Figuring out how to style curls can sometimes feel a bit daunting. Curls are more nuanced than many other types of hair, meaning it can take some time to figure out what your curls need to be their best. However, we've got you covered. Here's how to style your curly hair. Give these suggestions a try, and don't forget to let us know which work best for you.
How to Style Your Curly Hair
Cleansing and conditioning:
Great curls start in the shower. However, frequent washings can make a good head of curls go frizzy and tangled. Instead, focus on washing every few days. When you do, use a low poo or cowash to get curls clean without stripping your strands. Focus on massaging your scalp, and allow the water to rinse the product through your strands. After you've rinse out the shampoo, make sure to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. This is also a great time to detangle your curls, as the conditioner will create slip. Use your fingers or a wide toothed comb.
After you've detangled and rinsed out the extra conditioner, don't reach for your usual terry cloth towel. While scrubbing your hair dry works ok for some hair types, it spells disaster for curly girls. Avoid a head full of frizz, and instead blot aways excess water gently. A microfiber towel or an old t-shirt works great for this. Scrunch upwards to help curls take shape.
After you've removed excess water, apply your favorite curl enhancing product. Some curly girls opt for a mousse, others for a styling cream. This is also a great time to add a leave in conditioner for moisture. To make sure each curl gets the right amount of product, coat your hands in your product of choice and scrunch upwards. This ensures your curls will take shape, and evenly distributes product.
Allow your curls to air dry until they're about 80% dry, and then finish with a diffuser. Cup each individual curl and use low heat to ensure they dry evenly. Once curls are fully dry, you can add some serum or hair spray to help control frizz and lock your strands in place. Do your best to keep your hands out of your hair, as your natural oils can flatten curls and disrupt your curls pattern.