Are you lucky enough to be blessed with curly hair? Can your curls be defined as 2c hair? Sure, curly hair can be a bit hard to tame at times, but with a few tips from the experts, you can rock those curly tresses!
What is 2c hair? It’s a mix of both waves and curls. Most who fall into this category have curls or waves that are thick and coarse. As well, it is prone to dryness and frizzing. So what is the best way to care for 2c curls? Continue reading for tips from the experts!
Tips for Manageable 2c Hair
- Never brush your hair as it can damage your curls, causing it to frizz up for unnatural and out-of-control volume. It is best to use your fingers to style type 2c hair. Apply some curling gel or serum to your fingertips before scrunching your hair to give your curls definition and natural-looking fullness! A wide-tooth comb can be used to help remove knots and tangles. You should never comb (or brush!) your hair while it is wet as this can lead to breakage and will cause your curls to be lifeless.
- Do not over-shampoo your hair. It is best for curly hair to wash your hair just once a week. Even better, you can “co-wash” your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo which will keep your hair hydrated. Use dry shampoo if needed. Leave-in conditioner is a great way to keep your hair hydrated between washings.
- Only use products for your curls that are designed for curly hair. Avoid products that contain sulfates as these will dry out your hair and damage your curls.
- Do not use a towel to dry your hair. Instead, wrap a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel around your curls and allow them to dry for 15 minutes. This will remove excess moisture while preventing breaking and frizz. Then spritz a generous amount of sea salt spray to your curls and allow it to air dry. Sea salt spray will turn your curls into sexy beach waves without drying out or damaging your 2c hair. If you are in a hurry and have to blow dry your hair, always use a diffuser on the lowest/coolest setting to help retain moisture in your curls.
- Never apply hair products to your hair when it is soaking wet. This will weigh down your curls, causing them to look dull and limp. Once your hair is almost dry, you can use those products designed for curly hair.
*Pro-tip: A bit of coconut oil will help prevent frizz and flyaways. As well, it can help boost your curls and hydrate them at the same time!
If you keep these tips for type 2c hair in mind, you will never have to worry about your curly tresses! Rock those waves and be proud that you were blessed with type 2c curls, as most girls would kill for naturally curly locks!