I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it on here- but I have curly hair.
Curly hair is a beast unto itself. I wish my mom had realized how to care for curly hair when I was young- it would have made my teenage years much more bearable.
Taking care of mine and my kids curly hair (Kasey has straight hair but the other 2 are curly headed like me) is a priority- I want them to grow up knowing how to care for their hair without having to deal with years of poofy hair.
The biggest things I had to learn was :
1) No towel drying curly hair- use a tshirt. Towels draw out too much moisture which curly hair needs to prevent poofiness.
2) Detangle in the shower- this prevents a lot of hair rippage. I lather in conditioner then use a wide toothed comb such as this to detangle.
3) Conditioner is your biggest friend. As a rule- I cowash- which means I use conditioner vs. shampoo in my showers throughout the week. Curly hair needs moisture- rather than having the good oils stripped by shampoo. I wet my hair, lather with my favorite conditioner (I switch between SLS free conditioners- AS I AM Cowash is a fond favorite of mine), detangle and rinse. I then "plop" my hair using a t-shirt (youtube "plopping") and let dry.
4) Sometimes- shampoo is necessary. I wasn't using it at all and then realized that once a month or so- I needed to clarify and strip out some of the extra stuff. I had heard of people doing so but hadn't been doing it- didn't want to mess up my hard work. However, I realized a good shampoo- made for my type of curly hair could really help those times I needed to shampoo. So - I use 2 types of Tosca Curls shampoos.
The bathing infusion is for thick, coarse curly hair (mine) and the Energizing Therapy is for fine, normal curly hair (Kora and Renly's). Adding a shampoo once a month or so in between co-washing has definitely improved my hairs health.
I also don't use regular hair dye on my hair- I use henna. All of this combined has definitely helped improve my hairs health- and helped cut down on hair breakage.
How do you care for your curls if you have curly hair?
What are your favorite products?