Healthy curls aren’t just for the ladies.
Men may have differing style goals from women, but the common care concerns are pretty much the same in terms of moisture. When it comes to keeping curls looking their best, moisturizing for curly guys is essential. So, what should you look for when choosing products to tackle moisturizing for curly guys? It is important to know that not all conditioners are the same in purpose. Here are the ones to know.
If guys are using a conditioner, then most of them - curly or not - are probably using this type of conditioner. As a basic conditioner used during a shower, most curly guys run it through their hair and immediately rinse it off. A good tip is to massage the scalp with it for two minutes to get the most benefit out of the product. You also want to look at the ingredients being used to make sure they will give you a dose of moisture.
- Tip: Look for ingredients with natural emollients like jojoba oil, coconut oil, and other natural ingredients. A sign of good conditioner is usually if water is included in the formula because water combined with other factors is what replenishes moisture loss. TGIN Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner is light enough for everyday use but still packs a moisturizing punch.
The difference between a regular daily conditioner and a leave-in conditioner is that one gets rinsed out of the hair in the shower while the other stays in your hair all day long (or until you shampoo again). A leave-in is usually thicker and richer than a rinse-out conditioner. A leave-in can be used either in place of in shower conditioner or following it when strands seem extra dry or brittle. Most curly guys use a leave-in conditioner every day to every few days.
- Tip: What you want is a leave-in that will be able to saturate strands without adding too much weight. A few good products for this are As I Am Leave-In Conditioner and G'Natural All Day Leave-In Conditioner.
Deep treatment conditioner
The final aspect of conditioning curls for men is a deep conditioner. This is usually used when hair is damaged and in need of repair, but it can also be done as a protective measure before damage strikes to fortify strands. For this product type, you will apply it to clean, towel-dried strands and then wait a time frame of anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the product instructions, and then rinse out. These formulas are not usually intended to be left on hair in the same way as a leave in because they are often thick, giving hair a quick boost of nutrients and vitamins so look for products packed with natural ingredients.
- Tip: Most curly guys find it is helpful to use a deep conditioner every 2 to 3 weeks. Try Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment and Alex Anthony Curl System Restore Intense Conditioning Treatment. For this product, you will typically use it based on your own evaluation of the state of your curls.
Taking care of your curls is important. With the right moisturizing products and routines in place, your hair will look better than ever!