“Managing” is a word that gets thrown around a lot when talking about naturally curly hair. Women with natural curls often believe that their hair needs to be flat ironed, weighed down, chemically relaxed, covered up, or tied back to look good.
If you’re ready to step away from the flat irons and give your hair a rest, here’s how to celebrate your natural curls.
Styling Naturally Curly Hair
Styling curly hair can be a challenge as everyones hair is different. The general consensus is that the less we disturb the hair the better it is; just use a product to control the frizz and define the curls. Air drying, if possible, is ideal as it allows your curls to form without disturbance.
Using a hairnet is a great help when air drying or sleeping, as it prevents the hair from frizzing up.
Using Styling Products on Curly Hair
It is important to get every strand of hair when applying styling products to curly hair. If you miss a section, it will really show up. The nape and temple tend to be forgotten areas, but that is where frizz comes out first (since that’s where we sweat most). To distribute product evenly, apply it in sections, then comb through.
Applying product when your hair is wet will also help you to easily distribute the product and tends to make the hair behave better.
When applying product to dry hair, apply products using your hands – a brush or a tight comb will encourage frizziness and unruly texture.
Detangling Curly Hair
Detangling curly hair can be difficult as it can cause frizziness. Using a comb in the shower while you condition or treat your hair is the best way to detangle while avoiding frizz. Be gentle, and don’t comb at all when the hair is dry or drying.
Cutting Curly Hair
The way curly hair is cut is a big factor in how curls behave. For example, cutting with the curl will give a softer cleaner look, and cutting against the curl will give a more textured feel.
If you want defined, frizz-free curls with a lot of volume, remove weight by thinning the hair and following the natural curl formation. Avoid traditional layers because it will encourage frizz.
Washing Curly Hair
How often you choose to wash your hair depends on how you like your hair to feel and how your hair reacts to being washed.
If it is fine, wash more often as the curl will need to be reactivated. For thick, curly hair, it’s generally better to wash no more than twice a week.