Curly hair, all the texture, shapes and styles abound. From corkscrew to super tight to long and wavy, each require special care. I myself struggle to curl and hope for the best or to go artificially straight to resolve the “frizz” monster of colder months. The following are bits of an article worth sharing; below are links to get frizz control hair products delivered to your home.
If harsh winter months have your curly hair spiraling out of control, you’re not alone. Cold winter air and high indoor heat is very drying to our locks. And when you have a curly texture (naturally dry to begin with), you can wind up with a season of frizz that’s enough to make you keep your winter hat on indoors.
But in reality, frizz is just a beautiful curl waiting to happen — even in the coldest and driest climates. It just takes a little know-how to become a master of your wavy mane.
According to Lorraine Massey, author of “Curly Girl: The Handbook” and the founder and co-owner of Devachan, a chain of salons specializing in curly hair, When taming your wintry curls, Massey noted that it’s important to understand that not all curls are the same. Just like your hair’s texture, color, length or thickness, curls are in a league all their own. For instance, there are corkscrew curls (lots of small spirals that appear thickly textured when you look at them all together, but they’re actually baby fine and delicate when you look at a single strand), Botticelli curls (looser soft S-shapes combined with tight curls with a ropier appearance), “corkicelli” curls (varying curl patterns including tight curls around the face and nape of the neck while rest of hair is much looser, or vice versa) and a host of others.
Each type of curl is unique, and when they are properly cared for, they have tons of gorgeous potential. “Beauty is in the eye of the curl holder,” said Massey.
Here are Massey’s top six tips on caring for your wintry curls:
1. Condition, condition, condition. This is important all year round but especially in the winter, when hair can be very dry. Once curly hair fibers are sufficiently hydrated with conditioner, they will hold onto the moisture they need, and the frizz will go away! Curly hair is porous, but the conditioner fills the holes like Spackle on walls and smoothes the surface so that light can reflect off it. Leave some or all of your conditioner in your hair rather than rinsing. Generally, the tighter or dryer the curl, the more conditioner you need.
2. Use sulfate-free cleansers or shampoos. Traditional shampoos contain harsh detergents (called sulfates) and foaming agents that strip curly hair of its natural oils, causing frizz.
3. Don’t use a brush and comb (even those that claim to be made for curls). The act of brushing or combing the hair actually interferes with your curl’s natural formation and causes dispersed curls — otherwise known as frizz! Use your fingers to comb through the hair only when it’s wet and drenched with conditioner in the shower.
4. Don’t use a conventional towel on curly locks. A terry-cloth towel will absorb too much moisture and its harsh fabric will ruffle the hair’s cuticle causing frizz. Instead, blot hair with a paper towel, cotton T-shirt, microfiber towel, old pillowcase or burp cloth. These are smooth and absorbent and won’t cause frizz.
5. Apply gel to wet curls. Make sure it’s alcohol and silicone-free to give definitive hold without leaving curls crunchy. Gel helps hold the natural curl formation until hair dries, protecting it from outside elements like wind and humidity.
6. Don’t touch your hair while it’s drying. Again, this interferes with the curl’s natural formation, causing frizz. ( Stay out of the wind also while drying).