Curly hair is the most attractive and at the same time the most
troublesome. Curly hair will often curl where and when it wants to.
Any attempt to control its behavior will lead to the belief that it
it truly has a mind of its own.
If you have wavy hair, you can give your hair more defined curls. Just take small sections of your hair while its damp, roll them into little balls and secure them with pins. Once your hair is dry, unpin your hair, then use your fingers to unfurl your tresses.
Curly hair needs to be cut while wet so that you can see its natural shape. Don't assume that every stylist knows how to cut curly hair. First ask, then proceed with caution as it can take months for an amateurish cut to restore itself.
Layers can look great with curly hair, but don't cut the layers too short or your curly hair will turn into a pouf.
For perfect ringlets do the following: apply a small amount of serum and gel through hair from mid-strand to the ends. Take small sections from the top of your head and twist them down to the ends, then let them fall. Dry sections with a diffuser from roots to ends, taking care not to crush your curls, or you will cause frizzing. Cup the hair from below. When your hair is almost completely dry, bend over and shake the curls loose. Flip your hair back and finish styling with your fingers. Avoid using a brush at any time.
For hair twists and updos, sweep the hair into a ponytail that rests at
the back of the crown. Allow your curls to billow out over the top of
the base. Finally, secure the ends loosely against the back of the scalp
to form a soft curly bun.
For a half-and-half updo, first wash, dry, and treat to exaggerate your curls. Using your thumbs, place them above your ear lops and slide your thumbs inward, toward the center of your head. When your thumbs meet, lift the top section and tie it into a ponytail. Then tie it at the back of your crown, or tie the ponytail lower down for a more casual look.
The best products for curly hair, which is more fragile and drier than straight hair, are always alcohol-free.
Reduce shaft breakage by allowing your hair to air-dry whenever possible.
Shampoo at least once a week to avoid greasy hair and a build-up of products. Don't shampoo too often or this will dry your hair and leave it frizzy.
Use a moisturizing shampoo to help hydrate the scalp.
Comb conditioner through your hair before shampooing.
Apply mousse to damp hair and spread from roots to end in order to reduce frizziness. Or, use a leave-in conditioner or an anti-frizz hair serum.
If you do not have naturally curly hair, you may want to explore the possibility of a perm or a body wave. The former can add body to limp hair and generate romantic waves or springy corkscrew curls.
An alternative is the body wave. For straight hair, large curls are set to create a soft and natural wave. With the aid of large rollers and a setting solution, hair with a natural wave can bring out the curl and emphasize the bottoms layers of the hair.