Homemade Remedies for Curly Hair

You can tame your curls. Don't give up!

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Curls can be crazy and fun, but sometimes the hassle that comes with styling them seems like more than you can bear. When your curly hair is acting up and frizzing, splitting or just being plain stubborn, you may consider shaving your head and trying out a wig for a while. Before you lose your temper -- and your tresses -- or spend big bucks at a salon, however, remember there are plenty of homemade remedies for curly hair that will get you the looks you want without breaking the bank.

Detangler Remedy

One of the hardest things to deal with if you have curly hair is the tangles. It can take hours to pull those things out, and it is truly a feat of engineering sometimes to do so without yanking your hair right out of your head. Hydrate your hair and comb tangles out easily by combining 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, 1/2 teaspoon of grapefruit extract, 2 drops each of grapefruit essential oil and glycerin and 8 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle. After washing and conditioning your hair, spray this solution onto your curls before you comb them out after showering. It will make combing easier and rehydrate your locks.

Frizz-Eliminating Rinse

On the days you opt to air-dry rather than blow-dry your curls, fend off frizz by rinsing your hair with carbonated water or apple cider vinegar. Shampoo and condition as usual, then before you exit the bath or shower, work a rinse of either liquid through your hair from roots to tips. Allow the rinse to sit on your hair for five minutes before rinsing with lukewarm or cool water. Your hair will be shinier and less frizzy as a result.

Home Remedy for Straightening Curls

If you really can't stand your curls but don't like the idea of harsh and expensive straightening treatments or blowing out your hair every day, then this simple straightening cream will likely fit your needs. Combine 8 ounces of coconut oil with the juice of one full lemon and refrigerate the solution until it becomes a creamy paste. Before washing your hair, apply the cream to your dry curls, working it in from roots to tips, and cover your head with a warm towel for an hour. Then, cleanse and condition as usual. You can follow this routine as frequently as three times a week for straighter, more relaxed hair. Results will become more noticeable over time, so stick with it!

Safety Tips and Alerts

As with any home remedies, you should test these homemade remedies for curly hair before using them to avoid allergic reactions. Smear a small amount of the remedy on the inside of your wrist or elbow, then wait 20 minutes. If no redness, itching or irritation develops, you can go ahead and use the remedy on your hair. Remember, remedies with citrus extracts or juice in them can cause hair to lighten in the sun. Protect your hair with a wrap or hat when you are outside after using these treatments.

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