Curly hair requires work.
Keeping your curls happy and healthy 24/7 might seem like a fantasy. But armed with the right knowledge, products and tools, you can rock healthy, defined curls all year round.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
While there is no one size fits all when it comes to curls, hydrating products are the backbone of healthy curly hair.
“Taking care of curly hair is simple. You want great, hydrating products,” Rumbie tells Gritty Pretty. “They can change your life!”
Rumbie suggests washing curly hair once a week with a hydrating shampoo like the Rumbie & Co Deep Curl Cleanse. It will clean your hair without stripping it of oil.
Next, she recommends using a leave-in conditioner because “wash-out conditioners don’t stay in long enough to create change.”
To really double down on moisture, use a hydrating gel or a curl-defining cream (or both!) to bring your curls to life, and use a curl treatment either once a week or once a month, depending on how dry your hair is.
Know Your Curl Type
We’ve established that hydration is key – now, tailor your styling approach to your curl type.
There are three curl types: Type 2 (wavy), Type 3 (curly) and Type 4 (coily). Each curl type has sub-classifications based on the width of the curl pattern. These range from A (wide or loose), B (medium) or C (small or tight).
Chrissy breaks down how to care for each curl type:
Type 2 hair can lack volume and definition and is easily weighed down. To keep your waves in check, Chrissy recommends lighter styling products including ELEVEN Australia Keep My Curl Defining Cream.
Type 3 hair is susceptible to tangling and breakage. To keep curls intact, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle, then twist and pin your hair and cover it with a silk cap – like Damn Gina Signature Silk Hair Turban – overnight before gently unravelling your curls in the morning.
Type 4 hair can be dry. “I would recommend co-washing to keep moisture levels up,” says Chrissy. To keep your coils looking their best, use the Organic Suku – Suku Hydrate mist and lock in moisture with Organic Suku – Marula Oil.
… continue reading this story in the Winter 2020 issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine. Including how to work with your curls, and not against them.