When it comes to curly hairstyles, it seems like everyone’s stuck in a perpetual “grass is greener” situation. As someone with curly locks myself, I’m constantly being told by my straight-haired friends that they’d kill for what I have, but myself and my curly-headed comrades know that having curls can often feel like more of a curse than a blessing. Over the years, however, I’ve come to find out that many of the issues I was having with my wavy locks were avoidable with a few tricks, and now I’ve come to love my curls! If you’re someone blessed with curly hair, but it drives you crazy, then today’s blog post is one for you. Here are some tips and ideas from HairBetty that can help you to get the most out of your curls.
Washing Curls Correctly
For the first 24 years of my life as a curly-headed person, I had no idea that curls need
to be treated differently than straight hair. I mean, it looks different, but it’s all hair right? It wasn’t until I met and became friends with a professional hairstylist who also had curls that I found out that I was doing things all wrong. Turns out, many of the things that drove me crazy about my curls were caused by the way I was washing them. Curls tend to dry out the scalp and hair because they trap more heat than other types of hair, which means that your head needs more oils and moisture than people with straight hair do. When you wash your curls daily, this removes the natural oils that your hair needs, which can lead to everything from an itchy scalp to frizz to strangely shaped curls. What you want to do, instead, is only use shampoo on your hair when it absolutely needs it (every three days to a week and a half, depending on how dry your hair is), and otherwise just rinse it with water. You can even go a few days without rinsing, in most cases! Doing this will return your hair and scalp to their natural balanced state and leave your locks feeling healthy and looking great. Try it out for a week or so; we think you’ll love the difference!
Curls Love Product
To assist in the benefits you’ll get from washing your hair a bit less, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with an array of products made specifically for curls. These products fall into two categories: those for cleaning and those for prep. When it comes to the shower, avoid shampoos and conditioners with heavy amounts of unnatural chemicals, and stick to those that use plant-based formulas for best results. Try to find products specifically made for curls, and if you can’t, try creamy, moisturizing products. Some stylists say that curly hair should be washed and scrubbed with conditioner only, while others say a creamy shampoo is best. Try out a few and see what works best for you, but definitely avoid anything that dries your hair and scalp.
For after the shower, there are dozens of options out there for taming, shaping and styling those curls. Most curly-haired people use products that are too thick- what you want are products that reduce frizz and add definition but are light enough that they won’t weigh down your curls and ruin their lovely shapes. Styling foams, texturizing cremes, curl enhancers and frizz reducers are all must-tries for those with curls. Sample a few products, and see what you can get your curls to do for you.
Tricks for Finding the Right Stylist
Of course, the primary thing to do to guarantee great new hairsyles for curly hair is to get it cut the right way in the first place! This requires two things: an idea of what you want ahead of time and a stylist who knows how to cut curly hair. For getting some ideas and inspiration, HairBetty is your best friend and one-stop source! Use our searchable hairstyles catalog by searching for curly hairstyles, and you’ll see dozens of looks from celebrities to the newest fashions from around the world.
Finding a good hairstylist is a bit harder, but not impossible. The easiest way is to find someone else with well-taken-care-of curly hair and ask them where they got theirs done. Of course, not everyone has a curly-haired friend with a great stylist, so the next best thing is to find stylists with curly hair themselves. Stylists with curly hair have personal experience to draw on and know how hard it is to get a good haircut with curls, so they usually make it a point to do a spectacular job on curly-headed clients. Barring these two options, you’ll have to try a few out, but it’s always a good idea to ask if a stylist is familiar with curly hair beforehand.
Armed with these tips, great products and HairBetty’s hairstyle catalog, your chances at getting an amazing curly haircut go up immensely! And since you can just bring in your chosen HairBetty look to the salon on your phone or pad device, it makes everything a snap. Try out a couple of these ideas, and your curls will look better than ever!