Caring for Curly Or Wavy Hair

October 14, 2018
Anyone with curly hair knows how difficult it can be to tame their hair. In this article, we'll take a look at tips for caring for curly hair.

Whether you’d like curly or wavy hair, this article is for you. There are things you can do to give your hair is shine and keep it healthy-looking and beautiful. The tips we’ll share below can be used for special occasions or on a daily basis.

Tips and recipes for curly or wavy hair

Getting perfect curly or wavy hair without a curling iron or hair dryer might seem impossible. We’re here to tell you it’s not as difficult as it seems. There are plenty of ways to go about it without destroying your hair with heat. If you have naturally straight hair or your curls simply aren’t well defined, the following tips and recipes.

One great way to get amazing curls is to make “hair twists” that you can adjust however you want. When your hair is wet, like after a shower, let it dry a bit so it’s no longer dripping wet. Then, wrap it up by twisting it in sections with your fingers, and pin it up for 1 to 2 hours. As it begins to dry, let each twist down. Next, comb your fingers through your hair to give it volume.

Woman combing fingers through hair shower

If your hair is already slightly wavy, use a wide-toothed comb to untangle it while it’s still wet. This way, you’ll avoid breaking it. Then, separate your hair into sections and roll one around your fingers. Hold it for about a minute. Do this for each section of hair until it’s all done, and let it air dry.

Keeping it old school

Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have curling irons or hair dryers. Still, they had beautiful curly or wavy hair. The key was foam rollers and bobby pins. Find a place that specializes in the sale of hair salons products and ask an older woman how to use them.

It’s simple but there are always old family tricks and secrets to discover. Wrap each section of hair in a roller and pin it, securing the whole head with a scarf or hair net. Sleep with the rollers in your hair overnight. In the morning, remove each roller carefully and see you’ll have amazing curls.

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Woman using curling iron curly or wavy hair

Using braids

Another way to get wavy hair (for those with naturally straight hair) is to braid it while it’s wet. Sleep with your hair braided and you’ll wake up with beautiful, voluminous waves. A tight French braid starting at the crown of the head is the best way to achieve this look. If your hair is longer, you can divide it into sections and braid them individually.

You can also make homemade masks for your hair to reduce frizz so you can enjoy smoother, more beautiful curls. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil with half a cup of honey. Massage this mixture into the scalp first, moving toward the ends. Cover your head with a plastic shower cap and leave for half an hour. Then, wash hair with a sulfate-free shampoo. Honey can also brighten the color of your hair.

Natural or essential oils can help you get perfect curls. All you need to do is heat up a cup of olive or coconut oil and apply it evenly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap or hot towel for half an hour so that your hair can absorb the oil. Wash with cold water and repeat three times a week. After each treatment, dry your hair a little and use any of the techniques from above to get curly or wavy hair.

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Woman's head with long wavy hair

Additional tips

Did you know that your diet can influence your curls? Well, it can. Moreover, the more water you drink per day (at least two liters), the better you hydrate your entire body. You should also add fish oil (natural or in tablet form) to your diet along with more fruits and vegetables.

Do a deep treatment every week. This will make your hair stronger, healthier, and more beautiful. Furthermore, it will help it to recover from the “damage” that hairdryers or other products can cause. Mix the pulp of a whole avocado with a tablespoon of olive oil. Add a teaspoon of baking powder to the mixture and apply it to your hair. Then, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse. Shampoo as usual and use any of the above techniques to enhance your curls.

Keeping frizz under control

If you have curly or wavy hair but the curls aren’t well “defined,” you probably get a lot of frizz. If that rebellious hair is driving you crazy, follow these steps. Firstly, wash with a shampoo and conditioner that match your hair type. Then, rinse well and use a wide-toothed comb to comb through the hair under your shower head. This way, your hair will be stronger when it dries. Squeeze out any excess water, and gently towel dry. Then, separate your hair into sections. Roll each one gently into waves and never use the hairdryer.

It’s important to keep your hair moisturized, and not let it dry out. You can use a mousse before securing small rollers using bobby pins. Leave the hair pinned for at least half an hour. Then, take out each roller carefully. Once you’ve removed all of them, shake your hair gently. Comb through and style with your fingers.

Curly redhead smiling

Another option is to towel dry your hair after showering. Then, flip your head upside down so that your hair is “hanging” toward the ground. Starting at the tips, twist sections of hair from the tips to the scalp to create a cluster of curls that meet at the crown of the head.