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4 Curly Hair Tips for Well-Behaved, Low-Maintenance Curls

Got #curlyhairproblems? I've got answers!

If you have thick, frizz-prone, naturally wavy/curly hair like myself, then you know it's what bad hair days and the most volatile love-hate relationships are made of. 

My hair and I love each other right now (I’ll explain how this came to be in a bit), but believe me when I say that there are days when I long for straight, silky hair so I can simply get up and go in the mornings without having to deal with the Chewbacca-Medusa lovechild that decided to make its home atop my head overnight.

I can’t say that I don’t get a little jealous when I watch tutorial vids on achieving perfect Victoria’s Secret Angel hair or those gorgeous brushed-out waves, but only because it requires having somewhat straight hair to work with. My initial thought is always: “Ugh, I have to straighten my hair first? Sew. Much. Werk.” Yeah, lazy people with curly hair problems, I know. Sigh.

But listen, you CAN be lazy low-maintenance and still have beautiful hair with minimal effort.

One of the advantages of having natural waves and curls is that you already have them. It’s just a matter of taming and embracing those badboys and figuring out what products work for you. 

Here are a few tips that I’ve found have helped my love-hate relationship with my hair.

1. Condition, condition, condition!

I can’t stress enough how important conditioner is for curly hair. 

Curly hair tends to be drier than other hair types and needs a bit more TLC for this reason. When you’re showering, make sure to leave the conditioner in for at least three to five minutes and try to deep-condition your hair at least once a week.

For everyday, I’m currently using Dove Damage Therapy Shine Boost Conditioner (and for deep-conditioning It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask (above) is the bomb dot com.

2. Use an old cotton T-shirt to dry your hair.

Using a towel to dry your hair after a shower = no bueno. 

A towel is the number one enemy of nice, smooth hair; the texture of a towel just creates more friction between your strands. 

I’ve recently discovered the wonders of using an old cotton T-shirt to dry my hair and I don’t see myself ever going back to using a towel. It makes a huge difference—the natural curls stay intact and there is less frizzage going on. 

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Make sure to squeeze the excess water out of your hair after your shower and wrap your hair in the T-shirt to dry in the same way you would make a towel-turban. Just make sure you DON'T rub!

3. Find your Life Product.

You know how Michelle talks about finding your Life Cut? Well, my curly-haired friends... you need to find your Life Product.

Personally, once I find a product that works on my hair and makes it look good day-in and day-out, I am fiercely loyal and will stick with it until the day it is—God forbid—discontinued. 

And this is why my hair and I are BFFs right now. I have found my Life Product of the moment in a bottle ofJohn Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray. 

This stuff is amaze-in-a-bottle. After running Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Relaxing Balm through damp hair to get rid of the frizzies and spraying the Dream Curls all over, I leave it to air dry and ta-da... I’m ready to go. See the importance of finding a Life Product? It just makes life easier.

Now, I know that all hair is not created equal and there are different types of curls. My hair is more wavy-curly (I’m a 3A/B if you know the hair classification system), so this product may not necessarily work for you. However, there are a few products that I haven’t tried myself, but have heard rave reviews about.

Obviously, anything Moroccanoil.

Yes, I am aware I may be one of the few people with curly hair that has yet to try anything from this line, but I will eventually. Like I said... once I find a Life Product, that’s it.

Shea Moisture Curl Soufflé and Curl & Style Milk.

These will probably work better if you have kinkier hair—type 4, if we’re getting technical—but I believe this is only available in the US. I’ve watched a few video reviews on it and it’s definitely on my “to-try” list.

4. Air is your friend.

If you have the time, let your hair air-dry as much as possible. 

If you must (or if your hair doesn’t have as much volume as you’d like), then you could use a diffuser, but otherwise, I am very pro-air-drying.