1. Know Your Curl Type
Different patterns and types of curls require different styling and maintenance routines. If you’re not sure which type you have, there’s a quiz for that!
Trivia: These curl classifications were defined by Andre Walker (of Andre Walker Hair and The Gold System), the Emmy-award winning stylist for Oprah!
2. Try Co-Washing
Also know as “no-poo” or the Curly Girl Method, this just means that you don’t use shampoo at all, only conditioner. Many curly girls swear by it. Read more about it here.
4. Less is More
For curly girls, it’s not as important which product you use as how much. The right amount of product is probably less than you think. Check out this handy guide for more info.
Pro tip: Always apply product when hair is T-shirt dried but still mostly wet.
5. Start from the Bottom
When you’re washing your hair, condition starting at the bottom of your hair and move up. Same goes for combing.
12. Know Your Ingredients
Silicates, Silicones, Sulphates…there are lots of hair product terms that get thrown around without people really knowing what they mean. There’s no blanket rule about which ingredients work best for curly hair, it depends on what works best for your hair. To learn more, read here.
16. Be Brand Loyal
Products in the same brand are designed to work best together. Since curly hair usually requires more products than other hair types, it’s beneficial to buy all products that are from the same brand once you find one that works for you. And it’s not just about getting you to spend more money—the same rule applies to products in all price ranges.
22. Keep it Trimmed
Textured hair tends to get frayed more easily, so stylists recommend that curly girls get their hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks. Opt for a layered look to keep your hair looking healthy and full-bodied.
Pro Tip: Because curly hair can shrink up to 30% of true length, (coily hair can shrink 75%) having your stylist cut your hair once it’s dry will ensure that you’re getting exactly the cut and length you want.
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