What to Do With Extremely Dry, Curly Hair

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Moisturizing shampoo is a must for curly hair. (Image: sodapix/F1online/Getty Images)

Dry curls leads to frizz and overall dullness. This hair type is more susceptible to dryness because curls prevent your scalp's sebum, or oil, from hydrating the entire length of your strands. But if you're a curly-headed beauty, you don't have to forfeit your right to healthy-looking hair -- a few changes in your routine and styling can help rejuvenate your waves while treating excess dryness.

Shampoo Less Frequently

Curly hair doesn’t require daily cleansing. Wash your hair every other day or a few times a week. A conditioning shampoo is a must for extremely dry tresses; to keep your curls hydrated, switch to sulfate-free products that won’t strip moisture. If your roots feel oily, touch them up with dry shampoo between washes.

Treat With a Mask

Conditioners made for curly hair are ideal for taming frizz and dryness. When your hair is dry to the point of brittleness, it’s time to treat your strands to a moisturizing mask. Most formulas should be left in for at least 15 minutes after shampooing. Accentuate the deep-moisture effects by leaving the product in your locks for an hour in a shower cap. Use up to two times per week.

Change Your Styling Habits

Ideally, your hair should be trimmed every six to eight weeks -- neglecting haircuts can quickly become problematic for curls. If your ends are frayed and dry, have your stylist trim a few inches for ultimate hair health. Also, lay off heated styling tools until your hair is restored back to normal.

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