I have had curly hair all my life and it has been a long journey to figure out how to cut it, style it and dry it. For all those Lovelies with naturally curly hair out there, you know what I am talking about.

As a child your hair was constantly mismanaged by well-meaning parents that had no idea how to control your curls. When you were old enough, you constantly wished for straight hair and when you got a little older, maybe you even tried to chemically straighten your hair. Then somehow, after more than a decade of struggling against your hair, you decided to embrace your curls. But even after making this conscious decision there are no guarantees when it comes to curly hair because when it is good, it is really good, but when it is bad it can get scary bad, forming shapes you did not know existed with frizz that creates a halo effect around your head and not even your three emergency hairbands can hold back all the craziness.

In my 21 years I have learned a few tricks for dealing with my curly hair and I would like to pass them along because I know the struggles that you can face on a daily basis.

1. Do not brush your hair! I know you were always taught as a child to brush your hair to ensure no giant knots start to form but when you have curly hair all the brush does is separate the curls and create frizz.

2. Get your hair cut dry. I discovered the Devachan cut (Deva for short) sophomore year of high school and the difference was shocking. This technique allows the stylist to see how each curl lays and the shape of your hair overall. Really, everybody should get their hair cut dry, it just makes sense! Find the closest certified stylist here.

3. Less is more when it comes to product. Curly hair needs product to help control it and weigh it down so the curls form and stay intact, but too much product leaves your hair sticky and has that almost wet look.

4. Blow dry only with a diffuser. I let my hair dry naturally 99 percent of the time, but occasionally I need it to dry faster, unfortunately if you do not use the proper tools you can do some serious damage and end up like a poodle.

5. Sleep on a silk pillowcase. It may not seem like a big difference, but the silk minimizes the friction as you sleep ensuring that you do not wake up with more frizz than when you went to bed.

6. Do not wash your hair every time you shower. Curly hair needs the natural oils it produces to stay healthy. Too much washing means these oils do not have time to build up and your hair ends up dry and frizzy.

What are your curly hair tricks?

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