Healthy, happy curls have a natural bounce and shine, but too much styling can dry them out fast. Heat damage takes a serious toll on delicate hair, leaving locks looking frizzy and fried. Hairspray, gel and similar products don't help, either -- they weigh curls down with a load of harsh chemical ingredients. No matter the type of damage, it's not too late to fix it. Give your curls a dose of hydration and they'll perk back up in no time.

Step 1

Clean your hair with a hydrating shampoo, such as one that contains argan or sunflower-seed oil. These oils moisturize damaged hair but don't weigh curls down.

Step 2

Hydrate hair with a kertain-based conditioner two or three times per week. Massage the conditioner into curly locks, and pay particular attention to the ends of your hair. With the conditioner still on, blow-dry your hair with warm air for a few minutes -- the heat helps the conditioner penetrate hair. Rinse your tresses well in the shower.

Step 3

Apply a deep conditioner once a week after shampooing. Leave the conditioner in your hair, then heat a large bowl of water in the microwave for three minutes. Protect your hands with a pair of rubber gloves. Soak a medium-size towel in the water, then wring out excess water. Wait for the towel to cool for a minute. Wrap the towel around your hair, wait for five minutes and then rinse. This steam treatment opens cuticles and soothes stressed locks.

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Step 4

Combine 1 cup of plain yogurt, one banana, one egg, 2 tablespoons of honey and three drops of lavender oil in a large bowl. Mix well, then smooth the solution over clean hair. Wait about 40 minutes, then rinse hair with cool water. This mixture conditions and heals hair naturally.

Step 5

Pat your hair dry with a towel after washing, but do not rub. Air dry hair if possible. If you can't do that, spray hair with a panthenol-based heat protectant before blow-drying. To reduce heat damage, connect a nozzle attachment to the end of the hair dryer. Hold the dryer about 6 to 8 inches away from your head.

Step 6

Reduce your use of heated styling tools, such as curling irons or flat irons. If you must use heated tools, let your hair dry completely first beforehand and apply a heat-protectant spray. Turn down the tool's heat to the lowest possible level and only go over a section of hair once to minimize damage.

Step 7

Treat frizzy locks with a split-end sealing serum. These products temporarily seal split ends, making your hair look like it's just been trimmed.