We’ve said it before, cutting down on shampoo is the way forward. In this case, though, it’s the only way. Curls love (and need) moisture. Washing your hair with shampoo too often (twice a week is good) strips your hair of the natural oils that keep it nourished. Rinsing your hair will help if it feels a little unclean between shampoo days, just massage your scalp under the water. Using a light conditioner every day works too. It keeps your hair hydrated and helps to break down any dirt leftover after rinsing sans shampoo.
How to restore natural curls when your hair is damaged
In the immortal words of Joni Mitchell, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I mean, she was talking about building car parks and we’re talking about natural curls but the message is pretty much the same.
If you’ve got naturally curly hair, your hair care routine is probably extensive. Curly hair needs TLC or it can actually lose its curl pattern altogether. Getting it back isn’t easy, either. In fact, if your hair is badly damaged, that curl pattern probably ain’t ever coming back (not fully, at least).
So, what’s to blame? Well, damage, obviously – from heat-styling and chemical treatments like bleaching, or relaxers – or dryness (often caused by damage). It could also be a case of your hair being too long and heavy, dragging the curl down. That one is much easier to fix.
While preventing your hair from losing its curl is a much better plan, there are things you can do to get your curl back. We’re all for second chances.
By Beth Ludolf