Men who have naturally curly or wavy hair tend to have many more options when it comes to styling their hair. However, this hair type comes with its own unique problems that tend to get worse the more curl the hair has. This can leave many wondering how to take care of men’s curly hair.
The first thing is to remember that moisture is the friend of curly hair. This is because curly hair tends to be drier and finer than straight hair, making it more brittle. This brittleness can lead to split ends and frizzy hair that will not be tamed for any reason. That is why one must use a good quality conditioner each and every time he washes his hair to replenish the moisture and lock it into the hair.
Blow dryers are a definite enemy. It is better to simply squeeze excess moisture out of the hair with a towel or cotton shirt and allow it to air dry whenever possible. Too much rubbing with a towel can damage the individual hair strands and the heat from a blow dryer can dry the hair out, making it split and break.
Curly hair does not take brushing as well as straight hair. Whenever possible, one should choose a style that can be achieved by simply running the fingers through the hair with or without hair products to hold the hair in place. If this can not be done, a wide toothed comb should be used gently to style the hair.
When choosing products to provide extra hold for different hairstyles, one should consider whether the product will weight the hair down or make it look greasy. In many cases, trying to achieve a basically straight hairstyle will require volumes of product that just make the hair look dirty. One might want to start out with lighter products and gradually increase the amount and/or type of product until the right hold and look is achieved rather than start with something heavy.
In general, curly hair is a blessing in that it is a lot lower maintenance than straight hair. One does not have to get it cut as often and its natural dryness makes it unnecessary to wash more than a couple of times a week. The main thing to remember when learning how to take care of men’s curly hair is that moisture is good and overworking it is bad.