Following is ten tips to master your natural texture and become a curly hair girl:
1. Ditch the hairbrush
Curly hair seems to be more dry and brittle than other hair types, so combing curly hair with a hairbrush will cause breakage and iron out your curl’s natural shape. To untangle, using a wide-toothed comb to comb your hair while you condition in the shower.
2. Ask your hairstylist to feather the ends of your hair with a razor or scissors
This is one of the best kept secrets in hairdressing. Think of a synthetic ribbon – when you scrape the surface with the the sharp edge of a pair of scissors, the end shoots up into a curl; this is what feathering your hair will achieve.
3. Swap your oily serum for a light curl creme
Oils and serums are ideal for smoothing down fly-aways, but, if definition is what you covet, treat your mid lengths to ends to something lighter. The milky formula of Bumble and Bumble’s (STYLE) Defining Creme, £24 helps curls reform in next to no time without weighing them down.
4. Always use a diffuser when blow-drying
A diffuser is necessary for evening out curl patterns. To create shape for your curls, simply turning your hairdryer on to the ‘low’ setting and dropping them into the diffuser.
Using your hands to cover your entire hair to make sure you are drying every strand.
5. Avoid ‘anti-frizz’ products
Shampoos, conditioners and serums which can be used to rid your lengths of frizzies and flyaways will only give weight to curls and drag them down. Curly hair is often dry, however, Redken’s All Soft Shampoo, £9.55 helps to provide parched strands with a variety of nourishment all while defining tousles effortlessly.
6. Change up your mousse game
Kerastase’s Mousse Curl Ideal, £18.50 is considered a game-changer. It is packed with malleable proteins that help strengthen every curls without bringing stiff feeling.
7. Choose a light hold hairspray to lock in your style
Remember not to drench your natural curls in strong hold hairspray to keep them in check. Applying a little light hold hairspray to your curly hair, instead, as not to compromise on movement.
8. Treat your hair to a deep condition treatment
Putting your curly hair in an intensely hydrating conditioning treatment – like the Mizani True Textures Replenish Mask, £11.10 – once, or twice, a month.
9. Don’t be afraid of salt sprays
Re-applying mousse will only saturate your curls, and make them much hard. Instead, breathing life into a two-day-old ‘do with a light veil of salt spray. Scrunching Balmain’s Texturising Salt Spray, £21.50 into either damp or drying hair will refresh a flagging mane instantly.