Let’s face it: the struggle is real. Curly hair can be glorious crown of ringlets on its best day, but on its worst, it can be more like a crown of thorns.
These eight facts of life curly girls know all too well, but the good news is that with great products, such as those from the Saphira hair care line, you can get your curls under control for enviable hair without too much effort.
- Step away from the brush. Brushing straight hair can smooth out tangles, but for curly hair, brushing can transform your tresses into a tumbleweed. A wide-toothed comb in the shower after you wash your hair is the best way to get the knots out.
Your curls are just no match for a brush, so if you want to freshen your hair in between shampoos, opt for a mist of water or a spray leave-in conditioner to add moisture and fluff up your waves.
- Humidity hates you. Straight hair can get limp and flat from too much moisture in the air. Curly hair, on the other hand, soaks up that dampness like a sponge. You’re left with big, unruly hair that is more frizz than defined curls. We recommend Living Proof Control Hairspray to battle the effects of humidity.
- Convertibles? Forget about it! If you think humidity is a curl deal-breaker, just wait to you see what a spin with the top down can do to your gorgeous curls.
Wind is your sworn enemy because all it does is whip your waves out of shape and tangle up the rest. This is when those lucky straight-haired girls whip out a brush and tackle their tresses. You don’t have that option for your mop.
- It’s a wash. How often do you wash your hair? If it’s curly, you shouldn’t shampoo every day. Trust us; shampooing is just going to strip natural oils away from dry curls. Try to go to an every-other-day shampoo routine or stretch it out even longer for healthier hair.
- Don’t try this at home. We are talking about a blow out; unless you have the proper tools and some serious skills, you should not attempt to straighten your hair on your own. It’s best left to the professionals.
If you do get a salon-perfect blow-out, you can and should do everything in your power to keep it smooth for a few days. Avoid the wind, rain, humidity, too much exercise, or anything else that will reactivate your curls with a vengeance.
- Bedhead is for real. You know how those models in the magazines wake up with bright eyes and bed-tousled waves? Well, it’s make believe.
In the real world, curly girls wake up like they spent their night fighting for their lives. Flat on one side, sticking out all over the place on the other, and no two curls are exactly the same.
Just accept that you are going to either start over for the day or perfect the art of the topknot. A good bun can cover up a rough night of tossing and turning.
- Trust your stylist. Beautiful curls in the wrong hands can turn into a disaster. If you’ve ever experienced pyramid hair, where the long hair on top pulls out the curls, leaving you with hair that goes out, not down, you know exactly why you need a good hair stylist who is up to the challenge.
Seek out a stylist that knows how to cut curls to bring out their beauty, and then do everything in your power to stay on his or her good side. It’s not like you can just go out and find another stylist who understands your hair at the drop of a hat.
- Invest in the right products. The sheer volume of styling products aimed at curly girls can be overwhelming, but if you do a little research, you can find what works best for your hair type and texture.
These are some of the basics you need, and from there, you can experiment to find your favorites:
- Pre-poo – hydrate before you wash to add back what the environment robbed from your hair
- Shampoo – look for sulfate-free products that won’t strip your hair and focus on the roots and scalp, such as Saphira Divine Shampoo.
- Conditioner – It’s a must after every shampoo, but you can also use it in between washes to keep your curls moisturized
- Deep conditioner – Once a week at least, you should devote some time to a deep conditioning treatment such as Saphira Mineral Mud to strengthen and nourish your hair
- Leave-in curl creams – a quality moisturizing leave-in product can define your curls and lock out humidity, Gels and mousses are more likely to dry your hair out and leave it crunchy and sticky, so cream is the way to go.
You don’t have to struggle to find the best products for curly hair; just visit LaLa Daisy for salon-quality shampoos and conditioners, such as Saphira shampoo, conditioner, and mask, to get your curls in shape.