This is a guide for Thick/curly haired people on how to manage their hair.
It took me about ….. my whole life to figure out how to manage my hair, so I thought some people out there might benefit from this.
Not all of this will work for everyone though, since everybody has different hair, not all curls require the same treatment.
FIRST OFF: Styling stuff
For the love of everything good and sacred in the world. DO NOT USE A BRUSH. The brush will betray you. THE BRUSH IS BAD. Use the COMB. The comb is your friend, it will never betray you.
For some reason, when curly hair is brushed through with a brush rather than a comb, it loses its curl. I have no idea why or what magic is behind this, but that’s just how it works.
Some even say that the brush damages your hair. I have no clue if this is true or not and there’s no evidence to back it up, but I wouldn’t doubt it.
DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR.
It wips around the hair and makes it tangled and messy and the curls lose their shape. Its tragic, and it can be prevented. Instead, USE A DIFFUSER.
A diffuser isn’t a different machine, its just an extension to the hair dryer, that you put on the end of the hair dryer. You put it directly on your hair instead of holding it far away from the head. It works great and you don’t have to worry about the hair wipping around and losing its curl.
Alternately you could let it AIR DRY,which I found works best for me. I just comb it while I’m in the shower (or sometimes right after when its still wet), then I let it air dry.
You can also use the PLOP METHOD,where you use a longsleeve shirt to bundle your hair up and let it dry. Its fast, easy, and you don’t have to do much. It works great to keep your curls too, especially if you want to use GEL,
You can find a whole bunch of youtubes on PLOPPING if you search it up: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hair+plop+method&sm=3
SECONDLY: Washing stuff
PARABENS AND CHEMICALS WILL MESS UP YOUR HAIR, MAN.
Parabens especially dry out your hair, so try to stay away from them. If they’re low on the list of ingredients though, you can probably get away with using it.
DONT WASH YOUR HAIR THAT OFTEN
"whaaaaattttt", you say
I’ll tell you why: Your hair will get brittle if you wash it too much without putting oils back into it. With straight hair, the oil can fall down to the tips to distribute evenly throughout the hair, but thats not true for curly hair. Curly hair can get more brittle because its curled, and it takes the oil more time to get down to the tips of the hair.
I wash my hair about 3-5 times a week depending on how oily it gets and how often I condition it.
USE COCONUT OIL.
It works as a conditioner 200% better than every other conditioner out there 500% guaranteed. Every single curly haired friend I know or am friends with uses it. It is the salvation of every curly haired girl.
You can put it on and let it soak into your hair for 5-15 minutes before showering and shampooing it out, or you can put it on before bed and shampoo it when you get up.
Trim your hair.
This may be obvious, but the split ends get all messed up more often than you might think, and can make your hair hecka frizzy.
Sometimes the weather just messes up your hair, man.
I find that the more arid the climate, the better my hair fairs. For some reason humidity just dun mess up your hair .The only thing you can really do is experiment to see how much more time/care you need to spend with your hair in different place/climates.
I HOPE THIS HELPS PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH THEIR HAIR