The Ultimate Guide on How to Care for Curly and Kinky Natural Hair | Part 1

The Ultimate Guide on How to Care for Curly and Kinky Natural Hair | Part 1

If you’re just starting on your natural hair journey, or you’re looking to go back to the basics after falling out of love with your hair, then this guide is for you. In this guide, we’ll cover what you need to do on wash day, the best protective styles for your hair, and styling ideas that will make your curls and kinks pop. We’ve also included a section about natural ingredients you should look out for in your products that will have your hair thriving without the harmful side effects.

Following the tips in this guide will help you adore this journey you’re on. That’s a promise!

So let’s kick off with the most important bit:

A. Wash Day

Shampooing, conditioning, detangling (which gives every natural a run for her money), moisturizing, and styling: we’ll cover all of these. We’ve even thrown in some tips on how to dry your curls.

Best part? We’ll show you how to do all this with our 4-Step System, which has just 4 products because really, that’s all you need. Plus, we also have a 4-Step System tailored to help strengthen and nourish color-treated, bleached, or heat-damaged hair. The products will vary a bit in terms of their ingredients, but these steps will work for you too.

1. Shampooing

First off, it’s very important during wash day to split your hair into sections and work on one section at a time. This is one of the best ways to minimize tangles during washday and make sure that you get the products to all of your strands. When working on one section, make sure the other sections are twisted or pinned away.

That said, here’s how to shampoo your hair using Prettykind’s Solid Shampoo bars:

- Drench the section of hair with water.

- Wet the shampoo bar and rub it in between your hands to get a lather started.

- Now, rub the shampoo bar on your scalp. Start around the perimeter of the section. Then split the section in the middle and rub it there as well until you see a slight lather forming

- Don’t forget to rub the shampoo bar along the actual hair strands too.

- If your hair is long enough, hold it an inch or so above your ends and stretch the hair taut**, this will help to prevent tangles, and lightly rub your scalp to dislodge dirt. Do not scratch your scalp.

- Afterward, using the praying hands’ method, rub your hair from your scalp down to your ends to work the shampoo through your strands.

- Rinse your scalp and hair properly to ensure no residue or build-up forms.

- Repeat steps until your scalp and hair feel clean without feeling stripped.

** Don’t pull your hair so taut that it hurts. This shouldn’t hurt.

2. Conditioning

After shampooing, we move on to conditioning. A conditioner smooths, softens, and provides slip that will help you detangle your hair, but when used on the scalp, can lead to buildup and clog your skin. This is why conditioner is focused on your hair strands and not your scalp.

Here’s how you’d condition using our Prettykind Solid Conditioner:

- Wet your conditioner bar and rub it between your arms for a bit.

- Working in sections, and on soaking-wet hair, stroke the conditioner onto your hair, from your roots down to the ends of your hair. Pay special attention to your ends.

- Once your hair is saturated with conditioner, hold your hair taut, as you did when shampooing, and detangle. (Don’t worry. We’ll cover how to detangle next)

- Once you’re done detangling, leave it in for 5 to 10 minutes.

- Thoroughly rinse your hair off to ensure you don’t get any buildup or residue on your hair.

3. Detangling

Detangling is the process of taking out any knots that have formed in your hair. If you don’t do this, then your hair would keep tangling and matt, at which point, your hair has started to form dreadlocks.

This is great if you want dreadlocks, but if you don’t, then make sure to detangle following the steps below:

- With conditioner still in your hair, pull your hair taut an inch or two from the tips of your hair, and comb through your ends.

- Once the ends are easy to comb through with your brush, move your fingers up an inch or two, hold the hair taut and comb through from that point until the ends of your hair.

- Once that portion is easy to comb through, move up a bit and repeat until you can finally comb from the roots to the ends of your hair with no (or virtually no) snags. Do this until all your hair has been detangled.

4. Moisturizing

Since you’ve been working with water during your wash day, your hair has water/moisture in it, but if you don’t do something to seal in that moisture, you’ll soon be left with dry, tangling hair. Moisturizing is the process of sealing in this moisture to your hair to keep it soft and manageable for days.

Most naturals do find that they have to moisturize 2-3 times a week to keep their hair moisturized throughout the week. You’ll have to, through trial and error, discover what works for you, but we suggest you start with moisturizing at least twice a week: on washday and then in the middle of the week.

Here’s how to moisturize:

- Start on damp hair. Moisturizing is all about sealing in moisture, so we have to make sure that there is moisture in the hair strands, to begin with.

- Take a bit of your moisturizer, the Prettykind Moisturizing Lotion, and apply it to the hair, working it into your strands thoroughly.

- For added sealing, you can also apply a styling cream, hair butter, or hair cream to your strands. This will add another layer of sealing and help your hair retain moisture for longer. Plus, it will help set your style if you decide to move to the next step: styling.

5. Styling

There are probably thousands of hairstyles you can do on your natural hair from afros, hair puffs, braids, wash and go’s, twist outs…. the list is endless. We’ll cover the best hairstyles for you in the next section.

Whichever style you decide to do, it’s helpful to use a styler first before you do your hairstyle. Stylers help to reduce frizz, help set the style and add shine to your strands.

Tip: To reduce frizz and tangling and help your hair retain moisture and hold the style longer, sleep in a satin scarf or bonnet. If you’re looking for a new one, check out our Double-layered and Adjustable Satin Bonnets. They’re especially great for preserving protective styles such as box braids and twists.

6. Methods for Drying Curls (Bonus Tips)

It won’t make much sense if you do these other steps, but because of not knowing how to take care of your curls afterward, all your hard work just gets swept down the drain. It’s equally important to know how to dry your curls.

Generally, you will either dry your hair using heat, such as a blow-drier or hooded drier, or you will air-dry your hair.

Air-drying is pretty straightforward, but when it comes to heat, there are a couple of precautions you need to keep in mind:

- Use a heat protectant. These products help prevent your hair from suffering damage due to high heat.

- Use low heat. High-heat methods such as flat-ironing often give a smoother finished look, but they also have the highest risk of causing heat damage to your hair, so opt for methods that allow you to use low heat. When your hair is heat damaged, previously curly hair will lose its curl or have a loosened curl pattern that’s very different from the rest of your hair. This makes styling harder since you now have to find a way to meld the two textures, but heat-damaged hair also has a harder time retaining moisture and breaks off easily.

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