* Looking after curly and afro textured can be a tricky job
* These tips and products make the process
* Products include tangle-managing combs, leave-in conditioners and oils
Depending on how you see your curly and afro textured hair, you may either believe you won the hair lottery or lost it. One reality, no matter where you sit, is that these hair types require special levels of care and maintenance to keep you looking great. But when you get your hair care routine in place, there’s little doubt you’ll have some of the best hair around.
Certain steps in caring for curly or afro hair are best performed with supporting products. As with all hair types, many of these products deal with tangles, knots and general care, but others work to keep your hair styled just as you like it, filled with life and curls.
We’ve put together a list of tips and accompanying bath products to keep your hair looking tops. So start giving you hair the care it deserves by following these hair care instructions.
1. Use a Wide Tooth Comb
A wide-toothed comb, like this HYOUJIN Wide Tooth Comb, is much gentler on your hair than other brushes. It disrupts your hair’s natural curl less than other brushes, too. Plus, the rounded teeth ends won’t harm your scalp, either. Even if you don’t have curly hair, this comb is a handy companion for men with all hair types.
2. Enhance Your Curl Pattern With a Sponge
Working best on slightly damp hair, these sponges deliver beautiful, bouncy curls on both curly and afro textured hair. Simply apply pomade or holding spray and then work the RioRand Magic Twist Hair Brush Sponge over your head in a circular motion to achieve the effect you’re after. Only work in one direction and don’t press too hard. Within 15 minutes, you’ll have beautiful, curl-filled hair.
3. Deep Condition Twice a Week
It’s important to remember that curls and afro textured hair love moisture. Which means it should come as little surprise that regularly applying a deep conditioner, like the Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque, locks in moisture and keeps your hair hydrated throughout the day. This effective masque also includes a range of ingredients like shea butter and African rock fig which deliver a nourishing and frizz-reducing experience for your hair.
4. Conditioner-Wash (Co-Wash)
Co-washing, or the process of washing your hair without using a shampoo, creates hair which is softer, smoother and generally easier to manage than the results of full-service washing. There are a number of products specifically made for cleaning your hair without the drying effects of shampoos. Try this Renpure Vanilla Mint Cleansing Conditioner for a cleansing conditioning wash accompanied by a sweet and aromatic experience for your senses.
5. Incorporate a Sulfate Free Shampoo
Sulfate free shampoos are kinder to your hair than conventional options. The OGX Nourishing + Coconut Milk Shampoo contains coconut milk, coconut oil and ultra whipped egg white, which work to strengthen, hydrate and balance your hair. Simply apply a generous covering to wet hair for handsome, healthy and glowing hair.
6. Use a Lightweight Leave-In Conditioner
Leave-In conditioners are ideal for de-tangling your hair and ensuring it remains in an easily managed state. These conditioners work as you would expect and can be left on your head even after you’ve styled your hair. As a bonus, they also smooth cuticles for a cleaner look and are ideal for use on curly, wavy or thick hair. Give this Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner a try to turn your messy hair nightmare into a dream.
7. Style Your Hair
You may think styling your hair does more damage than good. But the reality is that some styling can actually be beneficial for your locks. Products like the DevaCurl Styling Cream work to seal in moisture, fight against frizziness and leave your hair with a beautiful shine. The botanically-infused cream also helps strengthen each strand of hair, delivers beautiful lemon and lime zest aromas and, of course, styles your head of hair.
8. Seal in Moisture With an Oil
As was previously mentioned, moisture is your friend if you have curly or afro hair. For this reason, it’s a great idea to seal moisture into your hair with an oil treatment like the Moroccanoil Treatment. But this traditional hair care treatment does so much more than moisturize. This hair finishing tool also helps control frizz, nourish, detangle and de-knot curly and afro textured hair. It can be applied to dry or damp hair and delivers long-lasting shine.