Styling Curly Hair: The Do’s and Don’ts

Curly hair has become increasingly popular in recent years. That’s great news for everyone that has spent years straightener and otherwise manipulating their waves into the latest fashion trend. 

However, as anyone with curly hair knows, you’ll look more attractive but it takes a lot of work to keep curly hair looking perfect. It’s naturally frizzy, loves to get tangled and often follows its own rules. You need to know the dos and don’ts of styling curly hair to ensure it does what you want. 

Let’s take a look at the do’s first

Use heat Styling Tools

A lot of people will tell you to stay away from heat-styling tools, and that the best way to dry and style your curly hair is by air-drying. However, the truth is you just don’t have time for that. Instead, choose styling tools that have temperature controls, such as these awesome GHD curling tongs and wands.

You can use a lower temperature to reduce damage and make sure you add a diffuser to your hair dryer, it dries more evenly giving your curls better definition while reducing the likelihood of frizz. 

Moisturize Regularly

Curly hair needs moisture. It’s generally more prone to breakages as it loses moisture faster. The simple solution to this is to use a moisturizing product regularly, ideally every 2-3 days although this will depend on your hair type.

It keeps it hydrated and ensures it has a natural shine.

Comb In Sections

It’s best to use a wide-toothed comb when combing your curly hair. This reduces the pressure on your scalp when you find a tangle. 

Alongside using a wide-toothed comb, make sure you hold your hair in sections, reducing the strain on your scalp. You should always hold your hair near the scalp and start combing at the bottom, working your way up. This makes it easier to remove tangles and prevents excessive strain on your scalp which could damage roots and pull hair out. 

Of course, to keep your curly hair looking fantastic there are several things you should avoid doing. 

Towel Drying

In truth, you need a towel to dry your hair. But, you shouldn’t use a standard towel and you should never rub your hair. It’s weakest and most likely to be damaged when wet. 

Instead, use a microfibre towel and simply wrap it around your hair. It will absorb the moisture without stressing your hair and causing damage. 

Silicone or Sulphates

These products are added to some shampoos but they will dry your curly mane and are likely to irritate your scalp. This can cause issues with sebum production, leaving you with a dry itchy scalp and either greasy or dry curls. 

Instead, look for natural products, made with natural ingredients to help nourish and care for your hair. 

Apply Products To Dry Hair

Curly hair is prone to frizz and, if you add products when the hair is dry, or even semi-dry, it will encourage this frizz. Any products you wish to use when styling should be added while your hair is still soaking wet. 

If you spend a little time caring for your curls in the right way you can look and feel amazing every day.