Tightly curled or coarse hair is beautiful to behold, but it can be difficult to manage. Curly or coarse hair may easily wrap over itself, which causes tangles, damage and dullness. Tightly curled hair thrives on frequent moisturizing, strengthening and gentle handling techniques. Three ideal natural products to make tightly curled or coarse hair look its best are shea butter, aloe vera gel and henna.
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Shea butter, made from the African shea seed, is a thick and rich vitamin A cream. According to the American Shea Butter Institute, shea butter is beneficial to all skin and hair types. According to the website Curly Hair, tightly curled or coarse hair tends to be dry and may appear dull. Shea butter penetrates the hair and provides deep moisturization, which is vital for glossy, healthy curls. Shea butter can applied to coarse or damaged hair after a leave-in conditioner has been smoothed through the hair.
Taming tightly curled or coarse hair long enough to achieve a desired style can be difficult. Hair gels and holding sprays can make curly hair drier and even more unruly in the long run. Aloe vera gel is a good natural alternative for styling control. Aloe vera gel will provide gentle hold, increased curl definition and all-day conditioning to fragile, coarse hair. Even fine-textured hair can benefit from aloe vera gel, as it is light and will not weigh down the curls.
According to the website The Henna Page, henna is a plant dye that is often used to color the hair. Henna imparts a translucent reddish-orange color to hair strands. Darker colored tightly curled or coarse hair can benefit from regular henna treatments because it deep conditions the hair and temporarily elongates curls. The subtle loosening of the curl pattern will aid in detangling and prevent unnecessary hair breakage. Henna treatments can be performed in salons, or in the comfort of your own home. Henna powder is easily and inexpensively found in most health food or ethnic food stores. To perform an easy henna treatment at home, mix henna with water until it forms a thick paste. Allow the paste to sit in a warm place for several hours to allow dye release, then apply it to the hair. A plastic hair cap or plastic cling wrap is then worn over the hair for at least one hour. Rinse as much henna from the hair as possible, then follow with a conditioner or shea butter. If your hair is light colored, consider adding a tbsp. of henna to a 15 oz. bottle of conditioner and use the conditioner as you normally would. Coarse or tightly curled hair will still reap the benefits of the henna-conditioner treatment without allowing for dye uptake and hair color alteration.