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 moisturize 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. “When you have natural, textured hair it’s important to use a gentle cleanser to eliminate dirt and buildup but still nourish and condition. Especially for textured hair you always want to retain the hair’s natural oils to prevent over-drying,” says Nancy Twine, founder of curl-friendly brand Briogeo.
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 so look for intensely nourishing and rehydrating ingredients in your haircare products. “Avocado oil is brilliant for replenishing moisture, shea butter softens and quinoa extract creates a protective barrier to defend hair against environmental damage,” explains Nancy.
Try Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Avocado + Quinoa Co–Wash which contains all of the above and easily detangles unruly coils.
What To Use To Condition Natural Hair
Conditioners are a curl’s best friend. 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 Oribe Curl Control Silkening Crème on wet or dry hair as the avocado, apricot and coconut 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 glamor. You can also cut your styling in half by using an effective detangling 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.