18 Curly Girl Hair Care Hacks

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1. Know Your Curl Type

Different patterns and types of curls require different styling and maintenance routines. If you're not sure which type you have, there's a quiz for that!Trivia: These curl classifications were defined by Andre Walker (of Andre Walker Hair and The Gold System), the Emmy-award winning stylist for Oprah!

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Different patterns and types of curls require different styling and maintenance routines. If you’re not sure which type you have, there’s a quiz for that!

Trivia: These curl classifications were defined by Andre Walker (of Andre Walker Hair and The Gold System), the Emmy-award winning stylist for Oprah!

2. Try Co-Washing

Also know as “no-poo” or the Curly Girl Method, this just means that you don’t use shampoo at all, only conditioner. Many curly girls swear by it. Read more about it here.

3. Trade your Towel for a T-Shirt

Drying your hair with a T-Shirt will greatly reduce frizz and breakage after washing. Since shirts aren't as absorbent, gently squeeze your hair out before drying but never twist it.

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Drying your hair with a T-Shirt will greatly reduce frizz and breakage after washing. Since shirts aren’t as absorbent, gently squeeze your hair out before drying but never twist it.

4. Less is More

For curly girls, it's not as important which product you use as how much. The right amount of product is probably less than you think. Check out this handy guide for more info. Pro tip: Always apply product when hair is T-shirt dried but still mostly wet.

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For curly girls, it’s not as important which product you use as how much. The right amount of product is probably less than you think. Check out this handy guide for more info.

Pro tip: Always apply product when hair is T-shirt dried but still mostly wet.

5. Start from the Bottom

When you're washing your hair, condition starting at the bottom of your hair and move up. Same goes for combing.

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When you’re washing your hair, condition starting at the bottom of your hair and move up. Same goes for combing.

6. Banish the Brushes

Brushing can damage fragile curls. Opt for finger-combing or a wide-toothed comb instead.

7. When All Else Fails, Try This Detangling Genie

If your hair doesn't detangle with only a comb, try this brush/comb hybrid that is designed for sensitive heads to gently detangle without breaking hairs. It's also gentle enough for kids. Get it here.

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If your hair doesn’t detangle with only a comb, try this brush/comb hybrid that is designed for sensitive heads to gently detangle without breaking hairs. It’s also gentle enough for kids. Get it here.

8. Use This Tip for Easy Cleanup While Detangling

9. Try Showering with a Hairnet

For fine curls, showering with a hairnet will allow you to get your hair clean and still maintain your curl structure.

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For fine curls, showering with a hairnet will allow you to get your hair clean and still maintain your curl structure.

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