Wavy and curly hairstyles can be ridiculously beautiful but, behind the scenes, there is a whole lot of specialized haircare and different styling techniques that keeps them that way. The great news is that making the most of your natural texture doesn't have to be difficult, especially when you have the right products on your side to make your hair to look and feel its very best. More importantly though, they actually do most of the styling for you by banishing frizz and maintaining great hold throughout the day.
You may need to experiment with a few different products or combine a few in order to find out what works best for your hair but it's totally worth it in the long run. Below, you'll find six essential styling tips for wavy and curly hair. Of course, different curl patterns have different requirements but these handy tricks are a great place to start for everyone.
Whatever your length, your cut or your hair type, all of the techniques below can help you achieve the curly hairstyle you really want. All you have to do is scroll through and get started!
No matter what curly hair type you have, conditioning is essential. Curly hair dries out faster than other kinds, with very curly, kinky locks requiring the most moisture of all. To make sure your strands stay hydrated, deep condition regularly and avoid shampooing everyday. Whenever you can, cover your hair from root to tip with a mask, wrap it in an old T-shirt or towel, and sleep on it. The extra time will allow your strands to absorb as much of the good stuff from the mask as it possibly can for the best results.
On top of all that, well-conditioned hair also has a reduced the risk of breakage and split ends and generally behaves better, too. There are basically no cons to extra conditioning!
2. Stay bouncy
If you feel that your curls tend to fall flat, all you need to do is prop them back up with a product that has been specially formulated to add body and definition textured hair. While your locks are still damp, scrunch L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse evenly throughout then dry with a diffuser or leave to air dry. This will give you lasting, soft curls for up to 24 hours.
For the best possible finish, boost your whole routine with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.
3. Banish frizz
If your hair is prone to frizz, there are a few things you can do to calm it. First of all, step up your conditioning routine, as mentioned in tip 1. Secondly, apply Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream evenly throughout damp hair before drying; you can use a dryer or let nature take its course for a whole lot of gorgeous, defined curls. Thirdly, don't touch your hair as this can encourage the frizz monster to rear it's fuzzy head.
4. Ditch your hairbrush
Useful though brushes can be, they aren't great for curly hair. In fact, they're just plain bad as they can cause extra frizz and breakage. For the most part, you're better off using a wide-tooth comb to define a part or tease out any tangles.
If your tresses are especially prone to creating their own knot fest without your consent, comb them through after applying a LOT of conditioner while you're still in the shower.
5. Day 2 curls
Between washes, you can preserve your curls by ruffling your hair with your fingers then applying Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray. This ultra-flexible spray will make sure your hair doesn't fall flat on day 2, 3, 4 and beyond, while adding shine and keeping flyaways at bay.
Sleeping with your hair pinned up into a twisted bun or chignon also helps to maintain smooth, beautiful curls overnight, thus reducing the amount of styling time in the morning.
6. Revive parched ends
As with any hair type, curly ends get dry and need some extra nourishing from time to time. Make sure you have some hair oil on hand so you can apply a small amount to the tips, as and when you need to. There's no precise routine for this because, as we all know, everyone's hair is different. For example, your best friend may never get dry ends but you might find that yours go all weird and wiry just a few hours after washing, and vice versa.
The really good news is that hair oil smells amazing and you only need a few drops, so it's a really worthwhile investment!