Style Tips for Curly Hair
Curly hair styles can be simple but require unique maintenance. The key with curly hair is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Curly hair is super thirsty so be sure and keep it well conditioned. Whether long or short, there are a multitude of style options for curly hair. Twist outs, ponytails, headbands, and freestyle curls are just a few of the style options.
Style tips for curly hair begin with clean hair. Always use shampoo designated for curly hair. These shampoo brands are specially formulated for the needs of curly hair. This is the best way to cleanse and lock in moisture. Be careful what type of product you choose, as the more the shampoo lathers often the more alcohol it contains, which will dry out your hair. The exact opposite of the style you hope to achieve. Try sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
Follow-up with lots of conditioner to detangle your hair and add additional moisture for soft, freestyle curls. Add a leave-in conditioner and styling gel to hold your curls in place and help control frizz. Deep conditioning treatments help keep curly hair soft and manageable as well as healthy. Professional stylists often provide this service. You can also do a quick deep condition yourself at home. Massage plenty of conditioner into your hair. Cover the hair in a plastic cap and wrap in a warm, wet, towel. Leave on the hair at least five minutes and then rinse. If you can stand it, rinse the hair in cool water as it will help lock in the moisture and prevent frizz.
Dry frizzy curls are the most difficult to tame. Dryness causes frizz, and curly hair is prone to dryness. One way to tame curly hair frizz is to apply an anti-humectant or curly pudding. Scrunch your curls in the palm of your hand, then squeeze. Continue all over your head from tip to root until of the product has been applied evenly throughout your hair. The more coarse the hair texture the tighter the curl pattern, so the amount of product required will depend on your hair texture and how it holds moisture.
Once you have finished styling your hair, add a shine barrier with a light oil spray. Keep a small bottle of oil moisturizer spray in your purse to freshen up curl moisture during the day. If the heat or humidity is causing your hair to frizz into an afro, invest in a light styling gel or help hold the curls and tame the frizz.
Remember to detangle your hair with conditioner in your hair and use a super wide tooth detangling comb. Don’t brush curls and wait for the hair to dry before pulling into a ponytail. The moisture tends to get locked into the ponytail and can cause a sour smell. To eliminate tangles, sleep in a satin pillowcase or wrap your hair in a satin scarf. And make sure to get your hair trimmed. It is the healthiest way to maintain your hair and guard against split ends.