Curly hair can feel like a nightmare to deal with. I spent years of my life wishing I had straighter hair. It’s not easy to control curls and they can out of nowhere become frizzy and dry. But as I got older I learned that if it’s properly cared for and styled the right away, a curly hairstyle cut and styled in the right way can be one of the most envied, trendy hair styles.
Here are some important tips for the man with curls in order to maintain their crinkly mane.
Fall in love with your curly hair
Stop trying to look good with ultra straight hairstyles that don’t work for you, when you can love your natural curls and get the perfect look. Yes it’s possible to straighten curly hair, but it’s just going to make your life more difficult.
You’re going to spend ages trying to style your hair in the morning, and may potentially damage your hair by applying a lot of heat to it with tools like hair straighteners. So look to styles that do more to embrace your curls! You know what they say “curls get the girls and boys”.
Use a blow dryer.. correctly
When using a blow dryer, make sure not to go too high with the temperature. You want to use the blow dryer on a medium heat and then blast at the end with cold to lock the curls in place. Using too much heat on curly hair can cause the hair to dry, frizz and also ruin the volume and definition of your curls. So avoid applying too much heat, and try to protect your curls when you do apply heat.
Upgrade your curly hair shampoo
If you want your curly hair to be healthy and not dry then it’s no good using a cheap shampoo you picked up from the supermarket. Look to the well known professional brands for a better selection. You ideally want a moisturising shampoo, something that adds some of that moisture back into the hair, and doesn’t strip off all its natural oils. Curly hair can become quickly dry compared to most hair types, and therefore you need to keep it properly moisturised to avoid frizz and damage.
There’s a lot of talk about whether shampooing every day is bad, but there’s no real evidence either way, so we won’t recommend how often you should wash it as that’s going to be personal to you. But make sure you’re using the correct products first, and then make an educated decision on how often you would like to wash your hair. Look for over drying and dandruff to determine if you may be washing too much and greasiness and dirt build up to determine if it is not enough. I’m using the Rejuvinator Shampoo at the moment by on of my favourite brands, Hairbond. It really cleans the hair and theres no parabens or sulphates in it. I really dig their styling routine products as well so this is the best place to start, when washing your curly hair.
Your conditioner will be your best friend
And that leads us to conditioner. As men, we often just use one or the other, shampoo or conditioner, or even an all in one. Now that’s not to say that those are wrong for everyone, but when you have curly hair, a conditioner is going to be your best friend, so don’t skimp on that part. I recommend adding a conditioner into your routine, and at the very least make sure when you use a shampoo, you condition after. This will help retain some of the moisture and stop the hair from becoming dry and frizzy.
You could also use a leave in conditioner a few times a week, which will help you to do the same job without needing to wash your hair as much.