Having curly hair can be a blessing and a curse at the same time! Even if voluminous and divine curls are admirable and pleasant to see, there is a lot of effort and maintenance behind this type of hair. Compared to other hair textures, a person with curly hair will always face dryness, frizz, and difficult detangling times. 

If you are struggling with the same issues, here are a few DIY tips and tricks for curly hair-care to make your daily routine easier. 

Use Specifically Designed Products for Curly Hair 

If so far you have not given importance to the products you use for your hair care, that could be one of the reasons why maintaining your curls in good shape is so hard to reach. Every hair type needs certain products to be healthy and good looking. 

Therefore, using a shampoo or conditioner for other hair types on your naturally curled hair may have no effect or could even worsen your hair condition. Because curly hair tends to dry much faster than straight or wavy hair, always use moisturizing products to avoid excessive dryness and try to apply homemade hair masks at least twice a week.

One excellent DIY hair mask to tame the frizz includes one ripe avocado, 1 teaspoon honey, one teaspoon coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. If you need more moisture leave the apple cider vinegar out and add an extra teaspoon of olive oil. Make a paste out of the ingredients, add it to your hair, and make sure that you’ve got everything covered. 

Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the paste do its thing for half an hour or more. Rinse off or wash again if needed.

Always Detangle Your Hair Starting from The Bottom 

The absolute rule for detangling curly hair says that you should always start from the bottom. Moreover, even if other hair types must be completely dry before brushing, dry and very curly hair has to be wet to be properly detangled. You should also apply conditioner to the wet hair before trying to detangle it.

If the hair is too hard to detangle just with moisture and conditioner, try applying some coconut oil first. On looser curly hair, you can dry detangle but add a bit of oil that is good for curly hair like argan oil before detangling.

If you don’t have argan oil, apply some leave-in conditioner from the middle of your hair to the ends and part your hair into sections to protect each strand from possible breakage. This technique will make detangling much painless and make it easier for you to try various hairstyles for curly hair.  

Get Regular Trims to Avoid Split Ends  

Yes, this is a universal ‘to-do’ for all hair types. However, due to its hard maintenance level, curly hair needs trimming more often than any other hair type.

Regular trims can strongly improve your hair health, making it look shinier and easier to style. There may always be split ends to take care of, and after a certain time, no shampoo, conditioner, or hair mask will be able to solve that annoying issue.

Because of this, trimming once every two or three months is the only way to keep the beauty of your curls. When trimming curly hair, it is best done on damp hair as the natural shape of your curls are more obvious this way. Nevertheless, let a hairstylist do it for you unless you have professional tools and the skills to do it yourself.

Pineapple Your Hair Overnight  

You have certainly tried this before, even if you don’t know what it’s called. The pineapple method is a common hairstyling technique that involves creating a loose, high ponytail on top of your head. Despite being one of the most practical updos for curly hair, it is a great way to keep your hair safe while sleeping or working. 

Laying down on a pillow may flatten your curls, cause hair frizz, knots, and split ends. So pineappling your hair will keep it safe without using any product. Moreover, the right sleep position can work wonders when it comes to preventing flattening your hair.

According to stylists, the best sleeping position for curly hair types is on the side or on the stomach. Another trick to keep your hair in optimal shape when sleeping is to swap the cotton pillow for a silk one.

Cotton pillowcases absorb curly hair’s natural oils, which may lead to breakage in time. Silk on the other hand does not have this effect while keeping your scalp cool, which prevent excess oil production on hot summer days. 

Use a Diffuser to Define Your Curls  

By only using a regular dryer on your wet hair, it is not going to do much on its natural wave pattern. On the contrary, it can make your curls look dry, flattened, and lifeless. Moreover, inadequate drying of curly hair will cause the effect of your hair care products to fade.

Attach a diffuser to your dryer to avoid the negative impact of hot air on your curly hair and get some well-defined curls. This accessory will safely dry and style your hair at the same time, avoiding frizz and tangled ends. Unlike a hairdryer, diffusers disperse the heated air to prevent the heat from toughening the hair cuticles and ruining your curls.

That is why a diffuser can help prevent shrinkage and heat damage, dries hair faster, and offers lots of volume for a fuller mane. So, it is safe to use a diffuser daily if needed, but do use heat protectants just in case. Once you’ve tried a diffuser, you will definitely fall in love with the way your hair looks after drying. 

To Summarize   

As can be seen, curly hair needs constant maintenance to keep its wonderful and admirable appearance. That means you have to use the right products and the best techniques to avoid damaging your hair’s texture and to keep it in its best shape. 

However, given that many women want to have curly hair and make huge efforts to achieve it, you should feel lucky to have natural curls!