Keneesha Hudson, CEO of Urbanbella, offers some tips on how to keep your curly hair happy and healthy as we move into the cooler months. I know it’s still summer, but it’s not too soon to plan ahead! Plus, Keneesha’s curly hair tips are useful year round.
Styling: Keneesha says cooler weather means that ladies rockin’ the curls, kinks and waves can spend less time washing their hair and letting it air dry. “Some of the best ways to avoid this is to ‘preserve’ your style at night and refresh your look each morning,” she says. “For loose waves, twist hair in large plaits/braids at night. For tighter curls and kinks use clips or bobby pins to secure hair close to the head or twist at night. Remove clips in the morning and fluff hair at the roots. Be sure to use a firm styling gel or styling cream on wash day to help preserve your look.”
If your hair is prone to frizzies and fly-aways, Keneesha suggests a light refresher spay that contains a balance of oil and water and twirl curls with finger to pull frizz together for a defined curl. “Tighter curls and kinks need a heavier refresher blend of water and glycerin product to hydrate the ends and then simply finger comb curls to de-frizz,” she adds.
Hydration: As the weather starts to cool down curly hair (already prone to dryness) gets even drier due to the crisper air. Keneesha says you should counteract this by increasing hydration hair therapy. “Pump up moisture by giving your hair deep treatments more frequently than you normally do,” she advises. “Extremely dry textures can even do daily treatments. It’s also not a bad idea to head to the salon for a professional steam hydration therapy. For an at-home recession friendly (but still spa-worthy) experience, towel wrap your deeply conditioned tresses for 20 minutes after at least every other shampoo before rinsing.”