Everything You Need to Know About Long, Curly Hair
Laid out before you is our long, curly hair knowledge compiled from eight years of weekly long hair content for guys. That’s over 475 quality blog posts, so when we say your quest for the definitive guide to men’s curly hair stops here…it does.
In these impressively-penned paragraphs you’ll learn how to style and care for long, curly hair, from washing, detangling and hair care products, to trimming, hydrating and frizz management.
Broken down into digestible sections with useful accompanying content for your curled convenience, this guide contains everything you need to maximize your wavy mane.
Long, Curly Hair Care
There are a few things to consider when it comes to caring for that curly long hair. We can start with the most common ground: curly hair tends to be drier and more tangled than other hair types. This can manifest itself as frizziness, so a hydration-heavy approach is crucial.
The following steps should be the foundation of your curly hair routine. They will vary in frequency depending on your specific curl pattern and scalp type, so it's important to try a few techniques before settling into any one.
Having curly hair, more of your scalp's natural oil is required to coat it properly. This can often lead to dry feeling hair and an itchy scalp. Despite feeling itchy, it’s important not to over-wash, as this can further dry out your scalp and exacerbate the issue.
One or two shampoos per week is recommended for curly hair, with a warm water rinse or two in between washes if extra grime-management is required.
If you still struggle with a dry or flaky scalp after a few weeks of switching up your washing frequency, it may be time to consult a dermatologist.
Keeping your curly hair’s natural tendency toward dryness in mind, you’ll need a few hydrating strategies in your hair care cabinet. The baseline is a quality conditioner. It’s easy to rush through a shower and think, “I can skip this today,” but you’ll regret it down the road.
Shampoo and tap water can push your hair out of its natural, slightly acidic pH level of 4.5-5.5. Your shower water can have a pH level of all the way up to 8, blasting your hair into a highly alkaline state. While this can leave hair drier than is ideal, it is temporarily necessary for clearing buildup of natural oils or products. This is where a quality conditioner comes in.
After shampooing, apply your conditioner to the lengths and ends of your hair and let it sit for a few minutes. With a typical pH level of 3-4, conditioner will restore your hair's pH balance back to its natural, slightly more acidic state, leaving it moisturized and resistant to breakage.
With a solid plan for hydration, you’ll want to make detangling part of your routine. This will remove dead hair and prevent excess knotting, but don’t brush, you maniac! While straight-haired guys can simply run a brush through their hair, detangling curly hair calls for a more finessed approach.
Start with detangling in the shower, while the conditioner is still in your hair. With your fingers spread loosely, gently finger-comb the tangles out, starting from the ends and working your way towards the scalp as you detangle.
If you have a looser curl pattern, borderline wavy, you can get away with detangling dry hair with wide-tooth instruments, like a wide-tooth comb or hair pick. If your curls come out defined and bouncy, you’re on the right track. If not, go back to using your fingers.
Hair Care Products for Long, Curly Hair
The better you take care of your hair, the less frequent your trims need to be. Nothing is more disheartening than having to return to the salon every couple of months to deal with split ends and breakage caused by excessive dryness. This is certain to stunt the length of that potentially glorious mane, a major bummer.
Consider some of the following products to ensure your curly hair stays as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
Styling Products for Long, Curly Hair
Go For It
Sea Salt Spray
Don’t Go For It
Fine Brushes or Combs
Long, Curly Hairstyles For Men
Let’s be honest, this is what you’ve been waiting for. How do I style the curls, MAN?
Here we’ve styled and compiled over a dozen men’s long, curly hairstyles with varying hair lengths, products, accessories and looks.
Try a few of these with different combinations as you dial in your go-to styles. It’s great to have at least three you can bust out depending on what the occasion calls for.
Whatever you decide, wear it with confidence. Your curls are amazing.
Tools & Accessories For Long, Curly Hair
Long, Curly Hair and Frizz
If you still struggle with unruly and unmanageable frizz after trying a few solid hydration and management options, a more deliberate course of action could be necessary. This is where a cuticle-closing keratin treatment can help with long term frizz management and temporary curl loosening.
Not just for women, the keratin treatment can be a godsend for curly-haired bros looking to seriously tame their mane. We straighten it all out for guys with lawless locks in this in-depth blog post on keratin treatments for curly hair.
How to Trim Long, Curly Hair
Long, Curly Hair And The Awkward Stage
Unavoidable for all hair types, awkward stage hair is that point roughly between the bottom of your ears and the top of your shoulders. It’s too long to keep it even remotely tamed, but too short to tie it all up.
The best advice we can offer is to remember that everyone who has ever had long hair has had to go through this stage. As part of the journey to an epic flowing mane, it’s best to simply accept it, bear down and power through.
Josef our brosef offers a more nuanced look at curly hair in the awkward stage.
Awkward Stage Hair
Neck Hair & Sideburns With Long, Curly Hair
Celebrate This Achievement
If you’ve gotten this far you are more knowledgeable than 95% of guys with long, curly hair. You are prepared to attain the health, bounce and style of your curly-haired dreams.
Go forth now and shine like a beacon amongst our curly-haired brethren, share your newfound knowledge with the unenlightened, and above all…rock those curls with confidence.
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