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Humidity. Knots. Frizz. Dryness. You name it, anyone with curly hair will be all too familiar with it. There seems to be an endless list of problems we curly-haired women face, but where are the solutions?
As someone with long, super thick, curly hair (and not the graceful, gentle waves you see celebs sporting on the red carpet) I’ve had enough with my only two options being to use a straightener, or look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards.
So through my own experimentation and with a LOT of help from the experts, here are the solutions to seven problems all curly-haired women have faced.
1. One word: Humidity.
According to Remington Schulz, Senior Stylist at Edwards and Co, it's all about moisture.
"The key to beating to humidity and frizz is to not dry the curls out. That means not washing it daily," he says.
For those who worry about getting sweaty or having a greasy scalp, Schulz recommends trying to at least limit washing your hair to every second or third day.
"If you have to wash your hair, try rinsing your hair and not shampooing it. You can add conditioner if you like though. The reason for this is every time you wash your hair, you remove moisture and shatter the curls," he explains.
Hair stylist Anthony Nader recommends investing in a rich cream conditioner that's packed with goodness.
"It may seem like a gimmick, but the ingredients you have in a higher quality brand means the product is formulated from a better lab and is based on solid research," he says.
"When you're next in the salon, it's also worth asking your hairstylist for a moisture treatment, rather than a protein treatment. Moisture is what you need for now to hydrate and replenish the hair, whereas protein just strengthens".
2. Brushing your hair is painful, difficult, and leaves you looking like a witch.
There are few products that can truly claim they will change your life - the Lady Jayne Tangleze Detangling Brush ($12.99) is one of them.
The first time I used it, I actually heard a choir of angels singing in the background. It didn't tear my hair out, it could tackle any matted knot and I wasn't screaming in pain during the process.
The magic lies in dual length bristles which help to minimise hair breakage, and its snazzy, flexy shape is super handy (and gentle) for de-tangling. A lifesaver.
3. Every day is Frizzday.
"Remember frizzy hair is dry hair," says Schulz.