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How To Style Curly Hair: Tips, Tricks and Ideas

November 10, 2020

6 Min read

If you have curly hair, you’ve most likely had someone say to you, “I wish I had your curls!” As beautiful as they are, you know they can also be difficult and unpredictable to deal with at times. Having a good hair day for curls requires time and practice. 

To really be able to appreciate your curls, you have to develop a hair routine. Finding the right products and hairstyles can make all the difference for someone with complex curls. Here are some tips and tricks so that you can appreciate the hair you were born with and let it shine to its full potential.

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How To Comb

One of the first steps to caring for curly hair is learning the best way to detangle it using a wide-tooth comb. Curly hair can be very fragile, so to avoid damage, it is important not to disrupt the curl pattern with a brush.  If you start from the bottom and go up, you can gently comb through tangles instead of creating more knots. Hold each section as you comb through it, so you are not pulling at the scalp. 

If your hair feels unmanageable post-shower, try combing your hair before you step out. Apply your conditioner and then gently (emphasis on gently!) comb through to detangle your hair. The conditioner will help support the hair to prevent any breakage. 

Trim Your Hair

Another important tip for curly hair is getting regular haircuts. This will prevent damage and reduce split ends, which can make your hair appear more frizzy than it actually is. You should get a trim around every six to eight weeks to keep your curls looking fresh and healthy. This might seem like a lot, but we promise that it’ll make a difference. You’ll usually know that it is time for a haircut when your curls begin to get extremely knotty. 

Conditioning

It is important to find a balance with moisturizing curly hair. You don’t want your hair to look weighed down with product, but you also don’t want dry ends. The best thing to do is experiment with different leave-in conditioners. A little can go a long way, so start with a dime-size amount on the ends of your hair. This will give your curls added shine and bounce. You should also deep condition your hair at least once a week.

Diffuser

If you have struggled with using a blow dryer on your curly hair, you’re not alone. Using a blow dryer by itself can lead to puffy and dry hair. However, if you use a diffuser attachment, this can completely change the outcome. Using a diffuser works by spreading the hot air more evenly on your hair, which helps to minimize frizz. This method can also help even out your curl pattern and even give you a volume boost.

Pineappling

If you struggle with keeping your curls intact while you sleep, you may want to try something called “pineappling” to care for your hair, even while you’re catching some Zs. This is a technique where you loosely tie your hair up at the highest part of your head to protect the curls and keep the volume in your hair. This can also help to reduce bedhead. It is best to use a silk or satin scrunchie for this method to minimize creasing and protect your hair from breakage. When you get up in the morning, simply take the ponytail down and shake out your glorious curls. 

Silk Pillowcase

Most people use cotton pillowcases, which are very absorbent. While you sleep, your hair produces oils to help moisturize your hair. If you have a cotton pillowcase, it could be absorbing all that moisture and robbing your hair of nutrients. This means that in the morning, your hair can feel dryer and even become more tangled. Getting a silk pillowcase can help your hair keep its moisture during the night because silk helps to preserve your hair. The slippery material won’t get caught on your hair, which can cause damage and frizz. It is also better for your skin to use a silk pillowcase as it helps to minimize fine lines. 

Silk is naturally breathable and hypoallergenic. It is also an anti-static fabric, which means you will wake up with less frizz. 

Now that you know a little bit more about how to take care of your curls, let’s talk about a couple of different ways to style curly hair.

Curling Iron

It may seem redundant to curl hair that is already curly, but using a curling iron can help refresh curls on the second or third day. You should use a curling iron that has a similar diameter to your curls. A curling iron will allow you to reshape any curls that have fallen out, especially the ones near the front of your face. You don’t have to curl every piece on your head, just the ones that you feel need a little bit of TLC.

Slicked-Back Pony

This is a great style for keeping your hair out of your face but still showing off your beautiful curls. First, apply a little bit of gel through your hair to get it nice and sleek. Part your hair down the middle. Then, use a brush to pull the top parts from both halves of your hair into a slicked-back ponytail. Hold it together with a hair tie, and volumize the back part with your fingers. This is optional, but you can style your baby hairs to frame your face using a toothbrush and some more gel. 

Braided Headband

Another easy look for curly hair is creating a headband with your own hair. First, on damp hair, create a deep side part. Braid along your hairline going toward your temple on the opposite side. When you reach behind your ear, pin the braid underneath your other hair. Play with it a little bit to make sure the braid looks as natural as possible. 

Braids

One of the easiest and most customizable hairstyles for curly hair is braids. You can choose a french braid, dutch braid, or fishtail. Braids can help protect curls from becoming tangled or from potential breakage. Make sure you properly moisturize your hair before putting it into braids. 

If you’re going for a pigtail French braid style, divide your hair into two even sections. Then, separate the sections on each side into three strands. Starting as close to the root as possible, cross a piece on the right into the middle by going underneath the center piece. Then, repeat this on the left strand and alternate all the way down the strands, gradually adding more hair each time. Make sure you secure the braid with a hair elastic once your finish. 

In Summary

There’s a huge movement towards embracing natural curly hair these days, and why not? Curly hair is beautiful, and your curls are a part of you! 
Sure, it might take a little bit of trial and error to learn what works best for keeping your curls healthy and moisturized, but don’t give up. You’ll find the perfect hair care routine that will make you feel invincible, and your curls will be bouncy, luscious, and beautiful.

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