Hair: how to maintain your curls?
To have beautiful curly and bouncy hair, it is necessary to adopt a suitable hair routine.
Indeed, dry and dehydrated by nature, curly hair requires a lot of attention and care.
The origin of curly hair
Genetics determine hair type by influencing the shape of hair follicles.
A hair follicle is an invisible part, under the skin, in which hair begins.
If it is flat, the hair grows straight; if it is curved or oval, it grows curly or curly, if the curvature is very accentuated.
For each curl, thekeratin scales lift slightly so that the “spiral” movement can be created. This tends to weaken the hair fiber.
In addition, twisting curly hair prevents the sebum secreted by the scalp from being distributed evenly throughout the hair. It therefore lacks hydration and becomes even more fragile, the hair then becomes dry.
Humidity, the enemy of curly hair
Curly hair is very often frizzy. Mainly composed of keratin molecules, hair frizzes when in contact with water. The molecules tighten and fold on themselves, as a result, the hair ends up frizzing.
To avoid frizz, optimal hydration is the solution to properly smooth the hair scales. Once sheathed, it will be waterproofed, which will reduce the risk of humidity caused by the environment. The loop will be more aesthetic and better designed.
Curly hair is a hair type that therefore requires a suitable routine. Here are some tips to adopt every day to maintain your curly hair.
Tips for maintaining your curly hair on a daily basis
Hydrate them daily
Curly hair tends to become twisted due to poor distribution of sebum secreted by the scalp. Indeed, sebum, rich in lipids, helps maintain the internal hydration of the hair. It forms a naturally protective barrier on the hair fiber and thus protects the hair scales by preventing dehydration.
Every day, it is therefore essential to moisturize them with creams based on vegetable oils to preserve and beautify their curls.
Rinse them with cold water
Cold water helps close the scales of the hair cuticle to give it a smooth appearance, the curls are thus better defined and shinier.
After shampooing, it is therefore strongly recommended to rinse your curly hair with cold water.
Choosing suitable hair products
On a daily basis, you must use products (shampoo, conditioner, mask, spray, gel, etc.) based on natural ingredients and adapted to the nature of the hair to redefine the curls.
Regarding shampoos, they should be spaced as far apart as possible. It is best to wash your hair only 1 to 2 times a week because curls depend on the sebum produced by the scalp.
Another tip is to avoid putting too much product on your hair as this risks weighing down the curls.
The treatment, especially when it is leave-in, must be distributed over the entire hair and must not soak the hair. Otherwise, the excess care will stagnate on the surface and weigh down the curl, which creates a “cardboard” effect, sticky and greasy.
Just two or three dabs of product are enough to coat the hair well.
Pamper your curls with vegetable oils
Vegetable oils are the best allies for naturally taking care of curly hair. They deeply nourish the hair fiber and bring curls back to life without damaging them.
It is recommended to do an oil bath once a week, to be distributed throughout the hair. The application can last a few hours, or even an entire night to maximize the results.
The vegetable oils most suitable for curly, frizzy and dry hair are coconut oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil.
Avoid aggressive brushing
Curly hair is fragile, then tends to be dry and break more easily. Instead of using a classic hairbrush with stiff bristles, it is better to use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to delicately detangle your curls.
The best detangling technique is to start at the ends of the hair, and gradually work your way up to the roots so as not to create knots.
Doing a “scrunch”
The “scrunch” is a simple technique that allows you to reshape the curls when drying.
To do this, you must grab the lengths of your hair with both hands and bring them up to the roots using a repetitive accordion movement.
Thanks to this technique, curly hair regains its natural shape.
Choosing a good hairstyle for sleeping
To prevent curly hair from getting tangled when it comes into contact with the pillow, you need to do a protective hairstyle. The ideal is to tie them in the form of a loose bun and high on the head. Be careful not to tighten it too much so as not to break the curls.
Ban the hair dryer
To keep curls intact and prevent frizz, it's best to let your hair dry naturally.
If this is not possible, there is a hair dryer diffuser, equipped with a circular nozzle with numerous pins, specially designed for curly hair.
Thanks to its homogeneous and gentle heat, the diffuser dries the hair evenly without breaking the curls, and gives volume to the hair by effectively lifting the roots.
Trim the ends regularly
When hair is too long , it is heavy and tends to no longer curl from the roots.
To give them a boost, the ideal is to cut the ends every 3 to 4 months.
Have a balanced diet
Finally, for healthy curly hair, having a balanced diet is essential.
More fragile, curly hair needs nutrients as well as proteins to preserve its keratin, maintain its natural shape and protect it from breakage.
Délicure offers hair gummies : sugar-free, vegan, natural and made in France targeted for the beauty of hair. They contain vitamins (B6, B8, B9, B12 and E) and trace elements (zinc and selenium) essential to deeply nourish the hair fiber, as well as blueberry which stimulates the microcirculation of the scalp and thus promotes hair grows faster.