We love answering your questions and one that we get all the time is, "What's the best way to moisturize my curly hair?" We'll tell you the best product recommendations to keep your waves, curls and coils looking their best everyday.
It's important to know what makes curly hair different. There are two reasons hair grows curly:
Hair grows out of follicles, little holes in your scalp. If the shape of the hole is perfectly round, your hair grows out straight. If your follicle is oval your hair will twist into a wave or curl. Kinky hair grows out of a kidney shaped follicle. Hormone changes can influence follicle shape (why my hair went from pin-straight to curly during puberty). I promise I'll stop saying follicle now.
Hair is made of proteins and the cortex has three layers of differing protein cells. The distribution of these cells varies according to hair types and they also absorb water at different rates. When one layer swells more than the other that causes hair to twist and turn (that's why humidity makes hair curlier). Hair naturally has between 7-14% moisture, but it will quickly adapt to its environment. Amazing huh?
So how do we 'moisturize' curly hair? Well first, we are not trying to add water to the hair. What we want to do to make textured (curly, wavy, coily or kinky) hair look great is to support the structural proteins and lipids and fight the effects of dryness and damage.
The delicate balance with products for curly hair (and also for dry or damaged hair) is products that are heavy enough to smooth your hair without weighing down your curl. Phew. Exhausted already? Don't despair. That's why Free Your Mane was invented especially for your hair type.
Its important to experiment and find out what's right for your head. Think of all the different factors we just talked about: humidity, differing proteins, hormones and so on.
Phew. Exhausted already? Don't despair. So the key to moisturizing curly hair is using products that contain ingredients that are tailored to texured or dry hair, like fatty alcohols (cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol), natural oils especially ones that are close in mollecular weight to the natural lipids in your own hair (like Baobab and Sweet Almond Oil) Polyquaterniums (polymers that are positively charged, neutralizing the negative charges of most shampoos and hair proteins to help hair lie flat) and new generation silicones compounds (arguably no single class of materials have had such an impact on modern cosmetic formulation as the silicones.) I'll do another article on silicones.
Free Your Mane was invented especially for your hair type. We did all the experimenting for you. For example our Sulfate Free Shampoo will not strip your hair of it's natural lipids so you won't have to overcompensate with a ton of conditioner. That's a great start, and you'll notice the difference right away.
I won't go into all the products but you can watch a video here on how to use Free Your Mane for your hair type. And remember which products work best may vary from time to time so don't be afraid to switch it up!