by Staff Writer
If you have naturally curly hair, then you might consider it both a blessing and a curse. Well-styled curls are admired and envied, but naturally curly hair can be difficult to manage. A little hair care know-how can go a long way when it comes to encouraging natural curls to be their very best. By using a quality hair dryer and the right beauty products and hair care methods, your curly hair can look as though it has been professionally styled by reducing frizz and sculpting curls into perfect, symmetrical spirals or waves.
Choose the right products. Curly hair is different from straight hair, and it requires special beauty products to keep it healthy. Hair products made specifically for curly hair can help reduce frizz, improve curl shape and encourage volume. If you choose not to purchase products made for curly hair, you can still improve your curls by knowing what to look for when shopping for shampoo, conditioner and styling products. Curly hair tends to be dryer than straight hair, so opt for moisturizing products to keep curls looking great. Heavier conditioners are great for curly hair, and you might consider using a deep conditioning hair mask about once a week. When it comes to styling products, you have several choices. Gel and mousse are standard options for curly hair. Because everyone has a different hair texture, you may want to experiment with both. Hairspray helps to reduce frizz and encourages curls to hold their shape, while heat-protection products keep curly hair from drying out with regular blow-drying.
Wash, condition and apply product. You might think that washing your hair is a simple process that does not require specific instruction, but curly hair can benefit from some special techniques during the washing process. Combing conditioner right into your hair in the shower with a wide-tooth comb evenly distributes moisture. It is a good idea to apply product soon after getting out of the shower, while your hair is still wet, to lock in moisture and easily sculpt curls. Mousse or gel, hairspray and heat-protection product are all good choices for curly hair. You might also choose to use a frizz-fighting serum, leave-in conditioner or hair cream to help moisturize and define curls.
Blow-dry curls carefully. Once you have washed, conditioned and applied product to your hair, you are ready to dry it. Many individuals with naturally curly hair like to allow some time for air-drying their curls before blow-drying. This allows the hair cuticle to absorb some of the moisture. If you don't have time for any air-drying, you can blow-dry your hair right away. Using a diffuser on your blow dryer can help reduce frizz and shape curls. Dividing your hair into sections and pinning it with hair clips will help you to evenly distribute heat with your blow dryer. For added volume, try blow drying curly hair upside down.
Maintain your curls. Curly hair doesn't always hold its shape as well as straight hair. It is best to avoid combing or brushing your hair until you wash it again in order to keep curls looking fresh and shapely. Avoid touching curly hair, which can promote frizz. If some of the volume is lost, you can revive your curls by spraying them lightly with water and blow-drying for a few minutes. The water will reactivate existing product, and blow-drying can promote volume and restore curl shape.
Because curly hair tends to be dry, you may only need to wash your curls a couple of times per week. This will help avoid over-styling, which can dry and damage curly hair.
Not all curly hair is the same. You may need to experiment with products and techniques to find the right ones for your curls.