From Curly to Soft and Sleek: Here’s How to Get Your Hair Right

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When it comes to hair, we often think that other person with that other hair has it better. People with straight hair envy people with gorgeous, bouncy coils. But those curls come with a cost. Frizz, damage, and dryness are common enemies that need to be constantly combatted. If you’re tired of the battle, here are some tips on how you can take your hair from curly to soft and sleek, and how to get it right:

Start with a Hydrating Shampoo

Your curly hair care routine starts in the shower with your shampoo. Choose a shampoo that hydrates your curly hair, which is naturally drier than straight hair. Did you know that the natural oils from your scalp take longer to travel down the hair shaft on curly hair than straight? That’s why you don’t need to wash your hair every day.  Every other day—or even less—should be enough.

Use Leave-In Hair Conditioner

Leave-in conditioner can also give your hair a much-needed hydration boost. Conditioner is usually only reserved for the ends of your hair, but if your scalp feels like the Sahara Desert, you can swap your shampoo for conditioner. You can also use an oil, like grapeseed or argan, or a cream designed for curly hair with your conditioner for a deeper treatment once a month.

Take Care of Curls with Your Comb

Your curls are delicate, so the last thing you want to do is rake a brush through them. Use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet and start detangling from the ends in an upward direction.

Toss the Towel to Dry Your Hair

A regular towel will create too much friction, which can lead to frizz and breakage. Dry your hair with a microfiber towel or a soft T-shirt instead. The best method? The turban-style wrap. Better yet, let your hair air dry.

Define Curls with a Diffuser

Heat is not your hair’s friend, but there are times when you need a blow dryer. In that case, be sure to use a diffuser, which will define your curls and minimize frizz. Use a heat protectant spray or serum to block your locks from the high heat.

Make a Product Cocktail for Your Hair

Cocktailing means that you layer two or more products to achieve your desired result. Check with your hair stylist for recommendations and decide which products work best for your hair. Styling creams and strengthening serums are often best bets for curly hair.

Use the Praying Hands Method

No, you don’t have to pray to the gods to soften your curls. The praying hands method refers to the way you add product to your hair in a non-damaging way. Instead of raking product through your ends, you smooth the product along the length of your hair with the palms of your hands.

Sleep on Silk for Your Curly Hair

Trade your cotton pillowcase for a silk one. The soft material will create less friction against your hair, and it doesn’t absorb moisture like a regular pillowcase. That means that the moisture stays where it belongs: in your hair. If you prefer to keep your hair up while you sleep, pile it in a loose topknot and secure with a scrunchie, which creates less damage than a hair tie.

Go Easy on the Heat on Your Hair

Heat will damage your hair. If you want your curls to be sleek instead of frizzy, control the temperature of your flat iron and dryer and use the lowest heat setting possible. Don’t flat iron your hair when it’s wet, and don’t forget the heat protectant spray. Work through small sections at a time, and when you’re done, lock in the style with a light mist of hairspray.


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