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12 Curly Hair Tips That Will Have You Loving Your Locks

The Ultimate Guide to Curly Hair Tips

I can assume if you’re reading this that you have curly hair and like so many of my curly haired clients, you hate your curly hair . . . right? Well, not so fast! Haven’t you heard others tell you how they wish they had your curls? You just haven’t learned to love each and every curl that crowns your pretty head yet. I am here to convert you with some of my favorite hacks for curly hair:

Curly Hair Tip #1 Get The Right Haircut! ~~ Some hairdresser’s are scared of dealing with curly hair and only know how to cut it like they would other hair types, and this is where the problems for your hair begins. When cutting curly hair you don’t want to end up with a triangle head or god forbid the poodle look –eek! This is my nightmare, so I can only imagine how you all feel walking out of a salon if you have had a bad experience.

 

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I’ve learned when cutting curly hair, to always use cutting scissors and not thinning shears. Visual cutting is really important for taking weight out and shaping curly hair. I always cut curly hair at an angle, that way you keep the natural movement of the curl happening. Also, I’ve found standing back and looking at how the curls falls naturally after being cut, is huge in getting a great shape. I use my cutting scissors to take each section and softly cut into the hair to remove weight. Long layers are good to help take the weight from the bottom of your hair without causing the dreaded triangle shape. No short layers, especially with long hairstyles, as this is when you end up with a curly mullet (it’s not the 80’s).

Curly Hair Tip #2 Use the Right Products ~~ Now to keep your hair looking as yummy as possible, you need to use good products formulated for your hair type. No hard sell I promise, as I’m sure you have a whole drawer or cupboard full of hair products and could probably open up your own store :) The good news . . . with the right kind of hair products, you only need 4 or 5 max.

I use Schwarzkopf products and I am in love with the Schwarzkopf Curl Bounce line. OK, I’ll get the boring science part over, but it really works, I promise! The Curl Bounce line contains the innovative Polyquaternium 72, Panthenol and Cactus Flower extract. This restores the natural balance of moisture in your curls and the memory agents control frizz. After only a couple of washes, you’ll see great results. Like magic, it remembers your curl type.

Curly Hair Tip #3 The Comb Out and Rinse ~~ After you shampoo and condition your hair in the shower, use a wide toothed comb to detangle your curls before your final rinse. Then rinse for about 10 seconds with cold water, this helps close your cuticle and helps smooth and control your curls.  Never towel dry curly hair by rubbing your head, you know you do it!  This causes friction and will make your curls frizzy and you’ll spend way too long trying to comb through your matted hair. Instead, squeeze water out with a towel, you will be amazed at the difference.

Curly Hair Tip #4 The Diamond Shape ~~ Great haircuts for curly heads have a diamond shape. Keeping the height and weight toward the top and cheekbones, and having hair tapered around the face. Have your hair stylist carve out your curls to create definition and movement.

Curly Hair Tip #5 Restructuring ~~ Curl can be fragile, so you need to strengthen while taming frizz, adding manageability and restructuring from the inside out. That’s a tall order, but the new Rusk Multi 12-in1 Miracle Treatment does all that and more . . . it’s like getting your curly locks into rehab.

Curly Hair Tip #6 Try Loose Curls ~~ When classic spirals get boring, create a loose, less-defined look with finger-combing technique. Work a lightweight anti-frizz serum through damp hair to detangle and separate curls . . . . try Paul Mitchell Smoothing Gloss Drops. Next, flip your head over and apply a curl-activator like VO5 Curvaceous Curls Styling Mousse. Then take haphazard sections and twist them like a rope, wrapping each one around your finger before pinning in place. Blow-dry using a low heat setting, unpin the twists and gently shake your ringlets loose.

Curly Hair Tip #7 Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize ~~ Curly hair’s biggest challenge is lack of moisture . . . the natural oils from your scalp do not travel to the ends because of the curl pattern. Keeping it hydrated is key! Start with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and they recommend a weekly deep treatment with MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask. Wearing hair curly requires products that control frizz and add definition.

Curly Hair Tip #8 Skip a Couple Shampoos ~~ Curly girls who want a change can start by flat-ironing. Next, you maximize your style over time by skipping shampoos for a few days. On the second day when curl starts to come back, run a flat iron through hair and mist with Redken Wax Blast 10, which acts as a light frizz-tamer. Day three, use a dry shampoo on the scalp, like Redken Powder Refresh), brushing it through and applying heat from your blower if needed. On day four, pull your hair back into a ponytail, wet down your bangs if you have them, and blow-dry the fringe only.

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Curly Hair Tip #9 Keep it Healthy ~~ Keeping hair healthy is essential for control and frizz-prevention. I recommend Redken’s Fresh Curls system, which includes a shampoo, a conditioner, Styling Mousse, Curl Refiner, Spin Control and Curl Boost Spray Gel. How do you know which to use for what? The mousse is designed to add oomph to looser, “lazier” curl. The Curl Refiner is like a leave-in conditioning treatment, making it perfect for keeping long, curly hair hydrated and soft.

Curly Hair Tip #10 Fluff it Up! ~~ Okay, you know you have to hydrate curl, but what do you do once the conditioner is on? Detangle with a wide-toothed comb,. Next, scrunch with a towel: don’t “rub” the hair dry or you’ll ru9in curl definition and create frizz. Don’t brush your hair. Work in Wella Professionals Enrich Bouncy Foam, a leave-in reconstructor that conditions curl. Follow with Wella Professionals Elastic  Energy curl-enhancing mousse, applying it evenly through hair and finger-combing it in. Once hair is dry, place your fingertips at the roots and give yourself a scalp massage. This fluffs up the interior without disturbing the exterior. Diffuse-dry with your head bent forward, and you’re done.

Curly Hair Tip #11 Give it an Undercut ~~ For coarse hair, consider leaving the length. Add lots of face-framing layers, and ask for “undercutting” to remover bulk and weight.

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