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18 Curly Girl Hair Care Hacks

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1. Know Your Curl Type

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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.

3. Trade your Towel for a T-Shirt

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Drying your hair with a T-Shirt will greatly reduce frizz and breakage after washing. Since shirts aren't as absorbent, gently squeeze your hair out before drying but never twist it.

4. Less is More

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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.

7. When All Else Fails, Try This Detangling Genie

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If your hair doesn't detangle with only a comb, try this brush/comb hybrid that is designed for sensitive heads to gently detangle without breaking hairs. It's also gentle enough for kids. Get it here.

12. Know Your Ingredients

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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.

15. Condition while you Exercise

Before you go to the gym, apply a styling cream to your hair and then put it up into a bun. The time and the heat from your body will allow the moisture to set in.

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

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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.

23. Try the Curl Diet

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Foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and lean proteins like fish will help keep your hair healthy from the inside out. Find out more here and here.