Thursday, 18 April 2013

How To: Define Curly Hair


A lot of women with curly hair complain that they end up with hair in the shape of a pyramid or a triangle. Most of them also complain about frizzed out manes that are impossible to handle.

Well, if the former’s your problem then there’s an easy solution. Get a great haircut that’s meant for curly hair of your texture. When you visit your stylist, let him get a feel for your hair – go to the salon just after you’ve washed it and let it air dry so that he knows how it feels on any given day.

The frizz problem, on the other hand, has a lot of solutions you can try. Start right at the very beginning, when you wash your hair. Use a conditioner that will lock the moisture in, for one. Next, detangle your hair in the shower with a wide-toothed comb. This will make it easy for you to keep the frizz away as it dries.

Try leave-in conditioners that work for your texture (some might just end up feeling sticky) or if that doesn’t suit you invest in a great hair serum. The unfortunate thing about hair products is the ones that work are usually the most expensive – but they’re definitely worth it.

Once you’re done moisturizing your hair, air dry it so that you don’t ruffle any strands with a blow dryer. At this point you can try a curl scrunching mousse or maybe a gel that works well for you so that your hair doesn’t take on a mind of its own.

If you have a big day ahead and would rather style your hair to the T, however, use your blow dryer pointing downwards, so that you don’t upset your hair cuticles. A great idea for getting defined curls is using rollers – yes, you can also just use a curling iron, don’t roll your eyes at us. Anyway, working with rollers is pretty satisfying; use bigger rollers for larger curls and take them out of your hair only once it’s completely dry.

As a last tip, we’d like to remind all you gorgeous curly haired ladies out there that the brush is your enemy. Avoid it like the plague, but that doesn’t mean you leave your hair tangled. Use wide-toothed combs or just your fingers, anti-frizz serums and fresh air to dry your hair and you’re well on your way to managing curls.

The downside of having curly hair is that its unpredictable and never turns out the same way after every wash, so we understand if you’re ready to throw in the towel (no pun intended) and go for that straightening treatment. These tips can give you some pretty great looking hair though…when it comes to hairstyles, there’s nothing as lively and charismatic as a well-defined set of curls.  

Kangana Ranaut, Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson with impeccably styled curls
(Image Credit - indianexpress.com, hairstyleagain.com and polyvore.com respectively)

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