How to tame curly hair

It’s time to stop envying those poker-straight hair and revel in the sexiness and wildness of your god (or salon) gifted curls. Since I am one from the tribe, here’s what I have learnt over the years vis-a-vis what works and what doesn’t.

As much as it is hard to believe, most women would give their teeth away for a head-full of sensuously bouncing curls (or else why would anyone invent rollers). But only the blessed lot knows how it feels like to wake up every morning looking like an electrocuted witch and then spend the next few hours getting their hair to look minimally presentable. Bail yourself out of the agony and transform that unruly, disobedient mop into soft, flowing and well-defined curls by following these simple steps.

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Watch what you eat


Diet has an important role to play in the quality and texture of one’s hair – that’s what a hairstylist once told me. Spicy and bitter foods increase the levels of pitha in the body which makes the hair rough and frizzy.


Dump the hairbrush and the hair-dryer


Do whatever, but do not brush your hair. Hair brushes are meant to pump in volume and you already have that in abundance. Instead, use a wide toothed comb to ease out the knots or use your fingers to gently detangle and smooth out the strands.


Blow drying sucks the moisture out of hair making them brittle and frizzy. Moreover, curly hair is more prone to heat damage and split-ends. Allow them to air-dry naturally.


Washing them right


Hair oil works wonders by softening the strands and smoothing out the frizz. Use a mild moisturizing shampoo followed by generous helpings of conditioner. Leave-in conditioners usually work best for curly hair.


Now this is a tip you will thank me for- do the detangling using a wide toothed comb BEFORE you wash out the conditioner and just wrap your hair in a towel instead of rubbing it dry. It takes care of frizz and fly aways and the knots come off with amazing ease. Never comb curly hair after it has dried out as it will make them uncontrollable and bushy.


Once in a while it helps to visit the salon for a deep-conditioning spa treatment, especially if your hair is permed, colored or chemically treated.


Styling


This may come as a surprise but curly hair is the easiest to style! Simply scrunch up damp hair into a tight bun before going to bed, wake up to neat and defined curls, run your fingers through to get them just right, rub in some serum for added shine and control and you are all set to go.


Extremely curly hair can be harnessed down with a few-drops of non-greasy hair oil or hair gel. I once got my already curly hair permed – don’t ask me why – and that taught me a lot of important life lessons, the primary one being NEVER GET CURLY HAIR PERMED.


Have your hair stylist cut your tresses into layers to tone down the extra volume and make them more manageable. Curly hair is more prone to breakage and thinning at the bottom. A good stylist should be able to control the volume without losing out on a natural, healthy look. There are several texturing techniques that are especially suited for curly and wavy hair.


 

November 1, 2015 by Shuchi Singh Kalra

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