Curly hair is an epidemic that affects roughly one out of three people in the world. Side effects include poofy hair, hair not remaining styled the way you want, snapping hair ties, tangles, frizz, an overly long hair drying process, sensitivity to humid weather, and waking up with your hair spouting off in every imaginable direction. If you or anyone you know suffers from curly hair, seek help right away. On a more serious note, curly hair can look beautiful, but can also be one of the most difficult hair types to manage. Whether you want to embrace that curly head of hair, straighten it, or anything in between, you have plenty of options at your disposal. So what exactly makes hair curly? In order to find out, let's take a look at the S word. No, not that one. I'm talking about Science! And it all starts with the F word. Err, you know: Follicles. See, follicles are the cells and connective tissue that surround the roots of our hair. The shape of the follicles are what will determine your hair type. A perfectly round follicle will result in a straight strand of hair. An oval shaped follicle produces wavy hair. And then there's the hook-shaped follicle. Care to guess what type of hair will grow from that? If your guess is "curly", then you are absolutely right! But there's more to it than that. The angle that your hair grows from your scalp also plays a role in hair type. Hair growing straight from the scalp tends to be straight, while hair growing out at an angle will likely be curly. So with that knowledge of why some of us have curly hair, this lesson in science comes to an end.
Now that we understand why hair can be curly, we can start to look at some of the special needs that come with having curly hair. Some good hair products will definitely make life easier, and we'll get into that later. But what else can you do to take care of it? Well, quite a lot actually. Curly hair is known for being difficult to manage, and a little bit of knowledge will go a long way in making the process easier. For starters, I know that everyone likes warm showers. However, cold water will go a long way in trapping moisture inside cuticles and reducing frizz. It's recommended that you don't dry your hair by rubbing it with a towel. Instead, squeeze out the water with a microfiber towel. When detangling hair, which you should always do while it's wet, gently use a wide-tooth comb and go section by section. Also, a lot of gadgets that produce a lot of heat (hair dryers, curling irons, etc.) can lead to breakage and should be used minimally. Instead, put your hair into twists or foam rollers and allow it to dry naturally. As you can see, managing curly hair can be a very demanding process. While we will always encourage you to embrace the hair that you've been given, we also understand that dealing with curly hair can be a overwhelming for some people. There is another option: straighten your hair. Our stylists at The Studio salon will do this for you, but you can also do it yourself from the comfort of your own home. The process can be time-consuming, but is also cost-efficient. There are tools such as flat-irons that allow you to accomplish this, but remember what I said about heat. Whether or not you want to go down that road is up to you, but you can also straighten hair without the heating tools. One way to accomplish this is by using a straightening shampoo and conditioner, use a microfiber cloth to absorb moisture, blow-dry with cool air, use a wide-tooth comb, and then apply a smoothing product to complete the job. There are other DIY methods of straightening hair, so if you simply don't want to deal with curly hair then you have plenty of options. Let's talk product! In most of our previous blogs, I've mentioned that choosing a high-quality product is best for the health of your hair. Once again, Aveda products are an amazing choice. Here are some that we recommend for people with curly hair, all from Aveda:
Be Curly: Aveda's Be Curly line includes seven types
of product all specially designed for those of you that
choose to embrace their curly hair.
Products include shampoo, conditioner,
enhancing spray, style-prep, and a curl enhancer that actually
intensifies natural curly hair while combating frizz.
Phomollient: While not specifically designed for curly hair, this styling foam works perfectly with curls regardless, and is also highly recommended for those that choose to straighten their hair. It adds weightless shine and volume to your hair. Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight: Aveda designed this product to help straighten naturally curly hair, and it works like a charm! Plant-based fibers create a locking mechanism to help keep hair straight while also creating a barrier from humidity that protects your hair from frizz. Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil: This daily leave-in oil will take try and brittle hair, which tends to be an issue for those with curly hair, and make it soft and manageable. It is made without the use of silicone, meaning you only need to apply a few drops to moisturize hair. It also smells nice! Curly hair can definitely be annoying to deal with, but it doesn't have to be that way. With some care and the right product, you can embrace and be proud of your curls.
We like to take a "glass half full" approach when it comes to hair, so while curly hair does present problems it also opens the door to a wide variety of options and various styles that you otherwise wouldn't be able to do with other hair types. Or feel free to straighten it. The choices are virtually limitless and it's important to find what works best for you. As always, thank you for reading and if you have any questions or are seeking further advice, feel free to consult with any of our friendly and talented hair stylists at The Studio salon.