What You Need To Know About Managing Your Curls
What You Need To Know About Managing Your Curls
When you do a Google image search of “celebrities with curly hair," you get photos of Felicity’s Keri Russell circa 1998 and images of stars with wavy red-carpet 'fros. Any curly girl will tell you that waves are not curls and we need an internet spokesperson from this decade—STAT. It’s very rare to see a fashion spread or star-studded function featuring women with real curls. Let's be honest: if Shakira and Beyonce didn’t exist, we would never see famous curls at all. As a result, more and more women are hiding their natural spirals in favour of straight hair and subtle waves. No longer: it’s time to start the revolution. Put down the hair relaxer and straightening iron and embrace your curls. If you treat your curls right, they’ll love you forever. Here are some tips that will encourage you to unleash your natural tendrils—Hollywood be damned.
According to Caroline Muir and Betty Di Salvo, the lively curly-headed co-owners of The Curl Ambassadors, a curl-exclusive salon in Toronto, “Your curls have memory. They are always waiting for you to love them.” Truer words were never spoken. Curls are needy and they're also passive aggressive. The more you neglect them, the more they frizz and droop in defiance. Put it this way, if you and your curls were on a cliché sitcom, you would be the dimwitted husband and your curls would be the irritated wife. Here are essentials to keep in mind when going curly, chemically or au naturel.
“The best hair cut for curly hair is fundamentally based on your curl type and texture, coupled with what style can be achieved or wanted,” says Di Salvo. The reality is, women with natural ringlets can’t always get the haircut they want. Curly hair tends to rise up and out, so the shorter the style the bigger the puff. The Curl Ambassadors offer a unique dry hair cut that allows you to see how the curl will react to certain shapes. It’s essential to find a hairdresser that has experience with curly hair. Being an avid Sex and The City watcher isn’t enough. Long layers are ideal for curls because they prevent your hair from becoming a giant pyramid. Make sure not to get too much off the length.
It all starts with at the washing stage. I have a Willow Smith moment and flip my hair over to wash it and my curls love me for it. Detangle the hair while it’s oozing with conditioner.
“Never ever use a brush on your curly hair. Always use your fingers to comb through your curls or a wide-tooth comb,” advises Di Salvo. She also recommends using a gentle cotton t-shirt or paper towel to dry hair, as a terry cloth towel can be rough. Flip your hair over again to apply your product. You may start feeling a little bit like a head-banger at a Metallica concert, but it will be well worth it in the end. Apply the product upwards rather than pulling the product downwards through the hair. If you decide to blow dry your hair you must, must, must use a diffuser. If you don’t, you’ll be taking a trip to FrizzTown.
Hydrating your hair is the key to unlocking fabulous curls. Whenever you can, put a moisturizing treatment, like a conditioner or oil, on your hair to nourish it.
“Curly hair is the driest hair texture and typically, the curlier it is, the drier it is,” says Muir. To avoid night of the living frizz, make sure to use a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair. Oh, and don’t wash your hair that often. In most cases, curly hair doesn’t get greasy so cleaning a few times a week is more than enough. Di Salvo and Muir advise to avoid ghastly alcohol-based products or dyes with ammonia.
Double Duty: Defuse And Dry
This dryer and diffuser was specially designed for curly hair. It gently dries curls using the hand-shaped diffuser that has heat blowing from every direction. How many of your straight-haired friends can high-five their beauty tools?
DevaCurl Dryer & DevaFuser, $216, at Sephora stores, sephora.com
Forever Frizz Free
Get all rebellious with this new anti-frizz primer. Add this to your hair on extra-humid days or on the regular to tame flyaways and unruly spirals.
Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer, $13, walmart.ca
Moisturize Your Mane
This miracle gel is kicking butt and taking names. It moisturizes your thirsty curls while managing frizz and shaping hair. It’s made without any harsh chemicals and was created by people who have curly hair.
Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Styling Gel, $25, sephora.com
Manage And Nourish
Remember how curls love to be hydrated? This leave-in conditioner from Mixed Chicks will give your hair the moisture it desperately desires.
Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, $17, mixedchicks.net
Control Your Curls
With a lightweight, gel consistency, this controller tames even the wildest curls. Believe us! It kicks frizz to the curb and leaves hair bouncy and defined.
Aveda Be Curly Curl Controller, $28, aveda.ca
Spruce Up And Spray
Just like your makeup, your curls need sprucing up during the day. This reactivating mist works to refresh your hair before heading out on a hot date or eating pizza alone. It won’t judge.
Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist, $30, sephora.com