Embrace the Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Curly, Coil & Kinky Hair
This step is so so important for detangling. It prevents unnecessary roughness and damage during the shampooing process. You may be saying to yourself, “I don’t have time to add another step to my hair care regimen.” But this step may actually save you time in the long run because your hair will be much easier to detangle post-shampoo.
Sometimes you have to skip Shampoo. Sometimes. Frequent shampooing can stretch and stress out fragile strands, and dry out thirsty curls. However, conditioner is your friend. So take them both into the shower and mix it up. If you need a good wash...of course use shampoo to massage your scalp and let the water.
Section Your Hair For Tangle-Free Washing
Divide your hair into four sections—more if it’s super thick. Twist or clip away all but the first section. Apply a small amount of shampoo or cleansing conditioner to your scalp and work it in thoroughly. Sounds like it takes times, but actually it will make your wash day more efficient. Trust us!
Turn Down the Hot Water
Yes, a cold water shampoo and/or rinse doesn’t make for the most luxurious hair washing experience. But cold water will snap those cuticles shut, which in turn will lock in moisture, make your hair shinier and reduce frizz.
Use ALOT OF Deep Hair Conditioner
After shampooing, apply a deep conditioner. Choose a formula that answers the needs of your hair. Is it dry? Pick a moisturizing formula that contains humectants like glycol, glycerin or good quality oils. Is it weak? You’ll need a protein reconstructor with silk amino acids or keratin to restore strength. Place your hair under a plastic cap or hood dryer for 10 minutes, or cover it with a towel for 20 minutes and let your body heat do the work. Make sure you rinse protein treatments out well.
Be a Hair Conditioner Junkie
With curly, coily or kinky hair, it’s always a delicate balance between moisture and protein. Factors like the time of year (humidity in the summer vs. dry winter air), or your body’s own cycles can change up your moisture/protein balance and require a switch in the shower.
Ban the towel. Use an old clean cotton t-shirt instead.
Leave scratchy towels for drying the dishes. Most regular towels will rough up the cuticle, which leads to frizz and breakage. To keep hair intact and avoid frizz and damage, opt for micro-fiber towels or a soft cotton t-shirt to blot excess moisture.
Be the queen of satin.
Satin pillow-case or bonnet when you go to be. Case closed.
With bad combs and brushes, you also risk yanking the hair out at the root or breaking it midshaft or creating split ends with a brush. So use your fingers, or a wide detangling comb section by section.
Lay Off the Heat
Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons—all of these thermal tools lead to breakage. Insist this when you are the hair salon. Heat damages your hair. That's a fact. If you’re a hairdryer or ghd addict, try to wean yourself off of the heat. Opt for air drying on the weekends or at night. Set your hair in twists or on foam rollers and let it dry naturally. If you have to use heat, invest in a good heat protection product. We love Cantu's Shea Butter Thermal Shield Heat Protectant.