How To Get Your Curls Back: 

7 Easy Rules

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OCT 20, 2022


Recently, as beauty standards have changed and evolved, there has been more emphasis on natural beauty. This includes the rise in the popularity of wearing natural curls. Books like Lorraine Massey’s Curly Girl: the Handbook and the Curly Girl Method (CGM) have sparked enormous interest, inspiring more and more women to ditch straightening and embrace their natural curls.

In this blog post, we reveal the path toward cultivating your natural curls to their highest potential is centered around three core principles that promote healthy hair:

  • Eliminating any products and practices that can cause damage to hair

  • Removing product buildup from ingredients harmful to hair and scalp

Understanding your Natural Curl Pattern

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Start by identifying what type of curly hair you have. This will help you determine what your specific hair type needs.

The three different major types of curly hair are numbered. Each primary type contains three lettered subgroups, A-C, based on the wave, curl, or coil measurement.

  • Type 2 denotes S-shaped wavy hair. Typically, waves are defined away from the scalp at the ear’s length. Having this hair type means there can be issues in maintaining volume, as locks are prone to losing shape and becoming limp.

  • Type 3 denotes defined spring-shaped curls with ringlets that begin to shape at the scalp. Those with this hair type should be concerned with manageability as hair is prone to frizz.

  • Type 4 denotes fine or coarse textured hair that develops in the shape of tight coils. Type 4 hair is the most fragile of the three types since it has fewer layers of cuticle protection than the other hair types mentioned. This is important to consider if you have hair within this category since you’ll want to be extra careful with its maintenance.

How Curls Lose Their Shape and Definition

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It's not uncommon for the natural curl pattern to become destroyed when hair is fried and limp from damage. Hair may also lose its curl from harsh environmental factors, chemical damage from processing, or even from being brushed incorrectly.

After you understand your hair type and curl pattern, the next step is to see why your natural curls have lost their shape and definition in the first place. By understanding why your curls are no longer holding their shape, you'll become more aware of what your hair needs to be restored.

Identifying your problem areas should help you adapt your hair care routine to the specific treatments it needs.

The most common reasons are:

  • By understanding why your curls are no longer holding their shape, you'll become more aware of what your hair needs to be restored.

Problem Solving: Get Your Curls Back With This Hair Care Routine

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Now that you understand the root cause of your curls going limp, the next step is to repair your hair to a healthy state. Once your hair is healthy, your natural curl pattern will be restored and will be able to express itself.

You'll notice that this haircare routine isn't just about adding more styling products to your hair care routine. To get your curls back, you must also eliminate certain tools, hair products, and styling practices that cause hair damage.

Rule # 1: Avoid all heat styling tools

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It's not uncommon for the root cause of limps curls to be damaged strands. Fried, heat-damaged hair will prevent your natural curl pattern from expressing itself. 

Heat styling and hot tools are some of the most common culprits of hair damage. Since curly hair is highly vulnerable to heat damage, it's crucial to avoid blow drying and eliminate heat styling from your hair routine.

Remember, one of the goals of this regimen is to prevent further hair damage, and by not using these harmful styling tools, you are doing just that.

Rule #2: Avoid Products that Leave Harmful Build-Up

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A surprising amount of hair styling products on the market cause product buildup. It's the extra residue a product leaves on the hair and scape. When too many layers of product build-up, the hair strand and hair follicles cannot absorb moisture properly.

Styling Products to Avoid:

  • Dry shampoo

  • Hairsprays and gels

  • Pomades and waxes

Removing Build-up

To remove the build-up you may have in your hair and scalp, it's necessary to use a clarifying shampoo. However, many clarifying shampoos are very drying, which may harm curly hair. Instead, try using a milder product, such as Damila's Deep Cleansing Shampoo.

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Rule # 3: Co-Washing to Save Natural Hair Moisture

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Co-washing is a method of cleaning hair where only conditioner is used to wash the hair. No shampoo should be used. Hair and scalp can be cleaned by this method since the friction of your fingertips on the scalp is enough to loosen up any dirt or build-up.

Co-washing is recommended because of the moisture you need to cultivate for your hair when restoring natural curls. In addition, your hair and scalp must retain their natural oils and stay moisturized. 

Unfortunately, many shampoos contain harsh ingredients like sulfates to promote foaming. Sulfates are great for cutting grease from pots and pans but not for curly hair. 

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Good Hydration Keeps Curly Hair Healthy

Shampoos are extremely drying for curly hair, which is more porous than straight hair. By eliminating shampoo from your hair care routine as you are with heat styling, hair will no longer be stripped of the moisture that it needs to thrive.

Rule #4: Infuse Moisture

In addition to co-washing your hair with a hydrating conditioner, like Damila's Nourishing Conditioner, you want to infuse as much moisture into your hair as possible. 

One of the ways to do this is to use a weekly deep-conditioner or hydrating hair mask. Since curly hair is naturally dryer than straight hair, your hair needs all the moisture it can get.

Course, coil-patterned hair appears thick and voluminous, but this hair texture requires the most attention to prevent hair damage. In addition, this hair texture requires strengthening for natural curls to hold. Using a mask with a protein treatment will help strengthen fragile hair.

Our Deep Treatment Mask includes moisturizing ingredients and brown rice protein. This ingredient will strengthen hair while promoting hair growth. This is an excellent mask since it hydrates deeply and strengthens hair. It's versatile and works well with all curly hair types.

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Rule #5: Brush Your Hair Wet

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This is important because brushing curly hair, especially fragile coil-patterned type 4, can harm hair. In addition, curly hair is highly vulnerable to breakage due to friction. When hair is wet, the friction is reduced.

The second reason you don't want to dry brush is that it makes curly hair extremely frizzy and unmanageable. Brushing hair is an easy way to ruin your curl pattern. It completely kills any curl definition.

Rule #6: Style Correctly

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After getting out of the shower, apply a leave-in conditioner. Damila's Leave-In Conditioner is an excellent product because it's gentle enough to be used regularly. In addition, it's silicone-free, so that it won't lead to build-up like other products on the market.

Applying a leave-in conditioner to wet hair will ensure that you get as many benefits from the product as possible since hair is more absorbent when wet.

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Show off your Natural Curls with the Right Hair Style

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Believe it or not, how you wear your hair might affect how your curls look. Curly hair tends to look better when hair is layered, allowing the natural curl pattern to express itself. Single-length long hair can weigh down hair, causing curls to go limp. 

Conclusion: The Easiest Way to Embrace Your Natural Curls

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The simple act of wearing natural curls has been a source of empowerment for many women. Instead of fighting nature and damaging natural hair by the straightening processes, there is something liberating about embracing your natural curls and presenting yourself authentically to the world around you.

Learning to take care of your naturally curly hair is a learning process, and it might take a few tries to get accustomed to this hair care method. It might be hard at first not to use a blow dryer or shampoo. Don't be too hard on yourself if you make mistakes and backslide into old ways.

To Help You Get Started:

Damila is here if you are eager to begin the journey toward restoring your curls immediately. 

We've made a list of the products you'll need so that you can start getting your gorgeous curls back as soon as possible.

With a special gift for you.


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Bruno B

CMO @ Damila. Current learning project: Spanish.

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How to Bring Curls Back FAQ

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How to get my curls back after bleaching?

After you bleach your hair, it's not uncommon to find that your once-lush curls have become limp and lifeless. 

But don't despair! There are a few simple steps you can take to get your curls back to their former glory. 

First, make sure you're using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils. Next, use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week to help restore moisture. Finally, take care not to over- style your hair - give it a break from hot tools and allow it to air dry whenever possible. With a little time and TLC, you'll be flaunting bouncy, healthy curls in no time!

How to get my curls back after straightening?

After months of rocking a straight hairstyle, you may be finding yourself longing for your curls.

Luckily, it is possible to get your curl back - but it will take some time and effort. 

First, you'll need to deep condition your hair to restore moisture levels. 

Next, cut off any damaged or split ends. Once your hair is healthy and strong, gradually start introducing heat-free styles, such as braids and bantu knots. As your hair becomes accustomed to being styled in its natural state, you'll start to see your curl pattern emerge. With patience and care, you can have healthy, beautiful curls once again!