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How To Make Curly Hair Look Elegant

Updated on January 7, 2014

The health of your curly hair is very important in keeping it looking its best. If you do not wish to have your hair straightened again, you should focus on bringing back the integrity of your natural hair as the previously straightened portion grows out and is eventually cut off.

Bringing back integrity of your natural hair

First, find a stylist who is experienced with curly hair. Make a plan with your stylist for regular haircuts (typically every 6-8 weeks) and treatments to keep your hair healthy and giving your hair a great foundation for you to work with at home. Have your stylist suggest the best products for you to use at home. I would suggest products that add moisture and smoothing to your dry curls.

Do not shampoo your hair every day. This is especially important for those with dry, frizzy, curly hair because the oils from your scalp are necessary to help smooth your locks and calm frizz. Shampooing every other day, or even every third day, is recommended.

On the days you do shampoo, add some conditioner to your ends before shampooing to protect your ends from becoming drier. Focus your shampoo mainly at your scalp only. You may condition again after shampooing for extra moisture.

On your non-shampoo days, try just rinsing your hair and conditioning without the shampoo step. A deep conditioner once a week can help keep the needed moisture in your hair as well. Rinse well with the coldest temperature water you can tolerate to help seal the cuticle of your hair down. Using a microfiber towel instead of a terrycloth towel will help, too, as the microfiber towel will not disturb the hair’s cuticle like a terrycloth one can. No matter which towel you use, scrunch lightly… do not rub!

Throw your brush away! No, really. With curly hair, brushing wet hair can break your strands, and brushing dry hair causes nothing but more frizz. Instead, use a pick, your fingers, or a wide-toothed comb to detangle your tresses.

Apply a leave-in conditioner and an anti-frizz curl serum while your hair is still wet. Make sure to distribute each product evenly from scalp through ends. Air-drying your hair is best, as it will not add any further stress of heat which can lift the cuticle and cause frizz.

However, if you are short on time, using a diffuser or hood dryer is a better choice than just a hand-held hairdryer. If your curls are looser, a diffuser can help hold your curls together to boost the amount of curl. For tighter curls, a hood dryer may be a better option as it is a more indirect air source.

Try to avoid touching your hair throughout the day, no matter how tempting. Leaving your curls as undisturbed as possible will help keep curls looking their best. For more curl definition, or for a touch-up later in the day, a small amount of pomade emulsified in your hands and run gently over fly-away strands can help revive your look. Using a satin pillowcase when you sleep can help keep hair from friction as you toss and turn, therefore preventing breakage, tangles, and split ends.

Finally, if you must color your hair, consider a semi- or demi-permanent color which will not go as far into the hair and will not be as drying. The best way to maintain healthy and shiny hair in such situation is by using semi- and demi- colors as most of them have incredible shine which can add to the appearance of healthy, smoother curls.


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