Defining Your Curls Naturally
You may have naturally curly hair, but those beautiful, defined curls that you see on models and celebrities don’t just happen naturally. If you left your hair to its own devices and just washed and combed it every day, it would be a frizzy mess. There are certain unwritten rules that curly haired people must abide by to get the best-looking locks! To get beautiful, defined curls, you need to take a few special steps. Here are a few tips to get those defined curls you want naturally:
Use the Right Products in the Shower
If you have curly hair, you don’t have to actually shampoo your hair. Ever. In fact, if you do shampoo, you can actually dry out your hair and make it more frizzy. Instead, you should just stick to a cleansing conditioner. You’ll get the cleaning you need without stripping your hair of its natural oils. If you must use a shampoo, use an all-natural option that is free of sulfates. Don’t wash your hair every time you get in the shower – once or twice a week should do the trick.
Dry Your Hair Properly
Blow drying your curly hair will cause it to be dry and frizzy. If you absolutely must blow dry your hair — such as if you wake up late and have to get to work ASAP — make sure you use a diffuser. Otherwise, always leave time to allow your hair to air dry. You can use a t-shirt or other cotton cloth to wring out any excess moisture, or you can just use your hands. Air drying paired with an anti-frizz serum are always best for curly hair. Do not go to sleep with wet hair. Lying on a pillow will only flatten out your curls and result in an oily looking scalp with flat hair – not the look you are going for!
Choose a Defining Routine
The type of curl you have will depend on what type of defining routine you choose. A basic routine consists of applying a styling gel, custard or other moisturizing product to your hair and scrunching up your curls by cupping your hand. You should then leave the curls to dry completely without touching them. Touching them will only cause them to frizz. For tighter curls, you can add a large amount of leave-in conditioner to your hair and use a Denman brush to gently comb out the curls to give them definition. Then finger comb, smooth and twirl the curls to give them more definition, and allow them to dry. You can also twist your curls by wrapping small sections of hair around your finger. The method allows even those with different types of curls to get a more uniform look. Always leave your hair to dry without touching it.
Getting naturally beautiful curls is not difficult. You just have to use the right products and the right routine. Over time, you’ll learn what works best for your curls and your hair will thank you for it!