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Curly Hairstyles for Naturally Curly Hair

Learn How to Get These Curly Hairstyles that Won’t Mess with Mother Nature!

Got natural curly hair? Don’t hate it . . . Embrace it! Curly hairstyles are sweet, sexy, and ultra-feminine! So many of my curly haired clients choose to go smooth and work against their natural curl by using relaxers, blow dryers, hot rollers, flatirons or curling irons. That’s fine, it’s a personal choice, but when chemicals and hot tools are used over and over again in order to make your hair do something it doesn’t want to do . . . your hair inevitably ends up paying the price. Instead of putting in all that hard work and damaging your hair, why not take the path of least resistance and enhance your curly hair instead?

Learning to love your natural curls can be liberating. If you’ll look around at some iconic, natural beauties, you’ll find that enhancing their natural tendencies, rather than fighting them, seems to be one of their top beauty secrets. Plus, haven’t you found that no matter how hard you try, mother nature seems to have her way in the end anyways?

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Here’s a quick and easy tutorial from Tamara, of Ford Models, on how to get 3 totally chic, natural curly hairstyles from one haircut. She demonstrates easy ways to make the most of your naturally curly hair. In addition, she gives her favorite product suggestions to keep hair healthy and shiny, and your curly hairstyles looking fabulous!

 

Step by step how-to tips:

  • Step 1: Curly hair needs lots of moisture to stay healthy and hydrated so regular conditioning is a must. In addition to using a conditioner after you shampoo, and a deep conditioning when needed, apply a leave-in conditioner before styling your hair.  Apply it from mid-shaft to ends and comb it through with a wide tooth comb to decrease tangles. I’m a big fan of Paul Mitchell Leave-In Conditioner because it’s lightweight and good for all hair types.
  • Step 2: To define natural curls, Tamara suggests scrunching a product like, Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious into your hair while it’s still damp. This product is one of my personal favorites! You only need about a nickel size amount of product for shoulder length locks.
  • Step 3: Let your hair air dry whenever possible. Or, use a diffuser attachment when choosing to blow dry your hair.  The diffuser attachment helps to ‘diffuse’ the force of the air so you don’t blowout your natural curls. If you choose to air dry your hair, remember to not touch it until it is completely dry, or you run the risk of added frizz.

Getting a great looking hairstyle doesn’t mean you need to spend a ridiculous amount of time on your hair. Instead of fighting your curls, embrace them by using the right products and these styling tips for perfect curly hairstyles every time!  If you’re  frustrated with frizz, check out my article Frizz Product Review. And for some great curly hairstyles visit my Pinterest Curly Hairstyles and Short Curly Hair boards.

  



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Curly Hair Help for Hot Summer Months

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The Smart Girl’s Guide to Curly Hair Help

A common question that my clients ask as summer approaches is “What can I do with my curly hair for summer?” My answer is always to work with their natural curl and use the right hair care products to keep curly hair shiny and bouncy while fighting frizz. Here are a few of my favorite products!

Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

First and foremost, if you don’t have a great moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for your curly hair, get one now. A shampoo and conditioner like Matrix Curl Life, is perfect for all types of curly hair because it helps to smooth frizz and define curls.

Curly hair needs plenty of moisture, which is why Matrix Curl Life Shampoo and Conditioner are great!

Detangler

I always use a Detangler on curly hair before combing it out with a wide tooth comb and you should too! This is especially important for those with curly hair as your curls can easily tangle and break. Spray the Detangler on towel-dried hair and comb through with a wide-tooth comb. If you use a brush or regular comb, you run the risk of breaking hair in its wet, fragile state, which will cause additional frizz. And frizz is not a curly-haired girl’s friend!

Shine Enhancer

Don’t forget to buy a great styling product or two, to enhance shine, define curls and add bounce. Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector, is a great product that seems to do it all by enhancing shine, defining curls, adding bounce and even controlling frizz. I like this product because it is a hybrid of a styling cream and a gel, which are both great products used to control curly  hair.

Sun Protection

Curly hair needs extra TLC during the hot, summer months. Try adding a few extra sun protection products to your hair care product inventory.  Aveda has a new line called, Sun Care which protects your hair from UV rays, salt and chlorine, all of which can wreak serious havoc on your hair. Aveda may be a little on the pricey side, but I love their products . . . and they smell great!

Deep Conditioner

In addition to using some of these great products which are formulated for curly hair, consider adding in a weekly or bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment for your curly hair. You can treat yourself and have this done at the salon or, do it yourself at home. Just remember in order to get the best deep conditioning results, you will need to add heat to your hair and let the conditioner stay on the hair for at least 15 to 20 minutes. One of my favorite deep conditioners is, Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect Reconstructive Treatment.

So, if you keep in mind that your curly hair needs extra moisture . . . especially during the summer, and you give it what it wants . . . you’ll be fine and looking marvelous!!

  



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