Kinky Curly Hair – How To Take Care of It (II)

This is a guide on how to look after kinky curly hair and afro textured hair. It covers the main hair care points for this type of curly hair and is the second part of a hair care guide (click the link to read the first part).

Hair care for kinky curly hair – Protect your hair from the elements

Protecting your hair from damage is better than trying to fix any damage to your hair. I like to use the analogy of a car’s chassis: you’re better off not bumping your car and damaging the chassis than bumping your car and having to go to the mechanic to get the chassis fixed. A car chassis that has been fixed of any damage will never look as good as the chassis of a brand new car; the same applies to your hair.

Because your head is rubbing against the pillow for 6-9 hours every night, bedtime is a time of the day when your hair can be damaged. The best protection you can use is to put your kinky curly hair into a protective style; that is, tie your hair into a bun or braid so that none of your hair is loose. I myself use this protective style method, and I tie my long curly hair into a bun every night. Worry not, this measure takes a few seconds and no manhood is lost by wearing a “man bun” (i.e. hair tied into a bun). If your hair is at a length that no single bun/braid can be done, then use however many buns/braids you may need to fully tighten your hair; just worn anyone who may see you the next morning!

A dorag for men with curky kinky hair.A dorag like this one works good to protect your hair at night! (click to see it in Amazon)

If your hair is short or of medium length, then you can use a sleeping cap (get this one) and even an actual dorag (get this one) to protect your hair during sleep time. Just make sure that whatever you decide to use is worn comfortably and doesn’t interrupt your sleep (sleep deprivation is no fun).

Hair care for kinky curly hair – Use a deep conditioner and oils

Kinky curly hair aka Type V curls is a type of curly hair that certainly benefits from deep conditioner. A deep conditioner is a hair product that provides your hair with an even more solid conditioning foundation than what a regular conditioner can provide. Deep conditioners do require more application time (10+ minutes) than regular conditioners although you can easily kill that time by reading an article or two at Manly Curls. Just don’t go too crazy and start watching repeat episodes of Sex in the City while calling the nail salon to make an appointment.

Bear in mind that using a deep conditioner for your curls doesn’t substitute your use of a frequent regular conditioner; as you know from my book, The Curly Hair Book, you should be using a regular conditioner on your shampooing days (after rinsing the shampoo) while on your non-shampooing days you should be using my Sebum Coating method. Only once you have this hair-grooming pattern worked out, should you then be looking into using a deep conditioner once or twice per month.

With regards to oils for your hair, you can use them any time for adding an extra-protective conditioning layer to your coils and kinks that seals in the moisture into your hair strands. However, and this is a BIG however, you should apply the the oil to the tips of the hair only and also use a few drops of oil to cover your whole mane; your hair should not look or feel greasy.

Hair care for kinky curly hair – Eat the right foods

In The Curly Hair Book, I dedicate a huge section to eating right for your awesome mane. For kinky curly hair, this could not be any more important because the sebum that you secrete from your hair follicles is imperative for maintaining the good locks of your curly locks and eating the right type of foods aids in maximizing your sebum. Type V curly hair (i.e. kinky curly hair) is also more fragile due to the sharp structural bends of the hair shafts, and eating a good hair-friendly diet will ensure that your kinks grow robust.

While I detail in The Curly Hair Book the whole nutritional plan that has helped me greatly in growing strong lustrous locks, here are some pointers that will aid in your quest to having the curly hair of a sir:

A bag of organic whey proteinWhey protein is an awesome and healthy way to boost up your protein intake for the day (and this whey is organic too!)

Hair care for kinky curly hair – Conclusion

Because kinky curly hair is naturally the most fragile of all curl types, its hair care must be optimized. If you are the proud owner of this curl type, you must ensure that you abide by these hair care rules as they are not inconvenient at all and will be helping your hair look its best; your hair care need not be a drama or emasculate you, and you know by now that that’s the game I play and promote. Start today by taking care of those curls of yours, and you will notice a big improvement very soon, guaranteed!

All the best.

Rogelio

P.S. Don’t forget to check Part 1 of this hair care guide for kinky curly hair. And if you want to 100% dominate those curls of yours, then get The Curly Hair Book, 230+ pages on ensuring your curls become a lifelong asset of yours.

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Rogelio

Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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1 comment for “Kinky Curly Hair – How To Take Care of It (II)

  1. Alejandro
    November 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Hello Rog!

    I discovered your website a few weeks ago and I started taking your advice on how to deal with my type V hair…But right now i’m starting to lose hope because my hair looks legit in the morning but gets dry by the middle of the day, and I dont always have time to wash it. Is there no way to keep it moisturized in the morning and for the whole day (a product or something?)?

    I’ve been thinking about just texturizing it or something so that my hair feels let’s hard and that way I can do more things with it. I’ve always wanted a type 3 or 4 kind of hair but i’m not. I dont feel there is much I can do but an afro (that doesn’t really look good) or just shaving it. I’m tried of looking the same. Any suggestion dear guru of curlishness?

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