Anyone with curly hair has heard it: “Your hair is so nice, I wish I had curly hair!”. It is supposed to be a compliment, but curly girls know it’s so much harder to have a good curly hair day than it seems. Curls can be erratic, unruly, and hard to manage, and there are days when your wild curls can feel less enviable than ever.
Inside your hair care routine, the difference between battling with your curls and enjoying your curls is actually. Finding the right items and hairstyles makes it so much easier to handle curly hair, and managing your curls correctly in turn makes your hair so much healthier. You’ll find easy tips below that will keep your waves and curls shiny and solid looking. Then move on to seven basic curly hairstyle ideas you can tackle before coffee’s ready for the morning.
Best hair tips on curly hair styling
Curly hair is distinct from textures on other hairs. It needs more hydration, less washing, and more patience than straighter hairstyles if we’re honest. But there’s no need for curly hair to feel like a curse! With minimal effort, these tips, products, and pointers will help you find the best curls of your life; some will even give you better hair while you get your beauty sleep.
1. Always comb your hair from the bottom up.
Detangling hair from the bottom up, instead of compounding knots towards the bottom and yanking your way through, helps you to gently remove each knot. Our experts strongly advise you to always rely on a wide-tooth comb, never a brush, to rake through curly hair to protect the hair from damage and to rake through curly hair.
The most delicate form on the block is curly hair, and each curl is a potential breaking point. The best way to detangle curls is to use a wide-tooth comb because it does not disturb the natural curl pattern as much as a brush might. That means you’re supposed to save brushes for straight styles, or simply tam flyaways.
2. To stop split ends, get regular trims.
Damaged hair is never a good appearance (not to mention split ends will make your hair frizzy!). Head to the hairstylist every six to eight weeks for a fast trim if you want healthy curls that look bouncy and new.
3. Using product ‘cocktailing’ to describe curls and hydrate them.
Product cocktailing is simply to blend two or more items together to fulfill your unique needs for styling. My two favorite cocktails are: serum smoothing plus mousse, coconut oil plus styling gel. These products together make supreme hold, without leaving your hair dry or crunchy.
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If you don’t have the stamina to cocktail, a serum is your best choice for a one-step solution, which not only helps to smooth your curls but also gives them structure and separation. Using 3 to 4 pumps at a time. Emulsify the object in your hands and pull it through your curls gently. To hydrate curls and add shine, I suggest Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum.
Alternatively, styling cream can be applied to hair with wet hands: the product combination plus the water ensures the curls remain frizz-free while refreshing the curl pattern, and styling cream is perfect because it helps curls retain their shape without offering any crunch.
4. Incorporate a treatment for conditioning in your routine.
What you don’t want to do when your hair goes through a dry or dull process is load it down with a lot of product. To add a dime-size blob of styling cream or oil to your ends (wet or dry hair is fine!), simply use your fingertips, giving them extra moisture and bounce.
Like most curly girls, if you do! You should definitely add a leave-in conditioner into your product cocktail to notice that your curls routinely look dried-out or frizzy on the ends. If your hair is thinner or you are looking for light hydration, spritz a user-friendly conditioning spray (like Garnier Whole Blends Gentle Detangling Hair Milk) all over your hair, concentrating on the ends. Smooth a cream-based leave-in conditioner on soaking wet hair for further hydration and definition, being careful not to disturb the curl pattern by using the “praying hands” technique.
5. To keep curly hair formed overnight, try the “pineapple trick”
‘Pineappling’ is a procedure in which, usually before sleep, the hair is loosely arranged at the highest point of the head. This preserves the curl pattern while helping to retain natural volume in your hair while also avoiding excessive bedhead. Simply take out the pony and shake your hair when you’re about to put it down.
To stop hair breakage and ponytail creasing, I recommend using a scrunchie for this technique. It keeps hair looking even more flawless during washing days. And if you’re not still sleeping on a silk pillowcase, it’s time to make the switch. By eliminating pressure on the hair overnight, these super-smooth pillowcases are known to minimize the bedhead, which helps hair look sleek and hydrated day after day.
6. In order to balance out your curly hair pattern and add more body, use a diffuser.
You are missing out if you don’t use the accessories that come with your hairdryer. By scattering the stream of hot air from your hairdryer into a wider area, a hair diffuser will minimize a lot of the frizz that comes when curly hair is naturally air-dried. Plus, it can help balance out the curl pattern and increase the volume of heavy curls, giving your hair more body.
How to use your diffuser: In scrunching movements, first suck out the extra moisture in your hair after showering using a microfiber towel. Do not use a conventional towel and do not turb your hair: although these common techniques will work for your friends with straight hair, they will interrupt your curl pattern and cause you to be frizzed.
You should use a heat protectant if you use heat tools on your delicate curls to protect hair from damage. Add your favorite hair products and thermal hair protectant. Plug your strands into the diffuser, tucking your hair around the appliance. Repeat until curls are established all over. It’s Cool if your hair isn’t 100% dry. You can also avoid frizz by allowing curls to air dry a bit.
7. Using curling iron or wand to refresh your hair curls.
It might sound dumb to curl already-curly hair but it’s a perfect way to cheer them up when they’ve got saggy or unruly. Choose a curling iron around the same diameter as your curls. Go up one size to stretch if you think your curls are too tight. Choose a smaller barrel if you want tighter curls.
A curling wand is a perfect tool to fine-tune natural curly hair. It helps you to reshape curls precisely where they need any TLC, be it mid-strand, core, or end. All this without having to roll the whole strand up into the iron. In just a few minutes’ time, the result is perfectly defined curls.