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Our natural hair necessitates far more effort than any salon-styled haircut. Curly and wavy hair, in particular, needs a great deal of attention to retain the curls and prevent them from becoming harsh. Finding and implementing a routine to maintain your hair type takes time and effort. With these hacks and tricks, you can make hair care easier. Make your curls silkier and shinier with the following methods.

What Causes Frizziness?

Frizz in curly hair is caused by a lack of moisture. Because curly hair is drier by nature than straight hair, it requires a lot of moisture. The weather and external conditions are the second source of frizz. If you don’t give your hair enough moisture, it will try to get it from the air. The goal is to provide your hair with the necessary moisture, hydration, and nourishment. Another source of frizz on curly hair is product build-up, thus you can see frizz around the halo region that is sticky and gunky, indicating that your fluffy hair needs to be cared for. This might happen if you’re using products that are too heavy for your hair, or if you’ve been rejuvenating your hair without washing it, simply putting a lot of products on it, which can lead to buildup.

Conditioning

The first suggestion for keeping your hair frizz-free is to use a frequent deep conditioner to hydrate it. Start with once-a-week treatments and watch how your hair responds. You can draw back and do them less than once a week if you notice that you have less frizz and your hair feels less dry. Hair can benefit from deep conditioning treatments since they feed it. Also, when conditioning your hair, be sure to squeeze it as much as possible. This may be done with both a standard and a deep conditioner. When your hair is dripping wet, untangle it, make sure it receives a lot of water, and scrunch it in pulsing motions.

Conditioning is an important step that should never be overlooked. Well-conditioned hair will not only seem glossy and moisturized but will also feel soft and healthy. To avoid diluting the conditioner, wring out any extra water from your hair before applying it. Begin by putting a substantial quantity of product in your hand and applying it to your hair from the ends to the mid-lengths. Conditioner should not be applied to your scalp since it might make your crown seem flat and greasy. If your scalp is dry, place the product 2 inches from your roots. This will nourish your hair while also assisting you in achieving the desired volume.

Detangle your hair thoroughly with a broad tooth shower comb while the conditioner is still in your hair. This will remove any knots and spread the product evenly throughout your hair. To avoid tugging and breaking, always start at the ends and work your way up. To remove any extra product, rinse your hair under cold water for less than a minute.

Voluminous Hair

Simple methods and tactics can help you produce lovely, voluminous curls without causing heat damage to your hair. Begin by gently removing excess water from your hair with a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt. Prep it with a curl cream or a gel to keep your curls in place and prevent frizz. Apply a generous quantity in a comb-like motion from the tips to the midst of your hair, evenly dispersing it. However, don’t use too much product, since it can weigh down your hair and hinder you from getting the volume and bounce you want.

Washing

Avoid using sulfate-containing shampoos, since they deplete your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. This may result in breaking. Use a gentle shampoo with protein and natural cleaning components like neem and kelp instead. The next step is to only wash your hair twice a week. This will assist your hair keep its natural moisture, while also adding definition to your curls and reducing frizziness. Start by shampooing your hair with lukewarm water and gently massage your scalp when washing it. This will get rid of all the dirt, extra oil, and build-up in your hair. After that, use a light cleanser to focus just on your scalp. This process will keep your ends from becoming dry and crunchy.

Styling 

Always select a comb that is appropriate for the density of your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb with dense bristles if your hair is exceptionally thick. Use a hairbrush with narrow bristles for medium to thin hair. Part your hair in the direction you want it to dry once you’ve found the proper comb. Then divide your hair into four sections and begin combing it away from your face. Allow your hair to air dry after completing this procedure on all portions. Use flat hairbands and attach them to your roots, pushing them up before pinning them if you want more volume around your head. When it’s dried, gently open up your curls, and you’re done.

Curly hair can be tough to keep up with, but if done correctly, you can have beautiful, healthy curls all year you can be proud of. Hopefully, these techniques will assist you in caring for your natural curls with all your love and affection.

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How to Trim and Cut Curly Hair from Home

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Would you like to trim or cut curly hair from home but are not sure where to start? As much as it is always advisable to get it done by a hair professional, there are many reasons you may opt to do it yourself.

Cutting curly hair is different from cutting straight hair. Some hair stylists may not know how to cut curly hair and leave you with an uneven look. If you have experienced this before, then you know how frustrating it can be. Hair stylists who specialize in curly hair also tend to charge more which can make a salon trip an expensive affair if you are on a tight budget.

Whatever your reason might be, here are some tips on how to trim or cut your curly hair from home.

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Trim vs Haircut, What Is The Difference?

Before we get into more details on how to cut curly hair, you need to understand the difference between a trim and a cut. A haircut refers to cutting hair for styling purposes. It involves the removal of hair in a specific pattern to achieve a specific style. Here are some hairstyle ideas for curly hair if you need some inspiration. 

On the other hand, a trim is done for maintenance and only an inch or two of hair is cut off. It’s done to maintain the current hairstyle and cut off split ends. A trim every three months or so keeps the hair looking vibrant and healthy.

Is It Better To Cut Curly Hair Wet Or Dry?

As a beginner, it is better to cut curly hair dry. Unlike straight hair, curly hair behaves differently depending on whether it is wet or dry. As a result, cutting wet curly hair might lead to an uneven cut since you can easily cut off more than you intended to.

What Cut Is Better For Curly Hair?

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to curly hair. The best cut depends on the shape of your face and the type of curls you have. That said, the most common types of cuts are a shoulder-length cut, a bob cut, and a layered cut.

Should Curly hair be cut in Layers?

Cutting curly hair in layers gives a lighter more defined look. The outcome of layering varies depending on the type of curls, type of cut, and hair density. All in all, the decision to cut your hair in layers depends on your personal preferences and the style you want to achieve.

Tips on How To Cut Curly Hair At Home

You’re probably hesitant about cutting your curly hair at home. I mean, what if you mess up? What if you end up with a horrendous look? Well, here are a few tips that will help you out.

1. Schedule Time To Cut Your Hair

First things first, you need to set aside a reasonable amount of time to cut or trim your hair. Choose a time slot that will work for you. It could be one hour or more depending on the length and density of your hair.

Take your time. Once you get used to it, you’ll take less time. However, as a start, you need all the time you can get. Allocating a time slot will allow you to concentrate and avoid feeling rushed.

In addition, most people have two or three different curl patterns on different parts of the head. Cutting them all the same length when wet will lead to an undesirable outcome when the hair is dry.

If you want to wash your hair before trimming it, ensure that it is completely dry before you get started.

2. Get Your Hair Tools Ready

Gather everything you’ll need for this process. It’s always good to be prepared. For example, check whether you have a pair of sharp scissors. If you’re in a position to, you can even purchase a pair of professional shears. This post offers some good suggestions on scissors you can buy. Just ensure all your tools are ready.

3. Cut In Small Bits

When you start trimming, cut off small bits at a time. Start with half an inch all around. Remember, if you don’t like the outcome, you can always cut a bit more later. However, if you cut too much, you’ll have to wait longer for the hair to grow back.

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Tools you Need To Cut Curly Hair

You will need the following tools to cut your hair:

  • Two mirrors
  • A brush or comb
  • A pair of hair scissors

1. Two mirrors

Why do you need two mirrors? Well, you need to see the second mirror to see the back of your head. Since most of you already have a wall mirror, the second one can simply be a compact mirror. It will help you see the progress of your haircut at the back of your head so you end up with a finished look that you are happy with.

2. A Comb And Hairbrush

There are different types of combs and hairbrushes for different purposes as seen in this hairbrush guide. To cut your curly hair, you’ll only need a comb or brush that you can use to part your hair into small sections.

3. A Pair Of Hair Scissors 

Ensure you have a pair of sharp scissors at hand. The sharper the hair scissors, the cleaner the cut will be. Don’t use the ones that you cut fabric or paper with. We recommend getting a pair of scissors that are designed for cutting hair.

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How to Trim Your Hair from Home – Step By Step

Here are the steps to follow when trimming your curly hair from home.

Step One: Get Your Hair Ready

As we mentioned earlier, we’ll be working with dry hair. This is the best option for beginners. Style your hair the way you normally wear it. This will give you a clear picture of what you want to achieve.

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Step Two: Start with the Front

Start by trimming the front part. This includes the bangs. Take a small section of hair, about half an inch, and comb it to the front. Cut off about half an inch. Take another small section and repeat the same until you’re done with the front side.

Alternatively, you can pick out each curl and trim off the split ends that are sticking out.

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Step Three: Work on the Back

Now that you’re done with the front part, proceed with trimming the back section. This can be tricky since you can’t see what you’re doing.

If your hair is long enough, tilt your head slightly to the left to have a better view. Next, work with one-inch sections of hair. Brush them to the front and cut off half an inch. You’ll need your contact mirror to constantly monitor your progress. Once you’re halfway done, tilt your head to the right side to get the other half done.

For shorter hair, brush your sections upwards for you to see what you’re cutting. You might need to tilt your head forward.

Remember, patience is key. Work in small sections until you’re done. If your arms get tired, you can take a break and pick up where you left off. Just make sure you know where you stopped.

Step Four: Even things out

Once you finish your entire head, go ahead and trim the few curls that are out of place. Keep in mind that we’re doing small bits at a time. Fluff out your hair and the curls settle back to their place.

It is important to note that your hair might look a bit strange at first. Curls behave differently after being cut. Some of them get distressed and might take a day or two to return to their original form.

What Next After Trimming Your Hair?

If you’re not satisfied and feel that you need to trim off a bit more, don’t do it immediately. Give your hair two to three days. By this time, your curls will have resumed their regular curl pattern and you’ll have a clear picture of the outcome of your trim. This is when you can trim off another half an inch or so if you’re still not satisfied with your initial trim.

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Once you’re satisfied with the outcome, it is time to style your hair. You can even switch things up by adding hair extensions and using a loop brush like this one to blend them in with your hair. The possibilities are endless.

Conclusion

Giving your hair a trim at home is not complicated. All you need is a good pair of scissors, a brush, and a little patience. You can do it!

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10 Tips for Fine & Curly Natural Hair

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Not every naturally curly girl has coarse hair. It can take years to realize that although you may have naturally thick hair, your strands are very fine. Once you realize your curly hair is fine (often called Type 4A), it will be a game-changer for you on your natural hair journey. See the following 10 tips for fine curly haired naturals, which originally appeared on NaturallyCurly.com.

10 Tips for Naturals with Fine Curly Hair

1. Treat Your Hair Like It’s Antique Lace

Natural hair may sometimes seem indestructible, but it is in fact delicate, especially if your strands are fine. You wouldn’t pull and yank and shred fine lace, and after washing lace you wouldn’t wring it or rub it. Apply the same theory to your hair. Dry your wet hair gently with an all-cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel, and treat dry hair with TLC too.

2. Beware of Protective Styles

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Photo: Mini Marley hairstyle, NaturallyCurly.com

Many naturals believe that protective styles are key to growing and retaining length. However, many naturally curly girls have learned the hard way that protective styles can inhibit growth and encourage breakage. Protective styles can require a lot of manipulation, which can be damaging to fine natural hair. Instead, try looser low-manipulation styles or natural wash-and-go styles.

3. Pro-Protein & Keratin

Fine natural hair loves a protein treatment. It fortifies strands and helps to clump curls together. The author loves conditioners and stylers that with a touch of amino acids, protein or keratin. Bonus: the new Viviscal Gorgeous Growth range of shampoo, conditioner and elixir provides strands with Keratin, Biotin and Zinc to keep hair growth looking healthy.

4. Detangle with Care

There are a lot of detangling options out there, but removing knots is one of the times your fine hair is most susceptible to damage. First, begin detangling with your fingers, then use a wide-tooth comb. Avoid combing or detangling when hair is wet, which can cause more breakage. Once a month, use a good brush such as Denman or Tangle Teezer to thoroughly remove shedding hair.

5. Easy on the Oil

You may be tempted by all the luscious-seeming hair oils and butters available for naturals. From Moroccan to argan to coconut oil to shea butter, we keep hearing that sealing your strands is essential for natural hair care. In fact, it can make fine natural hair looking greasy and weighed down. If you are fine-haired, limit your use of butters and oils. Your hair will thank you.

6. Keep It Light

Moisturizers are key, but make sure you use one that’s not too heavy or too light. “It’s just right, Goldicurls!” The author recommends translucent, water-based moisturizers that are more liquid than creamy in consistency. Hint: Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner is lightweight, rinses easily, and nourishes with the exclusive Ana:Tel™ complex (which includes pea sprouts and grape seed extract) plus Zinc, Biotin and Keratin.

7. Be Gentle

It’s worth mentioning this twice because it’s so important. We’ve all been guilty of tugging or playing with our curls while in a meeting, vegging out on the couch, wherever. But resist the urge to pull on your coils, tightly style them or rough them up while drying. See tip #1 and treat your hair like antique lace.

8. Protect While You Sleep

Yes, all curlies should protect their hair while they catch their Z’s, but this especially goes for fine-haired girls. Cotton pillowcases will tangle, cause breakage and dry out curly hair, especially fine strands. It’s not always a fashion statement, but commit to sleeping in a cap, or try a satin or silk pillowcase – for your hair’s sake.

9. Deep Condition Once a Week

Fine coils need all the nourishment and moisture they can get. Some curlies recommend steam or deep condition curls under a hooded dryer at least once a week to keep hair hydrated and help prevent split ends in fragile strands.

10. Trim Regularly

Because your strands are more prone to damage, make sure to keep split ends in check by trimming every three to four months. It can seem counter-intuitive when you’re dedicated to reaching your hair growth goals, but regular trims help clean up damaged natural hair. So trim the ends that become more tangled and ragged due to daily wear and tear.

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You know one of the best ways to keep your hair looking healthy is to quit using heat tools. But we know that air-dried curly hair sometimes just doesn’t look right. Instead, try wet curls. These wash-and-go hairstyles for wet curly or wavy hair not only help maintain your wet hair curl pattern, but they minimize heat damage. Plus, they’re quick and easy to save you time in the morning.

Hint: for these hairstyles, start by washing and conditioning hair with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. The unique formulas work together to cleanse and hydrate hair, leaving it looking thicker without weighing it down. It’s the perfect canvas to nail a wet hairstyle!

5 Easy Wet Curls Hairstyles

Wet Curl Look

If you have naturally curly hair, maintain your wet curl hair pattern and lock in a mermaid-inspired wet hair look all day with this easy method.

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First, divide wet hair into four sections. Saturate each section with hair gel. Then scrunch and twist each hair section into curls. Finish by misting with medium-hold hairspray, and you’re ready to go!

Bun Waves

This hairstyle is ideal for wet wavy hair. The results will be looser, beachy waves.

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Start by applying a pea-size amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir to hair for extra body. Divide hair into two sections, one on each side of your part. Twist each section into a bun and secure with a hair tie or hair pins. Once hair is dry, release the buns and finger comb hair for gorgeous waves.

Pineapple & Scarf

Styling wet curls is a cinch with this easy wet hairstyle that pairs the pineapple updo with your favorite silk scarf.

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First, pull hair into a high ponytail at your crown and secure with a scrunchie. Fold a silk scarf in half, then wrap the scarf around your head and tie it in front of the ponytail. The high ponytail gives volume to naturally curly hair, while the silk scarf prevents friction and frizziness.

Gibson Tuck

We love this vintage hairstyle because it looks dressy and polished, but it’s super easy to style.

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Take a small piece of hair at your left temple and begin twisting it up towards your ears. As you twist, keep adding small pieces of hair to the twist. Once the twist reaches behind your ear, pin and repeat on the other side. Gather both twists with the rest of your hair and tie it into a low, loose ponytail, then secure with a hair tie. Using your fingers, open up a small space between your head and the hair tie. This will serve as the “pouch” for your ponytail. Bunch up the hair from your ponytail and tuck it into the pouch. Secure with hair pins. If you want, you can pull out a few face-framing pieces. Finish with a mist of hairspray for extra hold.

Twist Out

This classic wash-and-go style is the ideal low-maintenance look for kinky naturally curly hair.

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Divide hair into eight sections and apply gel or a styling cream to each section. Divide each section into two pieces, then tightly twist the pieces together. Pin each twist to your head to secure it. Once hair is dry, release the twists and use a wide-tooth comb to style and shape your curls.

Would you try wet curl hairstyles? How do you style your wet curls? Let us know in the comments!

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Easy Curly Girl Method for Beginners

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For nearly a decade the Curly Girl Method by hairstylist Lorraine Massey has changed the way women have cared for their natural curls and waves.

In 2011, Massey, who also owned Devachan salons at the time released a book with Michele Bender called Curly Girl: The Handbook. In it, she describes the Curly Girl Method otherwise known as CGM, a hair care and styling routine that has not only proven to be successful (just check out all the social media clubs and posts dedicated to it) but one that will likely continue to evolve and gather even more believers. 

The Curly Girl Method

What is the Curly Girl Method?

This hair care routine is all about taking claim of your natural curls and undoing damage from mainstream methods that actually hurt the natural texture of curly hair. The Curly Girl Method ditches the products and processes that are weighed down in chemicals and harmful routines that actually damage, dry out and flatten curls and introduces a process that allows your hair to fall into its natural curl pattern. When all steps are followed and the right products are used, the Curly Girl Method has proven to make curls fuller and more defined.

The Curly Girl Method: Do’s and Don’ts

While the original steps and products work well, you can still make this routine your own and find the process and products that work best for your curls. There are several online communities on social media dedicated to the Curly Girl Method and thousands of before and after photos can be found on Instagram with #CurlyGirlMethod that will definitely inspire curly and wavy hair girls to give this hair care routine a try.

The Curly Girl Method

1. Say goodbye to traditional shampoos with sulfates.

We are big fans of using the right shampoos for your hair type. We’re also big proponents of reading ingredients on hair products carefully and it’s a non-negotiable with the Curly Girl Method. Many shampoos contain sulfates that are drying and harsh. A bad sulphate to avoid is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), there are others however that are less harsh and irritating such as Sodium Lareth Sulfate (SLeS) and using these shampoos can help for curly girls who need more cleansing if they have oily or greasy hair. Other gentle cleansing shampoos or “low-poos” can also include gentle cleansing ingredients such as cocamidopropyl betaine and decyl polyglucose which help to cleanse gently without stripping the hair.

2. Ditch the combs and brushes.

Instead of bristles and teeth that pull, break and weaken hair, the Curly Girl Method says to ditch harmful combs and brushes and use your fingers instead. With your fingers you can get an exact feel for knots and control how you work your way through your hair. Using your fingers also helps in massaging the scalp to help follicle stimulation and you’re also working in moisture into your locks—especially when applying approved Curly Girl Method products like conditioner.

The Curly Girl Method

3. Avoid non water-soluble formula products

These cause build-up and can weigh hair, especially curly hair, down. Non water-soluble products are also harder to wash out, for those who want tight, full curls, these products are a no-no and are not recommended for curly or wavy hair.

4. Do not use products with silicones, fragrance and alcohol.

These products should be avoided for all hair types actually. These ingredients strip the hair of natural oils, can cause irritation depending on the make up of the products and fragrance, and can also dry out the hair. While it’s easy to be lured by alluring smells or perhaps go-products you’ve always used without looking at its ingredients list, it’s best to chuck these products from your hair care routine to maintain the healthiest curls.

5. Avoid heat-styling.

This may seem difficult especially when you want the option to quickly dry hair or tame it. Using a diffuser on low heat and heat protect product can be incorporated, but it’s best to gently blot or pat your curly hair dry with a microfiber towel and hair dry to maintain longevity, elasticity and strength in your curls. 

If you are still itching to change up your look, use clip in extensions like our curly ponytail extension instead. 

SHOP CURLY PONYTAIL HAIR EXTENSIONS

 

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The Curly Girl Method for hair washing

Step 1: Cleanse

When cleansing, use your fingertips and not your nails to work your conditioner or co-wash in.  This can be done 1-2 times a week depending on your curl type. Those with wavy hair have the option to use shampoo once a week if needed, those with curly hair should use conditioner and water once a week. For girls with coily hair, wet hair as needed in between co-wash days that work for your hair.

Step 2: Condition

Apply conditioner and coat the hair with conditioner, a wide tooth gentle comb can help spread the product if used sparingly, but as always, fingers are better. For wavy hair, be sure to condition before and after shampoo and rinse out conditioner after about a minute. For curly girls, rinse or leave in conditioner depending on how dry your hair is or how much moisture you need. For coily hair, allow conditioner to sit and wrap the hair. When safely wrapped (not too tight) low-setting heat can be used to seal conditioner in. Rinse thoroughly to avoid build-up.

Step 3: Dry and style

It’s time to put those harsh blow-dryers down and pick up a microfiber towel. Instead of blasting your curls with heat, simply bend forward allowing curls to fall over (if they’re long enough) and if not, simply cup your curls in your towel and begin to gently scrunch your gel from the ends towards the scalp. Do so in sections, starting at the nape of your neck and working up scrunching your top layer last. You can use a hair clip to keep sections apart.

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For wavy hair, you can pin curls to help them stay or use some extra scrunching. For curly hair, fluff hair from underneath for more volume and avoid scrunching or fluffing the top to avoid fizziness. For coily hair, wash and go! This texture is so naturally held well, it can be styled as you please after a wash.

Must have Curly Girl Method Products

1. Conditioner or co-washes

A cleansing conditioner is your BFF on the Curly Girl Method. Finding a conditioner or co-wash to cleanse and condition/moisturize helps to keep hair clean without harshly stripping it. 

Go-to co-wash and cleansing conditioner products:

Use products that are rich in emollients such as shea butter, olive oil and also rich in proteins such as wheat, wheat germ or soy. Emollients help to moisturize and strengthen hair while proteins help to restore hair follicles and prevent breakage. 

Moisturizing products with amino acids and aloe vera are also great especially for certain kinky or coily hair types that are naturally on the dryer side.

2. Moisturizing products for curly to kinky hair

Styling gels with PVP or PVP/VA give your curls bounce and more lift.  PVP is a water-soluble polymer and is used in a ton of products as a binder or fixative helping to keep hair in place without being stiff or as many girls with curly hair will know – crunchy as some products do. 

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3. Styling products to give your curls life

The Curly Girl Method

What every hair type can learn from the Curly Girl Method

The Curly Girl Method was made for girls with wavy to curly and coily hair, but the foundations of this hair care routine can be applied to other hair types as well. In particular, the focus on sulfate and alcohol-free shampoos and products. The emphasis on moisturizing is also big thing to keep hair healthy for all hair types. Whether though hair oils, masks or other protective and restorative hair products and methods, giving your hair an extra moisture boost helps to strengthen hair and even improve shine.  

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Written by: Rosalyn Solomon

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There’s no getting around the fact that taming curly hair can be a challenge. Curly hair girls often have to deal with wild, unpredictable, and difficult to control locks on a daily basis. Not to mention pesky frizz and dryness. However, achieving a soft, healthy halo of curls is easier than you might think. Whether your hair is in tight coils or loose waves, you can easily manage your individual hair texture by finding the right tricks and products. Loving and managing your curls really lies within your hair care routine.

Below, you’ll find some game-changing curly hair tips and tricks that will help keep ringlets of every shape and size looking their best. So put down your hair straightener and keep scrolling for some curly hair 101. 

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Curly hair tips: the 10 commandments

1. Never brush dry curls

The first commandment for curly hair girls is to avoid brushing hair when it’s dry. Since it’s more brittle and prone to dryness, brushing curly hair when it’s not wet leads to breakage and split ends. If you’ve ever tried brushing out your mane when it’s dry, you’ve probably seen firsthand how it can quickly transform hair into a frizzy disaster. (Hello triangle hair!). If you do happen to wake up with frizz and flyaways, apply a detangling or water spray to reactivate the curls. Then, detangle using a damp brush, put on some oil, and sit back and relax while your locks air dry.

2. A wide tooth comb is your best friend

Investing in the proper detangling tools is key for girls with curly hair. Wide tooth combs are a lifesaver when it comes to tackling your snarls. Thanks to their large teeth that are spaced far apart, these combs can get rid of knots in your hair without upsetting its natural texture or making it frizzier.

Curly hair is the most fragile type, so if the comb teeth are too thin or close together, your hair will be in for a world of breakage. For extra sturdiness, we recommend choosing a comb made out of rubber material. It’s also a good idea to gently detangle hair from the bottom up instead of yanking your way through. 

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3. Only sleep on satin or silk pillowcases

A good hair care routine doesn’t stop just because you’re sleeping. When it comes to overnight hair care, satin or silk pillowcases are an essential ingredient. One of the most common reasons for breakage and split ends is when the ends of hair rub against cotton pillowcases at night, causing friction. Due to the way silk is woven, the threads are more compact and lay flatter. This prevents friction and lets your hair glide easily over the fabric. Switching to a satin or silk alternative can help you stay frizz-free and pump up the volume, all while locking in moisture while you get some shut eye.

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4. Dry hair with care

The process after washing your hair is super important. Friction causes frizz, so it’s recommended to touch your hair as little as possible during the entire drying process. The more hair is handled, the more chance you have for wild frizz and flyaways. If you are using a towel to dry your hair, try to avoid being too rough or use a microfiber towel. Air drying is always a good idea if you want to get polished, defined locks. Start by applying a good styling spray and then avoid touching your hair while it air dries. 

5. Refresh curls with a curling iron

Don’t be afraid to embrace the curling iron. These tools are a great way to do touch-ups and enhance your natural texture and curl pattern. Simply use a small or tapered barrel iron on dry hair to define pieces and give your hair a more uniform look. For more curl, use a one-inch curling iron, or try a 1.25-inch iron if you want looser waves. Also, take it easy on the hairspray post-styling since it can be drying to your curls.

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6. Nourish with moisturizing products

Since curly locks have a tendency to get super dry, moisturizing products are a must if you want to keep your hair smooth and bouncy. It’s best to choose products that are designed specifically for curly hair with ingredients like palm oil, shea butter, and avocado oil. All of these are good at hydrating and sealing in moisture.

As far as specific products are concerned, anti-frizz serums and shaping creams are both good additions to consider adding to your hair care routine, along with a deep conditioning treatment.

You can also try product cocktailing, where you mix two or more products together, to meet your more specific styling needs. One of our favorite mixes is coconut oil plus styling gel. This combination allows for superior hold without leaving your tresses crunchy or dry.

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7. Coconut oil is always a good idea

As the holy grail of hair oils, coconut oil is a miracle worker for your hair. It can help repair damage and protect your mane from the elements. This all-natural ingredient not only eliminates frizz, but also heals hair over time. To use, apply the oil to the ends of your hair and leave in for at least 30 minutes away from direct sunlight. You can also cover your hair with a towel or cap to help the oil penetrate strands deeper. Coconut oil will leave your hair replenished with nutrients that were lost when using color, chemical treatments, or heat styling tools like a hair dryer. 

8. Use a diffuser to add some volume

Want voluminous, wild curls? Consider drying your hair with the help of a diffuser. This styling tool disperses hot air from your hair dryer into a larger space, which gives hair more body and minimizes frizz that can occur when hair is air dried. For best results, apply a cream-based mousse to hair and then diffuse hair in different sections. Lift the diffuser all the way to the scalp, slide it from the bottom of your hairline near your ear, and then slide it all the way to the crown of your head. This lifts and stretches the root, creating a volume boost for heavy curls and evening out your curl pattern. To avoid overheating, keep the diffuser on medium heat and power.

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9. Don’t overwash your hair

Shampooing curly hair too often tends to dry out the natural oils that keep your curls controlled and looking their best. Ideally, you should shampoo no more than two or three times a week. Many girls with curly hair recommend conditioning first before putting any shampoo into the hair. When you do wash your hair, keep the lather close to your scalp and avoid overwashing the ends of hair. Keep the shampoo in your hair for as little time as possible and rinse twice, using cool water the second time around to seal the cuticle. Hello beautiful, curly hair!

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10. Embrace your natural texture

Being the natural beauty who wakes up with wild waves, coils, and ringlets is awesome, so never be afraid to embrace your natural hair texture. If you are looking to immediately add length to your curls opt for one of our curly ponytail extensions which comes in 20 beautiful shades and is an easy one piece application.

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Just like a snowflake, every head of curly hair is unique. Working with your natural curl pattern will not only make your morning routine far faster and easier, but also leaves hair healthier and more nourished in the long run. What’s not to love about that?

Not that you’ve read our 10 commandments for curly hair, go forth and conquer your natural curls. 

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Written by: Mikayla Uber

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Whether or not you’ve watched The Undoing featuring the iconic Nicole Kidman, there is one thing you need to take note of from her look in the show: her *chef’s kiss* curly red hair. This six episode mini series has managed to garner the attention of hair junkies and psychological-thriller enthusiasts alike—a combination we rarely see. So if you’re one of them, this show is definitely for you. 

Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial

Other than celebrating Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman for the first time together on screen, we also noticed fans searching for things specifically about her hair from the show. Some of the most popular searches looked a little bit like this: 

“Is Nicole Kidman wearing a wig in The Undoing?”

“Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial”

“Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair extensions”

With so much interest around Nicole’s hair from the show, how she styled it, whether she wore hair extensions or not, we thought it would be ideal to give you the entire lowdown on her look. For starters, Nicole is wearing her hair completely naturally in a gorgeous shade of red, embracing her curls that she styled straight for many, many years. 

Since the ‘90s Nicole Kidman has served up hair goals, one after another—whether we’re talking about her short waves, everyday curls or classy hairstyles on the red carpet (especially her look from the 2007 Academy Awards). She’s given us short, sleek, natural and wild; in shades of blonde, brunette and now we’re glad to report that her 2021 look is all about big voluminous curls in red! You could equate Nicole’s look to a real life version of Disney Princess, Merida from Brave, IMO. Tumbling, bouncy, defined curls that are all you want on bad hair days.

We see Nicole wearing her natural curls on-screen in The Undoing after a really long time, and we are here for it; so many celebrities and influencers are also embracing their natural hair this  season and we couldn’t love it more. In the show, Nicole plays the character of Grace Fraser, a psychologist whose husband is a prime murder suspect. She wears her natural curls boldly through the show.

Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial

Her hair has an unkempt yet effortlessly stylish appeal to it, which is a major reason for all the popularity it has right now—it almost has a “I woke up like this” charm to it, which makes it so much more fascinating for the everyday girl. 

If you have type 1 or type 2 hair, and want to achieve Nicole Kidman’s look that is all kinds of chic, classy and head-turning, here’s how you can do it yourself

Luxy Hair Style Tip:

To get this look, add in a set of hair extensions to create the volume Nicole Kidman has in the show and style them with the Luxy Hair Signature Curler for the perfectly tousled look. If you’re looking for volume, we suggest the Volume Bundle Clip-in hair extensions, for an extra dose of flounce in your look. 

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5 steps to get Nicole Kidman’s curls from The Undoing

Step 1

Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial

Brush all your hair out to make sure there are no knots and part it down the middle. 

Step 2

Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial

Begin sectioning your hair a few inches above the nape of your neck and start clipping in your hair extensions as you normally would. 

Step 3

Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial

Take 1 ½ to 2” sections of your hair and begin tightly wrapping it around your curling wand, away from your face. Making sure to hold the barrel horizontally and leaving minimal gaps between each wrap-around. Continue curling all around till you’ve achieved voluminous curls.

We recommend using a 1 inch curling wand to achieve this look. 

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Step 4

Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial

Use a clean, dry hair brush to comb through, and give your curls a more effortlessly natural look. 

Step 5

Nicole Kidman The Undoing hair tutorial

Finish up with a hair oil to tame any frizzy ends and flyaways. According to the star herself,  Nicole uses PHILIP B Rejuvenating Oil overnight to nourish her natural hair.  

And that’s it! If you have type 3 or 4 hair, embrace those natural curls and sport them with pride! And if you have type 1 or 2 hair, this quick tutorial is all you need to do to achieve Nicole Kidman’s much-talked about hair from The Undoing. It’s all the talk of the town right now, and honestly, we couldn’t love it more. There is so much character in Nicole Kidman’s hair from The Undoing, and we love all the waves (pun intended) it has created in the hair space right now.

This is a hairstyle so versatile, you can wear it to your next coffee date, for a walk  around the park or simply to take some stunning photos for your Instagram account. Trust us when we say that these bouncy curls will only make your good hair days great. 

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It’s no secret that curly hair requires different care techniques than other hair types, and one of the more important steps is finding the right shampoo.

The best shampoo for curly hair is one without harsh chemicals that will help treat the curls and keep them intact. Curls can lose their shape over time, especially if the hair is damaged or unhealthy. Curly hair is also more prone to dryness, meaning you need a shampoo that will also nourish and moisturize your curls.

When looking for the best shampoo for curly hair you also have to consider your curl type. Whether kinky or wavy, knowing your curl type will not only hep you determine the best shampoo and other products for your curly hair, but how to use these products in a way that will be most beneficial for your hair.

What’s your curl type?

We have all the information you need to determine your curl type here, but to sum it up, use the Andrew Walker curl chart. Walker, hairstylist to stars like Oprah Winfrey identified four types of curls simply arranging them from Type 1 to Type 4. The number refers to the type or family of curls; straight, wavy, curly, and coily/kinky.

The second part is the lettering or the ABC’s. The letter refers to how tightly wound the curls are. To break it down, Type 1s are those who have naturally straight hair, while Type 2s are wavy-hair ladies. 3s are those with spiral curls and 4s have kinks and coils.

Type 1

Type 2

Type 3

Type 4 

The difference between straight hair and curly hair

The scientific difference between straight hair and curly hair comes down to the chemical makeup. All hair, whether curly or straight, has two major components: the shaft and the follicle. The shafts are the strands we can see, and the follicle is the part of the hair within the skin of scalp. The shape of the follicle is a major factor in hair texture, the follicle for straight hair is perfectly round where the follicle for curly hair is more of an oval shape. Fun fact, the flatter the oval, the curlier the hair. The difference between straight and curly hair literally starts at the root!

The way that the hair tunnels into the scalp is also a factor in texture, straight hair follicles tunnel vertically into the skin/scalp while curly hair follicles angles into the skin, which make the hair curve, creating a curl.

This tunneling of the follicle is also what creates dryness for a lot of curly hair girls as the natural sebum or oil created in the scalp isn’t able to travel as well into the strands when curved.

Care for your curly hair

To help prevent dryness, adjust your wash routine, and take some tips from Deva-Certified Stylist, Emily Weiser who has worked with all kinds of hair. When it comes to curly hair, she has some expert advice.

“All hair types shouldn’t be washed more than 1- 2 times a week,” Weiser said. “Washing too frequent can cause dryness and an over production of natural oil at the roots.”

It should be noted that curly hair, also doesn’t mean thick hair. There are fine or thin hair girls with curls and waves also. While all our tips apply, hair extensions are also a great tool to help add volume to finer, curly hair, or add length to short curly hair. Just like natural hair, clip-in hair extensions can be easily curled and styled, curls typically stay in for a couple days too, so they’re easy to apply and ready when you are.

Trims and haircuts also work wonders to prevent dryness and breakage. Consistently getting rid of dead weight prevents damaged hair from weighing on strands and pulling on healthy curls. 

“I’d say with 2C hair, getting 2-3 haircuts a year is all that’s needed,” Weiser  said.

“Of course, if someone likes their hair short and/or colors their hair more frequently then maybe 4-5 haircuts a year is more appropriate.” 

If you’re looking for some short curly hair inspo, check out our 23 short haircuts for curly hair. 

When it comes to the best curly hair products or best shampoo for curly hair, here are the top ingredients to avoid, according to the Curly Girl Method that works for all hair types: non-water soluble formulas, silicones, fragrances and alcohol. All of these dry out the hair and scalp. 

The best shampoo for curly hair should include natural oils like coconut or argan, castor oil also works well. Look for natural ingredients and shampoos that are sulfate and paraben-free.

For curly hair, it’s best to condition, and use masks as needed. Heat styling and color or other chemical treatments can also further dry out curly hair and should be done with protective products and low heat. For natural type 4 hair, protective hairstyles, such as hair extensions, weaves, braids and ponytails also help to maintain natural curls.

Now that we’ve gone through the science, the curl types and protective measures it’s time to break down some of the best products for curly hair.

Here are the best shampoos for curly hair according to experts.

1. Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner

“I love Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner for all hair types,” Weiser said. Ouidad has sulfate-free formula that gently cleanses and defines curls.

Buy it here.

 2. Curlsmith Wash & Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic

The key to maintaining a healthy scalp and healthy curls is regularly clarifying the scalp of dirty and product buildup. This vegan, clarifying, exfoliating shampoo re-balances the pH of the scalp to strengthen the scalp’s protective barrier while whisking buildup away. 

 3. New Wash

A product that cleans and condition, New Wash contains ingredients best for curly hair, such as including Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil.

Buy it here.

 4. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo

With ethically traded and sustainable products, Shea Moisture not only cleanses and moisturizes, it also helps to strengthens the hair with coconut and neem oils along with fighting frizz and enhancing shine.

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5. Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo

Great for all curl types, Briogeo’s shampoo gently cleanses, while natural fruit ferment seals the cuticle to ensure that hair dries consistently which helps to maintain a healthy and consistent curl shape. 

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6. Miss Jessie’s Co-Wash

For natural curly, coily and kinky hair, this co-wash is a non-sulfate hair cleanser formulated to provide a super moisturizing cleanse.

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7. Kinky Curly Come Clean

This Sulfate Free shampoo helps to prevent water build-up in hair and is perfect for dry damaged hair and gentle enough for everyday use.

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8. Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash

Great for fine curls, the formula will cleanse while not weighing your hair down.

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9. Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo

It’s all in the name. The natural ingredients helps to cleanse, moisturize and detangle. Great for Type 4 hair.

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10. Herbal Essences Potent Aloe & Mango Shampoo

It’s the Aloe for us. This formula helps to define and moisturize curls while also helping to reduce frizz. It also smells delicious while being sulfate-free, paraben-free, and colorant-free.

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11. Aussie Miracle Curls Collection Shampoo

Aussie’s Miracle Curls Collection Shampoo is infused with ingredients like coconut and Australian jojoba oil, which leaves your curls feeling defined, soft and hydrated. This shampoo is also free of sulfates, parabens and artificial dyes and is fit for all curly hair types, from 3A to 4C.

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12. Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

This shampoo tackles frizz and dryness at the source by re-bonding frays in the hair cuticle helping to repair any damage and making for healthier, stronger curls.

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13. Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo

While on the pricier side, this luxurious formula was made for thick curly hair. The shampoo contains argan and maracuja oils to help smoothen the hair while a blend of amino acids and biotin repair damage and strengthen hair cuticles.

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14. Amika Nice Cream Cleansing Conditioner

Best for wavy of Type 3 hair, Amika’s formula eliminates product build-up and contains soybean protein, grape seed oil, and oat peptide to lock in moisture. This co-wash also forms a protective barrier so hair won’t get frizzy or fall flat.  

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15. Bumble & Bumble Curl Moisturizing Shampoo

A rich mix of oils and butters that help to moisturize and de-frizz, while deeply hydrating the hair and adding shine. 

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Curly hair can be full of bounce when the right steps and products are used to protect, moisturize and cleanse the curls. No matter your curl type, there are a ton of products – including the ones above – catered to curly hair and all the curl types. While it may take some trial and error to find the right combination for you, it’s out there. May your curls stay as lively as you are!

Written by: Rosalyn Solomon 

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