So you’ve been blessed with naturally curly or wavy hair? Lucky you! While a lot of us are envious of your voluminous locks, you might not feel the same way. Curly hair can sometimes feel like a blessing and a curse – you may find it difficult to style or too much to look after. If you find yourself giving up each morning and opting for a messy top knot, this post is for you! Curls and waves need a special kind of love and we want you to enjoy gorgeous, healthy hair. We’re bringing you our favourite tips and tricks for getting the most out of your curly hair.

Skip the hairdryer

Using a hairdryer frequently on your locks can not only cause heat damage and breakage, it can also lead to your curls losing their natural shape. Letting your hair air dry is the best option when it comes to your waves maintaining their amazing shape. Our tip? Use an old clean T-shirt to wrap up your hair after it’s been washed. This will help to minimise frizz and breakage much better than drying with a regular towel. If you must use a hairdryer, don’t forget to spray on some heat protectant beforehand!

Don’t comb your wet hair

Most curly-haired ladies know that detangling your hair can be a challenge in itself – and quite the workout! If your hair is wet and tangled, it can be tempting to rake a comb or brush through it until it’s smooth again but this will only lead to hair breakage and damage. Instead, use your fingers to gently detangle your hair until it’s free of knots. You can also use a hair detangling mist or oil to help smooth the hair out.

Keep your curls nourished

Curls can easily become damaged, dry and brittle. If your curls are starting to look a little bit sad, chances are they are lacking some hydration and nourishment. We recommend keeping them feeling healthy and strong by using a deep conditioning mask once a week. They’ll be back to their bouncy selves in no time!

Go light on the shampoo

Curly girls are lucky – your hair doesn’t need to be shampooed as often as others! In fact, frequent shampooing can stretch and stress the curls, leading to them becoming dry. Conditioner is a must, however, and is definitely a better friend to your hair than shampoo.

Go easy on the heat

While this is one we mention often for overall hair health, excessive heat styling can be even more damaging for those with naturally curly locks. Heat styling tools can cause your curls to lose their natural shape over time and they can end up looking dull and lifeless. If you have to use heat, try to keep the temperature on a medium setting and use a heat protectant. If your hair is feeling particularly damaged, we recommend using no heat styling tools at all for a few weeks and instead focusing on nourishing and healing your hair.