It often feels like curly hair has a mind of its own because it’s finicky to take care of, especially if you don’t maintain it with the proper techniques and the right products. It’s also back in style, which is great for anyone –– like us –– that loves the personality of meandering texture. For curly heads, it means working with hair naturally, rather than opting for a sleek blow-out, is more than just an option –– it’s a necessity. The trick is to work with the texture, not against it. From cut to products and styling, our tips on enhancing spirals are in the style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart
Layers: Cutting curls requires technical expertise, so make sure your stylist is a master; a cut that gives curls the space and freedom to move can make everyday styling so much easier. Ask for layers that start at the chin, angling down. Look at Sarah Jessica Parker for inspiration. This is a good style for curls because it supports the twists and keeps them long and full. It also keeps hair from looking too heavy or boxy.
Put Down the Shampoo: Over cleansing curls can be drying, causing frizz. The less you wash the better. To prolong your style, simply rinse hair with water and apply ReFinish when dry. When you must cleanse, use shampoos that contain ingredients such as shea butter, avocado and coconut. We love Gentle Shampoo –– it contains Vitamin B5, organic and natural ingredients, and is sulfate and sodium chloride free.
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize: Curly hair needs lots of moisture. After cleansing hair, apply a hydrating conditioner, leave in for 2-3 minutes, comb through and rinse. We like Moisturizing Conditioner –– it’s moisture rich, hence the name, and will smooth strands and add luster.
Fight Frizz: Perfect curls don’t frizz. Rub a dime-size of Frizz Control between hands and finger through wet hair. Or use new Shine Luxe Oil; it’s full of luxurious oils such as Jojoba Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. Apply and air dry for curls that shine.
Add Definition: To define natural textures, you need the right products. Use Curl Enhancer to add shape and shine to wavy or loose curl textures; or use Curl Definer to elevate curl and add definition to stronger coils, while leaving hair soft and delicate, not hard.
Lay Off the Heat: Too much heat styling can be damaging to curls. Take a hands-on approach when styling. Squeeze out water after showering, after applying the appropriate products, wrap small sections around your finger to form ringlets. Once you finish, whatever you do, do not touch the curls––they’ll be less frizzy. Air dry. If you must heat style, use a diffuser. The diffuser disperses the airflow of the hair dryer to evenly dry hair. If needed you can touch up curls with a Curling Wand for added refinement.