Learn to Love Your Curls!
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. What I’m first about to say may scare you, but here it goes, “step away from your straighteners,” there . . . I said it!
1st Tip for Curly Hair – 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.
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).
Two of my favourite celebrities who rock their natural curls are Thandie Newtown and Alex Kingston.
2nd Tip for Curly Hair – 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.
At Blue Hairdressing, we 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 (this part I can’t explain I just know from using it in the salon on all my curly haired clients, it works – yeah!!!)
3rd and 4th Tip for Curly Hair – The comb out/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.
Guest Author Lynette Murray is a freelance writer and hairdresser from Belfast Ireland. Curly hair is her passion, a 13 year veteran of helping women with curly hair at the Belfast hair salon, Blue. You can follow Lynette on Facebook and Twitter.
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