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How to maintain curly hair

There are many things that only women with natural curly hair know – like how painful (and irritating) it is to have something tangled in your hair, and how unpredictable your style can be. We’ve all had moments of envy towards our straight-haired friends (they have it so easy!), but ultimately there’s something irresistibly gorgeous about curls, and we wouldn’t change them for the world. They can often be vulnerable to breakage though, so the big challenge is how to manage curly hair so that it stays its glossy, bouncy, voluminous best. These tips should help…

  • 1

    Nourish with shampoo.

    Curly hair often tends to be dry because the oils produced by your scalp struggle to reach the ends of your strands, due to the kinks and curls. Use a nourishing shampoo for curly hair such as Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo. It’s formulated with weightless vita oils to deeply nourish hair and control frizz leaving it more manageable from the first use 

  • 2

    Pre-wash treatment.

    Equally, if you’re prone to frizz, a nourishing oil is your friend. Try massaging Dove Elixir Nourished Shine Hair Oil from root to tip before washing. It’s infused with hibiscus and argan oils to add shine and leave hair silky 

  • 3

    Go easy on the drying.

    After you wash your hair, don’t towel-dry it, as that will only cause your hair to frizz. Instead tilt your head forward and squeeze upwards gently to get rid of the excess water

  • 4

    Use your diffuser.

    A big part of curly hair care is learning to dry it gently and minimally. When you blow dry your hair, use a diffuser (which reduces frizz by distributing the heat evenly) – but don’t over-dry: just dry out the majority of the water and then leave the rest to dry naturally 

  • 5

    Minimise brushing.

    It might go against everything your mum taught you, but don’t brush your hair. Brushing is too aggressive for curly hair – it will pull out the natural curl and you’ll lose definition and provoke frizz. If you must unpick a tangle, do it when your hair is wet (avoid combing your hair when its dry) using a wide-toothed comb, start at the ends of the hair and work your way up to avoid breakage

  • 6

    Use oils on wet hair.

    Apply curly hair products while your hair is still wet. This will help lock in the moisture and keep your curls thick and lustrous. A few drops of Dove Elixir Nourished Shine Hair Oil adds luminosity with every use for beautifully healthy-looking hair. Perfect for a mid-week treat for your curls