Waves, kinks, bumps, ringlets…these are all ways that people describe their curly hair. Whether your curls are loose and voluptuous or tight and coarse, you want yours to look their bounciest with the best curly hair care.
The thing about curly hair is that is that it can go from fabulous to frizzy in a matter of minutes. That’s why you need some tricks up your sleeve to keep your curls happy and healthy. These are our top tips for curly hair perfection.
Cut Is Key
Does your hairdresser understand how to cut curly hair? Your curls can be deceivingly long when wet, and many a curly girl knows the pain of bad bangs that spring up when dry.
Subtle layers can make the most of your curls, while thinning your thick locks may prevent that dreaded triangle head. Look for inspiration for stylish curly cuts online, but keep in mind that rarely are those looks achieved without the help of a stylist or the right products.
Moisture Is Everything
Curls are quite parched, and they need help to retain hydration in the form of quality conditioners. Invest in shampoo and conditioner formulated for curly hair, like DevaCurl One Condition Decadence, which is rich without being heavy.
Conditioning after you shampoo is one piece of the puzzle, but you can also use a deep conditioner about once a week to penetrate your locks deep into the cuticle. Apply it by concentrating on your strands and ends and avoiding the roots, where your hair may not need the same level of conditioning.
Another option for more moisture is applying hair oil. A lightweight one, like argan, works best for curls with a smooth or fine texture. Coarse or kinky hair can handle a heavier oil, such as coconut.
Smoothness Is Achievable
Frizz is the enemy of the perfect curl. Luckily, curly hair care includes some of the best products for smoothing strands and fighting frizziness.
It may take some trial and error to find which ones you like. Friends with similar hair textures or online reviews can help you narrow down to a few brands to try.
Here’s one from our customers: Evo Mane Tamer Shampoo and Conditioner. This combo works together to smooth your strands, lock in moisture, and block the frizz from forming, leaving you with shiny, smooth, and manageable curls.
Shampoo Is Optional
Steamy hot water and lots of shampoo lather can feel like heaven, but your curls may prefer a day or two off in between your shower rituals. Hot showers and daily shampoo may dry your hair out more, and your tresses need that extra moisture to look their best.
How do you balance the needs of your roots and ends? Dry shampoo to the rescue! Dry shampoo can absorb excess oil and boost volume where you need it without stripping the rest of your curls.
Technique Is Essential
Getting your curls to fluff into flawlessness takes some commitment. For starters, brushing is a no-no. All it does is invite frizz to take over. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle wet hair and then stick to finger styling after applying products.
Next, change the way you dry your hair. Towel-drying can add volume in all the wrong places. Try an oversized cotton t-shirt or microfiber hair turban to wick away excess water without crushing your curls.
If you have the time, allow your hair to air-dry. Hair dryers can work in a pinch if you use a diffuser attachment, but you may not get the same curl texture and definition as you would with air drying.
Layering your styling products is another important method. A leave-in conditioner paired with lightweight curl lotions, milks, or creams make it easy to get the definition you want to attain, but skip those heavy products that may squash your volume.
Coil your strands around your fingers or gently scrunch your hair in sections to boost volume. Do not overwork it or you may end up with the dreaded frizz.
Curly Hair Care Is Easy
Don’t overthink your curls; just understand it may take some practice to get consistent results. LaLa Daisy has more helpful advice to keep your curls looking classy at our Complete Guide To Curly Hair which can be found at our Beauty Resource Center. You’ll also learn about the best products to whip your curls into shape. Check it out today!