Top Tips For Healthy Curly Hair

Top Tips for Healthy Curls From The Experts at Cheltenham's Best Hair Salon

When you have curly hair, taking care of it can seem like a full time job! Out of all of the hair types, curly hair is the most prone to dryness, making it fragile and susceptible to breakage.

To avoid frizzy, dry and snapping hair you should create a curly hair routine that nourishes and hydrates your curls. If you're looking for ways to improve the health of your curly hair, you've come to the right place. At Martin and Phelps Hair Salon in Cheltenham, we can show you how to coax your curls into perfect health. 

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What Are The Causes of Damaged Curly Hair?

There are a number of factors which can lead to dry and damaged curls including :

Rough styling - rough styling, detangling and even friction from your pillows can dry your hair and cause breakage. Treat your curls gently with specialist detangling brushes and invest in a satin or silk pillowcase to prevent frizz from friction.

Chemical treatments - Chemical treatments such as bleaching or hair relaxing treatments are harsh, particularly to delicate curly hair. Regular chemical treatments can break down the structure of your hair and make it more porous which opens it up to damage. 

Over-washing - washing your hair too often can remove the moisture and natural oils from your scalp, causing dryness and damage. Using a sulphate free shampoo and reducing the amount of times that you wash your hair can help stop your curls getting dehydrated.

Using incorrect products — Curly hair requires specialist products, with some "one size fits all" products drying out already stressed strands. Using specific curly hair care products will ensure your curls look and feel healthy and nourished.

Heat damage — Damage from heated styling is one of the major issues with curly hair. The heat from hair dryers and styling tools can weaken the keratin bonds in your hair leading to dryness and breakage. If you must use heated styling tools, ensure you use the very best heat protection products before styling. 

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5 Hacks to Fix Damaged Curly Hair

Get Regular Trims

Broken hair and split ends cannot be repaired, the split ends will continue to split further up the hair shaft, causing more damage, if left to do so. Regularly trimming your hair will protect your hair from further breakage, improve the appearance of your curl pattern and get rid of any split ends. 

Say "No" to Chemical Treatments

If your curly hair is feeling fried and fragile, it is best to avoid chemical treatments such as relaxers or bleach to give your hair a break. These chemical treatments can damage the hair cuticle and cause damage to already dehydrated and stressed strands. Give your curls some time to recover by avoiding bleach and chemical treatments until it is in better condition.

Nourish Curls With a Deep Conditioner

Injecting moisture into dehydrated curls is essential to repair any damage. A deep conditioning treatment or moisturising mask will help to restore moisture to damaged, thirsty curls. If your hair is particularly dry and fragile, deeply condition with a hydrating overnight mask or leave in conditioner. 

Wash Your Hair Less

We wouldn't recommend every day washing for any hair type, but especially not for curly hair. Limit your hair washes to every other day at the most and use a sulphate free, curl enhancing shampoo with conditioner and cooler water to close the hair cuticle. Avoid scrubbing your hair dry with a normal cotton towel - a microfibre towel will absorb water efficiently without rubbing and keep your curls protected.

Turn Down The Heat

If your hair has been fried by heated styling, it's time to put down the tools. Heated styling tools are one of the biggest causes of hair damage in all hair types but, if you really must use them, ensure that you always apply heat protection prior to styling. Make sure your curls are completely dry before using heated styling tools. 

Book an Appointment With The Best Hairdressers in Cheltenham

We offer exceptional, professional hair services at Martin and Phelps Hair Salon, so why not book your consultation today?  You can give us a call on 01242 523 568 or book online here.