Ever curly must know these 10 curl commandments for healthy hair.
Shampoo Less - Or Not At All
The best way to wash curly hair is with a 100 percent sulfate-free shampoo (like DevaCurl No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser). Sodium lauryl sulfate, the key ingredient in most traditional shampoos, is both a salt and a detergent—an effective cleanser that's too harsh for most curls. "Without enough conditioning agents, it can lift the hair's cuticles," leaving hair dry and frizzy, says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. For those looking for even more hydration, consider a so-called "co-wash" formula.
Co-washing (our curly community's term for washing hair with conditioner) has resulted in the rise of cleansing conditioners; we like Ouidad Curl Co-Wash, which blends water and oils in lieu of abrasive detergents. Neither approach will produce a rich, satisfying lather, but both will result in a mound of bouncier, glossier curls. For fine hair, cleanse every other day; those with thick strands can usually go three or more days without a wash.MORE: 9 Coily Cleansing Conditioners Under $20