The 3 P’s of Curly Hair Maintenance

cont’d from page 1…. have “seams” between the teeth. These seams can snag and strip your hair. It’s important to find a comb or hair pick that is seamless, and also retains some flexibility when it bends.

A “bone comb” which is really a comb hand-made of finely sanded wood or organic resins, is much more suitable for curly hair than a traditional plastic comb.

#2- Process– Process is key to bringing out your curl pattern and keeping your curls healthy. One of the things you’ve probably learned already is that not all curls are made alike; and consequently, they require different handling based on curl density, porosity and thickness. Make these considerations when deciding what process to use to reduce frizz and better define your curls:

-Clumping your curls- Curls like to cling to each other, and when done right, the results can be fantastic! To turn frizzy hair into bigger more defined curls, water is your friend; but in addition to h2O, you need a heavyweight product that also provides tons of slip. Try this: thoroughly saturate your curls with water, and while your hair is dripping wet, use our  Untie the Knot Nourishing Leave-in Conditioner + Curl Supreme 4-in-1 Hydrating Creme conditioning and styling combo. This combo provides the perfect blend of slip and weight to start the process of achieving more defined and clumped curls!

Minimizing frizz- Frizz is commonplace with curly hair! While frizz can be a drab, if properly addressed, it can be functional to your overall hairstyle. Frizz is usually a result of either a lack of moisture, damaged curls, or friction caused by external elements. To make frizz functional, consider using products that deliver moisture past application and through the cuticle layer to the cortex of your curls. Any one of our conditioning, moisturizing or styling products can achieve this goal!

#3- Products-  Curls respond the best to low manipulation styling, and low manipulation products. Seek out water-based products that can  distribute moisture through the cuticle layer of your curly strands; which keeps your hair agile and flexible. How do you know you’ve found the right products? Look at your  curl’s characteristics:

Is your hair springy?- Your hair should have some resilience, in order to avoid breakage. Good curl care products allow your curls to rebound or spring back to protect the integrity of your hair.

Softness- Any product that leaves your hair hard, leaves your hair vulnerable to brittleness and ultimately breakage. Seek out styling products that provide a flexible hold, and don’t dry out your curls. Our ReFlex Curl Styling Serum fits this bill, and is great for fine strands, leaving curls defined but still hydrated and flexible using water, aloe, and grapeseed extract.If you need a stronger hold, try our Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer Styling Gel. It’s infused with aloe vera and honey extract to sculpt curls for long-lasting curl definition, without the dry, brittle feel.

So, which P gives you the most struggle and why? Comment below!

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