At NaturallyCurly, we know that conditioning is one of the most important steps in your hair care process. Conditioning adds moisture to hair, which is important to your hair’s health and helps to fight frizz. Here are the dos and don’ts of conditioning your wavy hair this summer.

  1. DON’T weigh down your waves. If you aren’t getting the results you want, reevaluate your conditioner. Most wavies only need a light conditioner; I personally love Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner. If I need something a little heavier to refresh my hair, I use Paul Mitchell The Cream as a leave-in conditioner.
  2. DO try a sulfate-free product, or at least a product with milder sulfates. Sulfates can be harsh on wavy and curly hair, which tend to be more fragile than other hair types. After experimenting with a few sulfate-free conditioners, including Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, I have noticed that my hair retains more moisture and is less frizzy.
  3. DON’T condition your roots. A lot of people make the mistake of applying conditioner in the same way that they apply shampoo. This isn’t necessary, as your roots produce their own oils. You only need to use conditioner on the length of your hair.
  4. DO use a wide-tooth shower comb. Using a shower comb ensures that the conditioner gets all the way through the ends of your hair, where it is really needed to prevent dry, split ends. It also helps with detangling!
  5. DON’T rinse with warm water. Warm water is good for rinsing out shampoo because it opens up your hair cuticles, preparing them to absorb conditioner. But after you apply conditioner, you should rinse with cold water. This closes the cuticle, sealing in moisture and leaving your hair smooth and shiny.
  6. DO be patient. When you’re conditioning, leave the product in your hair for 2-3 minutes. This allows the hair cuticles to fully absorb the benefits of your conditioner.

For healthy hydrated wavy hair incorporate these tips into your regular hair routine and look out for more tips on how to maintain healthy, happy hair this month!