Have you fallen into temptation to chop off your curls, or straighten them, just because they’re constantly giving you the hardest time when styling them? We wouldn’t blame you if you did, but your curly hair doesn’t have to step off the scene if you know how to properly maintain it.

Curly hair is like the diva all of all hair types, and it requires some special care to look gorgeous as you would like it to. It’s constantly affected by humidity, the frizz is like its arch nemesis, and split ends are more likely to pop up every so often. So, to stop your curls from going all kinds of crazy on you, we decided to share a few essential curl maintenance tips that are going to help you nurture your curls, instead of trying to avoid them.


Step 1 – Wash and Condition

Curly hair is naturally dryer and when you use shampoo on the regular, you’re actually drying it out additionally, and inviting the frizz to your hair. Instead of constantly reaching for your favourite, hydrating shampoo, try co-washing. Co-washing includes alternating washing your hair with conditioner only, so you don’t dry out your curls and cause an unnecessary frizz.


Step 2 – Start from the Bottom

It doesn’t really matter what you’re doing – combing or condition, but always start from the ends of your hair, and work your way upwards. It’s easier to detangle your hair without creating excessive breakage.


Step 3 – Give it a Hydrating Boost

As we’ve mentioned before, your curls are probably dryer than the average straight hair strands, so you absolutely have to boost it with some moisture. Hydration is key, and the more hydrated your hair is, the better. Now, that doesn’t mean you should coat it in five different products at once, because that can make your hair look more flat and dry, and simply weigh it down. Ask your stylist to recommend a super-moisturising conditioner and leave it in your curls for at least five minutes. Be patient and do this every time you wash your hair.


Step 4 – Air Dry

As often as possible. We know that’s a bit unrealistic in a busy world we live in, but air drying your hair can help you lock in and keep so much of that moisture in. Moisture means less frizz and easier maintenance, as well as shinier and healthier curls. When you do have time, let your curls run free and dry on their own.

Step 5 – Trim Religiously

Not only are split ends unattractive, they also make your hair harder to manage. Give your curls a proper trim at the salon at least once in 6 weeks. Write it in your planner, put it on your calendar and think of it as the most important day in your life.


Step 6 – Detangle with Fingers

We’ve heard so many horror stories about detangling curly hair, simply because of the wrong way everyone approaches detangling. We recommend you detangle your curls with fingers, but not running them through the locks, but rather separating them with fingers. Start from the ends and work your way up.


Do you have any secret tips and tricks nobody has ever heard of before? We’d love for you to share them with us, and help all curly girls live the curly life!