Curly hair is one of the many hair types but it is even more complicated than it seems. Being a curly hair girl, I know the problems and also the solutions now. When I was young or sometimes even now I always want straight long hair but now or rather for a while now I love my curly hair.
The biggest issue has always been finding the right hair cut. As every curly hair girl knows that your curls shoot up, so if you have shoulder length hair, the reality of when it is straight is its below your shoulder atleast by an inch. Its important to understand that when you get a haircut always keep margin of an inch or 2 for it to shoot up.
Before we get into more curly health hair first lets look at the types of curls :
1. Wavy : hair is straight at the top and has soft opened curls just like waves in the water.
2. Soft curls : hair has open curls like the shape ‘s’ from top to bottom. It has more volume but very soft.
3. Coil curls: springy ringlets which are normally tight. They spring up the most. The hair coils up even after brushing.
4. Mixed curls : they are a mix of soft and springy curls. Hair texture is not super soft and has more volume.
5. Tight curls : hair is like an open ringlet . The curls are tight but not springy.
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curls to know in-depth which is your curl style.
What you have to realize is that your hair is different and people actually pay to get those gorgeous curls. It is not hard to maintain curly hair but important to find the right product. I find that curly hair is naturally dry so one has to ensure the products used are moisturizing.
There are a range of curly hair products but your best bet is buying a good curly hair shampoo and conditioner. I have been a fan of T.I.G.I Curls Rock range, but have also switched around. I have realized leave in conditioners work better than regular conditioners. Hair masks actually make the hair smother. Even oiling your hair once or twice a week makes it more mositurized.
Serums are good for frizz control which has a nice selection from John Freida and Frizz ease. If not curly hair shampoo I find that sulfate free shampoos work best for curly hair, as they give it more moisture but then ensure you use one or more curly hair products whether serum or leave in conditioner as they actually enhance your curls and make it healthier.
Curly hair needs brushing and not combing, I let mine air dry mostly than blow drying it as find that my curls look better naturally and plus that ensures no fly aways. But even brushing on a daily bases I avoid as it makes hair too frizzy and makes it look bushy. Argon oil, mythic oil, keratin products are more moisturizing.
What I love about my hair is the volume and the thickness, you have a head full of hair. The lack of blowdrying just makes it easier to handle. Even when I want to wear it straight, I prefer its blowdried as flat irons make hair coarse. My hair is mixed and takes a while to straighten and even then doesn’ t last too long. I totally avoid using any chemical intensive products for straightening or shine or even colour for that matter as I feel it just makes hair more brittle and dry.
I am being tempted to try some colour, and when I do will let you know which is the best option. The density is an asset to curly hair, but sadly frizz exists for every curly hair type. People are now getting more experimentive be is short or long hair. Here some tips for styles depending on your face cut :
1. Round shape : shoulder length either pinned or side swept works best as it gives more symmetry.
2. Oval shaped : the long bob or short hair works best either straight up or side swept as it makes your face the point of attention.
3. Heart shaped : loose side swept
or banged layers work best as they add layers to your face slimming it.
4. Square shaped : middle parted loose hair around your face makes it softer shaped.
Thus styles are just giving you a general area which will work for you. But as long as your hair is healthy and makes you feel confident it is perfect. Here is some more curl gyan.
Here are some simple steps on how to style your curly hair naturally :
1. Oil : if you oil your hair ensure its only the scalp and edges as then you absorb more moisture.
2. Brush: brush your hair with a round bristled brush before a hair wash to tame and detangle it.
3. Shampoo and conditioner : use sulphate free and preferrably shampoo and conditioner for curly hair for better results which also have no frizz.
4. Hair mask : if you use a hair mask, leave it on for 15 minutes after the shampoo and divide your hair in sections and massage it onto your hair and not scalp.
5. Dry: when you are towel drying ensure you don’t rub your edges too much as that results in flyaways and split ends. If you use a dryer , then use a diffuser for better curly effect.(I avoid it as I think it makes curls less defined).
6. Leave in conditioner or serum : use a coin sized amount and run it through your hair in sections. Then scrunch up your edges to lock the moisture into your curls so they can have nice ringlets and are tight.
7. Mousse or hair spray : use these only to hold the curls. The more product you use the heavier your curls will be. I personally avoid as I prefer a natural softer effect of curls.
8. Amplifiers : these really define your curls and hold them. Great for special events as they make your hair the wet curl effect.
This the best way to enhance your curls, they are hydrated and bouncy.
Curly hair does not need too much styling. I sometimes straighten my bangs, so my top hair is fizz free and curls more defined as they are only styled when wet. There are some products now which add volume like a dry shampoo, good to use a day or 2 after a shampoo. I avoid brushing my hair a lot as it makes it frizzier and opens up the curls.
One important thing to remember humidity makes your hair very frizzy making it like a bush. So ensure, when you are in tropical countries or most of all during summer you always use a serum or leave in as that ensures in lessening the frizz and making hair less bushy.
Go ahead and experiment and enjoy your curls, cause as they say curls rock.
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