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How to Wash Curly Hair

Do you really need a blog post about how to properly wash your hair? One would think not.

I mean, it’s washing your hair, not rocket science, right?

Well, as it turns out, when it comes to caring for curls and waves, making small changes to your shower routine can make an enormous difference in your results. That’s why DevaCurl’s newest Spring Kits are packed with do’s and don’ts that you definitely need to know.

Here, a few of our faves:

Do: Massage cleanser onto your scalp with your fingertips for a thorough cleanse.

This is so, so, so, so important if you’re using a sulfate-free cleanser. Traditional shampoos that are packed with detergents naturally move through the hair, so they rinse out easily. A creamy cleanser like No-Poo, that doesn’t have those harsh bubbly ingredients, needs a little extra help.

You MUST massage the product onto your scalp, and then massage it off while rinsing. Massage. Massage. Massage. Because the truth is, what really cleans your scalp is that massage – it’s all about friction.

Don’t: Pile curls on top of your head while cleansing.

As fun as it maybe to channel Emma Stone in Easy A during that “Pocket Full of Sunshine” scene, this is not good for you hair. Don’t do it.

Your curls will get tangled. Really, really tangled. You will cry.

Instead, apply the cleanser and then work it through to the ends, making sure to again, MASSAGE.

If you forget this little tidbit, turn to our next major Do.

Do: Detangle your hair in sections, be gentle and use your fingers.

This is the BEST way to detangle curly hair. Hands down. Divide your hair, then starting at the bottom of each section work your way up slowly, separating tangles with your fingers. No wide-tooth combs, no hair brushes. If you use those, you will rip through your hair and cause damage. No bueno.

Don’t: Skip conditioner. (I can’t believe I even have to say this).

Curly and super curly girls – y’all know what’s up. Conditioner is your BFF. Especially during the detangling process. But some wavy girls, get this, are AFRAID of conditioner. They think it weighs the hair down and turns their waves oily.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. What’s causing this is the silicones in traditional conditioners. They’re super heavy on the hair. But using a weightless conditioner like One Condition Delight does the opposite. It locks in the right amount of moisture, which allows for beautiful, frizz-free waves.

If you’re really worried about that heaviness, rinse out all of your conditioner. But otherwise, you can leave a little in for extra hydration.

Do: Apply your stylers to soaking wet hair in the shower.

Fact of life: DevaCurl products work best with water. This line is all about hydration, hydration, hydration. The most important thing for curly hair is moisture. To preserve hydration, it’s best to apply your stylers to wet, detangled hair, in small sections. Think like Sebastian, “Everything’s better when it’s wetter.”

Want more tips on how to style your hair? Check out the rest of our Curly Hair Do’s and Don’ts right here.

And don’t forget to share your must-know tips down below in the comments!