Since ladies are now being encouraged to embrace their natural curls, it's probably time for you to stop disguising them, too.
If you've already had enough of getting up too early in the morning just to straighten your hair, ditch the blow dryer and flatiron and swap them for products that improve and enhance your natural hair. It may be a bit awkward go out for the first time without your usual straightened locks, but trust that you'll gain back your confidence, and it won't take you long to show off your bouncy curls or waves proudly.
That said, here's a heat-free regimen that should work for you:
1. Sulfate- and Paraben-free Shampoo and Conditioner
Sulfate is a common shampoo ingredient that produces lather and removes grime and dead skin cells on your scalp. Sounds definitely good, but sulfate also strips away the natural oils, which you need as much of to retain moisture in your locks. Paraben, on the other hand, is considered a harmful cosmetic ingredient, and also a moisture disrupter.
Therefore, keep your curly hair healthy by using a sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner, and use a leave-in conditioner, too, if you need to tame unruly frizz. Consider those with natural ingredients such as Bella Curls Coconut Whipped Creme Leave-in Conditioner or other ones from popular brands.
2. Air-Dry Your Hair
Rubbing your hair with a towel only worsens the frizz, so just wring your wet locks to squeeze the water out, and let it air-dry. If you have wavy hair, skip any type of comb and use your fingers instead to de-tangle. Scrunch in an air-dry cream to reduce the frizz, and if you want more defined waves with a long-lasting hold, spread a mousse all over.
You may end your air-drying routine after that, but if you're not in a rush, wrap your hair up into a microfiber towel overnight or while just doing your makeup, then take it off and apply hairspray for a stronger hold.
If you have curly locks, apply a leave-in conditioner before getting out of the shower, scrunching it up to spread the product evenly. Use a microfiber towel to remove excess water, then lift your locks and clamp them with metal clips. Your hair will dry with more volume and no frizz!
For coils, the best air-drying technique is to leave a bit of conditioner in your hair to tame the frizz, then part it into four quadrants, and twist away each section. Apply a styling gel section by section, and use a paper towel to take out excess water.
3. Use a Boar Bristle Brush
Since combs and curly hair don't mesh well, stick to a boar bristle brush to keep the frizz under control and evenly distribute your scalp's natural oils. Your locks will still spread out like wings after using a boar bristle brush, though, but a trick to prevent that is by giving your hair a little twist as you brush it, so that it'll calm down without looking quirky.
4. Try Home Remedies
Some of the best hair care products are just found in our kitchens. Apple cider vinegar, eggs, and avocado work great as natural hair masks, effectively eliminating tangles and strengthening the roots. Beer, interestingly, can thicken your hair strands and make them shinier!
Other natural remedies include Epsom salt, which helps in forming no-heat beach waves, and aloe vera, which nourishes the scalp and treats dandruff.
Following this heat-free hair care regimen, your natural curls will thrive and will no longer become frizzy and unmanageable. You'll surely get compliments and people wondering if your beach waves are heat styled.