Curly hair is not uncommon in Egypt, and the best way to describe it is to say that it is both a blessing and a curse. Girls with curly hair should win prizes for what they go through with their hair!
Because many girls started to dislike curly hair over the years because they could not take care of it, in addition to how other people kept glorifying straight hair, we could say that society undervalued curls -so treatments to straighten hair became very common.
However, we’re here to tell you that curly hair is as great as any other hair type! A lot of Europeans spend days trying to get half the curls that you have but they cannot because their hair is too straight to curl that way; which gives you an advantage because you can wear your hair in more than one way. We decided to give you a list of Dos and Don’ts on how to care for your hair that will keep your curls looking lively, vibrant and gorgeous!
DON’T brush your hair when it’s dry. Curly hair is easily dehydrated and it frizzes really fast, so when you brush it when it’s dry it turns into a nightmare. What you should DO is brush it when it is properly conditioned or when you have a hair mask on. It is preferable to use wide tooth combs when brushing curly hair. Start by splitting your hair in half and apply a small portion of conditioner on each side. Then brush it from down to up so that you don’t create bigger knots in your hair and to avoid tearing the hair. To give your hair a chance to curl, do not brush it every time you shower; make it once every two washes or once every week and see what works best for your hair.
DO apply a hair mask at least once a week. As we mentioned above, curly hair is often dry and is easily dehydrated, so using masks will keep your hair soft and easy to style. Masks in general are very nutritious for hair growth and strength. The best masks that enhance curls are coconut, argan, marrow, papaya oils. You can buy them in forms of creams or oils, as you prefer. When applying them, try to keep them in your hair for as long as possible. For those of you who like to workout, you can apply the mask before hitting the gym and wash it once you make it back home!
DON’T use shampoo every time you shower. Its seems disgusting, but once or twice a week will suffice. Because curly hair is dry, the roots of your hair need the oils that your head forms, so it’s better to keep the use of shampoo as minimal as possible. It is also better to use shampoos that are made for curly hair. You have many options, Kérastase for instance has a line for curly hair only and so does Garnier, there is also a brand known as Bounce Curls and Bed Head.
DON’T dry your hair with a towel. Towels cause curls to frizz more, so in order to avoid frizz you must dry your hair with a cotton towel or a cotton shirt. When drying it, do not rub so you don’t create more frizz; just scrunch the towel up and down so that you can give the curls their chance to form on their own. Then you can just pineapple the shirt or towel over your head and leave it to dry.
DO use a serum, cream, mousse or spray after you shower. Serums are very good for hydration and they help with styling curly hair. You’ll also find that most serums and creams fight frizz. As mentioned above you have Kérastase, Elvive, Bounce Curl, and Garnier. Better to keep your hair fresh at all times.
DON’T tie your hair in a ponytail all the time. It causes a lot of hair breakage and usually once you tie it for a long time, it’s very hard to wear it down afterwards. So keep the ponytails for only when you’re having a bad hair day.
DO braid your hair into any form of braid. Split it in half and twist each side, or pineapple your hair before you go to sleep when it’s wet. DON’T sleep on it when it’s soaking or you’ll wake up to a nightmare. If it’s just damp, you can put bobby pins on both sides of your head and sleep while wearing it down; this doesn’t always work but it does most of the time.
DON’T straighten your hair too much and do not expose it to too much heat. Straightening hair on its own is pretty damaging to any hair type, especially to curly hair. It only damages and dries up the hair more, and as we keep repeating curly hair needs all the moisture it can get.
DO give it a monthly trim. We know how painful it is to grow curly hair; it can take months or years. But what is important is that you trim it regularly, because the more you wait, the more hair you cut -you don’t want that! so keep your hair healthy and lively and just have the patience to wait for it to grow, because it will!
The most important thing is for you to embrace your curls and have all the patience in the world with it. All curls are beautiful; curls defy gravity and that is quite awesome. So start taking care of your hair, give it the attention it needs and do not straighten it too much. Be bold and make a statement! Two of the most beautiful women in the world have curly hair: Shakira and Beyoncé, and both of them wear it proudly!