Curls and coils are thirsty and need lots of moisture and TLC, plus, due to the spirals in curls, they are prone to breakage. Textured hair is often considered the most delicate and fragile of all hair types and needs to be treated and cared for like the most luxurious cashmere. With a few simple hacks you can hydrate and moisture natural hair to unleash its full potential and bounce.
How to Cleanse Natural Hair
When it comes to washing, less is more. Once or twice a week is great. Try and avoid drying alcohols, silicones and parabens that can leave curls brittle. “The gentlest way of cleansing natural hair is using conditioning based cleansers, they remove impurities without stripping away the natural oils from scalp and hair helping you maintain optimum moisture levels”, explains Michele Scott-Lynch, Curl Expert & Creator of Bouclème. For super soft curls try Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo, which is laced with conditioning shea butter, avocado oil and rice amino acids for bouncy curls.
Treatments for Natural Hair
Coils and curls have a tendency to dry out. “Most natural hair soaks up moisture like a sponge, so moisturise, moisturise, moisturise with natural oils. Use oils such as manketti oil, argan oil and avocado oil – these oils penetrate deeply into the hair shaft,” explains Charlotte Mensah, a multi-award winning Afro hair stylist specialising in natural hair, whose range launches at Space NK on 16th July.
What To Use To Condition Natural Hair
Conditioners are a curl’s best friend and Michele Scott-Lynch agrees, “Water hydrates hair so applying styling products onto very wet hair locks hydration in the hair for longer.” Thicker coils and curls can reach for heavier, buttery-textured conditioners such as Bumble and bumble’s B Curl Conditioner, which contains brazil nut oil and cupuacu butter for intensely hydrated hair. Leave-in conditioners also double up as curl definers and enhancers. Use Bouclème Curl Cream on wet or dry hair as the coconut and kukui oils help bring back flat curls to their full glory.
Tools For Natural Hair
It may seem extravagant but investing in a silk pillowcase will not only help your curls retain moisture but also helps prevent the dreaded matting at the back of the head. Try Slip Silk Pillowcase for some old school Hollywood glamour. You can also cut your detangling in half by using Tangle Teezer’s Thick and Curly Brush, just ensure you never brush curly hair dry. Instead detangle it in the shower while your curls are loaded with conditioner for extra slip. Help keep the silky feel of your fresh curls by drying off with Aquis’ Hair Towel, which also helps cut drying time and reduces breakage.