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3 Tricks For Treating Dry, Curly Hair

Written on March 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

For most of my life, I wanted to be one of the girls whose hair naturally air-dries straight. Instead, mine would morph into a huge, curly pouf! Growing up, I spent countless hours in front of a mirror straightening my hair, not to mention the hundreds of dollars testing different products. Here, the regimen that helped me drop the heat styling tools and learn to love my curls:

  1. Suds up with a sulfate-free shampoo. Most shampoos contain harsh detergents that can strip the hair of hydrating natural oils. We love Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo to cleanse strands while maintaining the protective lipid barrier.
  2. Instead of conditioner, slather a rich treatment mask all over locks every time you shower and leave on for at least five minutes before rinsing. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask turns straw-like tendrils into springy, silky curls.
  3. Work a leave-in conditioner liberally through locks to tame frizz and define curls. Choose a cream-based formula, like Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, for maximum hydration.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

  • Megan

    This is great! I need a little extra control to keep my curls frizz free and shaped all day. Any styling product recommendations?

  • http://Www.muxedchicks.net Kate may

    I gave Mixed Chicks a shot and Wow! It really did define my curly hair. Stopped frizz on humid days in S. Florida too. I have three year old and we use Mixed Chicks kids leave in. The kids leave in is now available at some Target stores.

  • April Franzino

    We’re so glad you liked it! It’s one of our favorites.

  • http://www.mixedchicks.net/kidsshampoo.html Jason Shields

    The Neutrogena mask was great. Thank you! I remember when Neutrogena just had a single type of soap, now they have so many great products.

    And Mixed Chicks, well, I love that, too. And here is why: Mixed Chicks worked great, and I have tried a lot of curly hair products. There is Curly-Whirly, Special Natural Curl…Max Curl this, and Mrs. Curl that…well, Mixed Chicks not only worked better than the others, but I just like their whole style. I feel good when I see it in the morning in my shower. I’m not biracial. I’m white, but I have curly hair, and always thought I looked like a mixed chick. So now I feel like I’m sort of officially part of the Mixed Chicks (www.mixedchicks.net/testimonials.html) family. Anyway, thanks for the post.

  • April Franzino

    We are happy that you tried it and liked it! Thank you for sharing.

  • Kyla

    I agree! I am a mixed chick, and born in the 70′s. I never had anything that worked in my hair until recently. I love these products! My hair can be touched without feeling crisp or greasy for once after 35 years!

  • Kyla

    I also like the Kinky Curly hair line, available at some natural health stores. It is organic and the spiral spritz is incredible. I have a TON of curly hair and I suggest only “washing” it with conditioner, containing sea kelp if you can. Add some cedar, lemon and/or rosemary oils to your rinse and products if you want extra clarity and scent. My hair and scalp are clean without lather.

  • Anugraha

    hi kyla

      can u pls tell wat cedar it will be helpfull for me, coz i to have the same type nof hair.   

  • Anne Williams

    pro naturals argan oil helps me so much!!! Really recommend that stuff for dry hair :) You just use it after a shower because its a leave in