Styling curly hair: our tips and tricks to make the most of your curls
Everyone with curly hair has heard it before: "I wish I had curly hair too, it's so pretty!". Of course, we know it's meant as a compliment, but people with curly hair know that having a good hair day is much harder than it looks.
Natural curls can be unpredictable and sometimes difficult to care for. The right routine is important to ensure curly hair becomes healthier.
Not sure exactly how to style your curls? We give you some simple tips to get the best out of your curls.
Why is styling your curls so important?
If you have curly hair, you know it is different from straight hair. For people with curls, good hair care can make the difference between a good & bad hairday.
Our best hair tips for styling curly hair
Curly hair is different from other hair textures: it requires more moisturisation, less washing and, if we are honest, more patience than straight hair. But curly hair is definitely not a curse, it is beautiful and unique!
1. Comb wet hair from bottom to top
The easiest way to detangle your hair is if you start at the ends and comb up to the roots. By combing the hair from bottom to top, you can gently remove each knot. This is better than combing from top to bottom because you will push the knots down and your hair may break.
Important: To detangle your curls as gently as possible, you can also comb your curls in the shower with conditioner.
2. Use a deep conditioner once a week
The first step to making your curls more beautiful is, of course, proper care. To prevent dry curls, use a deep conditioner once a week to boost your beautiful curls. To get the most out of your mask, it is best to apply it to wet hair and then cover it with a plastic cap for 20 minutes to 1 hour. For extra heat, use the Curly Hair Towel or the Sleeping Cap so the mask absorbs better.
3. Dry your curls with the Curly Hair Towel
Use a towel suitable for curly hair. Terry towels are rough for curly hair and can cause frizz and breakage. The Curly Hair Towel consists of two different fabrics that are both suitable for curly hair. The smooth side of the towel takes the minimum amount of moisture from your hair and provides more definition. The waffle texture side takes more moisture from your hair and creates more volume.
You can also let your hair air dry or "plop", where you put your hair in a pile on your head and then wrap it in the Curly Hair Towel for more definition.
4. Find the right hair products.
Use a shampoo and conditioner for curly hair that are CG-proof. With curly hair, you prefer to go for a sulphate-free shampoo that won't over-dry your hair. A sulphate shampoo washes all the natural oils out of your hair and those oils are exactly what your dry curls need. Conditioners that infuse a lot of moisture and nutrition are also very important.
5. Trim your hair regularly
It takes a very different technique to cut curls than straight hair. The right cutting technique can make a big difference to your look. Therefore, always choose a curly hairdresser and not one who only cuts straight hair. We recommend you visit your hairdresser every three to four months.
6. Protect your curls at night
To prevent frizz and broken hair, it is important to protect your curls when you sleep. You can do this with our Sleeping Cap, which is made of a soft fabric that minimises tangles and frizz while you sleep. This makes it easier to refresh your hair the next morning.
You can also sleep on a satin pillowcase at night. This will keep your curls from rubbing against your normal pillowcase. The satin then reduces the amount of lint, knots and breakage.
Prefer not to sleep with a sleeping cap or on a satin pillowcase? Then you can try the "pineapple method". Gather your hair on your head with a soft scrunchie and put it is a loose bun. At least this way you won't be sleeping on your hair.
7. Use a diffuser
When blow-drying your hair, use a diffuser on your hairdryer to avoid direct heat on your curls and frizz. Always blow dry your hair upside down to maintain curl definition.
You can also air dry your curls naturally, this will give you less volume.
This is how to use your diffuser:
First, scrub the extra product and moisture out of your hair after styling with the Curly Hair Towel. Next, diffuse your hair. This can be done upside down for more volume. Use the 'hove diffuse' method for more definition. To minimise damage to your curls, set your hair dryer on the lowest heat setting.
8. Have patience and love for your curls
Finding the right hair care routine takes time and patience. A routine works differently for everyone, so try different things and see what works best for your curls.
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