How to care for curly hair

If, like me, you have curly hair (and a lot of it) you will understand the struggles that come with it. If you don't, although it may look pretty it is a lot of work! 
It's one thing to have thick, long hair. It's another to have curly hair. But put them all together and it becomes very hard to tackle! 
Don't get me wrong, I love my hair and I know that I'm lucky to have natural curls but I completely understand the struggles, hence why I've created this little post. 
I guess what this is, is a "how to tackle your mane survival guide!". Whether you have long, short, thick, fine,curly or straight hair-  So, even though I have mainly aimed this to girls with curly hair I feel that these few tips are likely to help all of you in some shape or form (I hope!). 

First up, you need to make sure you're using the right shampoo and conditioner for you hair. My hair is prone to breakage, but I also have sensitive skin which includes my head, so I have found that the Garnier Ultimate Blends are amazing. I use the delicate soother which contains oat milk and rice cream which are super good for hydrating and protecting my hair from breaking but really soothing for my skin. I also use the sleek restorer with coconut oil and cocoa butter. I use this one when my hair has decided to frizz up (normally when it's humid or one of the rare times I have brushed it- which I will come on to in a bit...). 

If you struggle to get the volume you desire, here's a little tip- apply your conditioner first and shampoo second! By doing this, you still get all the benefits of conditioning, but you're washing away any product that will be weighing your hair down and allows your curls to have an extra little bounce. This is also a fairly useful tip if you plan to style your hair the next day as there will be a little more grip to your hair, so your style won't just fall out.

Next is what I classify to be my hair care best friend- argon oil. I have tried many a hair oil, and have just found that this one works best for me personally. However, I have found that some of the cheaper ones on the market have left my hair looking greasy and icky, so, although it is a fair bit more expensive, I use the OGX penetrating argon oil. I find that a little goes a long way, so this little bottle lasts a long time (and it's not like I have short hair or anything)! I have also heard that coconut oil is supposed to be pretty good. In particular, it is supposed to help increase your hair growth and make sure it's super hydrated, so definitely worth a try if you're trying to grow your hair out. 

When it comes to brushing I tend not to. I know, you probably just read that and thought "um, is she crazy?". What I mean by this is that I don't brush my hair when it is dry! I wait until after I have shampooed and have applied conditioner, I then comb through the conditioner with a wide tooth comb (I love the bamboo wide-tooth, detangling comb from The Body Shop), which not only ensures that all my hair is covered in the conditioner, but also means I can get rid of any horrible tangles or knots I have accumulated over the past couple of days with ease (and NO frizz!). What's even better is that it is specially made for use on wet hair, so it won't cause your hair to break when wet (as it becomes more fragile when wet). 

If my hair isn't behaving, or I'm about to go to bed, I normally either put it in plaits or a loose bun. This way, my hair won't knot in the night and I'll wake up (hopefully) with my hair looking more tamed but still showing my curls. 

So, hopefully these few tips will help you to tackle your mane, let me know how you get on and please feel free to let me know what your hair care routine is, I'd love to hear from you! x  


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