Horror stories abound about curly hair, right? Which is not an undeserved reputation since sometimes those coils, waves and spirals can act like they have a mind of their own.
So maybe you’re tired of struggling to get that mop top lined up just perfect only to have the style zapped by that day’s weather.
What was that? You’re not sure exactly what to do with your head full of curls? You just know it takes longer and requires more TLC to get your coiled coif just right.
For sure those swirling strands can be edgy or can keep you on edge or both. Which is to say curly hair can be confounding. Perplexing. Aggravating.
Often the first drop of rain, bead of sweat or mere rumor of humidity spells bad news for your hair as it will naturally frizz up. And frizzy hair isn’t the best thing to have to cope with if you are after alluring locks. But you live with it.
Then too words like “smooth”, “soft” or “silky” seldom are used to describe the springy spirals sported by girls with curls. Yet we often desperately want to know how to get curly hair that does fit that description.
To help with that product solutions abound for our curls that let us spend more time living and less time fussing with our hair.
Naturally some girls opt to have their hair straightened. But others like it curly and adapt their styling routine to their coiled strands. Here’s the story of one who has figured out how to style her curly hair quickly and easily.
“It’s tough to stick with just one style,” admitted Jenna Deer, a 21 year old university student majoring in computer programming. “I often like to change my look and that includes changing my hairstyle as well. One of the first things I learned in middle school was how to get curly hair quickly and easily. Which is good to know since I spend a lot of time in the computer labs now and don’t have a lot time for fussing with my hair. But I still want to look good and all.”
You should know that Jenna’s hair is a bit on the wavy side by nature. Guess you could say it is neither straight nor curly then. So for her curling was a bit easier.
“My hair is halfway there anyway so once I found out how to make the curls happen the process was surprisingly quite simple. But even girls with stick straight hair would often come up to me to ask how to make their straight hair curly too. Actually it isn’t too difficult for them to get the look they want to achieve either.”
Jenna’s go-to tool of choice naturally is an inch wide curling iron. It’s the best answer to how to make your hair curly according to her.
“And it’s pretty simple once you get the knack of curling. Separate your hair into sections using clips. If you want large curls, you need a thicker curling wand. For small tight curls, get a thin wand. Apply mousse to your hair and blow dry to let it set. As you curl, release another section from the clips. Wrap a one inch section of your hair around the curling iron and wait for maybe 8-10 seconds. Then release it and go on to the next section of hair.”
Once you’re done, Jenna suggests applying some light hold hair spray to keep the curls in place. This is especially important if you have fine hair that’s not quite as receptive to holding a style as you’d like.
“Now you are all set with your new curly look,” she said. “Just remember to condition your hair regularly as the curling process can dry out your hair pretty fast. I like to deep condition every two weeks if I can.”
The Keys to a Curly Happily Ever After
Hydration is a vitally important part of curly hair styling. It can give you softer, naturally irresistible hair too. Which is to say Jenna is on to something with her conditioning routine. You almost can’t condition this type of hair too much. Oil treatments are another way to get that extra moisturizing too.
Shampooing less is a good idea as well. Luckily given curly locks tend to be dryer you won’t have to worry about greasy hair in most cases even if you don’t wash every day.
There are serums formulated for curls that can smooth, add shine, not to mention make your hair super silky and soft. Some would add smoothing serums are the ultimate savior for hair prone to frizzies. Just remember some of these are best focused on the ends which tend to the most parched portion of your strands.
Some find relief with gels. Just be careful to check for alcohol as that can suck out the moisture you’ve been working so hard to build in. So it pays to be choosy. And it pays not to use too much or else you’ll end up with crunchy hair.
To avoid any worries about that how about flaxseed gels? We laid out everything you need to know at the other end of that link. How to make it, strain it and store it so it lasts. Worth a look.
Others prefer curl defining sprays to help with the shaping and definition of their spiral curls.
If you blow dry be sure to use a diffuser. The attachment keeps from blowing the curl out of your strands. The tradeoff is since you want to use the dryer on a cooler setting it can take more than a little while to get your hair dry. But shampooing less might mean you will notice this little annoyance less too.
The right cut can go a long way to making things more manageable too. It defines your curly look. Plus as you know, curls are best if cut dry, please. And if you are stuck for hairstyle ideas this gallery from Allure magazine might prove helpful for triggering an idea for you.
I’m sure there are more happily ever after ideas to be had. The point of this was to show doing things like this can help you to say “Good bye, frizzy hair”. Well most of the time anyway.
Cute Hairstyles For Curly Hair Demonstrated
Finally the girl in this video is so darn cute. Just love her cascading curls and her accent. She reinforces some of the ideas shared here plus gives you some super quick ways to style your hair to give you super easy curly hairstyles.
And yeah I admit I wrote this so I’d have an excuse to post this video. So shoot me. LOL