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How to Protect Curls

by Curlup Team |

Hi, Curlies! How is your CG journey coming along? And, now that you’ve found the path to achieving gorgeous, natural curls, we’ve jotted down a few pointers for you to maintain and handle your precious curls during the course of your daily lives!

1. Sleeping with curls:

You’ve slayed the day and your curls stayed intact! But it’s time to hit the sack and you’re wondering how to preserve them without having to wake up to a head full of frizz. Worry not, we’re here to help.

Here is a list of quick tips to keep your curls in place overnight:

  • The Pineapple – This method is as delightful as the fruit itself and even works as a curly hairdo! Simply flip your dry hair over and secure it into a very high yet loose ponytail with a satin or fabric scrunchie to avoid breakage. If your hair is too short to gather into one ponytail, simply make multiple pineapples by segmenting your hair. After a night of good rest, simply undo the ponytail and refresh with a spray of water or curl refresher to prep them for the day ahead.
  • Satin to the rescue – If you’re uncomfortable with tying up your curls and prefer letting them down, simply swap your cotton pillowcase for a satin or silk one. You could also use a satin bonnet or scarf to ‘contain’ your curls to wake up to bouncy curls sans unwanted frizz. Check out brands like Hairlove and Manetain for satin and silk products that help you on the CG journey.
  • T-shirt turban – If you don’t have a silk bonnet at hand, simply DIY with a T-shirt. Gather your curls upwards, place the tee at the nape of your neck and pin over your forehead. Tie the sleeves into a loose knot to nest your curls for the night.
  • Braid Up – Braiding your hair before bed is a good way to keep your hair intact. Opt for a double or single French braid, but you could also try mini braids by parting your hair into 6-8 sections and braiding them individually. Too lazy to braid? Simply section your hair and further section into two and twist and secure with a fabric scrunchie. Undo the braids when you wake for a lovely natural curl pattern. (P. S. If you’re a wavie, braiding gives you tighter curls and for curlies with kinkier curls, braids elongate the curl pattern)
  • Plop It – Another common night time routine for curlies is plopping. Apply a styling curl cream or mousse and flip hair onto a microfibre towel or tee laid down. Tie a knot behind your head to secure your curls in place.

2. Working Out with curls:

Stop using your curls as an excuse to skip a workout! You can still enjoy the benefits and endorphins that come with a good sweat at the gym. An important point to remember is that you should always workout with a completely dry head of hair. If your hair is even slightly damp as you begin your workout, you run the risk of disrupting your natural curl pattern. Take note of these tips to keep your hair and body feeling the best:

  • Pre-Workout – Gather your curls into a high ponytail, a bun or the good ol’ pineapple. You can even wear a sweat-wicking headband to keep your curls away from your face and eyes.
  • While Working Out – Go handsfree! Resist touching your curls with sweaty hands during your workout.
  • Post-Workout – Once you’re done, wait until your hair is completely dry to loosen your ponytail or bun. You can use the time in between to go about the rest of your post workout routine such as cooling down, showering, changing etc. Once dry, undo your hair and set and style with lighter products. You can also carry a spray bottle with some water and leave-in conditioner mixed in, to spray on your hair and style it. If your scalp feels greasy, use some dry shampoo lightly in sweeping motions to help absorb the oil and then style with a cream to enthuse some zeal back in.

Now that you’ve smashed your workout, go ahead and slay the day too!

3. Curly Commute:

It’s all good in the hood when you’re indoors, but what about stepping out and adulting? Take notes to protect your curls in the outdoors.

  • Style your curls in a loose braid or high ponytail to keep them intact and less prone to flyaways and frizz.
  • If it’s humid outside, cover up your curls with a silk scarf to keep them in place until you reach your destination and also form a barrier between them and the elements.
  • Ensure that your curls are hydrated before you step out to keep your luscious mane in good condition. Dryness in curls causes a whole lot of frizz and moisture helps keep this under control.
  • Once you reach your destination, undo your hairstyle or scarf and plop it over and give it a shake to bring some of the bounce back.
  • If your commute comes with a lot of heat and dust (hello, auto rides), covering them up would be your best bet.

These tips should keep you and your curls going! Do let us know if you have any further questions or even have some tips to share. We’d love to hear from you!

Reach out to us at, +91 9945373597 or @letscurlupdotcom on Instagram to answer your questions or even just be a part of our #letscurlup community!

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