8 Kulot Hair Care Habits for Pinays

It's time to get into good hair care habits, like taking care of your kulot hair properly. Here are easy tips to get you started.

Taking care of curly long hair involves a hair care routine designed for this hair type. For one, curly hair has a big tendency to get dry and frizzy, especially in a humid climate. You need hair products that are deeply nourishing and moisturizing to give your curls a good texture.

Now is the time to switch to a nourishing hair care routine for your curls. Check out these tips, as well as our recommended hair serum, conditioner, and shampoo for curly hair.

1. Turn to styling products for help.

Frizzy hair remedies: Closeup shot of Asian girl touching her black curly hair wearing denim jacket against a stone wall
Use styling products that tame frizz and add shine to your curls. Credit: Hariono Halim

Because curly hair is prone to frizz and dryness, applying hair serum can help make your curls look smoother and sleeker without weighing them down. You can also use hair mousse to style your kulot hair, as it tames frizz while helping make your curls more defined.

Editor’s tip: Apply a drop of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum to your hair to keep your curls smooth and glossy. This hair serum has keratin and marula oil, giving your hair five benefits in one amazing system. It calms frizz, adds shine, detangles hair knots, makes your hair soft, and tames flyaways. It also has a non-greasy formula, so you get shiny curly hair that’s full of movement. 

2. Always condition your curly hair.

Asian woman conditioning her kulot hair
Your curly hair needs all the moisture it can get, so don’t forget to condition it when you wash it. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Using a hair conditioner is a necessity for curly hair. It gives your locks extra moisture to prevent frizz, making them easy to manage. After shampooing, apply the conditioner and leave it on for at least a couple of minutes before rinsing it off so the nutrients can penetrate your hair strands.

Editor’s tip: Go for a conditioner that deeply moisturizes hair like Dove Nourishing Oil Care 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It is infused with coconut, argan, almond, and sunflower seed oils as well as vitamin E that help fight frizz and dryness, transforming dry and rough hair and making it softer and smoother.

3. Shampoo your curly hair less often.

Asian woman with short kulot hair smiling
Let your hair’s natural oils moisturize your curls. Credit: Shutterstock

Kulot hair tends to be dry, and your natural oils help provide the moisture it needs. Overwashing your hair can remove the natural oils on your scalp, and this leads to dryness. On some days, opt to co-wash your curls, where you skip the shampoo and just use conditioner on your hair.

Editor’s tip: Use a moisturizing shampoo for curly hair like Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Colour Shampoo. It’s not only for colored hair. Because murumuru butter has deeply moisturizing properties, it can also help keep your curls from drying out and help make your hair shiny. 

4. Skip the brush.

How to brush curly hair: Asian woman combing her dark curly hair and wearing a fuchsia blouse
Out with a brush and in with a wide-toothed comb.

Combing out your curls using an ordinary brush or a fine-tooth comb is a no-no. This causes the curls to break up, making your hair more prone to frizz. Instead of yanking on your curls with a fine-tooth comb after a bath, gently detangle your hair using either your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Twirl each cluster of curls, set it in place, then scrunch it. Not so hard, right?

5. Set your diffuser on low heat.

How to style curly hair: Asian woman using a diffuser on her long brown curly hair
Minimize damage by using a diffuser to dry your curly hair.

A diffuser dries your curly hair without ruining or damaging its shape, but go easy on the heat. This way, you don’t dry out your curls. Or better yet, just air-dry your hair, making sure to not touch it too much: You’ll have gorgeous curls and you’ll also get to save on electricity!

6. Leave your curly hair be.

Asian woman with short curly hair wearing a green floral dress
Keep your hands off your curls. Credit: Dennie Ramon

It’s very tempting to keep touching curly hair throughout the day to make sure that each ringlet is still in place. It seems like a harmless habit, but it’s actually a major culprit of frizz. Constantly twisting and twirling your curls also make your hair stressed, causing it to fall off. Just accept that your hair is going to have a life of its own, and leave it be!

7. Use spiral hair ties.

Asian woman with short curly hair holding a hair tie
Minimize hair breakage and damage by using spiral hair ties instead of hair elastics. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Putting your curly hair up? Use spiral hair ties instead of regular hair elastics or rubber bands. Spiral hair ties do not wrap around your hair too tightly. They put less stress on your hair, so there’s also less possibility for hair breakage and damage.

8. Go to an experienced hairstylist.

Woman with curly shoulder length haircut
Choose a hairstylist that knows his or her way around natural curls. Credit: Dvora

Yes, your choice of hairstylist matters a lot. Not all hairstylists know how to cut curly hair properly, especially here in the Philippines, where curly girls often get asked if they want a rebond upon entering a salon. Experienced hairdressers will cut your hair dry and snip off your strands according to your curl pattern. They can also teach you how to style and maintain your ringlets. It might take some trial and error to find “the one,” but when you do, it’ll be totally worth it.

1. Curly Half Updo With Scarf

Asian woman with kulot hair in a half updo
A patterned headscarf pops against your naturally dark, curly hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This hairstyle keeps strands off your face while showcasing your curls’ natural shape and bounce. Then, get a headscarf, fold it, and wrap it around the base of your half updo to add color to your ‘do.

2. Curly Side Ponytail

Asian woman with curly long hair in a side ponytail wearing a white dress outdoors
Put your pretty curls in a pretty side ponytail. Credit: Hariono Halim

Dressing up for your friend’s wedding? A curly side ponytail can make your curly long hair stylish and elegant. This hairstyle also suits any outfit—whether you’re wearing a long gown or a simple cocktail dress.

3. Curly Hair Down ‘Do

Asian woman with long kulot hair
Leave your curls down and show how proud you are of your natural hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Celebrate your natural curls with a long, beautiful down ‘do. Just tame your frizz and make your curls well-moisturized with a drop of hair serum or leave-on cream.

4. Half-Wet Waves

Side view of a woman with long dark wavy hair wearing a blue vest and green top
Half-wet waves make for a sexy hairstyle, too. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

You can also sport a half-wet look along with your curly or wavy hair. It’s a sleek hairstyle that makes you look polished and sophisticated sans the need to straighten your curls.

5. Half-up Space Buns

Asian woman with black curls in a half-up space bun wearing a light yellow jacket
A bun hairstyle is a fun hairstyle! Credit: Natasha Estelle

If your curls are unruly, a half-up space bun hairstyle can make your hair look great despite the mess. It’s a young and hip look that you can sport during weekends when watching a movie or going on a tour around your city.

6. Turban

Caucasian woman wearing a purple outfit and purple turban in a fashion show
Having a bad curly hair day? Wear a head gear. Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemmé

Curls out of control? Say goodbye to a bad hair day by wearing a turban, a bandana, or a hat. Now, no one will notice your kulot mess!

7. Crimped Curly Hair

girl in red with long curly hair
Of course, you can always grow your kulot hair long. Credit: Hariono Halim

Sometimes, the best way to wear your kulot is to just let it flow like mermaid waves. You can also use hair crimpers to achieve this look. Feel free to add some gloss so your hair looks polished.

8. Braided Updo

girl is wearing an off-shoulder top and dangling earrings to show off her kulot hairstyle
Look fab in this stylish and sleek hairstyle

Going out to a party or having a romantic dinner date? Put your hair up in this braided updo and look fresh all night. This stylish look helps you maintain your curls and keep them in check. You can also wear this hairstyle to a wedding.

9. Curly Crown Braid

curly haired girl smiles with her nice curly crown braid hairstyle
Look extra nice with this hairstyle

Turn your ordinary work hairstyle into something more stylish and trendy! Just use your own hair and braid it into a crown. Then, accentuate with some nice earrings and you’re all set to conquer the day.

10. Half Up Ponytail for Short Curly Hair

girl wearing a black jacket has an '80s-inspired kulot hair
Bring back that classic ’80s look

The beauty of having kulot hair is that you have natural volume and body to work with. This is a good start if you’re in the mood for ’80s hairstyles. Go for half-up ponytail for curly hair for a fun and cute hairstyle for your barkada night!

You don’t have to resort to straightening your curls to get a manageable mane. All you need is patience, practice, and a sense of appreciation for the gorgeous hair you were born with. Next time you feel the need to pick up the flat iron, try our tips first and see the difference!

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