Have you ever found your curls seem overly gelled, or have that wet appearance even after the hair has dried? If so, it could be due to the products you're using and the way you're styling your curls. If you want smoother, softer curls as opposed to those that have a harder cast, you can make a few adjustments to your curl care routine. Here's how to skip the wet gelled look when styling curls.
How To Skip The Wet Gelled Look When Styling Curls
Skip the gel:
Many curly girls think they absolutely have to use gel to keep their curls in shape. However, that isn't true. Therefore, you might want to consider swapping out your gel in favor of a curl defining mousse. Mousse is seeing a revival in popularity, primarily because it's so effective without leaving the wet, gel cast behind. You can still use a bit of gel to hold curls in place if you'd like, but it doesn't have to be your sole curl shaper.
Follow a routine:
There are a ton of fabulous curl care routines out there. In order to avoid casting your curls, you'll want to develop and establish a routine that works for your individual curls. There are some great routines out there, such as the Curly Girl Method, the L.O.C. method, and L.C.E.G. method, while applies a harder hold gel at the end of your styling routine. This way, instead of using gel as the base, gel is used to finish out your curl care.
Even though mousse is wonderful, you can still explore other options for your curl care products. Remember, each curly girl's hair is different, and therefore you'll need to explore to find out what works well for you. Read product descriptions, blogs, and check in with other curl girls to see what works best for you.