Despite your frustration, curly hair is really a blessing, not a curse. Darren Criss, Orlando Bloom, Adrian Grenier… What do these guys have in common? Gloriously curly locks – proving to the wavy-haired masses once-and-for-all that girls dig curls.
When it comes to styling curly hair you have to think of two things: reducing frizz and defining your curls, says Patricia Morales, a professional Redken stylist. The key to is to not fight your curls – work with them!
- Resist the urge to shampoo on the regular – Curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair and your coiling locks have trouble dispensing natural oils from root to tip. Avoid shampooing every day (you can probably get away with only lathering up once or twice a week) and try using a moisturizing conditioner specifically formulated for curly hair. We recommend Apivita Conditioner for Dry Hair for a deeply hydrating conditioner that will restore moisture and strengthen damaged hair.
- Vigor and blow dryers are not your friends – Believe it or not, how you dry your hair is also important to your coiffure success. You know how your hair stands on end when you rub a balloon over it? It’ll do the same if you towel dry too vigorously. Instead, apply a few drops of a hydrating oil like Jack Black MP 10 Nourishing Oil and gently pat hair dry to avoid breakage and frizz. And don’t go getting handsy with your girlfriend’s blow dryer. Resist the urge to touch your drying and dried hair. The oils in your fingers will frizz your tight locks, causing you to look Superbad like a young Jonah Hill.
- Enhance the curl and reduce the frizz – Moderation is key when it comes to using product; using too much will weigh it down, while too little will let it run a little too free. Also, be sure to apply your product when your hair is still damp – not too dry, not too wet. For a firm style that maintains flexibility and dimension, try Baxter of California Hard Water Pomade.
Whether your curly hair is long like Kit Harrington’s or short like Seth Rogen’s, embrace its natural texture. Treat it right and you’ll look as sleek as any red carpet regular.
Pro Tip: When styling curly hair, moderation is key. Treat it gently, let it thrive, and it will repay you in copious, copy-able curls.