Ah, curly hair – the moodiest mane of the century.
You can kiss it, pet it and load it with world-class conditioners, creams, and oils, yet it’ll still, nonchalantly, poof out, frizz up, and look like it just stepped out of a science fair project.
And even though, by now, you’re a pro at figuring out what your curls do and don’t love, it doesn’t mean you can’t nix some stuff (heat, for instance) and embrace new tricks to help you live your best natural curly-haired life.
Keep reading to learn some of the best.
Your Towel Matters
There’s a myriad of ways to dry curly hair – air-drying, diffusing, and plopping – just don’t grab your cotton towel. Instead, reach out from a microfiber one that will half your drying time, absorb excess moisture, and is gentler on your hair.
Hair Plopping Baby!
Although the TikTok masses have recently been gushing about this technique, hair-plopping has not been a not-so-secret beauty tip for years. The method enables naturally curly-haired queens to maintain their sexy curls flawlessly and stress-free.
So, how does plopping work? That’s simple.
All you need is a leave-in conditioner, hair gel, and your microfiber towel.
After shampooing your hair, gently shake your head to get rid of the excess water, and then apply your products.
Afterward, flip your hair over, wrap your towel around your hair and leave it for an hour or overnight. By morning, your curls will be bouncing in no time.
Deep Conditioning Treatments for the Win
Conditioner is the best-kept secret to beautiful, vibrant curly hair, so invest in one. These products quench thirsty curls and allow for a lively bounce.
Most conditioners also contain antioxidant ingredients, which protect your hair from free radical damage.
Switch the Hair Serum for A Curl Crème
Hair oils and serums are perfect for managing flyaways, but if definition is what you crave, slather your strands with lighter formulas – enter curl crèmes.
Curl crèmes milky formula helps reform curls in zero minutes without weighing them down.
Ditch Your Hairbrush
If you’re a naturally curly-haired babe, you know your mane tends to be drier and more brittle than, say, straight hair. Therefore, using a hairbrush triggers breakage and irons out your curls’ natural shape.
To avoid this mess, run a wide-toothed comb through your curls as your condition them in the shower, then leave them be.
Invest in A Diffuser
Diffusers are a date-night essential for curly-haired queens. They not only give you perfectly defined curls but also add some much-needed moisture.
Therefore, before heading out for your girl’s night or dinner date, turn your hairdryer on to a lower setting, drop your curls into the diffuser and let them ‘marinate.’
Mousse Formulas to the Rescue
A mousse can be a game-changer. It’s loaded with healthy proteins that help strengthen your curls, soften them, and make your style last longer. It can also help refresh a flagging mane in minutes.
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Hello, all-over volume.