9 tips to get healthy curly hair
Healthy-looking curls start with healthy habits. And while there are different curly hair textures, from wavy to kinky hair, there are certain, universal steps you can take to make your unique curl type look good. (If you’re not sure which curl type you have, check out this breakdown.) They’ll benefit your curls no matter what you’re working with or where you need improvement. Here, the best ways to keep your curly hair in perfect condition, no matter your curl type.
1. Watch What You Eat
Your diet has the ability to help—or derail—your plan for healthy, frizz-free curls. Avoid processed junk and empty calories and nosh on wholesome foods like salmon, carrots, walnuts, eggs, beans and green leafy veggies. Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, iron and zinc can improve hair strength, shine and overall health. If you find it difficult to incorporate these essential nutrients into your diet, try taking a daily vitamin supplement instead.
2. Find a Favorite Curly Hair Product
Curls are like people: Once you learn their personality, it’s easier to work with them. Take time to figure out the best curly hair products and curly hair routine for your curl type, and then commit to it. Less is more: If you stick to one or two key hair products, you’re more likely to perfect the application and prevent frizzy hair in the process. Whether you prefer a curl gel, milk, pudding, or mousse, Garnier Fructis offers a complete range of styling products for every curly hair need.
3. Wait for Your Conditioner for Curly Hair to Work
Want smooth curls? After you apply your daily conditioner, wait a few minutes before rinsing it out to help add hair moisture and treat frizzy curly hair. Try Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Conditioner, which hydrates curls and contains a nourishing blend of coconut oil, jojoba oil and macadamia oil. Your curls will thank you!
4. Always Use Deep Conditioner or a Hair Mask for Curly Hair
Deep conditioner and hair masks for curly hair offer similar benefits as your usual conditioner, but at a higher intensity. Apply a rich hair care product like Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Butter Cream with coconut oil and let it soak in for 15 minutes before rinsing it out. Doing this once a week will not only give you smoother curls, but it’ll also help prevent frizzy hair.
5. Pat Your Curly Hair with a T-Shirt
Rubbing your curls with a regular towel can add friction and create hair frizz. The good news: You can minimize friction and keep your hair smooth by using an old T-shirt or microfiber fabric to gently absorb water from curly hair.
6. Get Regular Hair Trims
Curls are healthier and more manageable when you keep them well-shaped and trimmed. See a stylist who is experienced with curly hair textures for a hair trim every six to eight weeks.
7. Pack Curly Hair Products with You
Curly hair can change dramatically throughout the day—especially during humid weather (hello, frizzy hair)—so think of that styling product in your bag as beauty insurance. Make it a habit to carry a curl spray like Garnier Fructis Curl Renew Reactivating Milk Spray to refresh your curls anywhere and everywhere.
8. Don’t Touch Your Curls
Avoid touching your curly hair after you’ve finished your styling routine. Playing with your hair destroys the shape of your curls. Plus, your fingers can pick up your natural moisturizing hair oils or, conversely, add more, making your hair look either greasy or too dry.
9. Style Curly Hair Right
Curly hair can look extra-special with a braid—plus, a braid is an easy way to style your curly hair without using heat. Check out this curly crown braid tutorial with style vlogger Jasmine Brown. The hairstyle keeps hair out of your face, but won’t crush your curls.