Tips on how to style curly hair: Tame your mane!
We know that curly hair is difficult to tame, but not impossible! If you want to show off perfect and well-defined curls, you will have to take into account aspects such as the hair products you use, the type of comb, the grooming routine ... and more secrets that only authentic curly girls know. In this article, we give you some tips to style curly hair, as well as some curly hairstyles that will make you fall in love. Long live natural curls!
How to style curly hair?
When we really want to comb curly hair the goals are:
· That the curl is natural, beautiful and defined (and it will hold us like that all day!).
· Let it be loose, free, with movement. No caked curls with pounds of foam!
· That we can detangle and style curly hair without dying in the attempt.
· Don't let the “Frizz “visit us anymore.
Take note of these tricks to style curly hair and get the most out of your curls, whether you have short curly hair or have XXL long hair.
1. Wash curly hair with a sulfate-free shampoo
Actually, to be able to comb curly hair without problems and that the curl is natural, the action begins before, in the wash. Sulfates are great enemies of curls since they dry out the hair a lot and promote the dreaded frizz.
2. Condition your curls
This step is essential so that they are hydrated and do not lose definition. The conditioner should be applied from medium to ends (you can help with a wide barbed comb) and rinsed with warm water (hot water increases the frizz effect ).
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3. Detangle with care
Always with wet hair, to remove knots from curly hair it is essential to do it from the ends upwards, going up little by little to the roots. This will prevent curly hair from breaking and frizzing.
4. Define the curl with wet hair
To define the curl there are several techniques, depending on the type of hair (if you have it more or less thick), the type of curl, porosity, etc. Generally, specific products are used to activate the curl ( booster ) and hair serum to seal the ends.
At the same time that products are used, manual techniques are also used to shape the curl: the famous scrunch or “mulli mulli” (which is nothing more than tightening the hair from ends to roots to increase the shrinkage and elasticity of the curl ), praying hands (stretching the curly hair down, with both palms of the hand open), finger coiling (winding the curl with the fingers, one by one), rake and shake (passing the fingers through the curl as if it were a rake and shaking it), roping (taking strands of hair and squeezing them with the hands from top to bottom). Etc. You should keep trying until you find the one that gives you the best results.
5. While combing your hair, part your curly hair in sections.
Provide yourself with tweezers and divide your hair into small strands, so you can better control how the curl looks when you are combing it and defining it. As the best way is to do it with wet hair, you can use a diffuser spray with water to moisten the strands and make them perfect to be worked on.
6. Dry your curly hair properly
Whether you let it air dry or use a diffuser dryer, do it correctly: without friction with the towel, apply the product, ... Here are more tips to dry your hair without damaging it.
7. Use combs for curly hair
It is essential to choose a specific brush or comb so as not to damage or spoil your curls. There is a wide variety of combs for curly hair, depending on what you want to do and your curl type, as well as whether you are going to style your hair when it is dry or wet. Among the most common curly hair combs, we find:
· Separate prong fork comb, which can be a single or double row. It is great for detangling (for when you apply conditioner, for example) and removing all knots without breaking or undoing the curl and also adding volume to your hairstyle.
· A brush with tight, close-knit bristles that will help you define curls, tame unruly hairs that go your way and eliminate frizz. It is also popularly known as the "Denman type" brush, which is a well-known brand and adored by curly girls.
· Flexible paddle brush ( flexy brush ), with silicone bristles (some longer and others shorter), that detangles curly hair without pulling.
· Compact brush with the bristles together, combining some longer and others shorter (“Tangle Teezer type”). It will help you untangle and distribute the product (mask, conditioner, etc.) very well.
· Natural wood brush, ideal for detangling without generating frizz.
· Cupping comb. It will help you to give more volume and without the frizz. Many women carry it in their purses to touch up their hair. To use it well, put the head down; insert the comb into the scalp and watch doing movements with the wrist out. It is simply a matter of separating the curl from the root, you do not have to continue combing further to avoid undoing the curl. This technique is known as fluffing.
8. To sleep, protect your curls!
Whether you have curly, wavy or afro hair, you should have a satin pillowcase for sleeping. A little word for a curly girl. Why? Well, because unlike cotton, this soft material does not absorb the natural oils that the hair leaves on the pillow, so it does not dry out the hair and is great against frizz.
Plus, you can also count on a neck warmer to protect the shrinkage and definition of your curls while you sleep. Turn your head upside down and make it look like Marge Simpson. It's not very glamorous, we know, but it works.
Another trick? Make you "the pineapple", which is the typical loose ponytail or high bun that many women do at night to prolong the definition of their curls (or to be cooler on a hot day).
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