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Does curly hair really tend to be drier?

To prevent dryness for curly hair and help the hair appear soft and silky, use products and hair treatments that specify use for curly hair. These tend to consider the role of pH and have hydrating ingredients added. Read more...
 

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Is curly hair really drier?



Naturally curly hair may appear drier or with less shine based on a number of factors.


A cross-section of a curly hair shaft shows that it has a different shape as it grows. Straight hair has a round hair shaft similar to a tube or straw. A cross-section of curly hair shows that it can be elliptical or even D shaped. This allows the hair to bend or curl however it may impact how oil migrates down the hair shaft and how light reflects off the surface.



What causes curly hair to be dry or frizzy?



Dry hair is generally the result of a decrease in oil coating the surface of the hair shaft. This can be caused by overwashing, using drying shampoos with aggressive surfactants, swimming, chemical treatments, and the environment. Our hair needs an acidic pH to make it less susceptible to frizz and friction against other hair follicles that can result in breakage.




How is it best to manage dry curly hair?



The role that the pH of our hair care products plays in protecting our hair from damage can help guide your choice of shampoos and conditioners. Look for hair care products that specify curly hair. Consider adding hydration given the challenges our hair may face in distributing natural oils on its own. Using leave-in conditioners as well as considering the role of other natural oils may help.




 


 

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How do you recommend rehydrating curls?



Curly hair is best managed while still damp or wet. Once dried, electrostatic charges between hairs can contribute to friction and frizz.



What can you do to make curly hair soft and silky?



To prevent dryness for curly hair and help the hair appear soft and silky, use products and hair treatments that specify use for curly hair. These tend to consider the role of pH and have hydrating ingredients added. Additional use of hydrating products such as leave-in conditioners, detanglers, and hair oils can help protect and coat hair follicles to reduce friction and frizz that can occur after the hair dries.



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