8. Only comb curls when they are wet and use a wide toothed comb.
Yes, there is a proper way to comb curls! To avoid breakage, use a wide toothed comb and preferably, comb your hair while your conditioner is on in the shower, or directly after you finish washing your hair. The conditioner will help your comb slide through like butter, ensuring you get all tangles out without breaking those gorgeous tendrils. And don’t worry: those handfuls of hair that come out when you brush aren’t a big deal! Since you brush your hair less often and your hair texture is so active, the hair you shed on a daily basis tends to get lost in your curls.
9. Invest in a great blowout before vacation.
My favorite routine for curly girls going on vacation is a great blowout. If done right, it can last you up to a week and provide you with fabulous hair the entire time you’re away! When you get your blowout, ask for an anti-frizz product to be blown in and for your hair to be styled straighter, or with a little flip to the ends. But make sure they maintain some volume. On day two, you’ll have voluminous strands that are still mostly straight. Day three and four, you’ll have looser, bigger waves. And by day five or six, you’ll have lots of volume and a defined, nice curl that’s closer to your natural hair.
10. Learn to love what you see.
I know it’s easy to get caught up in wanting what you don’t have. I know all about it; I used to eat every crust I could find when I was a little girl because my Grandpa swore it would give me curls. And when it didn’t, I started getting perms when I was 8 just to have the same kind of texture that you get to wake up with everyday! I’m much more comfortable in my own skin (and hair!) now and it truly wasn’t until I looked in the mirror and decided that I was going to find the good in my straight, fine tresses that I finally learned how to truly wear them. I would encourage you to do the same because once you do, your confidence will sky rocket and you can focus on more important things than getting your hair straightened on the regular.