Styling Dry Curly Hair

by Jessica Wright
(last updated August 8, 2014)

If you just happen to have to deal with dry, curly hair don't despair. There are some simple things that you can do to prevent your hair from going frizzy and even breaking. Your hair care begins with shampoo. You want to be sure to use a good shampoo that is formulated for dry hair. Don't over shampoo your hair, though. Shampoo can be very harsh on dry hair. If your hair is dry, then you really only need to wash it once or twice a week (unless it gets extremely dirty).

On the days that you don't have to wash your hair you will want to start out by getting your hair wet. Use cool or warm water and let it run through your curls until the hair is completely wet. This may take a minute or two, depending on how thick your hair is.

After you have your hair wet apply conditioner. Be generous with the conditioner, using about a palm-full of conditioner should be sufficient. Start to work the conditioner into the hair at the ends and then work your way to the scalp. Apply the conditioner by scrunching it into your hair. As you are applying the conditioner to the scalp do not rub it in. Dry hair is very fragile and can break easily.

While the conditioner is still in the hair either finger-comb your hair or use a wide-toothed comb. Start combing from the ends of the hair. As you comb the hair keep moving the comb towards the scalp, working on small lengths of hair at a time. This is a good time to massage the scalp. A good head massage will encourage good hair growth. As you rinse the conditioner out, use cool water to rinse to keep your hair from going frizzy.

Use a towel to dry your hair; you want it to still be wet, but not sopping wet. Now apply some serum (just a couple of drops; a little more if you have either long or thick hair). Again start to work the serum in by scrunching the hair, working from the tips of the hair to the scalp, but do not apply the serum to the scalp.

Using your fingers make a part in your hair to the side. For most people hair that is parted on the side is more attractive then parting the hair in the middle. For loser curls that have an elegant look, use your fingers to twist individual hair curls into the natural direction that the hair tends to curl. Start this process at the bottom of the hair in the back. Work the curls to the top of the head and then to the front.

If you want to have tighter curls shake your head before you start to twist the curls, and only twist just a few curls.

To finish drying your hair it is best to let the hair air dry. If it is necessary to dry the hair with a hairdryer then use a diffuser and keep the setting on low.

The great thing about this style is all that you have to do now is too just shake your hair and let it go.

Author Bio

Jessica Wright

Jessica is a communications major studying for her masters and working full time. Growing up in a household of girls, she learned young the fun of trying new beauty ideas. Jessica enjoys playing the piano, dating, and having a good time with family and friends. ...


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