While some people go to great lengths for curly hair with curling irons, curlers, and perms, many with naturally curly hair find themselves cursing their locks. Curly hair can be difficult to style – it tends to be unruly in the morning, and in humid climates it is prone to frizz. However, with the right haircut, care, and styling techniques, you can create smooth, gorgeous curls. Striking the right balance of these elements can take a bit of experimentation and patience, but soon you’ll find it’s easy to take advantage of your hair’s natural beauty.
1. Layers, Layers, Layers It all starts with the haircut. A curly head sans layers is a recipe for a triangle-shaped disaster. No matter your texture, ask your hairdresser for long layers. This will give your hair shape, whether it’s below or above your shoulders. Having them cut it dry also helps.
2. Sulfate-Free Shampoo On the days you actually decide to wash (you should try to go as long as possible between shampoos), opt for sulfate-free products only. Sulfates strip the hair of moisture–a curly girls worst nightmare. Some of our favorites include L’Oreal EverCrème ($7) and Miss Jessie’s Co-Wash ($11).
3. Avoid Bath Towels Stick to a microfiber towel or a cotton T-shirt to soak-up water. Never rub your head with a bath towel–it causes major frizz. If you want to get real fancy, pick up this towel ($12) from the gurus at Deva Curl.