Curly hair is more fragile and dry than others by nature . Often rebellious also , because they are misunderstood ! Keywords for maintenance are : nutrition, hydration and delicacy.
Firstly , love your curls ! I know that fashion conveys an image of beauty based almost unique model of a smooth and brushée hair but have a lioness mane is an asset that should be proud .
I say this to bring you to the issue of heating appliances . It is better to avoid daily brushing your curly hair and all kinds of irons. They literally burn the fiber will become porous and difficult to repair.
For washing , choose soft shampoo without silicones, based on wheat germ, olive oil , shea butter or avocado and containing conditioning agents . There is also the so-called "no- poo" technique that involves not wash your hair with the conditioner ( which also contains cleansing agents in the formula ) .
This last washing curly hair well but can leave an uncomfortable sensation on the scalp due to weaning shampoo that will regulate by a scrub the scalp once a week with a mixture of one tablespoon cane sugar for three post-shampoo to remove dead cells and debris ( technique Lorraine Massey after his book Curly Girl).
To dry the hair without breaking the loop , you must first gently untangle fingers when wet then dry upside down with a diffuser by adjusting the temperature low. It does not take either the rub with the towel but take the whole hand loops and tighten ( as if squeezing a foam ball ) .
You'll see that by doing this way, your curly hair will naturally defined and farewell curling iron ! You can also use the good old technique of large foam curler . Effective , cheap and safe for your hair.
For even more holds , you can still wet coat lengths serum containing 50% aloe vera gel and 50% vegetable glycerin plus a hint of a HV of your choice. It sticks a little application but the effect eventually disappears .
For styling and maintenance, there are natural products that protect , repair and define curly hair. Curly hair is dry and brittle , so do not be hesitant to make their very nourishing care. There are assets such as plant ceramides , vegetable squalane or silicone , add in products ready or homemade, there is everything that is based on vegetable butter ( shea , mango, sal , kokum , murumuru ... ) and all vegetable oils rich ( coconut , sapota , yangu , kukui , shea olein ) to apply a mask before conditioner overnight.
For split ends , you can use the essential oil of Rosewood add sparingly in your dose of shampoo or serum ( 2 to 3 drops , no more) . But unfortunately, this is my case too, there is no miracle. Continue cutting is the only way to eradicate the tips too damaged .
However, we can limit their appearance under your curly hair in a ponytail or bun daily and avoiding heating appliances .
In terms of hairstyles , you must scoop out all that is too tight. The idea is to play with the accessories while leaving loops live! Why not play with romantic or bohemian style? Think of the messy bun , the headband... Play a mat on each side of the head and gather them behind in the safe with a pretty barrette.