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Curly-Kinky Hair Tips

 

Shakira

by @nicquerobinson

1. Stop heat styling.

Just do it! Trust me! Your hair will take way longer to recover if you don’t stop the abuse. With that being said, it is good to do it once or twice a year. It helps to lock in the moisture that you’ve been putting in your curls all year.

2. Don’t towel dry.

It upsets the natural order of your curls and frizzes them up. I only towel dry when I’m in a hurry. Otherwise, I squeeze the water or in the shower and tie my hair up on a little bun on top of my hair until it’s dry.

3. Cut down on the shampoo.

Shampoo is like detergent. It strips the hair of moisture and you need that stuff. Only do it like once every one or two weeks and try to find one that moisturizes your hair. I recommend Paul Mitchell Smooth series. That’s the only shampoo I’ll use for my moody hair.

4. Conditioner-wash

Believe it or not, it cleans just as well as shampoo without damaging your hair. I add olive oil to mine because I need that extra kick of moisture. If you choose to do that, you’ll have to experiment with what conditioner-oil ratio works for you. If your hair feels greasy afterwards, you put too much in thurr.

5. Find a hair model that actually has your type and look to her for inspiration. I knowwwww its hard to find people with ACTUAL natural curls. I kinda get annoyed when I Google natural curls and I get white girls with teased curls they clearly did with an iron. Some good ones are Mariah Carey (back in the day), Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, and one I found recently jadahdoll. She’s a really good one. Find her on instagram. Homegirl has it down.

6. Be patient

It’ll be hard at first to recover from styling damage, but it’ll be worth it when one day you can wake up with bedhead and not be completely repulsed by what you see in the mirror lol.

7. Accept your curls!

Your curls are unique and just as beautiful as straight hair. Work on feeling comfortable in your natural hair. You will begin to feel better about yourself. There’s nothing wrong with the way your hair naturally grows. It’s beautiful! Just learn how to take care of it and it will take care of you!

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