Embrace Your Natural Curl
If you are looking for easy hair, embracing your hair’s natural texture is an absolute must!
For curly girls, we went straight to the experts for 5 must-have secrets for perfect curls. Read on for details.
5 must-dos for embracing natural curls
1. Keep it simple.
According to salon owner, educator, and texture specialist Eric Barras, if you are looking for easy, steer clear of trying to make your hair do something other than what it really wants to do in its natural state. “If you have bouncy curls, you want to encourage root lift and optimal movement. Light products will be your friend. You don’t want to get weighed down. Try using MOUSSE foam which defines shape without flaking. Work in the mousse from mid-shaft down through the ends, leaving the roots natural. Define and place curls where you’d like them to set. Dry naturally, under a hooded dryer, or with a diffuser for serious volume and texture.”
2. Give it a trim.
Kennedy Wood, Senior Stylist at SEVEN salon (and a curly girl herself), notes that “trimming regularly is also important to maintain the health and coil on the ends.” This is especially true in the summer months when UV rays may be doing some extra damage.
3. Moisturize. Your. Hair.
Curly hair is almost always thirsty, so give it a drink! A near clinical level of Pro Vitamin B5 boosts the moisturizing ability of BOND conditioner through the roof, which is why it’s become the darling of beauty editors everywhere.
4. Stop touching it!
Touching curly hair too much while it dries is asking for frizz. Instead, Eric suggests flipping hair back and forth periodically as the hair is drying. If you are in a rush, Kennedy says a quick medium-heat blast with a diffuser at the roots should do the trick.
5. Less is more.
In fact, if your curls are tight, Eric says, “LESS is seriously MORE. This type of hair doesn’t behave with too much product fighting against it. Stick to leave in conditioners, light styling creams, and a primer like SEAL spray to moisten and prep for the creams.”
And a bonus tip from Eric…
Tie it down. Styling for tight curls is enhanced with any process that naturally holds the hair as it dries. Braids, two strand twisting, or even sectioned mini buns spread over the head; these are all ways to contain the hair in its natural shape while allowing it to dry. Once dry, loosen twists or braids and shake and style with the hands. If you get dents and separation lines, don’t be afraid to turn your blow dryer on the lowest heat and speed settings to ease away those separation lines and re-integrate them with other sections. The heat re-softens the hair and makes it malleable.