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5 Tips to Care for Curly Hair

Curly girls, you’ve probably been told to use every product on the market and tried a million things that were supposedly designed for curly hair. And at some point in your life, you may have (gasp!) hated your curls. 

We get it. Curls can be hard to manage. They can be gloriously bouncy and beautiful. But they can also be dry, frizzy, and prone to breakage. So what’s a curly girl to do? Here are five tips to care for curly hair that actually work.

Let Go Of The Hype

You’ve been told you need X, Y, and Z for your curly hair, but truthfully, your curls are determined by your follicles. Their shape influences how much curl you have, and the condition of your scalp matters a lot more than your hair itself. 

That’s why we recommend choosing shampoo and conditioner based on whether your scalp is dry, normal, or oily. In general, curly hair tends to be dry and lose moisture easily, so it’s important to use products that seal moisture in and won’t strip your natural oils. Hidden Waterfall is a great choice to hydrate your hair. 

After years of making choices based on the type of curls you’ve been told you have, it can seem foreign to let that go and decide based on your scalp alone, but we encourage you to give it a try. Need some reassurance? Check out our reviews.

Don’t Overdo It

You don’t need to shampoo every day. Try washing every three days or so and see how your hair is feeling. Washing too often strips your natural oils and leaves your hair prone to damage. 

Don’t overdo it with products or heat either. Both can seriously damage your curls. Try air drying your hair or using a diffuser. And remember, if you want to heat style, a protectant is essential. Choose one with natural oils rather than silicones which build up on your hair and block moisture from entering.

Watch How You Sleep

Have you ever woken up with your hair everywhere or tangled into a giant knot it took forever to get out? We thought so. There are a few things that can help. 

  • Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase to prevent friction in the night. 
  • Try pineappling your hair by piling your hair on top of your head and loosely securing it with a scrunchie. Alternatively, wrap your hair. 
  • Add some extra natural oils if you find you’re really having trouble with friction while you sleep.

Be Careful Brushing

You probably know that curly hair can end up in the worst knots, but that brushing can also break your hair or take all the definition out of your curls and leave you with a frizzy mess instead. It’s a fine line, isn’t it? 

Use a high-quality brush or try a wide-tooth comb instead. Combing your hair while you condition may help. You may even find that all you need to do after showering is finger-comb your hair to help define your curls. 

Mask Up

If you find your hair still needs more moisture, try using a hair mask once or twice a week. Look for natural ingredients like avocado oil, coconut oil, aloe, or bamboo to help hydrate your hair without damaging it.

 

Ready to make the switch? We’re happy to help you find the right bars for your unique hair.

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Viori Support Team
Sep 22, 2021

Thanks for your comment, Hannah! The purpose of sharing the video clip in our ads was to give insight on the cultural significance of the Red Yao women’s hair and hair care practices as we use the same Longsheng rice water they use on their hair, in our shampoo and conditioner bars. ❤️⁣

The two extensions you saw in the video are actually real hair from themselves: the first extension is their hair that they cut when they are around 18-20 for the first time, the second extension is their hair that they collect as it falls out when they wash/comb their hair. Our CSR team has confirmed with several Ayis in the Longsheng area about this. We hope this helps clarify that video for you! 😊⁣

Regarding your specific hair and scalp type, we’d recommend Hidden Waterfall, Terrace Garden or our unscented Native Essence shampoo and conditioner bars especially if your scalp feels oily 3 days after washing. However, if your hair gets very oily and you need to wash it every 1-2 days, we’d then recommend Citrus Yao since citrus helps with oil management. Let us know if this helps! We’d be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Hannah
Sep 22, 2021

I am a type 2b, or 2c curly. My hair is dry and prone to breakage, but my scalp is semi oily and prone to dermatitis. I also dye my hair with overtone. I’m curious about then bat and it’s sustainability. I don’t really buy into the ads because one showed the lady adding long hair extensions while the video claimed how naturaly long and thick their hair is.. It’s not all even attached to their heads! Despite that I’m still willing to try but everything I read says dry to normal and I’m not a weird mix of oily to dry. Thoughts?

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