Anyone with curly hair has heard it: “Your hair is so pretty, I wish I had curly hair!” It’s meant to be a compliment, but curly girls know that having a good curly hair day is so much harder than it looks. Curls can be unpredictable, unruly, and difficult to control, and there are days when your wild curls probably feel less than enviable.

The difference between fighting with your curls and loving your curls really lies within your hair care routine. Finding the right products and hairstyles makes managing curly hair so much easier, and treating your curls right makes your hair so much healthier, in turn. Below, you’ll find simple tips that will keep your waves and curls looking shiny and strong. Then, advance to seven easy curly hairstyle ideas you can tackle before the morning coffee’s ready.

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Best hair tips for styling curly hair

Curly hair is different from other hair textures. It requires more hydration, less washing, and, if we’re being honest, more patience than straighter hair types. But curly hair doesn’t have to feel like a curse! These tips, products, and pointers will help you find the best curls of your life with minimal effort — some will even give you better hair while you get your beauty sleep.

1. Always comb your hair from the bottom up.

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Detangling hair from the bottom up allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding knots toward the bottom and yanking your way through. To protect hair from damage and to detangle efficiently, our experts strongly advise that you always rely on a wide-tooth comb, never a brush, to rake through curly hair.

“Curly hair is the most fragile type on the block, and each curl is a potential breaking point,” explains Renee. “Using a wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to detangle curls and it doesn’t disrupt the natural curl pattern as much as a brush would.” That means you should save brushes for straight styles, or just taming flyaways.

2. Get regular trims to avoid split ends.

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Damaged hair is never a good look (not to mention split ends can make your hair frizzy!). If you want healthy curls that look bouncy and fresh, head to the hairstylist every six to eight weeks for a quick trim.

3. Use product “cocktailing” to define and hydrate curls.

“Product cocktailing is simply mixing two or more products together to meet your specific styling needs,” explains hairstylist Andrita Renee. Her two favorite cocktails: smoothing serum plus mousse, and coconut oil plus styling gel. Together, these products allow for supreme hold without leaving your hair dry or crunchy.

If you don’t have the patience for cocktailing, your best bet for a one-step solution is a serum, which helps to not only smooth your curls but gives them definition and separation. “Use three or four pumps at a time. Emulsify the product in your hands and gently take it through your curls,” advises New York City-based hairstylist and colorist Patrick Kyle, who recommends Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum to hydrate curls and add shine.

Alternatively, you can apply styling cream to hair with wet hands: the combination of the product plus the water ensures that curls stay frizz-free while refreshing the curl pattern, and styling cream is great because it helps curls hold their form without giving any crunch.

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4. Incorporate a conditioning treatment into your regimen.

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When your hair goes through a dry or dull phase, what you don’t want to do is weigh it down with a ton of product. Simply use your fingertips to apply a dime-size blob of styling cream or oil to your ends (wet or dry hair is fine!), giving them extra moisture and bounce.

If you — like most curly girls! — find that your curls are routinely looking dried-out or frizzy toward the ends, you should probably incorporate a leave-in conditioner into your product cocktail. If your hair is thinner or you’re looking for a lightweight hydration, spritz an easy-to-use conditioning spray (like Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Garnier Whole Blends Gentle Detangling Hair Milk) all over the hair, focusing on the ends. For more hydration and definition, smooth a cream-based leave-in conditioner onto soaking wet hair, being careful to use the “praying hands” method as not to disrupt the curl pattern.

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5. Try the “pineapple trick” to keep curls defined overnight.

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“Pineappling” is a technique in which the hair is loosely gathered at the highest point of the head, usually before sleep. This protects the curl pattern while helping your hair maintain natural volume while also preventing excessive bedhead. Simply take the pony out and give hair a shake when you’re ready to wear it down.

To keep hair looking even more pristine between wash days, our experts recommend using a scrunchie for this technique to prevent hair breakage and ponytail creasing. And if you’re not sleeping on a silk pillowcase already, it’s time to make the switch: These super-smooth pillowcases are proven to reduce bedhead by reducing friction on the hair overnight, which makes hair look sleek and hydrated day after day.

6. Use a diffuser to even out your curl pattern and add more body.

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If you’re not using the attachments that come with your hair dryer, you’re missing out. By dispersing your hair dryer’s stream of hot air into a larger space, a hair diffuser can “minimize a lot of the frizz that comes when curly hair is naturally air dried,” explains stylist Britt White. Plus, it can help even out your curl pattern and boost the volume of heavy curls, giving more body to your hair.

How to use your diffuser: First squeeze out the extra moisture in your hair after showering using a microfiber towel in scrunching motions. Don’t use a traditional towel, and don’t turban your hair: While these popular techniques may work for your straight-haired friends, it will disrupt your curl pattern and cause frizz for you.

Apply your favorite hair products and thermal hair protectant — you should be using a heat protectant any time you use heat tools on your delicate curls to protect hair from damage. Plop your strands into the diffuser, cupping the tool around your hair. Repeat until you’ve got defined curls all over. It’s OK if your hair isn’t 100% dry: Letting curls air dry a bit can prevent frizz, too.

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7. Refresh curls with a curling iron or wand.

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It may sound silly to curl already-curly hair, but when they’ve gotten saggy or unruly, it’s a great way to perk them up. “Pick a curling iron that’s about the same diameter as your curls,” says Sabina Yannone, a Los Angeles-based hairstylist who specializes in curly hair. “If you think your curls are too tight, go up one size to stretch.” If you want tighter curls, choose a smaller-sized barrel.

A curling wand is a great tool to fine-tune naturally curly hair: It allows you to reshape curls exactly where they need some TLC, whether it be at mid-strand, the root, or the end, without having to roll the entire strand up in the iron. The result is perfectly defined curls in just a few minutes’ time.

The cutest curly hairstyles to try ASAP

Now that you know how to treat your curls, you can style them properly, too. Whether you’re trying to keep your curls from getting unruly in the wind or preventing your strands from sticking to your face in the humid summer heat (sweat! frizz!), these styles offer great way to wear your hair down and keep it away from your eyes.

Braids are a godsend for curly girls: By braiding your hair into a different curl pattern, you lock in your moisturizing products and treatments during the night and wake up with a beautiful, low-maintenance style in the morning. Read on for easy, glam, and protective styles, perfect for day or night.

1. Everyday Topknot

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Get the look: Gather your hair into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Divide your hair into two sections, wrap one around the base of the ponytail and pin it with a bobby pin. Wrap the second section around the first and secure it with a bobby pin, then gently tug the bun with your fingers if necessary to give it a full, rounded shape.

2. Braided Topknot

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Get the look: Leave a small section of hair out while forming your topknot. Once your initial style is complete, braid the section and wrap it around the base of your topknot, securing it with a bobby pin for an elegant overall look.

3. Braided Headband

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Get the look: Create a deep side part in damp hair and braid along the hairline toward the opposite temple. When you get past your ear, pin the braid beneath the rest of your hair with bobby pins.

4. Basic Braids

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Get the look: Try Dutch braids, French braids, or cornrows: It’s the easiest and most versatile protective style a curly-haired girl can ask for. Renee recommends using a hair priming product like Bumble and bumble’s BB. Curl Pre-Style Primer to moisturize beforehand, then detangle your curls completely to “significantly reduce the amount of tension that will need to be used for braiding.”

Divide your hair down the middle into two sections, then separate each section into three pieces. Starting at the front and top, create a three-strand braid. Cross the piece on the right into the middle underneath the center piece, then repeat on the left side, gradually adding more hair as you braid down to the bottom. Secure each braid with an elastic or clip.

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5. Slicked-Back Ponytail

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Get the look: Apply a lightweight styling gel or pomade through your hair. Then, use a boar brush to pull the top section of your hair back into a sleek ponytail and anchor it with a hair tie. Ruffle the back a bit with your fingers for extra volume. This is another pretty option that allows you to wear your curls down while keeping them out of your face.

6. Three Braid Updo

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Get the look: Separate your hair into three parts and create a three-strand braid with each section. Hold the top section, pull it across the back of your head and secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat with the second and third sections, then secure any loose pieces with bobby pins. Voila! An unbelievably easy updo.

7. Victory Curls

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Get the look: This is a curly girl spin on that post-World War II look known as “victory rolls.” Part your hair off to the side, twirl a section of hair from the front, then pin it toward the back. Repeat on the other side. Add sexy cat eyeliner to take this vintage-inspired look up a notch.

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30 Easy Hairstyles for Short Curly Hair

If you feel like your long curly locks are weighing you down, why not be brave and go the chop? A cropped curly hairdo can appear seriously stylish and is entirely practical thanks to its limited length and manageability. Additionally, short strands are easy to style and surprisingly versatile, and, as such, are an option that all curly-haired ladies should consider. From gorgeous pixies to bouncy bobs, here are the best easy hairstyle for short curly hair

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Short Curly Hairstyles

1. Voluminous Curly Pixie Cut

A pixie cut with plenty of volume on top offers its wearer a cool retro vibe. Just remember to rock the look with your coolest clothes to avoid appearing outdated.

2. Tight Ringlet Afro

Gorgeous, tight ringlets deserve to be shown off. As such, they should be worn loose, but beware of the over-powering effect of too much hair. To combat this issue, opt for a stylishly short Afro cut.

3. Shoulder Length Curls with Bangs

Does your shoulder length curly hairstyle need a refresh? You should consider adding bangs for a cool and contemporary look.

4. Short Wavy Lob

For an on-trend way to rock your curly locks, have them chopped into a wavy lob. You can also add blunt ends or bangs to the look for a fresh and youthful feel.

5. Short Voluminous Curls with Deep Side Part

Short, high-volume curls paired with a deep side part equals a winning look. Whether you’re heading to the office or out on a date, the hairstyle will work perfectly.

6. Short Vintage Curls

A bob with defined, tight curls offers a beautiful vintage aesthetic. Partner the look with red lipstick and a flick of black eyeliner for a stunning overall style.

7. Short Curly Hair with Shaved Side

For a cool contrasting look, consider shaving one or both sides of your head and leaving a longer length on top. The result will be an impressive explosion of curls.

8. Updo for Short Naturally Curly Hair

Natural curls look fantastic when worn in a loose bun at the back of the head. The style also works perfectly for short strands as pieces will gently fall out of place for a relaxed appearance.

9. Short Curly Hair with Crown Braid

It may take a little practice, but a crown braid on short, curly hair is possible. As the style will be easiest to create on hair with grip, try it on second-day locks.

10. Short Curly Cut with Sweeping Side Bangs

While full, front bangs can often appear overly heavy on a delicate face, sweeping side bangs offer a lighter look, especially when worn with short, curly locks.

11. Short Curls with Temple Shave

Short curls can often appear soft and feminine. So, if you prefer a look that’s edgy and bold, try adding an unexpected temple shave for impact.

12. Messy Curly Bob with Bangs

One of the best things about curls is that they don’t have to be perfect to look great. So, if your bob and bangs are looking a little messy, just go with it.

13. Short Afro Hairstyle

Ladies with naturally curly hair can embrace their kinks and coils with a short Afro cut. The style is seriously chic and creates a confident appearance.

14. Shaved Pixie Cut with Curly Bangs

For a bold take on the traditional pixie cut, have your stylist shave or shear the back and sides of your hair. Then, leave the top long and wear it forward with incredible, curly bangs.

15. Platinum Curly Bob

Changing your hair colour can be an excellent way to refresh a curly bob. For light haired ladies, why not try a bold platinum look for a high-impact appearance?

16. Pinned Up Curls

While your locks may not be long enough to create an intricate updo, they will look fabulous pinned up. All it takes is a few bobby pins to achieve a gorgeous fountain of curls on top of your head.

17. Updo for Short and Thick Curly Hair

On days when your thick curls are too much to deal with, try pinning them up on top of your head. Just ensure that they neatly frame your face for a chic look.

18. Naturally Curly Pixie Cut

If you want a sophisticated, short haircut for your natural curls, you should consider a pixie cut. The cropped ‘do is perfect for projecting and elegant appearance with a touch of fun.

19. Messy Curly Crop

Can’t decide between a pixie cut and a bob? Why not go halfway and rock the best of both haircuts in a stylishly messy crop?

20. Marilyn Monroe Short Curly Style

When it comes to rocking stylish short curls, Marilyn Monroe offers plenty of inspiration. The iconic actress wore her blonde hair cropped short in a cut that’s still fashionable today.

21. Glamorous Wavy Pixie

A pixie cut can be made incredibly glamorous with the addition of large waves. To nail the look, just blow-dry your roots upwards before styling with a wide-barrel curling wand.

22. Ethereal Short Curly Updo

Pinning frizzy curls into an updo can create an ethereal appearance. Just remember to leave a few loose tendrils around your face to keep the style soft and relaxed.

23. Cute Curly Pixie

A short curly pixie cut is not only practical, but it’s also cute and feminine. To dress up the style for evening events, consider adding a decorative hairpin.

24. Curly Updo with Headband

When pinned up on top of the head, short curls can appear glamorous and gorgeous. You can also add a headband to the look for a sophisticated and stylish finish.

25. Curly Bob

To style a smooth and chic curly bob, try blow-drying your roots straight with a concentrator nozzle before defining ends with a diffuser.

26. Curly Bob with Side Braid

Ladies with short strands don’t have to miss out on all the cool braided looks that are currently around. Instead, just make them work for your length by selecting achievable options, such as a side braid.

27. Curly Bob with Highlights

If your standard curly bob is feeling a little “blah”, consider adding highlights. The addition of lighter strands will instantly give your look a lift.

28. Curly Bob with Bangs

A curly bob with bangs can provide a seriously chic look. The cut will also draw attention to your eyes, making it perfect for ladies who love their liner.

29. Curly Bob with Bangs for Thick Hair

Embrace thick, healthy curls by showing them off in a stylish bob haircut. You can also add long bangs to help balance the cut and add character.

30. Buzz Cut for Naturally Curly Hair

When natural curls get too out of control, a short haircut can help to tame them. For the ultimate level of control turn to a buzz cut or an ultra-short pixie style.

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Hair Guides

From Marilyn Monroe to Beyonce, ladies with curls are often envied by their straight-haired counterparts. A curly coif represents freedom, strength, and independence. However, curly hair can be unruly and hard to manage.

If you have curly hair, you know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula. This makes finding the right product, tool, or technique a major source of frustration.

So, what can help? Knowing your curl type can serve as an excellent blueprint for figuring out your hair care routine.

Continue reading to learn about what makes your hair curly and how to determine your curl type, allowing you to finally understand (and deal with) your wavy or curly hair.

What Makes Hair Curly or Wavy?

While you have your genes, humidity and a variety of other factors to thank for whether you have curly or straight hair, scientists have discovered that the shape of the follicle determines both the curvature of a strand and the angle in which it grows. When a hair follicle is symmetrical, the strand it produces grows round and straight. If the follicle is asymmetrical, the hair tends to curl. Research also shows that curly hair is the result of an uneven distribution of a particular type of keratin that accumulates beneath the curve, on the inside edge of a curled hair.

What Are the Best Products for Curly or Wavy Hair?

Miracle Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo

Protect and strengthen hair with each and every shampoo with the It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo. Effective and intensely moisturizing, this boasts a cleansing formula that is mild enough to safely use on even the most delicate curls.

Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Excellent just out of the shower as a detangler, and even better as a barrier of protection against heat styling, this lightweight conditioner penetrates deep into the hair shaft, rebuilding dry and damaged hair from the inside out with hair’s most vital nutrient – keratin.

Miracle Defrizzing Gel

Miracle Defrizzing Gel delivers a humectant that stabilizes moisture levels in the hair fiber, which is essential for taming hair. The product also has a mild hold to withstand humidity and weather elements.

Miracle Shine Spray

It’s a 10’s Miracle Shine Spray is a simple and effective way to impart lustrous, healthy shine. Designed to be equally effective on wet or dry hair, Miracle Shine Spray uses powerful natural ingredients to help smooth curly and straight styles while also healing the hair shaft to bring out hair’s own healthy shine.

Miracle Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo

Protect and strengthen hair with each and every shampoo with the It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo. Effective and intensely moisturizing, this boasts a cleansing formula that is mild enough to safely use on even the most delicate curls.

Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Excellent just out of the shower as a detangler, and even better as a barrier of protection against heat styling, this lightweight conditioner penetrates deep into the hair shaft, rebuilding dry and damaged hair from the inside out with hair’s most vital nutrient – keratin.

Miracle Defrizzing Gel

Miracle Defrizzing Gel delivers a humectant that stabilizes moisture levels in the hair fiber, which is essential for taming hair. The product also has a mild hold to withstand humidity and weather elements.

Miracle Shine Spray

It’s a 10’s Miracle Shine Spray is a simple and effective way to impart lustrous, healthy shine. Designed to be equally effective on wet or dry hair, Miracle Shine Spray uses powerful natural ingredients to help smooth curly and straight styles while also healing the hair shaft to bring out hair’s own healthy shine.

Determining Your Curl Type

Everyone falls within the spectrum of straight, wavy, curly, very curly or kinky hair. The degree of curl is based on the number of bonds between the keratin within the hair shaft: the more bond links, the more textured your hair will be. On the other hand, the fewer the bonds, the straighter the hair type.

Hairstylist to the stars, Andre Walker, created the most common curl typing system used today, which breaks down the different hair textures into four different curly hair types with subcategories. The Andre Walker Hair Typing System system takes into account density, volume, length and consistency. The number refers to the curl families (straight, wavy, curly, kinky) while the letter refers to how tightly the curls are wound within that category.

Curl Type 1 is the absence of curls. In other words, straight. This hair type ranges from fine and fragile to coarse and thick, but remains resistant to curl. fine and fragile to coarse and thick, but remains resistant to curl.

Curl Type 2 is classified as wavy hair. Type 2 isn’t overly oily or dry, which allows for many different styling options along the spectrum of curly or straight looks. This hair type reflects shine well and is very resilient, despite being the curl hair type most prone to frizz.

  • Type 2A hair is fine and thin, and is relatively easy to straighten or curl using heated tools. (Celebrities with this hair type: Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett)
  • Type 2B hair has waves that tend to adhere to the shape of your head. (Celebrities with this hair type: Joss Stone, Nelly Furtado, Carrie Underwood)
  • Type 2C hair is fairly coarse and frizzes easily. (Celebrities with this hair type: Jennifer Nettles, Daisy Fuentes, Brittany Snow, Salma Hayek)

Curl Type 3 is classified as spiral curls. Curly hair follows either an “s” or “z” pattern, or some variation in between. Curl Type 3 is prone to tangles, breakage, dryness and frizz. Since the follicle doesn’t lay flat, you’ll notice this hair type isn’t as shiny as Type 1 or Type 2.

  • Type 3A hair is very shiny and loose with curls the size of a large sidewalk chalk. (Celebrities with this hair type: AnnaLynne McCord, Debra Messing, Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman)
  • Type 3B hair has a medium amount of curls, ranging from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews, where curls are the size of a marker. (Celebrities with this hair type: Julianna Margulies, Keri Russell, Bernadette Peter)

Curl Type 4 is classified as “kinky” or tightly coiled hair. While Type 4 hair may give the appearance of being coarse and strong, it is actually the most fragile of all hair curl types. The wiry strands may have a zigzag pattern or show no pattern at all. This hair type experiences extreme dryness and requires constant protection and hydration. Note that Type 4 hair is one the most common hair types found in African American hair.

  • Type 4A hair is full of tight coils, forming an “S” pattern when stretched, much like Type 3 curly hair. (Celebrities with this hair type: Macy Gray, Monique Coleman, Leela James)
  • Type 4B hair has a less-defined pattern of curls, and looks more like a “Z” as the hair bends with very sharp angles. (Celebrities with this hair type: Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Solange Knowles)

Video Tutorials for Wavy and Curly Hair

How to Care for Curly and Wavy Hair

Caring for curly and wavy hair starts in the shower, and requires the right products for your hair type. While wavy hair has a natural malleability that makes it one of the easiest hair types to style, many wavy and curly tresses tend to require products that keep the frizz at bay. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Hydration is Key

Styling your hair starts in the shower with a cleansing and hydrating shampoo & conditioner. We recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo for several reasons. Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils, causing dull and frizzy hair (especially among those with waves and curls). Next, select a conditioner that will lock in moisture and keep your hair hydrated. Follow up with a leave-in hair conditioner with keratin to detangle while providing protection against heat styling after washing. Keratin, a protein found in hair, strengthens the shaft while smoothing the hairs cuticle, reducing frizz, adding shine and improving manageability – perfect for waves and curls.

Define Curls and Lock in Shine

Although wavy and curly hair tends to have more volume than straight hair, it can fall flat. Using a texturizer on damp or dry hair will help define your waves, providing you the texture and volume necessary to get that healthy bounce everyone desires. Use a diffuser after applying your product for more volume. If you are on the curlier end of the spectrum (Types 3 & 4), use a styling cream or mousse to define the curls without overly controlling your texture. If you prefer a softer curl, use a styling cream on wet hair to piece together and elongate your curls. On day two, refresh your curls and simply smooth the lightweight product along the hair shaft to manage frizz.

Leave it Alone

After styling, keep your hands and tools off your hair to prevent messing up the styling effects. Messing with your curly hair will inevitably lead to frizziness, flyaways and tangles.

Common Wavy and Curly Hair Concerns

This hair type has a reputation for being unpredictable, inconsistent and hard to manage. Right from the start, girls with curly hair are at a disadvantage due to the shape of the hair follicle. Even more challenging, not all curls are created equal, so there’s no one size fits all formula. As with all problems, you must get to the root of it to make taming your mane a little bit easier.

How to Combat Dryness

Curly hair has a natural tendency for dryness, much more so than straight hair. This is because the natural oils your scalp produces can travel down the strand of a straight hair much easier than a curly one.

  • Use a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates can lift the hair cuticles and strip moisture, achieving the exact opposite effect that girls with curly hair want.
  • Avoid hot tools. Minimize use of hot tools or chemical processes that damage the cuticle layer of your hair. If you must use them, apply heat-protectant styling products before you do.

How to Minimize Frizz

The lack of natural oils delivered throughout a curly hair strand is why curly hair often turns frizzy. Humidity only makes it worse. This is because hair fibers absorb water, which forces the strand to revert to its curly structure.

  • Dry your hair with a t-shirt or with a microfiber fabric. Traditional terrycloth towels absorb too much moisture, creating too much friction and static. After showering, use a technique called “plopping,” where you bend over and twirl the fabric around your head. This is a no-heat way to decrease dry time and enhance your natural waves and curls.
  • Hands off! Once you’re done styling your hair, keep your hands (and brushes) off. Messing with your hair will encourage or worsen frizzy hair.

How to Enhance Shine

Highest levels of shine occur on smooth, even surfaces. This places curly-haired people at a shine disadvantage right from the start. Hair continues to lose its shine the more damage occurs, making it look dull.

  • Rinse with cold water. You might have heard about this method from other curlies, and there is a reason why. Rinsing your hair with cold water causes the cuticle of your hair to lie flat, helping to reflect shine.
  • Stay hydrated. While it may seem obvious, the best way to keep hair hydrated is if your body is hydrated too.
  • Try this at-home remedy: Apply equal parts water and apple cider vinegar to your hair after showering. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse with cold water. Apple cider vinegar restores your hair to its natural pH balance while working as a clarifier to give your locks a healthy shine.

How to Reduce Tangles

The follicle structure of curls is prone to tangles and knots. Here are some tips for reducing tangles:

  • Detangle in the shower. Tackle tangles after applying conditioner with the help of a wide-tooth comb to work through any knots. Keep in mind that hair is weaker when wet, so be gentle!
  • Use your fingers. If you need to work a knot out of dry hair, spray the knot with a leave-in conditioner spray and use your fingertips to smooth out any tangles. The conditioner softens your hair so it’s a pain-free way to detangle.
  • Brush from the bottom up. Starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than pushing them on top of one another at the bottom and yanking through, causing breakage.
  • When washing your hair, don’t invite tangles by lathering up your hair into a ball on top of your head. Instead, keep your head upright and concentrate shampoo on your scalp — the main area that needs degreasing.
  • Clip your hair up at night. The friction from your pillowcase to your hair causes knots and tangles to appear while you sleep. Using a silk pillowcase can also help.

What are the Best Styles and Cuts for Curly Hair?

Given the right haircut and products, unruly hair can be a thing of the past. These styles, cuts, and tips will have you embracing your naturally curly hair in no time.

Best Haircuts for Curly Hair

  • This curly hairstyle works better on coarse, tight textures than loose curls, as natural volume is needed to achieve the fullness this look requires. But the best thing about this look? No rules! Just make sure it’s properly hydrated with a leave-in conditioner so that it has a healthy sheen.
  • Curly shag. Think controlled chaos. This curly hairstyle is best for women with a curly texture. While those on the extremely coarse and unruly side of the spectrum should avoid this style, the rest should use a serum or pomade when hair is damp and let it dry naturally without touching it.
  • Tight curls and steep layers. This is the best cut for the vast majority of those with curly hair! Ask your stylist for long and wispy layers. Be careful not to create too many layers at the top, as the lack of weight will leave it too curly. Use a hydrating leave-in conditioner, and when hair is dry, refine pieces as needed with a curling iron.
  • Long curly layers. Length is key when your curls are tight because long layers help weigh them down — ask for layers no higher than your chin. To achieve movement and volume, wring excess water out of your hair after washing and work a lightweight product through damp hair to control your curls.

Styling Curly Hair

  • Go au naturale. Let your curls air-dry naturally without weighing them down. A common misconception about curly hair is that it’s thick, but plenty of us are on the finer side. Nourish your curls with a light leave-in conditioning treatment.
  • Sleek and straight. The best way to blow dry curly hair straight is to start with wet hair and prep with a leave-in conditioner, heat protectant, and styling cream. Section off your hair, making it easier to brush and blow dry through. With a round brush, start on the first section of your hair (at the bottom), holding the dryer at a pointed down angle on your tresses. Slowly work your way up to the scalp, rolling up and pulling straight, and then repeat the process for the remaining sections.
  • Defined curls. Using a diffuser minimizes frizz while evening out your curl pattern and boosting heavy curls’ volume.

How to Tame Frizzy Hair

Frizzy hair is a highly unfortunate, yet surprisingly common hair struggle that many girls face. Almost everyone has had an episode of catching a glimpse of themselves in a storefront window only to be horrified at an unmanageable lion’s mane staring back at them. Whether it’s the humidity or heat damage, or even for seemingly no reason at all, we’ve all experienced a moment where our hair went all Hermione Granger on us at the worst possible time.
If this scenario of frizzy hair is all too familiar to you, and you’re wondering how to deal with it, the first step is to understand what’s causing the frizz in the first place so you can take the appropriate precautions. If you’ve ever asked found yourself asking “why does my hair get frizzy?”, “how can I get rid of frizzy hair?” or “what are the dos and don’ts for frizzy hair?”, we’re here to help. We’re spilling all our favorite tips and tricks to fighting frizz so you can enjoy smooth, shiny, frizz-free hair.

Before we get into it, check out the video below for a crash course on how to tame frizzy hair.

Why does my hair frizz, anyway?

Before we begin talking about how to tame frizzy hair, we want to explain what makes your hair frizzy in the first place. Frizz is mostly caused by a lack of moisture in your hair or humidity and excess moisture in the air. Another common cause of frizz is dry hair or damage. Let’s say you have dry or damaged hair and you go outside when it’s humid—what happens to your hair? The hair is dry, which means it wants to absorb all that moisture from the environment. The result? Poof! Hello, unwanted frizz.

That’s why naturally curly or wavy hair tends to frizz more easily. Since naturally curly or wavy hair has the tendency to be dry, the hair frizzes at the first sign of moisture. The good news is there are a few simple tips and tricks to prevent and fight frizz.

1. Choose a sulfate-free, glycerin-packed shampoo.

When selecting a shampoo, look for products with glycerin listed high up on the ingredient list. The closer glycerin is listed to the top, the more concentrated it is in the product. Glycerin helps combat frizz by penetrating the hair and hydrating it from the inside out. It is also a great humectant, meaning it absorbed that extra moisture in the air and creates a protective coating over the outside of the hair keeping moisture trapped in.

In addition to glycerin, ensure the shampoo you’re using is sulfate-free. Sulfates are a surprisingly common ingredient in shampoo because it creates a lather. The downside, however, is that sulfates strip natural oil from the hair and can make the hair dry, which leads to frizz. Sulfate-free shampoos maintain the hair’s natural oil levels leaving the hair with more moisture.

2. Always use conditioner.

The power of a good conditioner is often underestimated. Ensure you use conditioner every time you shampoo your hair to keep the cuticle hydrated so moisture can penetrate deep into each strand. This helps prevent the cuticle from opening up and letting excess moisture from the environment in, which will keep it smooth. When searching for a conditioner, look for a product that contains glycerin, as well as other hydrating ingredients like shea butter. Be sure to apply conditioner from the mid-lengths down to your ends and keep it away from your roots to prevent oiliness.

3. Twice a week, only use conditioner on your hair.

You might think your hair needs to be shampooed several times a week, but in reality, it actually doesn’t. Every two days, apply conditioner only and skip shampoo, then rinse it out. Conditioner contains a small amount of surfactant, which is what shampoo uses to cleanse your hair. As well, conditioners contain a small amount of oil which attaches to the oils in the hair, cleansing it away. This also called “Co-Washing” which helps keep the hair at optimum PH as you are replenishing moisture and ensuring the natural oils in your hair are not being stripped away.

4. Use a hydrating mask once a week.

Keeping the hair hydrated helps to prevent the hair cuticle from opening up and letting in moisture, which is the biggest contributor to frizzy hair. Try doing a hair mask or a specialized hair treatment once a week to keep hair moisturized and less prone to damage from styling. Look for products containing coconut oil or castor oil—both are amazing for hydration and will give your hair an incredible sheen. Here is a great DIY mask you can do at home with just 2 ingredients, or if you want some more options, here are 5 more DIY masks. If your hair is especially dry and damaged, we recommend using a hair mask 2-3 times a week or in place of your conditioner.

5. Incorporate coconut oil into your hair routine.

Coconut oil has endless benefits for your hair, especially when it comes to frizz. Try to make a habit of using pure, organic coconut oil in your beauty routine. You can use it two ways; the first being as a mask. Apply coconut oil down the length of the hair, letting it sit for a few hours or using it as an overnight treatment. The result is visibly smooth and touchably soft hair. If you’re looking to fight frizz quickly without having to rinse, apply a pea-sized amount of coconut oil onto your hands, rub together, then smooth over any flyaways as an on-the-go frizz fighter.

6. Let your hair air dry 90% of the way before blow-drying.

Letting your hair air dry 90% before blow-drying is a stylist’s secret weapon and it is truly life changing! By letting your hair partially air dry, you are allowing it to dry without disrupting the hair strand, which helps to keep it smooth. While the heat of a blow dryer can cause damage, using a blow dryer when your hair is already mostly dry minimizes the risk. Just be sure to keep the dryer on a low heat setting and hold it 6 inches away from your hair at all times. Also, be sure to move the dryer around consistently so that it doesn’t overheat a certain section of the hair and cause damage.

7. Use a diffuser when blow-drying.

Knowing how to properly blow dry the hair without creating frizz is an art form, but when you master it, the results are always worthwhile. One of our go-to tips when blow drying, especially for wavy or curly hair, is to use a diffuser. Adding a hair diffuser extension onto your blow dryer will limit the amount of direct heat and forceful air hitting your hair, which works wonders at keeping the hair smooth. The diffuser limits your hair from moving around when you dry, which in turn, creates less friction and less frizz.

8. Use a mascara wand with hairspray.

For small areas of frizz, one of our favorite tricks is to use a mascara wand and spray it with hairspray. This allows you to target certain small, unruly areas of the hair and flyaways that need to be smoothed out quickly. This trick is one that is well-loved by many celebrities and hairstylists and has proven to be an especially useful method when on-the-go. One tip to keep in mind is to be sure to use an alcohol-free hairspray as alcohol can swell the cuticle and create even more frizz in the long-run.

9. Use a nourishing hair oil on dry ends.

If you still can’t seem to kick the frizz once your hair is blow-dried, try using a nourishing hair oil. Hair oil works to fight frizz by smoothing out the hair while simultaneously adding gloss and shine. It penetrates deep into the hair cuticle to add moisture to dry ends and revitalize the health and vibrancy of your tresses. Drop 1-3 drops of oil onto your palm, rub together and smooth over the ends of the hair to tame flyaways and frizz.

10. Use your heat tools on a low setting.

Although it always feels like heat tools tame frizz and unruly hair once the hair is styled and smooth, the opposite actually happens if you’re using your heat tools on a super high setting. Anything above 365 degrees has the potential to swell the cuticle, which will actually end up doing more harm than good. A safe range for your heating tools is 250 to 300 degrees to ensure minimal damage. Having patience and holding the hair on the tool longer rather than just amping up the heat will actually create a sleeker, frizz-free look in the end.

Frizzy hair dos:

  • When you come out of the shower, towel dry your hair very gently and start brushing slowly from the bottom of your hair moving upwards. Then, blow dry your hair with a round brush. The round brush technique really helps to smooth the cuticles and take out the frizz.
  • Use a soft cotton t-shirt instead of a harsh towel when drying your hair. A towel with a rougher texture will ruffle the hair cuticle and result in frizz. A soft, more malleable fabric like cotton reduces the risk of damage whilst preventing frizz.
  • Use a little bit of argan oil after blow drying and spread it evenly throughout the hair to flatten frizz. If there are still some frizzy hairs left at the top, use a tiny bit of hair wax and smooth them down. Be sure to keep this in your purse so it’s handy when you are out.
  • Get a haircut or trim every 6-8 weeks. Split ends and breakage can be a major cause of unwanted frizz. A trim will eliminate the frizzy-look of breakage and revitalize a healthy, shiny mane.
  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase. A standard cotton pillowcase can pull at the hair fibers and create friction while you’re sleeping, which can result in frizz and tangles in the morning. Silk, on the other hand, is a smoother, more gentle texture that keeps the hair’s moisture intact and won’t create unnecessary frizz.
  • If you’re having a hair emergency when you’re out, you can just take some water and pat the hair down. It’s a temporary solution, but hey, whatever works!

Frizzy hair don’ts:

  • Don’t ever brush your hair when it’s dry. It’s just going to create a frizzy mess, especially if you have naturally or wavy hair. Instead, brush the hair thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb when the hair is damp to smooth out tangles. Brush from your ends up towards the roots to reduce the risk of damage.
  • Stop feeding your hair alcohol. If you look at the ingredients of most of your products you’ll notice that most drugstore products contain alcohol, because it’s really cheap and effective for them to use. Learn more about using natural products vs. drugstore products here.

  • Don’t overprocess your hair. Heat tools, harmful bleaches, and dyes create breakage, which opens the hair cuticle and leaves room for excess moisture to enter, leading to frizz. Try to change your hair routine to use less heat, such as achieving heatless curls and avoid bleaching your hair as much as possible.

We hope these tips will help you achieve the frizz-free hair of your dreams. If you give these tips a try, be sure to let us know which worked by DM-ing us on Instagram or hashtagging #myluxyhair. You can also reach out to us over email with any questions at [email protected]

Written by: Olivia DiPede

5 Methods To Straighten Your Curly Hair Anamika M Hyderabd040-395603080 December 24, 2019

Curls are no doubt beautiful, but it can be quite difficult to tame them, especially on a bad hair day. Sometimes, even the strongest gels don’t work on your curls, leaving them unmanageable. If you are willing to try and change your look, a good option could be to straighten your curly hair. Straight hair is the ‘in’ look these days, and if you follow current trends, you know you should definitely give the curly hair to straight hair look a try.

Most women think twice before straightening curly hair as they are worried about the damage. But with the right technique, equipment and method, you can surely achieve the straight look without much damage. Here are a few methods which are safe to straighten your curly hair.

How To Straighten Curly Hair

Method 1: Use a Straightening Iron

If you use a good quality straightening iron and take proper care, you will be able to straighten hair without much damage. The most important point to remember while using a straightening iron is the temperature. If you have a good quality hair straightener, you will have an option to adjust the temperature.

Adjust the temperature according to your hair type. For fine or slightly damaged hair, use 250 to 300 degree F temperature. For hair of average thickness use 300 to 350 degree F and for hair which is thick, coarse or frizzy use 350 to 400 degree F. Follow these simple steps to straighten your hair using a straightening iron.

  • Wash your hair thoroughly and blow-dry
  • Apply a heat protection spray
  • Properly divide your hair into small sections and layers.
  • Set your straightening iron to the correct and apt temperature
  • Start straightening your hair with the lowest layer (just above your neck).
  • Immediately stop if you see your hair starts to sizzle.
  • Examine in a mirror to make sure you haven’t missed out any layer or section.
  • If you are done with straightening, apply any good quality finishing product such as hairspray or fixer.

Method 2: Hair Straightening Using Milk

  • Milk works like a miracle for curly hair.
  • Take an old spray bottle and pour milk into it.
  • Spray it onto your dry hair.
  • Let it work for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Now wash it off.

Method 3: Use Milk & Honey

  • Take 1 cup milk and add honey to it.
  • Mix it well to create a good paste.
  • Add banana to make it more thick and effective.
  • Bananas are good moisturizers for hair.
  • Apply this paste on your hair and let it work for 1 hour or more.
  • Wait till it completely dries out.
  • Now wash it off with shampoo.

Method 4: Olive Oil to Straighten Curly Hair

This is yet another effective and natural method for hair straightening. Olive oil helps a lot in the process of straightening your hair naturally.

  • Take two eggs.
  • Beat them.
  • Add suitable amount of olive oil.
  • Mix it well.
  • Apply it covering your hair properly.
  • Let it work for 45 minutes.
  • Now wash it off with shampoo.

This may not give you instant results. But if you do this at least 2 – 3 times a week, you will see great results after a month.

Method 5: Coconut Milk for Hair Straightening

The best thing to straighten your hair naturally is coconut milk.

  • Pour 1 cup of coconut milk in a bowl.
  • Squeeze half a lemon into it.
  • Mix well.
  • Put this mixture in the fridge for an hour.
  • Now apply it, covering your hair.
  • Take a towel and heat it up using a dryer for a few minutes.
  • Wrap this warm towel around your head. This will help to soak in the nutrients.

Now simply wash your hair after 35-50 minutes.

The above-mentioned mixes are a few effective ways to straighten curly hair. Using a straightening iron is the most common method, while the other four are more home-made hair straightening methods. But these natural ways of hair straightening are very effective. They do not have any side effects on your hair.

Let us know which ones you tried and if they helped you.

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15 Essential No-Frizz Tips

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We know how frustrating frizzy hair can be, and we’re here to help! We’ve compiled and updated this must-have list of our favorite no-frizz tips for curly hair so you’re sure to have a great hair day.

1. A good haircut is key

Split ends are the beginning of frizz, so stop them before they start by getting your curls trimmed every 6-8 weeks. Shrinkage can be even greater in humidity, so take that into consideration when choosing the length of your next cut. You can find the best stylist for your curls using NaturallyCurly’s Salon Finder, and inspiration for your next haircut with these 18 best haircuts for curly hair.

2. Don’t shampoo every day

Curly, kinky and wavy hair needs the natural oils from your scalp to reduce frizz. If frizz is an issue for you, then cut down your shampooing to as little as possible. Depending on your lifestyle and hair type, this may mean once every 3 days, or once a week, and for some hair types even once a month. For your off days, go the rinse and condition route.

MORE: How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

3. Lots of conditioner!

Moisturized Hair = Happy Curls! Aѕ curls succumb easily tο dryness, regular conditioning is crucial.

Once you are done shampooing, squeeze extra moisture frοm уουr tresses (never wring), then work your conditioner in frοm root to tip. Here are a few of our favorite conditioners for every curl type. Leave thе conditioner іn for at least two minutes before rinsing. Using a deep conditioner once a week can be a major help іn combating frizz.

4. Avoid terrycloth towels

Avoid wringing or rubbing your hair with a towel as this creates friction, breakage and split ends. Gently scrunch out most of the water with your fingers while you’re still in the shower. Always avoid rubbing the towel over your head as this will break up the curls you just shaped.

The key when using any towel is flip your head over and scrunch up. Microfiber towels not only reduce frizz but speed up drying time. Microfiber is a super-absorbent fabric that soaks up excess water. Microfiber does not disturb the cuticle – instead it smooths it down, reducing frizz.

5. Air dry, hood dry or use a diffuser

Curls and kinks can quickly become frazzled into frizz in the drying phase of the styling process. While using a diffuser can add a much-needed boost to looser curls, a hooded dryer is often the best option for kinkier curl types.

If you have a really tight curl and kinky texture, try a hooded dryer because it will make heat flow down so it won’t disturb the curl as much as a blow dryer or diffuser. If you don’t have a hooded dryer at home, try air drying instead.

6. Comb conditioner through hair in the shower

Conditioning is a must, and distribution is the key. Distribute conditioner in the shower to help your so your hair will absorb more as the steam opens the hair follicle. Comb your hair out, parting it as you go. Be sure to apply lots of conditioner and really work it in there using a wide-tooth comb.

7. NEVER use a brush

Skip the hairbrush. Separate your curls and define your hair style with a wide-toothed comb or your fingers. Don’t brush your hair EVER!

Get yourself a wide-toothed comb and comb your hair while it’s wet (you may want to comb the conditioner through in the shower to help with tangles). Brushing while wet will break your hair, and brushing while dry is a curly hair sin.

8. Don’t touch your hair

Don’t touch your hair even though it’s tempting! The more you play with and tousle your hair during the day, the more frizz you’re going to get. If you need to, you can perform a mid-day touch up by moistening broken curls and wrapping them around your finger to reshape them.

MORE: Hand in Hair Syndrome Doesn’t Just Cause Frizz

9. Use anti-humectants

Anti-humectant ingredients prevent your hair from absorbing the moisture in the air (caused by humidity). This moisture causes your hair to expand, which you make experience as hair that gets “big” or “poufy” during the day. When the dew point is high, opt for stylers and products that contain anti-humectant ingredients.

10. Use pomade mid-day

Pomade is great for controlling frizz and even repelling humidity — if you use the right product.

Use these products very sparingly by emulsifying the hair pomade into your palms until it’s barely there. Then skim gently over the surface of the hair, coaxing stray hairs into the natural waves where they are supposed to be. Follow through to the ends for best definition…and don’t forget about the back.

Certain pomades combat puffy, frizzy hair. Pomades do not harden in the hair, and because they are rather thick, work well to define the hair while controlling flyaways, which will make your hair appear smoother. Pomades also weigh the hair down slightly, keeping it from appearing so puffy.

11. Apply styling products to dripping wet hair

Add products to your hair while it’s still wet. A good place to start is a gοοԁ leave-іn conditioner. Always υѕе conditioner liberally аftеr washing, directly οn уουr damp hair, paying special attention tο the ends.

Aftеr applying thе leave-іn conditioner, apply serum evenly, mаkіnɡ sure еνеrу curl іѕ coated. Thеѕе steps, plus deep conditioning weekly, ѕhουƖԁ ɡеt rid οf frizz.

Ensure thаt thе products уου υѕе аrе mаԁе fοr уουr type οf hair аnԁ thе type οf styling уου prefer. Each hair type responds differently to weather conditions. Make sure you are using the right no-frizz products for your hair type.

12. Avoid frizzy hair stressors

Smoking, excessive ingestion of alcohol or caffeine (which are diuretics and have a drying effect on the whole body), chemical treatments (including coloring and perming), and excessive consumption of processed foods can create or worsen frizzy hair.

13. SPF for your locks

To decrease sun damage, use a hair product with a built-in SPF. SPF protects your hair just like your skin – and prevents it from drying out.

14. Sleep on a satin pillowcase

When you sleep, you toss and turn, which creates friction causing tangles, split ends and breakage. Satin pillowcases reduce frizz-causing friction by minimizing hair breakage and reducing split ends. A satin pillowcase also makes it easier to maintain hairstyles. Use satin whenever possible, whether that’s a scarf bonnet to protect spirals or a pillow case to rest a curly head. Sleeping with satin helps to maintain the moisture in the hair. Cotton and other materials dry hair out, which adds to frizz.

Note: Some curlies ask about silk pillowcases. Silk is a natural fiber, and while some believe that silk provides hair and skin benefits, it does have a tendency to have tiny irregularities in it, which can cause friction. We recommend satin pillowcases. Satin is a type of smooth finish more effective in reducing frizz.

15. Cut down on hot styling tools

The heat from styling tools, such as hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons or hot rollers, can leave hair dry and damaged which leads to more frizz. In addition, hair tends to form uniform curls more easily when it dries naturally.

Try to keep the use of these hot styling tools to a minimum. When a flat iron or hair dryer is a must, use a silicone-based serum beforehand to protect hair from the heat and control frizz.

This article was originally published in April 2011.

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Curly hair can be difficult to manage and even harder to style. To get curly hair to a more manageable state, it can be turned into a wavy hairstyle. This means less frizz and a mane that can be styled in many different ways for different occasions.

Start with wet hair. Either wash the hair, using plenty of conditioner, or use water and a leave-in conditioner. The leave-in products should be used sparingly, concentrating on the ends of the hair. They can be especially helpful with getting rid of tangles.

Use a wide-tooth comb or hair pick on the wet hair, combing it to completely rid it of any tangles.

Put a little bit of Frizz Ease or another anti-frizz product on your hands and rub them together. A very small amount, about the size of a dime, is enough for medium-length hair. Apply the product evenly, starting at the roots. When it dries, the curls will be smoother and the hair will look wavy.

Keep your hair long. The weight of longer hair makes the hair less curly and more wavy. Trim the ends to prevent split ends, but leave the rest of your hair as long as possible.

Install a diffuser on the end of your blow dryer. This will keep the blow dryer from adding to the frizz but will allow the heat to dry your hair.

Try a hot oil conditioner every 2 weeks to weigh down the hair and make it less curly. Try several different brands to find one what works the best on your hair. Thicker hair often responds better to a more concentrated oil formulation.

There are so many different gorgeous hairstyles that it can be difficult to choose just one perfect style. Many women like to change their hairstyle regularly because they love to try out new looks. Women with straight hair often desire curls, whereas women with really curly hair might want to try waves for a change. We will explain the best way to make curly hair wavy using a few simple techniques.

The Best Techniques to Make Curly Hair Wavy

There are a few different strategies that can be used to make curls into waves. The strategy that you use will really depend on your hair type and the needs that you have. We have collected some of the best techniques around for you to think about.

1. Brush-through Techniques

The easiest way to make curly hair wavy is to use a brush through technique. The brush through method is great if you want to change your hairstyle for a few days. It will normally return to its naturally curly state after a few days. If you have naturally curly hair, it is best to use a wide tooth comb to brush through it.

A wide tooth comb is good for getting through knots and tangles. Simply start brushing your hair until it starts to become wavy, rather than curly. You may need to spritz your hair with anti-frizz products to prevent it from becoming really frizzy, otherwise, overbrushing can make it very static. This method tends to produce a voluminous hairstyle.

Make Your Wavy Hair Curly At Home

2. Rollers

Rollers are great for people with curly or straight hair. You should wash your hair first with anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner. Squeeze the excess moisture out of your hair and then brush through to remove all tangles. You can then put your hair into rollers. After your hair is set into the curlers, leave it to dry completely.

Although it is best to leave your hair to dry out naturally, you can also dry it with a hairdryer. If you are using a hairdryer, it is best to use the cool setting, because of the rollers. Once you take your hair out of the rollers, you might need to brush through it lightly a few times, to give a lovely wave effect.

3. Chemical Relaxation

Women with African-textured hair may find that the brush-through technique doesn’t work for them. Some other women with curly hair might also want to make a more permanent change to their hairstyle. If this is the case, then they may need to use a chemical relaxation treatment.

These treatments soften the hair so that the natural curl relaxes out. Using the right relaxing treatment should turn your curly hair into the wavy hair. You should always get a professional stylist to do this treatment for yours because the chemicals can be very harsh. They will damage your hair if you leave them on for too long.

Styling Hacks for Long Thick Curly Hair

We hope that you like wearing your new wavy hairstyle. It can be fun to completely change your look using amazing hairstyling techniques.

8 Easy Ways to Get Naturally Curly Hair

When you think of curly hair, the ’80s perms or a frizzy, unmanageable mess might come to mind. But with the right care and styling, curls stand out for all the right reasons. Think Game Of Thrones‘ Jon Snow, Bradley Cooper or Justin Timberlake. The key is not to fight your natural curls or waves. This hair type needs plenty of moisture and hydration, as well as heat protection, curl-enhancing products and a gentle approach to drying and combing. If you have naturally straight hair, fear not – you can still get curls!

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1. Wash Your Hair Less

We all know shampoo can dry your hair out – mainly if you use a formula with sulfates. But did you know it can also prevent your natural curls and waves from forming? This is because the product strips your hair of its natural oils, which are responsible for giving it body and movement. If you don’t rinse it out properly, shampoo can also make your hair fall flat due to the extra weight. To get – and keep – your curls, don’t wash your hair as frequently. Instead, rinse it with cold or lukewarm water to get rid of any dirt or product build-up.

2. Let Your Hair Dry Naturally

Towels are covered in tiny, loop-shaped fibers that are specifically designed to absorb liquid. While this is great if you’re hopping out of the shower, it’s not great for your hair because the natural oils get absorbed too. The same is true for hairdryers, which subject your delicate curls to excessive heat, evaporating away any moisture that was left. That leads to one thing: frizz. To prevent this, let your hair air dry naturally.

3. Use Sea Salt Spray

Sea salt spray isn’t just for creating volume – although it can create plenty of lift. This type of product is also great for beachy curls and waves, and for enhancing any natural kinks and bends in your hair. Sea salt spray usually has a medium hold and a softer finish, so your hair won’t end up crunchy. For best results, spritz it on while your hair is still damp from the shower and use your fingers to form your curls.

4. Try a Heat Curler

If you have medium or long hair, the quickest way to create curls is with heated hair tools like curling wands and rollers. You can use them to enhance your existing curls. Make sure your hair is clean and dry before you start, and pre-heat your rollers or curling wand. Spritz a heat protection spray through your hair to prevent damage to your locks, then begin curling it in sections. As a rule, the smaller the roller or thinner the curling wand, the tighter the curls.

5. Use Curl-Enhancing Products

Curl-enhancing products add extra definition to your hair by reducing frizz. They also help it to stay in place for longer. You can use most curl-enhancing products on damp or dry hair, and you don’t need much of it. Take your hair type into account when you choose a curl-enhancing product, as you don’t want your waves to be weighed down or drop out of shape.

6. Choose the Right Haircut

A short to medium length haircut will make the most of any waves and curls you do have. Medium hair is also just long enough to use heated curlers. If your hair is straight, you’ll need a bit more length to create faux curls. Try a style that’s short on the sides and longer on top, like a pompadour paired with a high fade or a forward fringe with an undercut. This will give you plenty of hair to work with when you create your curls using a sea salt spray or texturizing spray.

7. Consider a Perm

Short for ‘permanent wave’, a perm is a solid option if you want long-lasting curls or waves. It’s a chemical treatment, so if your hair has been bleached or otherwise damaged, discuss it with your stylist first. The process is not about the ‘poodle’ look from the ‘80s – a modern perm is far more gentle on the hair, and you can customize it based on the result you want. The stylist will set your hair with rods, then apply chemicals to alter its structure on a deeper level. The results will leave you with beautiful curls that last up to six months and grow out naturally. You can’t wash your hair for several days after having it permed, but after that, you can rinse and style it as usual.

8. Apply Moroccan Oil

Moroccan oil, or argan oil, has been used to keep hair of all types and textures healthy and shiny for centuries. When it comes to curly hair, it’s especially effective because curls require more moisture than straight hair. Because of the bends and kinks in curly hair, it’s more difficult for the scalp’s natural oils to make it down the hair shaft. Argan oil is a super hydrating natural product that will keep frizz – the number one enemy of defined curls – away. You can use it before you blow dry your hair or apply it as a finishing product.

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Perfect waves are coveted far and wide by the straight-haired and curly-haired alike, but if you were born with naturally wavy hair, then you’re already well aware that sometimes your texture feels like a curse rather than a blessing. It occupies a middle ground—not as wash-and-go as straight strands, without the bounce of natural curls. But even though getting there may take a little extra (occasionally tedious) work, waves can look shiny and gorgeous, so long as you know how to style them.

The key to making your wavy hair work, says Gary Howse, co-owner and founder of Gary Manuel Salons in Seattle, is to pick a texture and commit to it. “If you’re going to go straight, go straight and really shiny and make that the focus. Or,” he advises, “pick curly and learn how to accentuate the curl.”

If you want to play up your texture…

Scrunch with mousse.
Okay, we fully realize how 1991 that directive sounds, but 2015’s updated foam formulas promise to leave hair sexy and touchable, not crunchy. We’re fans of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Foam Mousse, which enhances waves with flexible polymers that create a soft, defined texture.

Coarser wavy hair may require a more heavy-duty, stronger hold product. Ouidad Curl Recovery Curl Defining Styling Soufflé is designed to moisturize and define dry or damaged textured hair, especially those that are natural or transitioning.

Master the anti-gravity blow-dry.
Wavy hair can get weighed down, so there are additional factors that contribute to the perfect blow-dry. “When you’re going curly, you have to think about, ‘How do I dry my hair in a way that it’s not being pulled on?,’” Howse says. This may mean flipping your head upside down, or leaning your head to one side while you dry hair with a bell-shaped diffuser. A diffuser, of course, is absolutely crucial: This attachment clips onto the nozzle of your hair dryer to spread out the airflow over a wider area, giving you a gentler blow-dry that plays up natural texture while minimizing frizz. It’s a must-have.

If you want to go straight…

Prep hair with product.
Wavy hair requires both moisture to fight frizz and hold to keep a blowout from falling flat. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) is a new 5-in-1 styling treatment that offers both. The lightweight cream is the very first to combine the company’s two patented molecules: OFPMA, which smooths the cuticle and adds shine sans silicones, and PBAE, which creatures fullness without crunchy texture.

Blow-dry with a brush.
The key to achieving the ideal smooth, shiny blowout is pulling hair tight with a round brush while you angle the dryer down toward the ends of hair. “If you can’t feel the tension pulling, then you’re not doing it right,” Howse says.

Perfect your flat iron technique.”
“Be very careful about using a flat iron in a way that makes look like 10 years ago,” Howse warns. You don’t want stick straight strands so much as you want smooth texture that still has movement at the ends. “Think circles; I’m not pulling it down as much as I’m pulling it out and around, so you’re actually putting a bit of curve in it with the flat iron,” Howse instructs, “so it looks modern.”

No matter which texture you choose…

DON’T air dry your hair. “You’ve got to dry your hair all the way,” Howse says. “When you have curly hair, sometimes getting it three-fourths dry is great, because if you take it all the way it gets fuzzy.” When you have wavy hair, however, the extra water is going to do more harm than good. “If you’re going straight, it’s probably going to go fuzzy on you as it starts to dry.”

DO brush gently. Wavy hair tends to be more fragile than straight hair, and overbrushing can lead to breakage and frizz. Goody Tanglefix Gentle Detangling Brush is the perfect brush, given its flexible plastic bristles which make it super gentle on waves.

Read more from Daily Makeover: The Most Iconic Wavy Hairstyles

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Not quite straight but definitely not curly, it can be argued that wavy hair holds the “best of both worlds” when it comes to hair textures. It looks beautifully tousled and beachy on its own, but because it falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum of hair finishes, it can be easily flipped and transformed based on what you’re feeling that day. Still, those that have wavy hair may fall in a rut where their not sure how to style wavy hair without completely changing it’s natural finish, thus making it something that it’s not.

To give you an idea of how to fix up your rolling waves without solely relying on heat tools or a hair tie when you just have to resort to a topknot, we rounded up the helpful series of tips and styles below.

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1. When you wear waves naturally, you don’t have to sleep in braids to get a baseline look. However, you can create smaller, more uniform waves by braiding all your tresses into tinier braids, sleeping in them, and undoing them in the morning. One catch! Use a clear elastic band to tie off each end, as bigger, thicker hair-ties could create an undesirable dent and slide off when you sleep.

2. Use a gentle or a sulfate-free shampoo that won’t leave your hair dry or drag down your waves with lots of build-up. Most curly-hair shampoos are formulated like this and even you wavy-haired ladies can benefit from it. Check out L’Oreal Paris’ EverCurl or Oribe’s Ultra Gentle Shampoo next time you’re shopping around.

3. Twist back the two front sections of your hair and pin them in the back for a quick and romantic half-up style. Since your hair is already set with waves, you won’t have to do anything else. This should take less than five minutes—each side combined.

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4. Love your waves but hate the frizz? When your hair is damp, work a tiny bit of dry oil through your strands to eliminate this from happening in the first place. If you’re trying to fight frizz that’s already there, rub dry oil between your hands and gently stroke your hair to settle down the fly-aways.

5. Embrace your natural waves by blow-drying with a diffuser, allowing the air to circulate and dry your waves without pulling them down or creating a straight style like a regular blow-dry head might do.

6. After air-drying or drying with a diffuser, create a deep-side part and pull all your hair to one side. Take the section all the way at the bottom (this should be the one closest to the neck) and pin it in place.

7. When you’re looking to give smooth, wavy hair more of a beachy vibe, the answer is in a sea salt spray bottle. This will help separate your waves, giving them that piece-y, undone look as opposed to silky, cascading waves. There’s a ton of options on the market now that are infused with conditioning oils so that you aren’t left with dry strands.

8. Your waves might be fine and dandy, but due to the oils that your scalp produces, sometimes the hair on the crown of the head falls flat throughout the day. Dry shampoo is a quick fix, but you can also just flip your hair to the opposite side for a little 90s lift.

MORE: Quick Ways to Add Texture to Straight Hair

9. Alternatively, if you’re looking to relax volume for the hair around the crown of your head, you can gently flat iron top sections at a very low heat.

10. Typically, hair falls straight and flat when it’s soaked with water, but the “wet hair” trend changes that. Using gel or oils, slick the top section down or mold little waves near your face. Apply less gel and oil in the rest of your hair, but enough so there isn’t such a stark difference in textures.

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A quick scroll of your Insta feed should confirm that wavy locks are so in right now. With that in mind, we’ve compiled an in-depth guide to answer all your curly hair maintenance and styling questions. Plus, give you the 411 on our failsafe wavy hair tips and tricks.

Wavy hair is so appealing because it can be achieved in with different techniques and looks great on all styles, lengths and textures.

Whether your wavy locks are au naturel or courtesy of a curling wand, it’s important to get to grips with the best tips, tricks, and techniques for messy, wavy hair. Read on:

Wavy Hair Tips and Tricks

One of the best wavy hair tips? Use the right products.

Wavy hair styling products

No matter what finish you’re looking for, the key to creating waves that last throughout the day is to start with the right products. When you wash your hair, use moisturizing formulas to keep it from looking frizzy or dry.

We suggest trying TRESemmé Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with Vitamin E, this combo won’t weigh hair down, giving your waves extra body and bounce.

Post-styling, keep your tresses in place with Suave Professionals Natural Hold Micro Mist Hairspray. Mist it over just-waved hair if you’re using a heated curling tool or spray it onto naturally wavy hair and scrunch with your hands. This will add definition to the waves and, most, importantly, ensure that they stay in place from a.m. to p.m.

Want waves in a flash? We don’t blame you.

How do you make hair wavy?

If you weren’t born with natural waves, you can always achieve the look with the help of a curling wand or straightener. Simply section and loosely curl the hair from front to back, comb through with your fingers and add a texturizing spray to finish. Check out our tutorial on how to get waves to see this simple process in more detail.

Starting with wet hair? No problem. Use a hairdryer to create loose waves by curling and pinning sections of the hair up as you go. This technique will not only help set your waves in place, but it will also give you that voluminous just-out-the-salon touch.

No heat? No problem!

How to style wavy hair without heat

Don’t have a curling wand handy? Don’t sweat it! There are still plenty of ways to create no-heat waves, here are 3 of our top wavy hair tips:

1. Sock curls are by far one of the easiest methods to create no-heat waves. Simply cut the toe off a clean sock and roll it into a hair donut. Tuck your hair around the donut and leave it in overnight to form messy, undone waves.

2. An overnight braid will let you catch some zzz’s while your plaits do all the work. Divide and weave the hair into as many small braids as you would like and unravel them in the morning. The smaller you make them, the tighter your waves will be.

3. A twisted bun is a great multi-tasking option for day-to-night styling. Twist the hair into an updo during the day, then unravel the style at night and finger comb your hair to release the waves.

Fight the frizz! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

How to style wavy hair without the frizz

While undone, model-off-duty waves are always a style we’re trying to emulate, frizzy locks are most definitely not. The battle against unwanted texture starts with your styling products. Try periodically using a moisturizing mask like Bed Head by TIGI Resurrection Treatment Mask to keep hair healthy and nourished. The appearance of dryness can lead to frizz, so the healthier your hair, the less surface texture it will have.

Post-styling, if you want to tame any loose flyaways or add more shine to the hair’s surface, use a few drops of a nourishing oil like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum. Place a small amount of the product in your palm and gently finger comb through your waves to add shine and give you a smooth finish.

Own your curls and give them definition. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

How to make curls more defined for wavy hair

When it comes to wavy hair, curl definition is often a top priority. You can easily create a more ‘done’ finish to your waves by using a curling wand. There’s no need to divide the hair into sections as you go; simply pick a few pieces at random to curl. These perfectly-formed spirals will add the appearance of volume to the hair and leave you with a more finessed finish.

For naturally wavy hair, you can also try using the hair plopping technique to create more precise waves. This method keeps the hair compressed to the top of the head while it air dries. Giving loose curls more of a refined look than simply letting them dry loosely.

To brush, or not to brush?

Do you brush wavy hair?

Depending on your hair type, thickness and grooming routine, you might need to brush through your curled or natural waves to style them. Before you do, it’s important to take into account whether you have fine or thick hair, and what your styling needs are when choosing your hairbrush.

Whatever tool works for your hair, it’s important to follow one golden rule when brushing wavy hair: Be gentle! As curls and waves are manipulated by the brush, it’s important not to be too rough, as this can cause damage to the surface of the hair, leading to frizz.

How to Style Wavy Hair

Looking for a little hair-spiration? Here are four easy wavy hair tips and looks that work with all hair types:

Everyone will think you’ve stepped off the red carpet with this look.

1. Sleek and Chic

As the perfect finishing touch to literally any outfit, polished waves make a statement all on their own. The go-to ‘do for many women as glamorous, soft curls look sophisticated and go with any look, day or night.

Boho beautiful. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Boho Vibes

Take a walk on the wild side of wavy hair trends by sporting voluminous, untamed curls. Add an extra woke up like this touch to the look by backcombing your roots and mid-sections of the hair. Pair the look with a mixture of braids and hair accessories for instant festival-worthy appeal.

Wavy hair, don’t care. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Teased and Untamed

Back-from-the-beach hair will always be a winner in our books, no matter what the weather dictates. If you prefer to keep your wave more low-key, one of our pro wavy hair tips is to style the look with Bed Head By TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray. This will give you a natural-looking, messy mane.

Retro waves amp up any look.

4. Romantic Retro Waves

This retro hairstyle adds loads of texture and body to your look while staying loose and carefree. Bring your waves to the next level by adding in a bold middle part to bring the attention directly to your face. This style is great for date nights and special events.

Wavy Hairstyles: Tips and Advice

Regardless of whether the wave in your locks is part of your natural hair texture, or created with the help of heated styling tools, there are some handy little hair tips that you can use that will ensure your waves look great and stay in shape. Keep reading to find out more.

If you’ve got natural waves and want to achieve a lovely tousled effect, spray some volumizing lotion into your strands and then scrunch your hair with your fingers to promote and enhance your wavy texture. You’ll end up with a great looking finish which looks loose and natural instead of something that is unnatural and over-styled.

If you find that humid conditions instantly add hair frizz to your wavy hairdos, keep them protected by styling with serum based products. Apply the serum when your hair is wet, so it’s easier to distribute amongst your strands, and then style your waves into place.

If you’ve got a natural wave, plait your hair at night before going to bed to bring out your waves the next day. If you don’t have a natural wave, try curling your hair and then sleeping on your curls so that you end up with a more relaxed wave the next day.

Create and keep waves bouncy by adding hair volume to your roots.

When using a curling iron to style your look, create a tousled, wavy hairstyle instead of defined curls by winding your hair around the whole length of the curling iron barrel.

If you’re using plaits to create a wavy hairstyle, keep your plait in place by smoothing some mousse or wax through your hair before you start plaiting to add grip and staying power.

If your hair is fine or prone to breakage, use Velcro rollers to create your waves as they don’t have to be clipped into your hair and will cause less damage to already vulnerable strands.

An easy way to ensure thick hair gets a nice, natural looking wave is to French plait damp hair and then leave it in for several hours or overnight. When you set your hair free you should be left with some nice waves that just need to be styled into place with your fingers.

When styling a wavy hairstyle, use a hair brush that has wide-spaced and staggered rows of bristles. It will slip through your hair more easily and help to avoid tangles and knots.

A really great way to show off wavy locks is to style them into a half up half down hairstyle, a side-styled look, or to pin one side of your hair up with a decorated hair accessory. All of these styling options allow you to draw the attention and focus to your waves, and are easy to achieve.

While you might have dreams of soft, fairytale-esq waves rippling through your hair, your locks may have other ideas. Frizz, kinks and waves that refuse to style into place are just some of the downsides to naturally wavy hair.

The Best Length for Wavy Hair

Rather than forcing your hair to be something it’s not, however, why not try working with your hair characteristics to find a hair length that will suit you and give you a great look every time you style!

Wavy hair looks its best in long locks, and there’s a reason why! Long hair injects just the right amount of weight to keep your waves from becoming puffy. If you’re worried about bulk with a long wavy look then add some soft hair layers.

Long Hair Length Ideas

Whether your waves are draped down your back or styled front and center, they’ll look their best when teamed with a long length that runs just below or longer than your shoulders. This will guarantee that you have enough weight in your hair to keep your waves tame and as puff-free as possible. The advantage of a long length and waves also means lots of styling possibilities, so try half up half down hairstyles, updos and side styled hairdos to ensure your wavy hair is anything but boring!

If you’d like to see more long hairstyles that will suit wavy hair, try our Find Your Perfect Hairstyle Consultation. It will allow you to choose your wavy hair (as well as other personal attributes) and then recommend hairstyles from our range that will suit you. You can then try the hairstyles on in our virtual hairstyler with your own photo!

Wavy Hairstyles: Hit and Miss

Short Wavy Hairstyles

Short hair can get a real styling boost from adding waves, as this great ‘do from Keyshia Cole shows. The textured touch to her feminine crop really gives her hairstyle a great finish. Rihanna’s short wavy look, on the other hand, lacks definition in the waves and comes off looking like a puffy mess.

Medium Length Wavy Hairstyles

When it comes to dressing up medium length hair, waves that are bouncy and added to hair that is full of shine, like this hairstyle from Carla Gugino, creates a spectacular look. Matt looking waves and a flat looking top section, a la this look from Jennifer Lopez, just isn’t on the same level.

Long Wavy Hairstyles

Waves were made for long hair, as this beautiful hairstyle from Jamie King proves! Her carefully defined waves bring her blonde locks to life and gives new meaning to healthy looking hair. As for the waves in America Ferrera’s lengthy locks, there’s just a little too much frizz to do her big waves justice.

Wavy Updo Hairstyles

Wavy updos are perfect for adding softness to your face and can really make or break your outfit. Just ensure that your waves are styled softly, defined nicely, and free of hair frizz to avoid an updo disaster like Chantelle Houghton, and enjoy a stunning style along the lines of this elegant updo from Anne Hathaway.

Wavy Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

Adding a touch of style to your wavy hair with the help of a half up half down hairstyle can be a really great look, as Paris Hilton demonstrates. Teaming a half up half down hairstyle with stringy waves and hair color re-growth, in the style of Hilary Duff, is not.

Retro Wavy Hairstyles

Turning your waves into a retro hairstyle that looks fabulous is a cinch if you follow Scarlett Johansson’s lead. And while we applaud Ellen Pompeo for trying the look, her retro wavy hairstyle just doesn’t have the same glamorous appeal.

Natural Wavy Hairstyles

In you’re lucky enough to have natural waves, scrunching your hair could give you wavy locks as nice as Jessica Biel’s look. Natural waves can tend to get a little out of control, however, and frizz and dehydrated strands can leave you with a wavy hairstyle reminiscent of this messy ‘do from Rene Russo.

Created Wavy Hairstyles

If the only way for you to get waves is with the help of your curling iron or hot hair rollers then try to aim for soft, subtle waves like this great hairstyle from Sarah Roemer. Jessica Simpson does try a similar look, but her dry, damaged hair ruins the finish.

Did you agree with our hits and misses for these wavy hairstyles? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

To find a wavy hairstyle to suit you, take a look at our range of virtual hairstyles today!

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