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.
I found this great milk treatment from a fellow Curly girl’s blog called WeLoveCurls. Here are her words regarding the milk mask..
“Hey Girls! just giving you guys a really great info for a weekend hair treatment: MILK!. Every now and then i do this and its reeally great for my hair.
Coconut milk is rich in protein and fatty acids, which makes it great for conditioning, strengthening and minimizing hair breakage. It also protects you hair from the UV damage of constant sun exposure. Personally, I’ve loved using coconut milk on my hair during the summer because it has been great for restoring shine and softness to my beach hair
-Choose any curly hair mask you want (Be sure to apply to freshly clean hair/scalp).
-Put 2 tablespoons of normal milk (or coconut milk)
-1 tablespoon of Honey (it really makes the mask stronger and to seal all your hair) = comboo!
Just mix it all and wait 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse with cold water and if you want, to make a more even better combo, finish with your conditioner of preference and style as usual.
Tell me how it went and if you love it or not! 😀 Just did it today and reminded me how shiny my hair issss.”
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.
One of the most horrific things to witness is the sight of balding or thinning hair. It is natural and healthy to lose about 100 strands of hair a day. But when is it too much? If your finding that you are losing an excess amount of hair, you should be concerned and try to find a solution. Having curly hair comes with the burden of experimenting with various products that might result in damaged hair. Through out the years I have been the victim of damaging products. I used gels, shampoos, conditioners, treatments, and many other products that left my hair unbearable.
In searching for perfect hair I was only left to deal with hair that I was embarrassed to show off. I found that my hair was growing increasingly thin. My scalp became evidently more noticeable. It did not take much to see through my hair. After several attempts at trying out remedies for thinning hair, I was disappointed with the lack of improvement I saw. Finally, I came across natural masks that were cost efficient and truly worked. These are easy to make and can be taken straight from your kitchen cabinet. Here is one mask that will work wonders.
Green Tea Hair Mask
Use this treatment three to four times a week to create long, thick and luxurious hair.
2 tablespoons fresh green tea
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 egg yolk
Mix all ingredients together until you reach a creamy consistency. If it becomes too thick, add more green tea.
Part hair down the center and apply mixture. Cover hair with a shower cap or cling wrap. Leave in for approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Your head will feel slightly warm, as the mustard helps to increase the blood circulation to the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, then shampoo and condition as normal
The struggles of having curly hair can sometimes discourage us from properly taking care of it. Do you ever find yourself settling for products which you know are not healthy for your hair but you use them anyways? Ladies, even though we cannot use just any product on the market, there is still hope. Our curls are both a blessing and a curse. When it behaves we get to have beautiful perfect locks. When our hair goes against our wishes, we want nothing to do with it. You may be damaging your hair more than you think when you use products that are not suited for curly hair.
Do not be fooled by advertisements that claim that their products are for all hair types. Although there are a few products that work for both straight and curly hair, you must pay attention to the ingredients so that you know what benefits it can have for you hair. Instead of worrying about hair brands, it is best to take some time to look at the labels. If you want to avoid dry and flat hair, you should stay away from products that have silicone in them. Silicone in curly hair products produce build up in you hair and scalp because they are not able to dissolve in water. Here are a list of silicones to stay away from.1. Cetearyl Methicone
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