How to Fix Your Biggest Pet Peeves with Curly Hair

Those of us with curly hair definitely have some pet peeves when dealing with our curls, whether its dryness or uncooperative curls.
Thankfully products for curly hair have come a long way from the days of stiff hard gel to hold the curl.
Now there are shampoos, conditioners, gels, mousse and even hair masks specifically made for curly hair.
Here are some of my pet peeves for curly hair and tips on how to fix them.

Dry and Brittle

Nothing is worse than dry and brittle hair that is prone to breakage.
Curly haired gals are more likely to deal with dryness because the hair texture makes it harder for natural oils to travel all the way down to the ends.
If your curls are looking dull, have annoying flyaways, and have some breakage, you probably need a deep conditioning treatment.

DevaCurl - One Condition Decadence UltraMoisturizing Milk Conditioner has a rich and creamy formula, made with chufa milk and quinoa protein which strengthens, protects, conditions, and adds shine to hair. It is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without silicone, Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. It is also Rich in vitamins and minerals to nourish, moisturize, and revitalize hair.

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Deep Hydrating Mask uses Vitamin E, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter to treat dry, damaged, and frizzy curls with deep moisture to help reduce split-ends and breakage creating soft, smooth, defined curls with shine.

Length Shrinkage

Hair shrinkage is a decrease in length when hair goes from wet to dry. While the effects may not be as noticeable on every curly haired person, some women have claimed to experience shrinkage up to eight inches when their hair goes from wet to dry.
While hair is wet, it is weighed down so the curls stretch and fall to their maximum length. As hair dries, inches of length disappear.

For myself when my hair is wet, the length is in the middle of my back but once dry just past my shoulders.
Although it’s not a huge issue, it’s mostly just annoying…

On the bright side, hair that shrinks usually means it’s healthy hair.

No Definition

Unfortunately having curly hair doesn’t always mean you have a head of glossy, tumbling curls.
To have formed spirals often takes a lot of product and hair manipulation, to avoid looking like a poodle.
Curl definers are our biggest hair savior, and I’ve found a few that’ll have those spirals kicking in no time at all.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Curl Conditioning Mousse blends styling benefits with moisture so that each curl is controlled and hydrated. This product has a Brazilian oil blend to help nourish and define curls while also creating shine.

Mixed Chicks Styling Gel is perfect for curly hair because it defines and holds the style in place without being stiff or sticky and is formulated to eliminate the flaky residue you might find with some gels.
Fortified with extracts of Coltsfoot leaf, Dandelion, Hops, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Thyme and Witch Hazel, this hair gel helps nourish, heal and protect the hair while it styles.

See my full Mixed Chicks review HERE!!

Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream is an argan oil-infused curl definer that features an advanced heat-activated technology that provides a curl memory factor to fight frizz and create well-defined, natural-looking, bouncy curls that last. It was the 2018 New Beauty Award winner for Ultimate Curl Tamer.

Maintaining Styles

I know with my hair one side will be curly and the other side will be more of a wave instead of a curl or a few hours later my hair is flat or frizzy.
Here are some tips on how to define your curls, eliminate dry ends and prevent frizz.

Silk or Satin

Switch to a satin or silk pillowcase instead of cotton to prevent tangled or matted hair in the morning. Your hair will slide over the smooth surface of a satin or silk pillowcase, but with a cotton pillowcase it will get stuck and knotted.

Combs are your new BFF

When detangling your hair, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush to prevent breakage and preserve the shape of your curls.
When combing the hair, gradually move upward instead of starting at the roots. It's much easier to comb through knots at the ends first.

Leave in Conditioner

Don't completely rinse out all of the conditioner when washing your hair. Your curly ends need all the moisture they can get, leave a small amount of conditioner in the hair to keep it moisturized throughout the day.

Coconut Oil Treatment

Apply Coconut oil all over your hair for 15 minutes as a deep conditioning treatment before showering.
You can also rub a small amount of coconut oil on the ends when styling for extra shine.
Prevent crunchy curls by touching them up with Coconut oil or Jojoba Oil after using your styling products. Apply mousse, gel or styling cream into your hair. If needed, rub a bit of oil onto the pieces that feel too stiff to give them bounce again.

Revive Curls

To revive curls in a pinch or in between washes, spray a mixture of half water and half leave-in conditioner on the ends of your hair, and scrunch or style as usual. 

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