Women with curly hair are energetic and loving. Curly hair is rare. There’s something about its untangling strings. Attractive and unique in the common. These are kinda playful and fun. But some find it hard to maintain. Due to the uneven shape of the hair fiber, the bouncy spiral, and the frizz. No doubt a hair care routine for curly hair is a bit more challenging than straight. Curly hair means difficulty in oiling, nourishing, and brushing. Well, that was all my thoughts before my love for the hair almost changed. Curly hair is a blessing and can be awesome when I see my friends getting jealous of my hairstyle. Instead of focusing on fighting curls, I’m much more into maintaining them. At first, it is going to be a hassle to follow that boring and ineffective hair care routine. But over time I got used to it.
No matter what, curly hair stands out. Discussing the hair care routine, I was curious about using a conditioner to get away with all the frizz and dryness. Is it a good idea of using a conditioner? Eager to find out the same, so you can start making the kind of statement you really want? Here’s what this article is all about.
Is conditioner good for curly hair?
Yes, applying conditioner is good for curly hair. Every type of hair- curly or straight, natural or colored- benefit a lot from a conditioner. To treat hair that is dry, damaged, and frizzy using a conditioner is always recommended.
Curly hair comes with unwanted dryness and frizz and craves moisture. Because the natural oil produced in the scalp doesn’t reach the ends making the hair dry. Curly tangled hair in spirals resists the spread of natural scalp oil till the end. Applying a conditioner after shampoo helps in retaining the water to some extent which leads to easy detangling and styling.
The job of a conditioner is simple just to improve the conditioner of the natural hair. They contain natural oils, proteins, and botanical extracts that help keep hair soft, shiny, and smooth. They leave a thin film on your hair once rinsed to protect it. Since curly hair is shorter in moisture content, a hydrating conditioner that is specially designed for curly hair will provide a healthy dose of hydration, nourishment, and protection that shampoo alone will not provide. Especially in the winter season with low humidity, every hair type faces the problem of being damaged and dry.
Even the experts suggest adding a small amount of conditioner each time you wash will save your time to ‘ do the efforts for seasonal harsh temperatures’.
Is conditioning every day bad for curly hair?
No, conditioning is not bad if you have extremely dry and brittle hair. Every time you will use shampoo on the dry scalp, along with removing dirt it washes away the oil making the hair drier. Although it is not required to shampoo daily. But curly hair is dry, so you can apply conditioner every day after the shampoo.
If you have oily hair, minimize the use of conditioner to one time a week. Otherwise, it will make your hair look greasy and sticky.
How often should you condition dry curly hair?
To know about how often or when to condition dry curly hair, take a look at your scalp. After shampoo when the scalp looks rough and dry it clearly signals hydration. And if you don’t condition, there are chances of dryness leading to problems with hair fall. Treat the scalp skin, because it is much similar to your skin. Like you need a moisturizer for dry skin, the same way a dry scalp requires moisture every day.
However, dry, coarse and curly should be conditioned more regularly. If you shampoo twice or thrice a week, deep condition your hair each time. As a healthy practice, dry hair can be oiled, washed, and conditioned twice a week.
A healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair.
How to condition dry and frizzy curly hair?
To condition dry and frizzy hair you need to consider your hair type and its hydration needs. If your curls are loose, apply conditioner from your hair mid-length to ends.
And if your curls are tight spiral, condition close to scalp and ends. To detangle the hair make use of the fingers as you apply the conditioner. Leave the conditioner for 4-5 minutes on your hair. And rinse off with cold water.
Conditioning regularly makes it easier to comb through knots and snags. When hair has been conditioned, it’s easier to detangle damp strands without damaging the cuticle. Your hair will be softer and smoother, making it easier to brush and style.
There is also a new popular term co-washing which is using a conditioner before shampoo.
With co-washing, you don’t rinse out the conditioner before you shampoo. What you do is reverse:
- Start with massaging conditioner into your hair.
- Leave for few minutes.
- Then, without rinsing out the conditioner, apply shampoo to your hair and lather.
- Rinse out the shampoo and conditioner at the same time.
If you have very coarse and dry curly hair, you treat your hair with extra moisture, condition-shampoo-condition regimen, as coarse hair tends to lose moisture very quickly.
Is dry conditioner good for curly hair?
Although dry conditioner has its own benefits, I won’t recommend using it on curly hair. Much like traditional conditioners they moisturize and detangle dry hair, however, it’s not a good replacement.
A dry conditioner is a dry formula that only fits to save time and effort. It contains ingredients like silicones or oils that reduce frizz and boost hydration. In a few minutes, it gives your hair a more finished looking without wetting the hair.
Above all, the dry conditioner is a replacement for very little time. The other day you won’t look that fresh and clean. Dry conditioners have been reported to leave a white residue behind which can be sticky. This can make it difficult for curly hair to wash off completely. So a big NO to dry conditioner especially for curly hair.
Is it better to brush curly hair after conditioning?
Yes, if your hair is tangled you have multiple options to treat the knots. Either you detangle before the wash, in the shower, or immediately after a wash. It’s a good idea to use a wide-toothed comb to detangle the curly knots after conditioning. But remember wet hair is very fragile, so be very gentle to each hair strand. The conditioner added will help a lot to remove tangles.
It is better to comb wet hair than brushing. Using a wide-toothed comb, you only get rid of angles which is good to slow the hair fall at this point. After that, you can use a fine brush on your hair. Brushing on wet hair makes it weaker and susceptible to breakage. So don’t brush while wet. Give your hair the time to dry itself. Do not rough-dry hair using a towel, but instead gently press the water out.
What should you not do to curly hair?
Girls with curly hair make a lot of effort to maintain. Although curly hair is a little hard to maintain. Whether it’s knotted, too much volume, ultra dryness, or just massive frizz because of the humidity, curly hair problems can leave you feeling so frustrated that you’d do just about anything not to have to deal with it anymore.
No matter what, we still love our hair and can do more and more to make them beautiful and stylish.
Here are some mistakes that people like you and me should avoid with curly hair.
As it matters how often you wash your face or hands, the same is with your head. Overwashing curly hair is one of the easiest mistakes you can make. Curly hair is naturally dry and overwashing will strip away the natural oils.
Conditioner for curly hair is a must. Curly hair needs moisture to look its best and to maintain natural curls. With curls, you want to add hydration, shine, and definition. Skipping on conditioner is like depriving the hair of the essential ingredients.
Heating the curls alters the curl pattern. Just one single press and everything changes. To maintain the curls avoid heating or pressing or get to an expert to do it for you.
Not protecting while sleeping
The time the hair gets damaged the most is at night. Avoid using a cotton pillowcase, it soaks up the oil in your hair. Use a silk pillowcase to preserve hair health. The silky fabric cuts down on tangling and breakage — another plus for your curly top
Forgetting to oil
Curly hair always craves moisture. Regular oiling is necessary. Oil is crucial for helping heal brittle ends and rebalance moisture levels so that curls come out looking much softer and healthier.