Curls, curls, curls: what’s a girl to do in a straight haired world? EMBRACE THEM! Curly hair is nature’s way of telling you no matter what your hair looks like, it will never look like another girl’s because you’re different just by being you. So grab a handful of that carefree hair and kiss it, because they deserve to be loved.

Of course, another way you can show your curls that you love them is to take care of them properly. Curly hair isn’t always the easiest to deal with, but when done right, the outcome is always beautiful. Here are four, tried-and-true curly hair secrets to help you give your locks the love they deserve.

1. Sleep on Satin Pillowcases

Every straight haired girl knows to wrap her hair at night with a satin hair wrap if she wants to keep her straight hair frizz-free and stunning, but who’s to say satin can’t help curly girls too? Sleeping on satin pillows greatly decreases the friction between hair and cotton pillowcases. Satin also helps you to keep your curls shiny by not absorbing the vital natural oils in your hair needed to keep your hair moisturized.

2. Skip a Wash Day

Try to wash your hair every couple days instead of every day. Curly hair has a tendency to be dry since the natural oils on your head have difficulty sliding down your hair shaft. To make matters worse, most shampoos dry and deplete hair of its natural oils which curly hair desperately needs.

The foam you see when you shampoo is specifically what strips hair of its essential oils it needs. By shampooing only every couple days you give your hair the chance to rejuvenate itself naturally. If the idea of not shampooing your hair for days at a time scares you, keep in mind your hair can actually clean itself naturally and the use of shampoo is really more excessive than necessary when it comes to hair.

Another curly hair secret to keeping your hair hydrated is to co-wash (washing hair with only conditioner). This is an amazing way of keeping your hair moisturized AND clean. Conditioner has enough detergent to keep your hair clean, and the fact that its full of ingredients to strengthen your hair makes it a great daily substitute for shampoo.

3. Take Vitamins

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but an omega-3 pill will put a smile on your stylist’s face. Hair pills work from the inside out by supplementing your hair with vitamins we tend to lack due to our unhealthy diets and lifestyles. Just as eating better keeps you healthy, taking care of your hair from the root helps your to have healthy  rather than repaired hair.

4. Detangle Softly

Comb your hair in the shower. Instead of having a WWE match between you and your hair while trying to comb it out, opt to comb (not brush!) your hair in the shower while you have conditioner in it. The conditioner acts as a lubricant and helps prevent significant amounts of breakage that comes with combing hair when it’s dry. Remember to keep your hair hydrated as it dries with a leave-in conditioner and to finger comb it instead of brushing/combing it with an actual instrument. This method will be nothing short of music to curl’s tangled ends.

Do you have any great secrets your curls can't live without?