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Curly Hair

Are Your Curls Limp? Fix Them

Dr. Deepti Prasad
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Deepthi Prasad, MBBS.

Written by Our Editorial Team


Like free souls, your luscious locks know no bounds. They behave; however, they want. Sometimes or you can say often, they behave unruly and roughly. We know the challenges you may face to achieve that perfect bouncy and defined curls, only to find that it falls flat within a couple of hours. One common issue that many people with curly-haired people face is limp curls. Even deep wavy curls can go limp, and appear flat and lifeless but don't worry; there are solutions to help you bring back the bounce and vitality to your curls. This article will discuss the causes of limp curls and provide effective tips and tricks to revive your hair's natural curl pattern.

Are Your Curls Limp? 

Each strand on your head has oil-producing glands which produce sebum to keep the scalp and hair hydrated. If you have fine hair, the natural oils produced by the scalp, travel down the curls, weighing down your wavy curls, and making it look limp and flat. Beware..!! Sometimes your styling products can be the real culprits for weighing down your curls. These styling products contain silicone which forms a thin film over the surface of the strands, leading to build-up over a while, weighing down your hair.

As per experts, frequent use of styling tools can damage your curl pattern, making it look flat and limp. Humidity and moisture overload due to humectants can be the other possible causes of limp curls. Limp curls lack volume, definition, and bounce. Instead of the luscious and vibrant curls you desire, your hair may appear flat, lifeless, and weighed down. It is crucial to understand the causes of limp curls to effectively address the issue and restore the natural beauty of your curls.

Here's What You Gotta Do! 

While dry curls lack moisture, only hydration is not enough to make them look vibrant and bouncy. Your curls can sometimes be demanding, and they need something extra so that it doesn't fall limp. So, here's what you have to do about your limp curls:

1. Hydration Is The Key

Hydration Is The Key

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Dry curls lack definition and structure. Hydration is essential for healthy, bouncy, and juicy curls. Invest in a good quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as Curlvana Fortifying Cleanse Shampoo and Curl Shine Gentle Conditioner, formulated to take care of the special haircare requirement of curly hair. Curlvana's Shampoo+Conditioner combo can be a perfect recipe for lush, juicy curls. The advanced formula of this shampoo for curly hair cleanses sebum, dirt, and buildup without stripping the hair of its natural moisture, and the conditioner enhances curl definition without weighing it down.


2. Pick The Right Styling Product 

Right Styling Product

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Most hair smoothening products contain silicone, which forms a fine layer over the hair surface. This causes buildup on the strands weighing down your curls. Even using glycerine-based hair care products can weigh down your curls as glycerine behaves differently in different climatic conditions. Experts advise against using silicone and glycerine-based products that can make your curls go flat.

3. Avoid Heat Styling Your Curls 

Avoid Heat Styling

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Heat styling tools can damage the structure of your curls, making them look dull and lackluster. Styling your curly hair with straighteners, curl rods, or blow dryers can deprive your hair of its natural moisture, resulting in curls lacking structure and definition. Styling your curly hair has never been so easy with Curlvana Leave-In Cream. After the shower, instead of using the styling tool, apply this Curl Styling Leave-In Cream, and scrunch. This helps to add structure and definition to your curls.

Also Read : This Is How Heating Tools Damage Your Hair!


4. Embrace Curl Enhancing Products 

Enhancing Products

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Curl-enhancing products help revive your limp curls. For pumping life into your dull, lifeless curls, apply Curlvana's Deep Nourishing Hair Mask, where you get everything double: double cream, double nourishment, and double hydration. This hair mask nourishes and hydrates your curls from top to end, transforming your curls into juicy, bouncy, well-defined ringlets. This hair mask has everything your curls need to revive and revitalize themselves, such as aloe vera, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, pentamidine, and Jamaican black castor oil. You can apply this deep nourishing treatment once a week to experience deep wavy, well-defined curls.

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5. Style Your Curls 

Style Your Curls

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Throughout the day, curls can lose their shape and become flat. To style your curly hair, apply Curlvana Curl Defining Styling Gel, and gently scrunch your hair to amplify the curl pattern, for better manageability and for styling your short curly hair.

Also Read : For Men: A Step-By-Step Curl Care Routine

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6. Trim Regularly 

Trim Regularly

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Regular trims are essential to maintain well-defined and structured curls. Heat-damaged hair with split ends can make your curls look limp and frizzy. Visit a professional stylist every few months to trim your curls, eliminate split ends, and enhance your curl pattern.

Also Read : These Are The Reasons Why Your Curl Pattern Changes!

Curls going limp or laying flat is a common curl care concern. However, understanding the cause of your limp curls can help you sort out the issue. You can pump life back into your curls with the right curl care products and techniques.

Frequently Answered Questions 

1. How Do You Fix Limp Curly Hair? 

Optimizing your curl care routine according to the climate, avoiding excessive use of styling tools and styling curly hair products, i.e. heavy waxy haircare products, can help fix limp curls.

2. Do Limp Curls Need Protein? 

Protein gives structure, shape, strength, and definition to your curls, maintaining gorgeous curls. Consume a protein-rich diet and include protein treatment in your regular haircare routine.

About Doctor :

Dr. Deepthi Prasad

Dr. Deepthi Prasad specializes in Dermatology, Cosmetology, and Aesthetic Dermatology and has been practicing for over 15 years. After completing MBBS from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Andhra Pradesh in 2009, she earned a MD in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad in 2014.




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