Wash Curly Hair —The Right Way
- Choose a shampoo or co-wash based on the condition your hair is in. If your hair is dry, brittle, or damaged, go for an extra-moisturizing.
- Which cleanser should I use for my hair? If your curls are healthy, choose a shampoo based on the benefits you want. Diverse Roots has the right product for all your hair needs!
- A cleanser targeted to your curl type’s needs is always a good bet—for example, kinky curls are best cleansed with a co-wash, while loose curls benefit from a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner combo. For classic curls, look for a shampoo and conditioner that balances moisture; for tight curls, a more deeply hydrating regimen is ideal.
- How often should I wash my hair? It depends on your curl type. Loose and classic curls can lather up two to four times a week. Kinky curl types can co-wash weekly, and deep cleanse with shampoo once a month. Tight curls fall somewhere in between – shampoo or co-wash every few days to a week. A good rule of thumb: If your curls feel dry, try washing less frequently.
- How do I prevent tangles? Don’t shampoo in a circular motion, which tangles the curls. Instead, use a gentle back and forth motion, and avoid bunching up your curls. Massage your shampoo or co-wash into your roots, and work the lather down the mid-lengths and lightly on the ends. If your curls are very knotted, carefully break up the tangles with your fingers before wetting your hair – but don’t dry brush your curls.
- What’s the best way to condition curly hair? Choose a conditioner based on how much moisture your hair needs, then let your curl type guide your application. If you’re a loose or classic curl type, apply your conditioner from your hair’s mid-lengths to ends, “so you don’t weigh down the roots and create a pyramid. If your curls are tight or kinky, you can condition closer to the scalp as well as through the ends. Use your fingers to detangle as you distribute the conditioner, or if your curls are especially prone to tangling, comb through with a wide tooth comb. Let your conditioner soak in for between two and five minutes. If your goal is elongated curls, don’t rinse out all the conditioner – leave a light coating on the hair to add weight to the curls. Visit Diverse Roots Salon for a free Consultation.