of one’s hair follicles. As such, the more twists in hair follicles, the more curls one tends to have.
For many people, curly hair is considered a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because it is very fashionable and trendy. However, it is considered a curse because it is difficult to manage and maintain.
The major difficulty with curly hair is that it tends to frizz especially in humid climes. Curly hair also tend to break and lead to split ends. As such if you have curly hair, it is paramount to curb frizz and keep it well conditioned.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with curling hair;
- As much as possible, leave your hair to air-dry. Avoid blowing out, flat-ironing, or hair straightening.
- Endeavor to sleep on silk pillowcases. They are more gentle on your curly hairs.
- Avoid brushing your hair when they are dry. It is better to style your curls while they are wet.
- Ensure you condition your hair any time you shampoo it.
- Endeavor to protect your hair from excess exposure to sun, wind, and chlorinated water.
- You could have a deep/leave-in hair conditioning about once a week. This would help lock in hair moisture.
- Get regular trims to reduce incidences of split-ends and hair breakage.
- Avoid towel drying your hair and avoid using hair dryers.
Below are natural treatments and home remedies for managing curly hair;
1. Hot Oil Massage
The best way to deal with curly hair is to deeply moisturize it. This can be easily done by hot oil massage on a regular basis. Hot oil massage would prevent dryness and add moisture. For this remedy, warm up a little coconut, olive or almond oil and let it cool down to room temperature. Then, use it to massage your scalp and cover your head with a hot towel. Wash off with a shampoo after an hour. Do this once a week to see visible changes in your hair.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has an excellent ability to maintain the pH of the hair and make them appear less crimped. Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and use it as a hair rinse after shampooing. Allow it to stay for 4-5 minutes, then, finally wash off with cold water. Do this 1-2 times every month.
Eggs are another great ingredient to manage curly hair. This remedy helps in adding shine while reducing frizzy hair effectively, Eggs also nourish the hair and prevents damage. Take 2 eggs and whip it in a bowl. Apply it to your scalp as well as your hair. Allow it to stay for an hour and rinse thoroughly with a mild shampoo. Do this once a week to make your curly hair more manageable.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera not only hydrates the hair shaft but also smoothens the cuticles to provide lustrous hair. For this remedy, scoop out some gel by cutting a fresh aloe leaf and massage it into your scalp and hair. Allow it to work for 15-20 minutes and wash your hair with warm water. Now shampoo as usual and enjoy a frizz-free and manageable hair. Do this once weekly.
5. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin which helps in locking the moisture in the hair shaft. It also reduces frizz by blocking out humidity in an incredible way. Put 3-5 tbsp of fenugreek seeds in a bowl and add water to it. Let it soak overnight. The next day, strain the seeds and grind them to make a thick paste. Then, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 3 tbsp of unsweetened yogurt in the paste and mix well. Apply it to your hair and scalp with a gentle massage and leave it on for 1 hour. Wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water and shampoo your hair.
Non-alcoholic and dark beer is a great tonic for your hair. It softens the hair and makes it less frizzy and more manageable. First, rinse your hair with a mild shampoo. Now wash your hair with the beer so that it entirely covers the hair shafts. Allow it to stay for 4-5 minutes and wash it away with cold water. Do this once in every 15 days to make your hair soft and shiny.
Hibiscus is an age-old remedy for curly, frizzy and unmanageable hair. It not only conditions the hair shaft but also seals the cuticles present in hair. Take 3-4 hibiscus leaves plus the petals from two hibiscus flowers and grind them with water to form a paste. Spread it evenly on your hair and let it work for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Use a shampoo to wash your hair on the next day. Do this at least 1-2 times in a week for visible results.
Avocado has a deep hydrating action on the hair which can be beneficial in managing curly hair. Mash an avocado to form a paste and add 2 tbsp of plain yogurt. Mix well and apply it to your hair. Allow it to stay for at least 1 hour and wash off using a shampoo. Do this remedy 1-2 times weekly.
Honey acts as a natural humectant and assists in restoring the moisture in curly hair which makes it less dry and frizzy. Warm a little honey in a bowl and add it to equal amounts of coconut or olive oil. Mix well and spread it evenly on your hair massaging it from the scalp towards the ends of the hair. Use a shower cap to cover your hair and wait for half an hour. Then, use a mild shampoo to rinse your hair thoroughly.
Mayonnaise is helpful for controlling tough curls. Its deep hydrating action is beneficial in making hair more manageable and frizz free. Firstly, clean your hair with a mild shampoo and apply mayonnaise to dampen hair. Make sure you apply the mayonnaise to the hair ends as they tend to be more dry. Once done, cover your head with a shower cap. Wait for 10-20 minutes and wash away using a mild shampoo.
Henna helps in straightening hair and makes the hair soft and smooth. All you have to do is take some henna powder in a bowl and add some water to make a paste. Allow it to soak overnight. The next morning, add 1-2 whipped eggs to it. You may also add plain yogurt to increase the benefits. Apply it to your hair and wash off after an hour.
12. Carbonated Water
The low pH of the carbonated water would help in significantly reducing frizz from you hair. Take equal amounts of carbonated water and plain water in a bowl and use it as a final rinse after you shampoo your hair with a mild cleanser. Make sure you use unflavoured carbonated water for this purpose. Repeat it a few times in a week.
Papaya has an intense hydrating action on the hair which makes the hair soft, smooth and shiny. All you have to do is mash a ripe papaya to obtain a paste-like consistency. Then, apply it on your hair and wash away after sometime. Do this remedy regularly to control your curls in an easy way.
14. Almond Oil
Rich in vitamin E, almond oil would help in softening tough curls as well as make your hair frizz free. Mix some almond oil with coconut oil or olive oil and use it to massage your scalp and hair on a regular basis.
Tea, especially green tea, can be a great remedy for reducing frizz and dryness from curly hair. Simply prepare this tea by boiling a few teaspoons of tea leaves in water. Cool it and strain the liquid. Use the liquid as a final rinse on your hair after shampooing it with a mild cleanser.
Mash ripe bananas to obtain a paste-like consistency and apply it to your hair as a mask. Wait for 20 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. It will help in moisturizing your hair shafts and reducing dryness and damage.
Applying steam on your hair may help in opening up the pores present in your hair and also increases the rate of absorption of oil. Simply wrap a hot towel on your hair after an oil massage to make your hair frizz free and well conditioned. Leave it on for at least 15-20 minutes for effective results.
18. Mustard Oil
Mustard oil is a bit heavier and thicker than other oils and may help in deep conditioning your curly hair to make it more manageable. Just warm up some mustard oil in a bowl and massage it into your hair and scalp. The hot oil will penetrate deep into the hair shaft and lock the moisture.
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