Knowing how to style curls is half the battle. Whether you're just starting your natural curl journey or you're well established, it never hurts to have some extra tricks and tips up your sleeves for styling great curls.
Own your curls:
Have you ever been envious of another girl's curls? We've all been there but it's important to love what you have. Learn your curl type, how to take care of it and what products work for you. You'll be much better off if you spend less time lusting after something you just can't have.
Shampooing too often or using the wrong shampoos can strip your curls of natural moisture. This will lead to problems styling down the road if your curls are over dry and frizzy. Instead of a shampoo, try a cowash to keep your curls protected while still getting a good cleanse.
After you've cleansed your curls you must follow up with a conditioner to maintain the integrity of your curls. Conditioner will add back in lost moisture, help control frizz and make your curls easier to style, so don't scrimp on this crucial step.
Moisturize all the time:
Curls tend to be drier than other types of hair. Since they're more tightly coiled, it's difficult for natural oils to make its way down the strand. You need to help your curls out by adding in extra moisture. Stay away from any products containing sulfates or alcohols as they can make curls drier.
Frizz can be the bane of any curly girl's look if it's not managed correctly. In order to successfully combat frizz, you'll need to pick a great product or two. A curl defining cream and shine serum can help make your curls more defined, smooth and glossy.
Get a great cut:
A great style starts with a great cut. Look for a stylist who's had advanced training in cutting curly hair or has curly hair. Don't be afraid to turn down an appointment with someone who isn't as skilled as you'd like. Let your stylist know your needs and expectations. Listen and learn from them!