Stand out from the sea of straight hairstyles by embracing your curly hair! There’s no need to break the bank with hair salon products and hair tools, either. Here, 10 steps that will make it easier to get curly hair that’s healthy, frizz-free and easy to maintain.
1) How to use the right hair conditioner formula
A moisturizing hair conditioner that contains coconut oil, nourishes naturally curly hair. Avoid harsh cleansing hair care formulas and concentrate on the ends and lengths of your hair, since these are areas that need extra nourishment.
2) Pat dry, don’t attack it
Use an ultra-absorbent microfiber towel to pat and scrunch your curly hair dry, limiting hair breakage and other hair damage. Plus, if you rub your towel on your curls, it lifts the cuticles and causes frizzy hair.
3) Start styling hair wet
Add a smoothing hair serum to damp hair and use a wide-toothed comb to distribute it evenly, instead of a brush (which can cause hair breakage). Again, focus on the ends and lengths of your hair.
4) Mousse up
You may be wary of crunchy hair, but hair mousse really can work for curly hair if you apply it to damp hair and don’t use too much. Apply it in sections and gently scrunch the mousse into your curls—no need to crush it.
5) Add heat protection for hair
Nope, you’re still not ready for the blow dryer! You need to apply a heat protecting serum, usually in spray form, that creates a silicone barrier to limit heat damaged hair.
6) Dig out your hair diffuser…
Now you can dry your hair using a hair diffuser (the go-to attachment for curly hair). It limits the amount of hot air that can damage your hair and creates evenly distributed hair volume. Use on a low heat setting and scrunch while blowing to prevent damaged hair.
7) …or sleep on it
Alternatively, if you have the time, it’s always better to air-dry curly hair. By applying hair serum (or another hair styling product) to damp hair and then wrapping it in a microfiber towel, you can create healthy curls that are super glossy. No frizzy hair here!
8) Curl cool, dry hair
If you are looking to boost your curls or create gentler hair waves, reach for a curling iron. Make sure you only style completely dry, cooled hair, use low heat and let each section cool again before coming back to it if necessary.
9) Brave a cold blast!
Blasting curly hair with cold air after styling will make it glossier because it closes up the cuticle. The same is true when you finish showering – a blast of cold water will seal in your conditioner.
10) Keep hair oil handy
Stash a small tube of hair oil, like Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment, in your bag so you can add a few drops whenever frizz threatens and ensure that your curly hair is always nourished and glossy.
If your natural curls are plagued by frizz, it’s time to rethink your hair routine. Consider plopping to dry curly hair without any frizz or flyaways. Here, a step-by-step guide to plopping for curly hair.