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How to Manage Curly Dry Hair

When I went though puberty, my hair got curly. I mean really curly. My family all had straight hair, so I was basically alone in my frizzy, curly puberty hell. Yes. It was an unfortunate time. My hair was dry, unmanageable, and frustrating to no end. I hated it. I wanted nothing more than to have perfectly stick straight locks. Thankfully, puberty doesn’t last forever and neither did my attitude. It took a while, but I finally learned to manage my super dry curly hair. Here’s some tips if you struggle like I do!

Skip the wash

Look, I’m not saying go months without washing your hair…or am I? There’s actually a dry hair movement in which you skip washing your hair altogether. I’ve tried a few months of this and totally see the appeal, but I can’t let go of the refreshing feeling of recently washed hair. Since my hair is so dry, I don’t need to wash it everyday. To be plain, my hairdresser begs me not to wash it every day. I currently wash my hair once or twice a week, and that generally works for me. I really only wash it for product build up. And by wash, I mean shampoo. There’s a strong argument right now that those with dry hair only really need to condition to clean their hair decently.

When (if) you decide to wash your hair, be sure to use a gentle shampoo. I recently was given the opportunity to try HASK Macadamia Oil Hair Care Line, and their shampoo is particularly moisturizing. Oil based products don’t strip my hair of its moisture. If skipping shampoo altogether seems too daunting, start by washing every few days and see how it effects your hair.

Condition, condition, condition

My hair is so dry I can put straight up olive oil in it and it’s still dry (this is actually a thing). I suggest investing in a conditioner that really offers the moisture your hair needs. Use conditioners designed for dry hair, there’s so many lines to choose from. Once again, I suggest an oil based product like HASK Macadamia Oil Conditioner, which mimics natural scalp oils (bonus: it’s super affordable at under $6 a bottle).  You should condition both inside and outside of the shower. While in the shower, leave the conditioner in your hair as long as possible. At least two minutes. When you exit the shower, condition again with either a leave in conditioner or a small dollop of your shower conditioner.

Treat

Dry hair is easily damaged and needs to be treated regularly. There’s a lot of deep conditioning treatments and masks available on the market, such as HASK deep conditioner, but you can make your own if necessary. Apply the mask or treatment to your hair weekly, keeping your hair inside a shower cap if you have one for at least 10 minutes. You’ll immediately tell the difference as soon as you rinse it out.

Be gentle

Your dry hair gets even more damaged when you use hot tools like straighteners or irons. Be sure to use a heat protectant whenever you use one of these to lessen the damage. Learn to love your curls, so many people wish their hair had the texture and volume of yours! Don’t be afraid to unleash your curls!

How do you take care of your hair?

Note: This post is sponsored by HASK hair products. The only compensation I received for my opinion were products. All opinions and comments are my own.

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  • The exact same thing happened to me – it was so crazy to go from straight hair to these curls. It took me a really long time to figure out how to manage it. My hair definitely loves oil when it’s dry – makes it look so much healthier and shinier. I also really love using a microfiber towel (or even a t-shirt!) to help reduce frizz.