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Hair Masterclass #6 – Beat the frizz: looking after curly hair

August 18th, 2015

Anyone with curly hair will know that it’s no easy feat to keep curls looking good.  With curly hair, there’s a real risk of a head of curls quickly turning into a head of frizz.   This is because the structure of curly hair is very fragile.  What creates this fragility is curly hair’s regular change in direction – every change in direction in curly hair is a potential breaking point, and where the break occurs, frizz occurs.  Another factor that people with curly hair need to keep in mind is that curly hair has a tendency to look rough and very dry, because of hair cuticles in curly hair standing out a little bit.  Curly hair needs plenty of moisture, and without that, bouncy curls can again end up looking like a mass of frizz.

It’s no secret that people with curly hair are often the envy of those with straighter hair. We know that that’s not always an easy thing to do, so here are our top tips for looking after curly hair:

The Cut
1/ Get the right haircut – Find a hairdresser that understands curly hair.
2/ Go to your appointment with freshly washed curls – It’s important for your stylist to see your hair in it’s fluffiest, curliest state. So avoid using oils or silicone products and let your hair air-dry.
Caring for …
3/ Use the right shampoo and conditioner. Because curly hair can be prone to getting dry and frizzy, avoid products that contain silicon which prevents moisture from penetrating the hair and opt for a moisturising, sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.
4/ Apply a leave-in conditioner. A leave-in conditioner is also a good option as to helps the curl stay smooth and hydrated during the day.
5/ Use a curl enhancing product. Work the product through each curl, root to tip, by twisting, scrunching or smoothing it in.
6/ Let your hair air-dry to avoid making your curls rough and frizzy OR use a diffuser on your hair dryer. Use the prongs to lift and dry the roots. Then when you dry the ends, position the dryer underneath the hair and gently push curls up to add volume. Use the hotter setting to result in shiner curls. Only dry until hair is slightly moist,  not completely dry.

7/ Finish with a touch of product to hold or serum for definition.

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