I admit as a curly hair girl that we are somewhat obsessed with our hair. I haven’t met one who is not! I’ve gone through a lot of phases with my hair: the one that I hadn’t yet realized it was curly because I was brushing it out (gasp!), the heavy mousse (stiff) curl look, the Japanese straightening super sleek days, and now the evolved phase where I’ve finally figured out how to style my hair and play around with a bit of everything.
Curly hair is unpredictable. You can use the exact same products, style it the exact same way, and one day it’ll look great and another it’ll just look… different. It explains why we’re so obsessed with it! Although curly hair has it’s up and downs, when it looks great, it looks AMAZING! Recently, I’ve been wearing my hair naturally curly, so I figured it’s time to share some beauty tips to help those curls look their best.
Caring for your curls: When it comes to caring for your tresses, the key is to maintain (and add) as much moisture to your curls as possible.
– Cleansing: The best way to handle curly hair is to wash it as little as possible, and to use a gentle shampoo when you do. Moisturizing shampoos (I use Sebastian Professional Penetraitt) work best, or a shampoo made specifically for curly hair (like DevaCurl Mild Lather Shampoo). There are even some days that I skip shampoo entirely and go straight for a moisturizing conditioner (I also use Sebastian Professional Penetraitt, and once a week use the mask).
– De-tangling: Steer clear of your brush and comb. In fact, throw the brush out completely. Detangle any knots with a wide tooth comb (like this one here) and add a leave in conditioner or hair oil (my favorite here).
Styling your curls: There is a natural instinct to touch your hair a lot in the effort to control your curls. I find myself doing it so often – you need to train yourself to stop touching and let the curls form. There are 2 techniques to dry curly hair:
– Allow it to dry naturally: Use a microfiber towel (like DevaCurl ‘DevaTowel’ Microfiber Towel) to remove excess water – microfiber towels are more absorbent than regular cotton towels, and the fibers keep your hair smooth and frizz-free.
– Blow drying your hair: If you feel the need to blow dry your hair, ALWAYS use a diffuser. This DevaCurl ‘DevaFuser’ Diffuser has a 360 air flow technology that helps keep frizz out.
Using the right styling products: You’ve probably been through dozens and dozens of products on your curly hair. If you have very fine hair with minimal frizz, use a conditioning styling spray (like Sebastian Professional Potion 9 lite). For thicker or frizzy hair, what I’ve noticed works best is using one product that is a conditioning styler to help shape the curls and then another that has some light hold. I love Sebastian Professional Whipped Creme as my conditioning styler and then Sebastian Professional Texturizer gel for light hold.
Knowing some quick styling solutions: For those bad hair days or just to change things up, try something that is more exciting (but just as easy) as pulling your hair into a ponytail. Add a fun headband, pull your hair into a messy bun, or try out a braid. (Images via Pinterest, Hair Romance, Refinery29)
Dealing with day 2 hair: You wake up, and sometimes your hair doesn’t look as pretty as maybe it did the day before. A few different options: add dry shampoo (love this waterless mousse dry shampoo by Tresemme), fix a few curls with a curling iron, or try one of your quick styling solutions. Resist washing your hair multiple days in a row!