Mastering curly hair isn’t as hard as you think. It’s a matter of learning some new habits and un-learning some old ones. Here are a dozen do’s and don’ts for getting it right:

  1. DO toss out the brushes and fine-tooth combs. The best tools for curly hair are wide-tooth combs and your ten fingers.
  2. DON’T over-wash hair. Give those natural oils a chance to buildup and give hair natural shine and elasticity. Two or three days in between washes is perfect for most kids.
  3. DON’T use a ton of shampoo. When it’s time to wash, use a small dab of Curl Shampoo. Work it into your fingers and massage the scalp and hair gently, then rinse. You’re not going for a ton of suds, just a gentle cleanse.
  4. DO use ample conditioner. Start with a quarter-size amount of Curl Conditioner and work it into hair from tip to root. (Hair is driest at the ends, so feed them first.) If hair is particularly dry and thirsty (or particularly thick), go ahead and add more conditioner until hair is moisturized.
  5. DO use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair before you rinse out conditioner. Detangle starting at tips and work your way up to the roots.
  6. DON’T rinse out all of the conditioner. This is a secret weapon for curly hair—leaving a little layer of conditioner adds softness and moisture as hair dries.
  7. DON’T go crazy with the towel. Rubbing hair with a dry towel post-bath will add frizz and frenzy. Instead, cup the towel in your hand and give handfuls of hair a very gentle squeeze to remove excess water. Curls will start springing to life and should still be damp.
  8. DO add a little bit of Curl Gel-Cream to damp hair. Place a dime-sized amount in your palm and work it into your hands before finger-combing it into the hair, root to tip. Add a little more as necessary for thicker or longer hair.
  9. DON’T turn the hair dryer on full blast. Beautiful curls will not be rushed.
  10. DO allow hair to air dry or use a diffuser. A soft, slow drying process is key for bouncy, defined curls.
  11. DON’T brush or comb hair once it’s dry. Use your fingers to comb, lift, or separate curls.
  12. DO add a little Curl Gel-Cream to dry hair to add smoothness and shine, and to tame frizzy fly-aways. Especially on those in-between wash days. 

Want more inspiration? Check out our videos on our new BOING Curl Shampoo, Curl Conditioner, and Curl Gel-Cream and visit our Curl Power Pinterest Page!