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The question we get most often from our curly haired girls is -“How do I get the frizz out without making my hair look greasy?” The answer is finding the right hair product for your hair. Here’s a step by step guide on how to determine the best products for your hair type.
1. Determine your hair type- What kind of curls do you have? Do they start at your root or in the mid shaft? Are they tight curls, are they frizzy curls?
2. Determine the thirst of your hair, is your hair dry? If your hair is dry you do want to find something that has moisturizing elements, this is where we would add in a cocktail of an emolient, like an Argan oil or Redken’s Diamond Oil to the curl lotion or a leave in conditioner. If your hair is in good health you don’t need to add any oils to your curl enhancer.
3. Picking your product- If your curls start from your root chances are you have thicker denser curls. Your hair tends to be a bit on the dryer side. You will need a couple products you can either cocktail or layer, meaning put a dab of each in your hand and mix it all up or put it on one by one. We love the cocktail, its easier and applies more evenly. You will need something for moisture, here you can use an oil. We like Argan oil or a smoothing lotion because it penetrates into your hair and actually moisturizes it from the inside, opposed to oil that just gives you shine. You will want to pair this with a curling lotion. Every brand makes a curling lotion. you want to look for one with at least a level 3 hold or a cocktail with a little gel. A lot of brands now have their hold factor mentioned on the front of the package. You need the combination of the oil with the hold of the curling lotion to give you that perfect curl.
If your curl starts at your midshaft your hair probably tends to get flat on top and a bit frizzy when air dried. You need a root lifting product for volume and a separate curling lotion that you apply from mid shaft to ends only. For your volumizer- Mousse is back in and it is revamped with a modern finish, but there are endless options- heres one of our favorites-
For your curling lotion, something light but with a nice hold will do. Here’s a few of our favorites-
4. Styling Factor- if you have big curly hair its best if you use a towel and just scrunch your hair until it is mostly dry. If your mid shaft curls there’s a fun little trick that really takes your hair to another level- after you apply your product take 1″ sections of your hair and twist it while its wet, the tighter the twist the curlier your hair will be, scrunch it with a towel and diffuse or let air dry.
**Important tips- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR HAIR WITH YOUR HANDS!! This is the #1 cause of frizz. Use a shampoo/conditioner for curly hair. Get haircuts from stylists that specialize in curly hair. Its a different ball game. Look for someone that cuts it dry. Brush your hair out before you wash it, after use a huge comb or don’t brush it at all after washing.