Everyone wants their hair to look perfect, and for people with curly hair, that means smooth, tight curls with little to no frizz. If this happens to be your goal, you’re in the right place. Continue reading to find out some tips to define your curly tresses.
Use Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Why moisturizing shampoo and conditioner? It is important to keep your curls moisturized to keep the frizz away. Besides eliminating frizz, moisturizing products keep your curls soft and healthy. Moisture is one of the most important factors when trying to define your curls, as moisture is what holds them together and gives them bounce.
Never Brush Your Hair When Dry
Brushing your curls when your hair is dry is asking for frizz! Additionally, when you brush out curls, you run the risk of ruining your curl pattern. The pulling on your hair is breaking up the bends of your curl. This causes you to lose hold of your curls and create friction, which is why your hair frizzes and turns into a lion’s mane.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Shampooing your hair everyday removes the natural oils from your hair. When you continuously remove the natural oils you are causing your hair to become dry and break. Curly hair naturally requires more moisture as someone with curly hair doesn’t produce as much sebum as someone with straight hair. Give your locks a break and consider going as long as a week without washing your hair, depending on how active your lifestyle is.
Use Curly Hair Products
When you get out of the shower, grab some curl-enhancing product and scrunch your hair. Adding in curl-enhancing products is how you get those spiral and coil curls. This is also a great idea to do if you have wavy hair, too.
Apply Hair Products in Sections
A great way to ensure all your curls look the same and there is no frizz is to divide your hair into sections. Once your hair is divided into sections you can ensure you are able to cover all your hair, top to bottom. By doing this you are allowing for all your curls to be defined, and don’t just have the top curls well defined, and the bottom frizzy.
Try to Air Dry Hair Whenever You Can
Everything to do with keeping your curls defined comes down to moisture. This is why it is better to air dry your hair, because when you apply heat, you are sucking moisture out of your hair. If you do choose to dry your hair, always use a diffuser on a low heat setting.
Avoid Putting Oils on Wet Hair
Putting oil in your wet hair won’t ruin your curls, but you will get better results using water-based products. Water-based products allow your curl to hold better. When applying oil-based products, allow your hair to dry and then put a tiny bit of oil in to give it more sheen and softness. Oil is a great product to use on moisture-hungry curls.
Protect Your Hair When You Sleep
The best way to do this is to put your hair into small buns to keep the curl. Then you should either use a silk pillowcase or put a silk cap on your head. The silk material allows you to avoid excess pull and friction on your hair allowing you to avoid unnecessary knots. You should also consider wearing a bonnet to help your hair look near-perfect when you wake up in the morning.
Get a Flattering Haircut
Have you tried everything to bring back the bounce of your curls? Is nothing working? Maybe you just need a haircut! Cutting your hair allows your curls to come back lighter and springier. Curls that are weighed down by too much length are often not well-defined.
Scrunch Your Hair
Scrunching your hair helps to define your curls because you are squeezing your hair and allowing it to bend into curls. It also helps with the illusion of curlier hair because you have the moisture of whatever product you scrunch with to hold the bends, and also gives your hair volume allowing the curls to look fuller.
The key to defined curls is to keep that hair moisture in. The more moisturized your hair is, the better your curls are to look. The more moisturized your hair is, the less likely you are to have frizz. The other key factor to remember when defining your curls is to not cause pulling or traction whether it’s with a brush or while sleeping.
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This article is not intended to treat any disease or offer a substitution for professional medical advice.