Curly and permed hair tends to frizz and often appears dry and untamed. By properly washing and conditioning your hair, using a wide-tooth comb and styling your hair properly, you can keep your curls shiny, defined and under control.
Washing and Conditioning
The first step to prevent frizzing is to wash your curly hair with moisturizing shampoo. Often, curly or permed hair becomes frizzy because it is damaged. Split ends cause frizz, but so do humidity and dry air. When you wash your hair with your nourishing, moisturizing shampoo, use warm water rather than hot, because hot water opens hair shafts and strips the natural oils that help keep your curly hair from frizzing and becoming damaged.
When you condition your hair, leave the conditioner in for three to five minutes and rinse it out of your hair with cool water. Rinsing the conditioner out of your hair with cool water will help seal the moisture into your hair. When you rinse the conditioner out of your curly hair with warm or hot water, it takes most of the conditioner back out of your hair and leaves it vulnerable.
Combing Your Curly Hair
One of the best ways to prevent frizz in curly or permed hair is to brush out your hair with a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush. A hairbrush will separate the strands of your curls, creating an undefined mess. A wide-tooth comb works like gentle fingers running through the hair, allowing you to brush your hair out gently while leaving the shapes of your curls intact.
Styling Curly or Permed Hair
When you are done detangling your hair gently with a comb, use a good styling product. When used properly, these types of hair care products can help prevent and minimize frizz in curly or permed hair.
To use hair gel, take a quarter-sized amount into your hands, massage it into your wet hair and then allow it to air dry. The hair gel will ward off frizz and give your hair’s shine and definition. However, be careful not to use too much of the hair gel, which can weigh down your hair and make your hair look fake, wet and unnatural. A little bit of hair gel goes a long way.
To use light hair mousse, squirt a palm-full of the mousse into your hands, then lather it into your damp hair. Afterward, comb your hair and allow your hair to dry. The mousse will give you a more natural curly appearance without weighing your hair down. However, too much mousse can make your hair hard and crunchy. Mousses specially designed to enhance curls usually do the best job of defining your curls.
Another option is to simply spray some frizz-control product onto dampened, curly hair and comb out your hair. This is great if you do not have a lot of time in the morning, but it only minimizes hair frizz. It does not provide the much-needed definition.
Naturally curly or permed hair can be difficult to manage, and is prone to frizzing. If you do nothing, you hair will look as dry and undefined as a bird’s nest. Use the above styling tips and techniques to keep your lovely locks under control.