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Dove How to manage curly hair

How to take care of 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 conditioner.

    Natural 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. Keep it moisturised with a curl-specific conditioner like Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Conditioner. Its formula defines curls to make them feel softer and smoother

  • 2

    Protect with a serum.

    Equally, if you’re prone to frizz, a nourishing serum is your friend. Try applying Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Crème Serum to damp or dry hair to help tame frizz and fly-aways for a shinier, more manageable style

  • 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 it's dry) using a wide-toothed comb, start at the ends of the hair and work your way up to avoid breakage

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    Use styling products on wet hair.

    Apply products while your hair is still wet. This will help lock in the moisture and keep your curls thick and lustrous. Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Intense Restoration Mask is infused with nutrients, vitamins and Buriti oil to help lock in that moisture, and only takes five minutes to get to work. Perfect for a mid-week treat for your curls. It intensely nourishes for hair that is visibly smooth and beautifully bouncy