We can all admit that a headful of exquisite ringlets, regardless of shape or size, is stunning, right? Furthermore, uniqueness is what makes beauty so enjoyable. While it might be tough at times, your natural curly hair can be easier to manage than you think.
Whether you have a Solange-like mane or lengthier waves like Lorde, the first rule of curls is to embrace your hair’s texture. There is, however, a set of more general, one-size-fits-all dos that everyone with kinks and coils should follow.
Working with your curl pattern rather than against it is the key to keeping rich locks, so put down the hair straightener and cement-like pomades because we’ve hired the professionals for some curly hair 101.
Continue reading to learn about the 10 curly hair commandments.
When Your Curls Are Wet
“I prefer to naturally’wet-set’ curly hair—the it’s greatest and easiest method to produce bounce and volume and a natural-looking wave or curl pattern,” Arrojo NYC owner and creator Nick Arrojo adds. “You’ll need a two-product cocktail, but the ingredients may vary based on your hair density.”
If you have fine hair, apply a body-building volume foam first, followed by a lightweight curl enhancer. Cocktail curl definer with curl control if your hair is medium to thick or somewhat coarse.
“Apply ingredients from roots to ends and comb hair with a wide-tooth comb to remove any knots and help uniform distribution of the treatments, ensuring curls enjoy optimum performance advantages,” he advises.
Nick emphasizes the necessity of the “cup, squeeze, scrunch” procedure after the goods are in place. “Cup, scrunch, and squeeze curls in tiny portions from the bottom up.” Don’t be tempted to run your fingers through your hair—this upsets the curls and causes frizz. Remember to cup, squeeze, and scrunch.”
Continue this style approach until hair dries, then gently tousle at the roots to soften curls, according to Nick. “Don’t worry about getting your curls too flawless; curls are supposed to fall unevenly; it’s part of their attractiveness.” “Enjoy the uniqueness and freedom of textured hair,” he says.
It’s Always a Good Idea to Air-Dry Your Hair
“Friction produces frizz,” says hairdresser Caile Noble, “so it all starts with the drying process, and the towel you’re using may be your biggest problem.” The top-rated Aquis hair towel is his go-to. It is particularly developed for hair, and the [microfiber] fabric avoids friction produced by traditional cotton towels.
“This towel is a game changer when it comes to reducing frizz and absorbing enough moisture to cut your drying time in half,” he exclaims.
“Having curly hair myself, I’ve discovered that air-drying is the best way to go,” hairdresser Matthew Monzon says, though he does towel-dry hair softly. “Don’t be hard with the towel on the hair,” he advises, since this can generate even more frizz.
“The best advise I can give someone with curly hair is to let it air dry. The less touches you make to your hair while it is drying, the better. The more the hair is touched, the more likely it is to frizz.”
Use as many moisturizing products as possible.
Amanda Troisi, a junior stylist and curly-hair expert at Julien Farel Salon NYC, believes that the appropriate products make all the difference, and it all starts with your shampoo.
“Every curl pattern is unique, just like a fingerprint.” Curls demand continual moisture and hydration due of their fragile nature. They require leave-in conditioners, hydrating hair treatments, hair masks, and water.”
Troisi’s regimen includes the Julien Farel De-Frizz Restore treatment, which is really beneficial. “I begin by soaking my hair and applying it, beginning at the ends and working my way up to the roots.”
It contains grapeseed, sweet almond, and jojoba oils, which nourish and strengthen hair while minimizing frizz. “Even though this is a scalp conditioning treatment, you may apply it to your roots,” she advises.
Use a Comb at All Times
According to Tim Abney, director of education at Kevin Murphy, a basic comb is essential for keeping frizz at bay and the curl pattern intact. “Use a wide-tooth comb to assist tame your curls,” he advises.
“We recommend it because people who use their fingers to brush through their hair aren’t as attentive and wind up breaking the curl structure apart, adding to frizz.”
Another advantage of using a wide-tooth comb is that it helps properly distribute styling materials. “When people style with their hands, they frequently receive the most of the product in one concentrated region, and the whole style suffers.”
Using the comb ensures far better, uniform product distribution while preserving your hair’s natural texture and encouraging your curls to stay intact throughout the style process,” he says.
Your Best Friend Is Coconut Oil
“I am from Brazil,” explains hairdresser Claudio Belizario, “where the majority of the population has curly hair.” “I have five sisters, all of whom have curly hair, and I know how to take care of it and keep it looking healthy.” The sun, humidity, and wind are all detrimental to curly hair.”
Belizario suggests using coconut oil, the holy grail of oils, before washing your hair to heal damage and protect it from the environment. “Use coconut oil, particularly on the ends.” Allow for a minimum of 30 minutes (never in direct sunlight, as the oil fries your hair).
To ensure thorough penetration, I recommend using a towel or covering the hair with a plastic cap. “The coconut oil will replenish all of the natural elements that were lost when using a hair drier, color, or even a chemical treatment,” he explains.
“Replace your go-to hair serum with raw coconut oil,” Noble says. This natural substance not only removes frizz but also heals your hair over time, making it less dry for healthy-looking hair.”
Use the Curling Iron
“Curling irons are a terrific technique to develop or enhance the natural texture and curl pattern,” explains Marie Robinson Salon hairdresser Nicole Perteet. “I recommend the BaByliss Pro Nano or Ceramic curling irons.” They slide through the hair beautifully, adding gloss and bounce.
Use a one-inch curling iron to add extra curl. I recommend a 1 1/4-inch curling iron for wavy hair.” She also advises applying hair spray sparingly after style. “Because curly hair tends to be dry, I only recommend hair spray if you need to keep flyaways at the hair part and hairline under control.”
Do Not Over-Wash Your Hair
“Unless your hair is baby-fine, you should wash it no more than twice a week; the drier the hair, the longer you may go.” “You can moisten it every day, but no shampoo—the natural oils will help keep the curls more controlled,” explains famous hairdresser Harry Josh.
Use the Hair Diffuser on a Regular Basis
According to hairstylist Cash Lawless, using a diffuser to style hair for volume is ideal for “the wild and crazy girl who doesn’t need her curls to be flawless.”
“Diffuse the hair by leaning to one side, lifting the diffuser all the way to the scalp, and then sliding the diffuser from the bottom of the hairline near your ear and nape, and sliding it all the way to the top of your crown,” he says after applying a cream-based mousse (this prevents the crunch-curl effect). This raises and extends the root, resulting in massive volume.”
For Best Results, condition before shampooing.
“Before shampooing, use conditioner and detangle with a wide-tooth comb,” explains Amanda Ambroise, stylist at Ted Gibson Salon.
The conditioner will untangle your hair while also preparing it for washing.”
“Pre-pooing can aid in the healing and moisture retention of curly hair while providing a gorgeous shine,” says Nai’vasha Johnson, stylist at Ted Gibson Salon.
Hairstylist David Babaii recommends using your mask once a week and allowing it to penetrate into the cuticle for a deep-conditioning treatment. “Try to use a mask once a week; just remember to rinse.”
It is critically significant. Once the substance is in the cuticle, you should moisturize it, but leaving it after washing will not help. The longer you keep it on, the worse it becomes [it works]. “Product accumulation is the leading cause of hair breakage,” he explains.
Pillowcases should only be made of silk or satin (Seriously)
Pillowcases made of silk or satin may be required for nighttime hair care. “This is apparent but sometimes missed when attempting to make those curls to linger longer,” Lawless adds.
“If you have a lot of hair, the time it takes to air dry is greater,” Monzon says. That is why sleeping with hair in a braid or a bun on a satin pillowcase might be good.”