Curly hair has the reputation for being one of the hardest types of hair to manage because it is naturally drier, more affected by humidity, more prone to split ends and breakage. In fact simply trying to brush it can lead to some serious frizz!
That’s why so often curly hair gets straightened with a flat iron! We want you to embrace your natural curl and put that flat iron away (well for now anyway!) Patrick asked Noreen one of our Artistic Directors to give us her top six tips for naturally curly hair. Noreen says “ I love cutting and styling naturally curly hair and have learned a lot over the past few years, so I am delighted to share my top tips with you today”
Don’t Force the Hair
Curly hair is delicate so it is best to let the hair be free. A taming cream can keep the curls nourished and adding a light mousse such as Wella Eimi Boost Bounce will provide hold and definition to the curl.
Conditioning curly hair is so important because it stops the lower half of the hair from appearing dry and frizzy. The curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends so adding moisture in the shower by using a good quality conditioner is a good idea. Wella’s SP Hydrate range works really well adding much needed moisture to dry hair without weighing the hair down. Apply to mid-lengths and ends for best results.
Style Your Hair When It Is Sopping Wet
Don’t be tempted to towel dry curly hair when you get out of the shower! Prevent frizz and stickiness by applying your styling products straight away on wet hair… even before you get out of the shower! Use your fingers to rake products through from roots to ends, then scrunch and squeeze upward toward the scalp. Then dry with a diffuser.
If You Must Use a Straightener…
Always apply a heat protection spray beforehand such as Wella Thermal Image to minimize any damage. Use temperature controlled straightening irons; such as the Wella Pro Style Iron – if your hair isn’t thick then turn down the temperature, you don’t need it on maximum.
Never Blow-Dry Without A Diffuser!
A regular nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one section at a time, while a diffuser dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look. After applying a heat-protecting product,
flip your head upside down and diffuse right at the roots and mid-length. Make sure that the hair is completely dry to lock in volume.
Get A Dry Cut!
Curly dry hair and curly wet hair are very different things. Curls retract significantly when dry; some pieces may coil tightly, while others hang a bit looser. A dry cut won’t spring any
surprises—you’ll know exactly how every strand will fall.