If you've got 99 problems and curls are one, then you've come to the right place. Girls with curls are all too familiar with hair issues. From fighting frizz to dealing with triangle or mushroom hair (you know, when your hair takes the formation of a pyramid -- sticking out at the bottom yet slightly limp at the top), we've got solutions to your curly hair woes.
Curly Hair Problem: Frizz
If you have curly hair, you're no stranger to the "F" word -- frizz, that is. Knowing how to effectively prevent and treat frizzy hair is a must for those of us with curls. Here are some of the top frizz-fighting methods we've seen:
- Pay attention to which hair products you're using. Coarse and curly hair needs to be treated very differently than straight hair. Make sure you're using a very gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and a super-nourishing conditioner. Look for leave-in conditioners and products containing naturally smoothing oils and hydrating ingredients. The new HSI Top 5 Salon Formula Leave-In Conditioner blends Moroccan Argan Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Island Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil and Desert Aloe Vera for an unbelievably soothing formula for curly hair.
- If you're prone to frizz, make sure you're not over-washing your hair. This means you could potentially go a few days without shampoo. Or you can try the co-washing method of only using conditioner instead of shampoo. It may sound like a bold move, but some women with curly hair swear by this method for frizz-free waves and ringlets.
- Make sure you're using a wide-tooth comb in the shower after you apply conditioner. You want to make sure your product is reaching all of your strands.
- Try not to touch your hair too much! When all is said and done and your hair is dry, putting a sweaty palm through your tresses will only lead to frizzies.
Curly Hair Problem: Pyramid Head
The dreaded pyramid or triangle hair is an ongoing fear for many curly haired gals. So how best to avoid this not so chic look? Top hair stylists say it's all about the haircut. When hair is all one length and you've got thick hair, it can sometimes pouf out in a triangular shape -- not a good look. Ask your stylist for long layers to cut out some of the bulk and weight in your hair.
Curly Hair Problem: Your Hair is in Knots
Knots happen. Knowing how to prevent knots in your hair comes down to a few key tricks:
- Always brush dry hair before washing it.
- Dry your hair gently. Leaving hair wet makes it prone to knotting. Use a professional-grade blow dryer that will eliminate frizz and leave you with shiny, manageable hair. Try HSI Dryonizer 3300.
- Aply a heat protectant spray to hair before blow-drying. Try HSI Argan Oil Heat Protectant.
- Never use a bath towel to dry hair. Opt for a microfiber towel instead to reduce frizz and tangled hair.
For more tips on how to care for curly hair, read this story on frizzy hair and how to fix it.