The Top 3 Ways to Use Curl Cream on Wavy Hair
If you have wavy hair, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds—the length of straight hair and the body of curly. However, finding products that satisfy your multi-textured hair pattern can be a challenge. It helps to understand what makes wavy hair so wonderfully unique. Compared to the linear shape of straight hair or the zig-zag of coils, wavy hair takes on an “S” shape, smoothing in some parts and bending at others. To achieve flowy, runway-ready waves, you need products that sway just like your hair does. Cue your new secret weapon: curl cream.
1. Enhance your wave pattern
Curl cream has been a longtime love for curly girls and guys because of its unique ability to shape and hold textured hair. A good curl cream will coat your strands with a thin film that smooths cuticles and prevents hair from tangling. The new, even surface, will allow locks to move past each other while maintaining their definition. And, because curl cream adds a spring to curls, it will amp up the volume on the parts of your hair that bend. Look for products that contain hydrolyzed proteins and oils to boost strength. Flaxseed, for example, can act like gel to strengthen strands while improving hair elasticity to help waves look their best.
2. Prevent frizz
A wave-specific curl cream will contain the right amount of oils and nourishing elements to keep frizz at bay. Frizzy hair occurs when hydrogen bonds are reconfigured in the hair, causing hair to fold itself back and fray. In other words, when the chemical bonds in your hair are negatively impacted, they can become dry or damaged, what we see as frizz. The secret is reparative care that penetrates and protects the hair shaft. To prevent frizz, start by washing and conditioning hair with products formulated for your unique hair type. Apply curl cream to wet hair, moving up and down strands for maximum impact. Make sure you use the right amount of curl cream, too little and it won’t spread evenly, too much, and it will become too oily. When your hair dries, you’ll have smooth locks that stand up to humidity and dryness.
Pro Tip: The ratio of water to curl cream should be 2:1 for most hair types and 3:1 for fine hair.
3. Moisturize and hydrate
Wavy hair can dry quickly since the bends in locks can cause hair’s outer layer to rise, forcing moisture out. If your hair is feeling parched, opt for curl cream. The product, which works wonders on wash day, can also work on dry hair, especially if moisture if your problem. Just apply curl cream to hair for a quick refresh, moving your fingers around to distribute the product evenly and scrunching to bring back hair’s shape. A high performing curl cream will contain oils and other hydrating ingredients to lock in moisture for days. Prose’s core range of products contain caprylic/capric triglyceride or olive oil, which promotes softness, glyceryl oleate for hydration, or other ingredients that will help you create and maintain touchably soft, hydrated tresses.
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