Naturally, curly hair is naturally gorgeous, and we’re madly in love with our manes! But, when we don’t love on our hair, our lovely tresses can quickly become matted messes.
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One of the biggest questions we get is how to take the stress out wash day (and, how often to do it). We caught up with Miko Branch, Miss Jessie’s CEO, to get intel on cleansing our curls
“Curls thrive from the natural oils in your hair, so the last thing you want to do is strip them of the natural oils!,” says Miko. That means we should avoid shampoos with sulfates and other drying chemicals. Instead, she says, “choosing quality curl cleansers is paramount to the integrity of your natural hair, and keeps your hair free from dirt and product build-up.”
Don’t Wash Daily
This should be a no-brainer, but um… Daily washing will dry your scalp and strands. Miko recommends cleansing hair once or twice a week. “Cleanse your hair at the root, while massaging your scalp,” she says. “If you are active or use a good amount of styling product or conditioner, then cleanse your hair more often.”
Yes, even while washing we have to focus on moisturizing our textured curls. “Make moisturizing your BFF,” says Miko. “Choose a softening conditioner that will protect your hair, lock in moisture to your hair and scalp, won’t weigh your hair down, and leave your curls slick and smooth.”
Take Your Time
I love detangling, said no one ever. But it’s a necessary part of the process and requires some TLC. When hair is wet, its protein bonds are weaker and more likely to break.
“Detangle your hair ever so gently with your fingers and a wide-tooth comb,” says Miko. “Patience is a virtue, so don’t rush detangling and let the conditioner condition your hair for a few minutes before rinsing it with cold water.”