Women with short curly hair have a lot more styling options than they are probably aware of, and with so many truly effective styling products available, there is more gain for hair appeal for these women who are blessed with curly hair. It should go without saying that you should make sure to fortify and protect your hair always. When you adequately care for your hair, it’ll be easier to style, and look better, too. When using heated styling tools, always make sure to first apply an effective protective product first. Never over-dry your hair: While you can stop drying at any time, be careful to not continue to pelt your tresses with any hot air after they are dry.
Due to the structure of curls, curly hair is more delicate and because it’s more absorbent, it needs a greater volume of conditioner and deep-conditioning should be performed more frequently. This being said, you want to stay away from leave-in conditioners, detanglers and styling products that are heavy, as they’ll weigh down your curls and negatively impact your hair’s vibrancy and bounce. There are specifically formulated serums for curly girls that will help preserve your painstaking styling efforts if and when you happen to run into a potentially ruinous volume of ambient moisture, too.
Styling Formulations Curls Love
In shopping for styling products created for curls, you really need to know exactly what effects you want to produce in your hair in order to make sure you’re using the right product. The more high-quality products you have in your hair styling arsenal, the better equipped you’ll be to produce a variety of techniques and looks, whenever the mood strikes. A good curl enhancer will help you to texturize your hair, and give your curls a nice pattern from more uniform distribution. It’s also a good thing to use for taming those annoying frizzies. Smoothing balms are great for taming frizzies, but not for curls. Only use a smoothing balm when you are going for straight tresses. And whenever possible, opt for spray-on products, which will reach more of your hair without using more product or rubbing in by hand.
Natural, Short and Messy
This is one of the easiest go-to-dos imaginable, and it’s fast and looks fantastic for any occasion, from daytime to more formal evening ambience. Begin with freshly cleansed and conditioned hair–a leave-in conditioner is best. Apply a nickel size of anti-frizz serum or cream and work into your hair–mostly away from the roots. A good anti-frizz product will serve to protect your hair against humidity. Next, apply about a quarter size of lightweight mousse–preferably one formulated for use on curls. You can add more product as needed, but go easy. Once evenly distributed, begin drying your hair. Blow-drying your hair directly is a big no-no. You should always attach a quality hair diffuser that will ensure an even consistency of heat gets to your curls and it will prevent the direct forced air of the blow dryer from blowing the curl right out of your hair. Try drying with your head upside down, and the dryer projecting diffused drying to your hair from beneath. As you dry, use the fingers of your free hand to gently separate and scrunch your curls against your head. Continue till dry, and once dry, come back with a lightweight glossing oil for protection and sheen, while working those curls to be as messy as you desire.
For Longer Lasting Shorter Curls
Curl activating products will not only strengthen your curls, but they will extend their shape-holding power between shampoos. Apply a dollop and work between your palms, then dab, dab, dab all over your wet hair. Follow by styling as desired. A great hack for preserving your curls while shampooing is to first put a hairnet on your head–with your hair–still in its style–inside of it. With the hair net on, it will keep your style (and curls) intact, while you clean your hair. Towel-dry with the net still on, performing more blotting than anything here. Finish by air or diffuser drying.