Curly hair is something most straight-haired girls are constantly saying that they wish they had. Curly girls know that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. When you have curly hair, you have a unique set of styling and maintenance challenges. Lionesse reviews 10 of the most common curly hair complaints and how to remedy them.
Perhaps the number one complaint, frizzy hair is a major issue for girls with curls. Sometimes it seems that no matter how you style your hair, you end up with more frizz than curl. To combat frizziness, there are a few ways you can tweak your styling routine. First, try using a cotton T-shirt rather than a bath towel to dry your hair. It may sound, and feel, a little weird at first, but this can help eliminate frizz. Next, do not scrunch your hair. Conventional curl wisdom suggests scrunching as you style to help shape curls, but this can increase the level of frizz in your hair. Instead, twirl curls around your fingers to help create structure. Lastly, skip traditional hair brushes. These only pull curls apart and add frizz to your look. Opt for a wide tooth comb and comb hair only when wet.
The Triangle Look
You know that if your stylist gets a bit scissor happy you may end up with no volume on top and a crazy amount of voluminous curls on the sides of your head, otherwise known as triangle head. Unfortunately, there is no fix for hairdressers that take too much off except for waiting for new growth. However, there are things you can do to help ensure that triangle head doesn’t happen in the first place. Take pictures with you to the salon and be direct about what you want. Never be afraid to speak up and voice concerns while getting your hair done. Request that razors not be used on your hair, as this increases the likelihood of frizz. Use your face shape, and your natural curls, to help determine what cut will look best on you. You can also experiment with the way that you part your hair to create more volume on the top of your head to avoid the dreaded triangle.
While you are supposed to avoid excessive brushing, you don’t want to end up with crazy knots and tangles. Knots and tangles come with curly hair, but you can help combat them. First, use your wide tooth comb on wet hair to help gently work out knots. You can even use the comb as you shower when you have conditioner in your hair. If your hair is dry and you need a knot out now, spray some leave-in conditioner on the knot and use your fingers, not a comb, to gently remove the problem. Help yourself wake up with tangle-free hair by putting your hair back when you sleep. Experts suggest loosely piling hair on the top of your head, which is sometimes known as “the pineapple,” or creating a loose braid before you hit your sheets. Also sleep related is to get a satin pillow case. This helps to not only keep your hair less tangled, but also to minimize damage done while sleeping.
Curly hair is significantly drier than straight hair. Hair experts suggest to limit the amount of shampooing each week, but keep conditioning. Most curly hair girls can get away with only washing their hair twice per week. On the days that you do not need to shampoo, try the popular method of “co-washing.” Co-washing simply means that when you aren’t shampooing, you still wet your hair and use conditioner. This helps keep moisture in your curly hair. Additionally, you can use the steam generated from your shower to help your curls. Allow the steam to soak into your hair, which will help your curls stand up on their own without the need for as many drying styling products.
Hair Tools With Heat
Hot tools are to be used with caution by all hair types, but particularly curly hair girls. However, allowing your curly hair to air dry completely can lead to more frizz. So what’s a girl to do? Make good use of the diffuser attachment that comes with your hairdryer. If yours doesn’t come with one, invest in one immediately. When drying your hair, try to avoid touching it with your fingers as much as possible and just use the diffuser. Flat irons are fun to use when you want to switch up your look. Be sure to spray a generous amount of heat protectant on your hair prior to using the iron on your hair. Also, take care to use an appropriate heat setting. A good guideline for heat setting is that if it is uncomfortable and burns your fingers, the iron is probably at a setting too high for your hair.
No matter what you do your hair seems to have a mind of it’s own. There are days where your curls look glorious, and there are days when you look crazy despite having styled it the exact same way. You can make your crazy hair days into good hair days. Try a topknot, which can be worn for any occasion, if your curls aren’t cooperating with laying correctly. Additionally, you can give your curls some help by grabbing your curling iron or wand and creating structure using these tools.
Your curls look beautiful when you leave the house in the morning but an hour later they’ve fallen flat. There are few things you can do to combat this curly hair issue. First, curls tend to hold better on hair that has not been just washed. If you have just washed your hair, you can always use a bit of dry shampoo to add some texture. Next, find a good curl cream or mousse that works for you. The product you choose will be what works for you, there is no single perfect curl product. Unfortunately, this means a good amount of trial and error. Once you’ve applied the curl cream or mousse, add a tiny bit of hair oil to the ends of your hair only. This way you keep volume and curl at the top of your hair as opposed to weighing it down. To maintain volume, lift the roots of your hair with your fingers as you dry it. Some experts suggest using a combination of air drying (while lifting the roots with your fingers) and then finishing the style by using a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer. A good middle ground is to let it air dry 50% then use your hairdryer for the remaining 50%. Spray your hair generously with your favorite hairspray to help lock in the curl. Keep a travel size bottle of hairspray with your for emergency touch-ups.
Everybody’s hair reacts to the weather, but it’s magnified with curly hair. There is absolutely nothing that you can do about changing the weather, but you can experiment with hairstyles that work for days with high humidity or moisture. Prior to styling your hair, check the weather so you have an idea of what external elements your hair is facing. If there is humidity or rain predicted, do not even attempt to straighten your locks. Practice two or three hairstyles that work for you in bad weather, such as a topknot, braids or a half-up/half-down style.
Most curly haired ladies think that showering at night is out of the question. It is true that curly hair can get unruly overnight, but there are ways that allow you to sleep peacefully and still wake up with great hair. The first, as previously mentioned, is to invest in a satin pillow case. This helps reduce the snagging and tangling that can happen with other pillow cases. Once you have your sleeping surface sorted, you have to figure out what to do with your hair overnight. There are a few methods that experts suggest and to find the best one for you will take some trial and error. A popular way to sleep with wet curls is in loose braids or a low twisted bun. Alternatively, you can try twisting smaller sections of hair and pinning it up during the night. Always spray on a leave-in conditioner if you plan on allowing your hair to dry overnight.
The Lion’s Mane
Also known as the Hermione Granger, the lion’s mane is a complaint many curly girls have. The look is so named because when brushed out, your curls don’t resemble curls but rather a lion’s mane. The solution? Resist brushing your hair out with a bristled brush. Instead, opt for a wide tooth comb and gently comb through your curls when your hair is wet. Apply leave-in conditioner or other products to further fight frizzy, lion style hair.
Curly hair is awesome, even it it does come with some challenges. Embrace your curls and celebrate how amazing your hair looks.