Let’s face it. There are some women with amazing heads of beautiful and healthy curls. Their hair is always shiny and their curls and kinks constantly look plump and springy. There is not a strand on their head that looks dry or neglected. They are the masters of gorgeous hair. Do you wonder how they do it? Their secret is simple really. It’s all about their healthy hair habits day after day and year after year. If you’re interested in becoming that girl, here are seven essential habits of girls with gorgeous and healthy naturally curly hair that you can start implementing now to be on your want to enviable curls.
THEY USE THE BEST SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS THEY CAN AFFORD
This one is a given but so many of us use the wrong products just because they are cheap. We fall for the hype of using things just because someone else is using them or they are buy one get one free on a drugstore special, but in reality, you need to use what will work best for your hair. Having a go-to shampoo and conditioner combo is essential for healthy and beautiful hair. You may love that $7 Dove shampoo but if you were willing to buy that $40 Phyto shampoo and conditioner you may just find that you’ve been missing out. Just because something costs a bit more does not automatically make it a rip off. If you can spend a grip on a pair of shoes that you hardly wear, spending a little more for your hair to look its best is a no-brainer. Some of our favorite top shelf hair product splurges are Oribe Moisture Control Shampoo and Conditioner, Kiehl’s Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo, Aesop Nurturing Conditioner and Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner.
THEY USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS TO MAKE SURE THEIR SCALPS ARE HEALTHY
The girl with that beautiful head of hair can’t be bothered with flakes and if she has a scalp condition she has it under control. Flakes can take a head of hair that’s at the top of the game and bring it to flatline status quick. If you are having scalp issues, see your doctor and check out our healthy scalp tips to find the best products for your hair including 10 Effective Ways To Manage & Prevent Scalp Flare Ups.
THEY COLOR AND BLEACH THEIR HAIR SAFELY
Curly hair can be tricky to color. A head of healthy and shiny color-treated curls is a sight to take in. When done correctly and cared for properly with the right color-preserving products, it can totally transform your hair and look. The woman with beautiful colored hair knows this. If you are planning to go black, blonde, pastel or any color in-between any time soon, be sure to check out our hair color guides for expert tips from Amena, our certified Aveda stylist, on how to safely color naturally curly hair. What Steps Do I Need To Take To Dye My Hair Jet Black?, 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Home Colorists and Adding Dimension To Brunette Hair are good places to start.
THEY GET TRIMS AND HANDLE SPLIT ENDS WISELY
Cutting your hair is like keeping high quality oil in your car. A well-oiled machine will run for a long time but one that isn’t won’t. Holding on to spit ends will just mean a slow death for your hair. Girls with gorgeous hair know when to fold and when to hold. If they are holding on they understand that they are doing so only temporarily until they can get into their stylist’s chair for that twice a year trim. They also hold on to ends that need to be cut, carefully, using products designed to protect their ends and help to contain the spit like Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment Creme, L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair Extreme Split Ends Fixer Leave-In Treatment, Pantene Split End Repair Keratin Protection Cr?me and Davines Melu Mellow Split Ends Repairing Sealing Serum.
THEY UNDERSTAND THEIR HAIR’S ‘SPECIFIC NEEDS’
Having gorgeous hair does not mean having naturally perfect hair. That’s unrealistic. Women with gorgeous hair do understand though that managing their hair’s quirks is an important role for the end result. Women with thinning hair or greasy scalps understand that to keep their hair looking its best they have to have the right products on hand. Remember we talked about not being cheap? For greying hair Rene Furterer Okara Mild Silver Shampoo and Sachajuan Silver Shampoo are two of our favorites. For greasy scalps a wash with Desert Essence Organics Shampoo Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo and touch ups in-between washes with a healthy dry shampoo like Klorane Dry Shampoo With Nettle may do the trick. For thinning hair you can’t beat the Phylia De M. 3 Step Kit.
THEY PROTECT THEIR HAIR WHEN SWIMMING
If we had a dollar for every time we saw a healthy head of curly hair from consistent effort and care walk the green mile in one summer, completely undoing years of hard work, we’d be mega millionaires. You cans spend years painstakingly growing and caring for your hair only to have it become a total loss in one summer if you’re not protecting your curls properly. Summer time makes us feel lazy by nature, but this is not the time to go all bummy with your hair. Beautiful heads of hair stay beautiful and healthy during the summer. To keep your natural hair looking healthy at the beach, pool or lake, check out What Products Should I Use When Washing Natural Hair After Swimming? and The Coconut Oil Sunscreen Pre-Swim Treatment.
THEY ENJOY THEIR HAIR
Have you ever wondered why girls with beautiful hair always love to show it off? That’s because they actually enjoy their hair. They are not afraid to let it all hang out. They are not afraid to cut it all off and start over. They are not afraid to try new hair styles and they are not constantly hiding their hair away underneath a “protective style” of weaves, wigs and extensions or hat all year round. Not enjoying your hair is like having a closet full of new clothes and never wearing them. Your hair will grow with time but while you’re waiting for whatever it is you’re waiting for, enjoy your hair and don’t hide from it or behind it.