Watch out. You can actually maintain great looking curls by following some simple curly hair tips.
Julie Keifer should know. She has luscious curls, you know the type, that cascade just below her shoulders. No wonder she was used to getting a lot of compliments on her hair. That is until her hair suddenly began to frizz out. Her usual stable of tips for styling curly hair no longer worked. She needed help and fast.
Crazy as it sounds, Julie discovered a new way to tackle that frizz. “I just mix some honey and water and lightly smooth it over my hair,” she smiled. “The quantity of honey I use depends on the state my hair is in. Now my curls look a lot better and I also regularly try out new hair tips and styles for curly hair.”
But if you don’t have any honey handy, yet you want to tame those unmanageable curls, here are some additional tips and tricks for those struggling with hairstyles for really curly hair.
Curly Hair Care Made Easy
First it helps to work some mousse through your conditioned hair when stying, for full bodied, healthy, frizz-free curls.
Then for curls that fall better, rinse your hair after shampooing while tilting your head back under the shower. Your curls will turn out amazing after they’ve dried.
Some feel success starts at the salon stating that a bit of layering can work wonders.
If you have yet to embrace layers, you may want to test out layering or at least discuss that with your stylist. If she knows how to cut curly hair she can help you decide if layering may help. But usually this makes your hair easier to manage.
Yet if you’re worried about curly layers, don’t be. Julie reassured, “Just so long as your stylist realizes that after they cut it wet, BOING! the hair will shrink when it’s dry. But layers will give your curly hair lots more volume without feeling heavy. It takes the weight out and cuts down on the tendency of your hair to poof out too.”
Keifer added, “Two curly hair tips that really worked for me include blot drying my hair after shampooing using a t-shirt rather than a terry cloth towel. And when I do use styling lotion, I put it on in sections to make it easier to work through.”
The One Thing You MUST Avoid Doing
“Of course the very best tip you can follow is don’t touch curls any more than you have to. Whether you diffuse or air dry, mousse or gel, the more you touch the less volume you’ll have and the more frizz you’re likely to get. So when it’s wet get it into the shape you want it to end up in, and then leave it alone,” Julie advised.
You can also use product to bring out the best in your hair.
When it comes to products curl defining cream can help. Rub it on your hands and then scrunch it into your hair.
Or you might see what serum can do for your hair. You may find that it helps smooth and make your hair look better groomed and more under control. Just use a little on the ends of your hair if you do try it.
Others swear by a conditioning regimen that they follow as religiously as a Kardashian might. Because a proper deep conditioning routine will moisturize your hair and help tame the frizz. Plus it helps make any detangling process you have to go through go smoother after you step out of the shower.
Julie prefers using natural tips for curly hair. “Often I tie my hair up when deep conditioning and then take it down after a couple of hours. It’s a good way of getting soft curls naturally. When I’m in a hurry, I’ll dab on some gel and scrunch up my hair a bit.”
Thanks Julie. Yet as good as some of those pointer are there are more. Yes, let’s turn to the video tape for…
15 Everyday Tricks For Curly Hair
As is pointed out on the video, since you can’t do anything about it, it’s wise to embrace your curls and learn to love them. Because believe it or not, the glass half full says you have vastly more versatility than girls with straight hair. You can wear yours curly, straight, or wavy.
The one mistake curly tops can avoid right now is brushing their hair. All the more it’s something you never want to do when your hair is dry. (Although some find the Tangle Teezer brush to be a life saver with wet curls. You may find it’s a very low impact brush in that it doesn’t rip your hair out in clumps. With the Tangle Teezer, take a section of hair to be detangled, let it rest on the palm of your hand and brush the hair as it sits your palm. Hope that explains it good enough.) Of course in most cases it’s really best not to brush your hair but to use a wide tooth comb on it – but let’s not split hairs.
Speaking of using a wide tooth comb, it’s still best if used only after applying your conditioner unless you want to risk a lot of breakage. Since as you know this type of hair has a reputation for breaking very easily.
Styling wise, do what you have to do to it when it’s wet and as little as possible when it’s dry. If you don’t heed this bit advice you’re going to make your hair frizz out.
Any Shampoo and Conditioners You Use Should Do This…
Hopefully by now you’re likely aware that any shampoo you use should be moisturizing. You need to constantly be laying on the moisture so your curly locks don’t get dehydrated. Look for words on the label like moisturizing, or for dry hair, things like that.
And when it comes to products to use this will be a continuing theme. Because dry hair is porous hair. Leaving your strands more prone to sucking up moisture from the humid summer air which as you know can lead to more unwanted frizz.
- Leave in conditioner is a “go to” product. You must use that. It’s the moisturizing thing again.
- Beware of excessive styling gel. Since it’s hard to see a crunchy curl as sexy gel should be used sparingly most of the time.
- Yet curl defining mousse and serum can help. Something like BioSilk Silk Therapy can both soften and keep the frizz level in check.
Unexpected Frizz Fighter: Got a bad case of the frizzies? Take hair spray and spray around your crown or wherever the frizz is and using your fingers, stroke your hair pushing the frizz down. While this won’t solve the underlying problem that’s causing the frizz, it will make your hair look better.
Hot styling tools, read straighteners, are not good for your mane. Yes, you end up with straight hair. But at what cost? Usually it’s at the cost of loss of moisture. And you don’t want to do anything that tends to dry your already dry curls. The end result is frizz and dull, lifeless looking hair.
Too much shampooing leads to dryer curly hair so the idea is to wash your hair as little as you possibly can. And this isn’t as gross as you might think. Because curly hair is naturally drier. So you can go longer between shampooings because it won’t get all oily. If you can get away with washing your hair once a week – great! But if you go to the beach, pool, are active in sports, work out regularly or whatever it’s likely you can’t go that long between washings.
Moisture again. To insure your hair is getting enough, you need a deep conditioning routine. This would include deep conditioning once a week for at least 30 minutes. It’s better still if you can leave it in overnight.
What you use doesn’t necessarily matter. You can even use warm olive oil or mayonnaise if nothing else. But deep conditioner is all the more important if you choose to use hot styling tools on your tresses. The idea is to saturate your hair with the conditioner.
Trim your hair every six to eight weeks but only if the ends tend to get raggedy. To pull this off you need a stylist who knows how to work with curly hair. Fact is it needs to be shaped differently than straight hair.
Cutting your hair when it wet is best. This lets the stylist see the shape your curls naturally take.
Layers are good. Having different length strands helps you to avoid mushroom head. You know where it poofs out into a triangle shape?
One more moisturizing point you’ve heard again and again. Drink plenty of fluids. Preferably water. Which is not only good for your hair, it also helps improve your skin, your eyes become clear and you’ll just glow.
Clearly curly hair can be frustrating.
There’s not a lot you may be able to do with yours at times too.
Or it may be that it’s the same ole same ole day after day that you hate.
Plus it can take a lot of work to make it look nice.
All of which might explain the constant search for useable advice, tips and tricks.
Yet any tips or tricks you read (even these) are certainly not absolutes. How your hair responds may be quite different from the girl sitting next to you. It may respond differently than your sister’s curly hair too even. But these tips are still likely useful if nothing else as a reminder of the things you can do to tame your curly locks.