My entire life has been plagued with frizz and uneven curls that I’ve unsuccessfully tried to tame. I could look great as soon as my hair is styled and then one step outside the door and into the humidity of summer and it’s back to the drawing board. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has struggled with this and thought it would be helpful to share a few tips I have learned throughout the years. Just as a disclaimer, my hair is not as curly as it gets and so these tips will not work for everyone. I’m more concerned about sharing a few tricks on how to avoid nuisances like flatness or frizz.
1) AVOID HICK, CREAMY SHAMPOOS
The creaminess of the formula will weigh down your hair and inevitably cause the dreaded flat root look that many of us try to avoid.
2) THE BEST WAY TO STYLE CURLY HAIR IS TO LEAVE A BIT OF THE NATURAL CURL
If you’re an avid blow dryer like I am, try to let your hair dry a bit on it’s own near the end of your routine. I’ve found that if your hair still has a bit of the natural curl it is easier to maintain any artificial curl and to avoid it just becoming blandly straight by the end of the day.
3) DON’T LEAVE IT IN A TOWEL OR TRIED UP FOR TOO LONG
I’m sure this applies to many different hair types, but I seem to notice it a lot more with my curly hair. Any time I have left a towel on after the shower for just a bit too long it is virtually impossible to tame any frizz or style it afterwards. This also applied to putting it up in a bun or ponytail—once it has settled into place you will not be able to fix it without using some more water.
Not much needs to be said about this one. Once your hair looks like you want it to, lock it in!
5) CARRY AROUND HAIR TIES
I know I said not to keep your hair up for too long, but there are just some days when you’re hair won’t cooperate. No matter how hard you try to control it the only option is to put it up and call it a day.
6) TRY TO WASH YOUR HAIR IN THE MORNING
Although this might be a bit difficult for most people, I’ve noticed that my hair looks much better throughout the day if I haven’t slept on it the night before. Especially with natural curls, you want to maintain their look without a flat patch in the back or on the side from a restless night.
7) DRY SHAMPOO IS YOUR FRIEND
This is a recent discovery on my part because, like I mentioned before, I wash my hair in the mornings. However, there are always occasions when all your pampering has to be done the night before. It might be the thinness of my hair, but I find that it tends to become a lot more oily, especially when I try to leave it natural. Batiste dry shampoo has been my tried-and-true for the past few years and has really helped combat oil and add some volume in these situations.
Do you have any other tips for curly hair?