Have you curly girls ever been frustrated by your tangles? I sure have. It is so easy for the hair in the back of our heads to become knotted. The pain that comes along with vigorously brushing the tangles is annoying. But don’t give up just yet. There are things you can try that will lessen your burdens. First off, I hope you comb your hair! Having curly hair may be challenging sometimes. There are many of us who cannot go one day without combing because our hair turns into brillo pads. I am fortunate enough to have hair that is on the thinner side, therefore I am able to wrap my hair up for a couple of days and not worry about combing. After those couple of days I know my hair will not be too impossible too handle… as long as I have conditioner.
For you curly girls that have a hard time combing through your tangles, I got a solution for you. The best way to comb knotted curly hair is while it is wet. When you brush dry hair you can potentially break hair strands and create more frizz. While your hair is wet, add a generous amount of conditioner and spread thoroughly. There is no such thing as over-conditioning. While the conditioner is in your hair, use a wide toothed comb to brush the knots out. Start from the bottom of your hair and work your way up. Never start at the top. After combing, rinse the conditioner out. If you suffer from severe tangles and conditioning alone does not help, add a leave-in conditioner to your hair. If you are going out, style your hair as usual. If you are staying in or going to bed, leave your hair in a braid.
The conditioners I highly recommend for detangling hair is U R Curly Quinoa Conditioner and Kinky Curly Knot Today
This article I found in Naturallycurly.com gives helpful hints to achieve shiny and smooth hair.
10 Tips to Get Smooth and Shiny Hair.
Smooth and shiny curls can seem like they are miles away when you are first figuring out what products your curls like. Even those curlies who have been natural for years can still have trouble battling their frizz. We’ve put together a list of 10 tips and tricks that can give you that smooth and shiny hair you’ve been waiting for.
Take care of those curls: It can be hard to completely embrace your natural look, but once you ditch the straightener and any other method that damages your hair, you will notice a huge change in the health of your hair. You will start to notice less frizz and damage, and instead you’ll see shine and have smooth curls.
Condition often: Conditioner is key to get the smooth and shiny look you are looking for. Find a conditioner that your hair absolutely loves and run with it. Remember, there are many people who only wash their hair with conditioner for a reason!
Be careful with that comb: If you comb out your hair, start at the bottom and work your way up. Starting at the top can cause breakage and damage which leads to frizzy hair. Many people with curly hair only finger comb their hair, but if you do use a shower comb, be careful how you use it.
Give your hair a break from heat: Most curlies know that heat can cause some serious damage and lead to some serious frizz. If you diffuse your hair often, use a lower heat seating to keep your curls from being damaged. If you decide to use a straightener, make sure you find a heat protector that will do a good job at keeping your hair healthy.
..Read more at http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/wavy-hair-type-2/shiny-hair-10-tips-to-getting-smooth-and-shiny-hair?page=3
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I had trouble with thinning hair from using damaging products. I found that all the products I was using in my hair such as gels, mousse, and hair sprays, were destroying my hair follicles. I was not ready to completely change my hair routine because at the time I needed all those products to make my hair look at least half descent. I eagerly searched for products that would give me volume. I wondered whether my shampoo and conditioner at the time was adding on to the problem. This thought came into my head because there was a period where I stopped using my usual shampoo and conditioner and decided to try something new. While I was using the new shampoo (Humberto repair treatment) I found that my hair looked much healthier and thicker. Without realizing that the reason of improvement was the change in shampoo and conditioner, I resorted back to my old choice of shampoo. My hair began to look as it did before: dry, thin, and without any life! It was then when I decided to venture out again, only this time it would be for good.
As I was shopping for new products I came across the Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy. I had seen the commercials on T.V and wanted to give it a try. Clear was made to work at the scalp, which is where my problem lied. Thinning hair stems from damage in your hair follicles. From the first day I started using Clear, I could feel the difference. First off, the smell is delightful. It reminds me of the shampoos that are used at hair salons. After using it for about a week or two, I was able to see a lot more shine in my hair (a plus for us curly girls that have dry hair.) The texture in my hair also improved; it is much softer and easier to handle. And last but definitely not least, my hair is much fuller. I love this product and I highly recommend it!
When it comes to washing curly hair less is more. Hairstylists agree that when you wash your hair too frequently it can lead to unwanted effects. the ingredients in shampoos and conditioners can dry hair. This is something we already struggle with on the daily basis. There is no reason to add onto our pain. You may think that there is no rationality to leaving your hair dirty, but in fact, washing your hair too much can strip it of its natural oils.
if you have really thick hair, you can go without washing it for a week. Like me, if you have fine curls you should wash your hair every other day or a couple days a week. On the days that you go without shampooing, you can rinse your hair with water. If you just have to use something to smooth it up, u should use moisturizing products that contain shea butter, olive oil, pal oil, or avocado oil.
Allure “Beauty Expert” says “We like Aveda Be Curly shampoo. It contains a blend of aloe and wheat protein that retracts around ringlets as they dry to help fight frizz.” This is a great choice for curly hair because it has in it natural ingredients that will prevent excess dryness. It also successfully removes oil and build up.