Hola and happy hump day! I was reading a great article on naturallycurly.com called “10 Habits of Girls with Perfect Curls“. I found them very helpful and something to keep in mind when you are taking care of your tresses. Here are the first 5 to get you started:
1. Eat Healthy
A girl with perfect curls is definitely conscious of what she eats. What you put into your body not only affects your body’s appearance, but your hair’s as well. It’s a simple habit, but one difficult to take on. Curly girls seldom grab fast food, and instead cook with salmon, carrots, walnuts, eggs, beans and green leafy vegetables. All these foods are rich in vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids, which improve hair strength, shine, and overall health.
2. Have a Favorite Hair Product and Stick to It
The perfect curly girl knows what product works best on her hair, at least season by season. Furthermore, she makes it a priority to always have her product in stock. Curls are like people; they are full of personality and it takes time to know them. Take time to find your favorite products and then commit to them. If you stick to one product, you are more likely to perfect its application and get perfect curls. (Tip: Girls with perfect curls usually stick to natural hair products.)
3. Let Conditioner Sit In
When using your daily conditioner, don’t be in such a rush to rinse it out. Girls with perfect girls have a habit of leaving conditioner in their hair for more than three minutes; this time will allow the conditioner to penetrate the outer hair strand, leaving your hair softer. Some curly girls leave their daily conditioner in for even longer!
4. Take Vitamins
Curls need vitamins just as much as the body does. In fact, hair benefits from just about every vitamin in the book. Some vitamins are easier to get than others, such as vitamin C and D. These vitamins are largely fortified in foods, and are found in many vegetables and fruits. However, we largely overlook the intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. All of these vitamins are especially vital to healthy hair, and aid in maintaining a moisturized scalp. If you find it difficult incorporating all of these vitamins into your diet, try taking a daily vitamin supplement.
5. Never Forget to Deep Condition
A perfect curly girl never goes a week without deep conditioning. Ask any girl with perfect curls and she will tell you that deep conditioning is a fundamental ritual. It’s that time of the week when your hair is thirsty and needs some extra conditioning. Daily conditioners are important, but deep conditioners penetrate your hair’s many layers and give your roots the moisture they crave. Girls with perfect curls will probably insist that deep conditioning is the secret to avoiding dry, frizzy hair.
**Click here for the remaining five. Do you have any special tricks that you do to maintain/attain perfect curls? Come on don’t be shy why not share?!?!