With the Fall months finally upon us, Afro-Latinas have a real chance to let their curls shine. After all, what 3B to 4C curl doesn’t look asombroso matched with a turtleneck and a beret? Still, as the warm months chill off and the hot conditions of the sun fade, it’s crucial to remember that taking care of our curls is an all year thing.
If you’re a chica just going through a hair transition, we’ve got 7 basic tips on how to keep your curls in tiptop shape for Fall.
1. Give yourself some time between washes.
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Every day washes were not made for our coarse rizos. Avoid drying out your hair and causing damage by sticking to your mom’s time-tested method of every 3 days to 1 day a week to washes. Be sure to treat your hair once a week with a nourishing hair mask.
2. Avoid drying with too much heat.
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Hey girl, we get it. Sometimes a blow out is fun or a heat tool is just way easier than waiting for your curls to air dry. If you do decide to use a blow dryer on your curls, remember to reach for a diffuser and be sure to avoid drying your hair outmore than 70% of the way so that you can maintain the shape and smoothness of your curls.
3. The best time to style your hair is when it’s wet!
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Working with your hair when its damp/ close to wet is the easiest way to sculpt your curls into shape. With a good styling comb, you can smooth out your curls so they’re loser and pull them into braids or updos.
4. Get crazy with oils but not too crazy.
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Since your curls are more prone to dryness than other hair types, you’ll want to be sure to keep it moisturized at all times. Some good loving via, a pre-wash hot oil treatment on your wet hair is one of the best ways to go. Reach for the coconut oil you have laying around and leave it all in for 20 minutes before you head to the shower to wash it all off.
5. Towel off the right way.
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Microfiber towels are one of the best types of cloth to apply to your curls when they’re wet. Be sure to also apply whatever drying method you use (be it towel or blowdryer) to your hair with some TLC. After all you want to do your best to avoid tangles and breakage.
6. Get your trim on.
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If you’re growing out your hair, it can be kind of hard to get your mind on board with the idea of a good trim or cut. Still, it’s gotta happen. Maintenance trims around every 8 weeks will ensure that your hair is kept in shape and will keep dead ends and dryness at bay.
7. Watch out for colors and dyes.
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Wanting to try out new colors on your hair is practically inevitable in our age of ombre dyes and millennial pink tints. Still, not all colors were made for your rizos and some of them can be pretty damaging. Before diving into a new color, be sure to speak with an expert in natural hair care and dying who can advice you on how to get a new color without stressing or damaging your hair.