Tips for Handling Wavy and Curly Hair with Care

November 21, 2023 By Thea Off

Some people think that curly hair may look completely carefree. I don’t think so. In fact, if you want to keep your curly hair good-looking and healthy you should know that there is much work that goes into it. And it depends on the texture of your hair how you will do that. We visited professionals Tippi Shorter, a director at Aveda Global, and Morgan Willhite, a director at Ouidad, and asked them on their most important curly hair advices for every type out there.curly-hair

The one treatment all curly hair requires

Conditioning is the most important thing that every type of curly hair needs. Shorter said that straight and wavy hair get the natural scalp oils that curly and coily hair don’t get. The reason for that is that texture and hair don’t allow for continued brushing and that is how natural scalp oils moisturize your hair.

Willhite explained that curls have to be conditioned on a regular basis, more than any other type of hair. She said that curls can be dehydrated even by shampooing because the warm water opens the cuticle and cleansers are then able to enter into the hair shaft and wash away many nutrients. The same happens to your skin when you wash your hands – they become dry. This is the reason why you should condition your hair on a regular basis and it should become an everyday part of a curly woman’s hair care treatment.

Both professionals advise that you should do deep conditioning treatment on a regular basis (at least two times a month) if you want to keep your curls healthy. Shorter recommended using the Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque because it gives moisture amazing moisture and suppleness to immediately transform even the driest, more fragile hair and it will not weigh it down. Willhite recommended using the Ouidad Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner two times a month minimum to fight curl-aggressors, such as air conditioning, blow drying and air conditioning.

Tips for wavy to loose curly hair

How does it look like?

Willhite explained that it has soft, less defined waves which are about 5 centimetres wide and hair is curlier with length.

What kind of treatment does it need?

Everybody knows that loose waves and curls often fall flat. Willhite recommended using products which will bring life to those looser waves and curls.

Shorter said that you should use light gel or a mousse if you want to fight frizz when styling your hair.

Recommended products

If you want to give your loose waves and curls needed bounce then you should try Ouidad PlayCurl Volumzing Conditioner and Shampoo.

If you want to combat frizz and define your curls you should style your hair using an ultra-light mousse. We recommend Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse because it will not weigh down your waves. And for hold and extra definition you should use a curl-enhancing mist. We recommend Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Tousling Spray because it will help you lock in your texture.

Tips for medium curly hair

How does it look like?

Willhite explained that this hair has wide curls with nice definition, lots of volume and bounce. Sometimes it is possible to have two types of medium curls on one head, a larger, looser curl blended with tighter ringlets.

What kind of treatment does it need?

Shorter explained that curly hair is normally soft, but if you want to keep it healthy and smooth you should moisturize it. For styling, she recommends products which will keep your frizz free and your hair defined.

Willhite said that you should not use a comb or brush on dry curls because this may contribute to frizz and cause your hair to expand.

Recommended products

You should use moisturizing conditioner and shampoo like DevaCurl Low-Poo One Condition and Cleanser in order to help your curls stay hydrated.

You can soften and define your curls by using a light lotion, such as Aveda Be Curly Curl Controller. Shorter explained that the consistency is a serum-like cream which glides effortlessly through every type of curly hair. Your hair becomes touchable and soft with a gorgeous brilliance.

If you want to persuade curly hair into beautiful spirals you should use Paul Mitchell Twirl Around Crunch-Free Curl Definer because it combines a moisturizing cream with frizz-fighting gel formula.

Tips for ringlets or tight curly hair

How does it look like?

Willhite explained that tight curls are a mixture of 1.3 to 2.5 centimetres wide curls throughout the hair and other hair texture features very small ringlets of mainly Z-shaped hair when stretched.

What kind of treatment does it need?

Willhite said that if you want to decrease tangles you should sleep on a satin pillowcase. Also, you should know that air drying can tight your curls and that for this type of hair you should use a hair dryer on low heat with a diffuser.

Shorter explained that deep conditioning treatment is crucial if you have the curliest type of hair because this type of hair is also the most susceptible to damage and dryness. This type of hair is much more brittle because it doesn’t have the protective layer which all other types of hair have.

Recommended products

You don’t have to use shampoo because tight curly hair is very dry. You should wash your hair only using conditioner. For a non-lathering option, we recommend L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner.

You can downplay frizz and moisturize your curls using a leave-in conditioning product, such as Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer. This product contains shea butter and cocoa which can help you to nourish your parched hair.

You should apply a hair mask like Ojon Dry Recovery Intensive Hydrating 2-Minute Hair Mask on a weekly basis.

It doesn’t matter if you have tight ringlets or slight waves you should know that keeping your curls spectacular and healthy is to refine your routine. Beautiful hairstyle is inevitable when you have got this down.