Having long, lustrous, curly hair is practically the hardest hair to manage, but oh so gorgeous. Who doesn’t want to wear a curl every now and then? And wearing your natural curls is not only a lot of fun, but a challenge too. Out of all the hair types, curly hair is the most versatile. You can wear it straight, curly, wavy or a mix of all three, and the easiest are your natural curls. It’s as simple as getting out of the shower and leaving it to dry naturally.
However, if you’re after the Denise Richards style of perfectly defined curls or Nicole Kidman’s smooth and shiny curls, you’re going to have to put a bit of effort in. But it will be worth it. For those perfectly defined curls of Denise Richards look no further than your hands. After curling your hair, rake your fingers through it, holding each section at the ends. Finish by gently shaking to set your curl pattern.
Curls can be at their most bothersome in rain or humidity so when going for Nicole Kidman’s look be sure to use products that lock out moisture. Curls can suck up damp moisture, inflate and frizz out. Girls with curly hair all say the same things – dryness, frizziness and tangling. These tips can help tame the mane.
Dryness Chances are if you have curly hair it is most likely dry and rough which makes it a lot more prone to frizz and needs more maintenance. So air dry hair wherever possible to avoid dryness and breakage.
- Shampooing your hair can really dry it out and strip hair of all moisture so unless severely dirty, skip it.
- Try rinsing your hair with luke warm water instead of hot. The hotter the water the dryer the hair will be.
- Use a moisturizing conditioner for dry hair and leave in for 10-20 minutes after each shampoo.
Naturally curly locks with plenty of volume can soften your face and add body to create beautiful hair texture, however if your curls are lacking shape and are more frizz then looking the bizz, you need to start controlling the frizz as soon as you finish washing your hair.
- You cannot over-condition frizzy hair. You need a heavy conditioner for every day use and a deep conditioner for use once a week.
- Use a mixture of creams and serums to calm down the frizz – apply to damp hair.
- Where possible limit your use of heat appliances. They damage the hair cuticle, making your hair more prone to frizz.
- Try and stretch washing your hair to only twice a week so that your hair oils get the chance to naturally keep your curls under control.
Replace your brush with a wide-toothed comb. If your hair is damaged brushing only makes it worse – it is easier to damage curly hair with a brush whether wet or dry. Untangling hair while dry with any tool is not a good idea; separating the curls dry just causes more frizz. Instead of a brush, switch to a wide-toothed comb or go back to basics and use your fingers.
- Try combing your hair in the shower while the conditioner is in.
- Use a little conditioner and mix with 4 oz. of water in a spray bottle. Shake it up, then mist on hair. Massage it through before combing.
Naturally curly hair is a wonderful thing – it gives you so many options and you can be the envy of those unfortunate souls who have oh so straight locks. So embrace your curls, be bold and enjoy the variety of style and look that curly hair can offer.