How to style naturally curly hair and why you should try the Curly Girl Method
What is the best way to treat curly hair? There are so many ways to look after curly hair, here are my top curly hair tips for helping natural curls and waves spring back to life. Knowing How to style naturally curly hair can be easy when you know how. But many people do not know how to treat natural curls and some people want to promote a natural wave but use the wrong products. These top 25 Ways on how to style Naturally Curly Hair Without Heat Styling Tools should help you learn how to style your hair.
25 curly girl hair hacks! on how to style Naturally Curly Hair
Tip 1 Try the curly girl method.
Try the curly girl method. The curly girl method is a way of learning how to style Natural Curly Hair without Heat Styling Tools. The curly girl handbook is a guide by Lorraine Massey on caring for your naturally curly hair using some tips below.
Tip 2 Stop using silicone on your curls.
Stop using silicone. Silicone is basically a rubber or a plastic it coats the hair giving it a false shine which in effect straightens the hair without letting any moisture in. Removing silicone products will enable your hair to absorb moisturising nutrients and conditioner giving you back your bounce and shine and promoting curl.
Tip 3 Stop using sulphate on your hair.
Sulphate is found in shampoos and is a harsh abrasive on the hair which has a drying effect.
Tip 4 Stop using wax’s or parabens
Stop using wax’s or parabens that coat the hair and cause a barrier stopping moisture from getting in.
Tip 5 do not brush dry hair
Never brush your hair when it’s dry this will break the hair and cause frizz.
Tip 6 Use leave in conditioner
Leave in conditioner will help to tame your frizz and help define your curls giving your hair much needed all day moisture
Tip 7 Try co-washing.
Instead of washing your hair with harsh shampoo cleanse your hair with conditioner alone. Co-washing is a method of washing solely with conditioner to release dirt particles.
Tip 8 Use gel to create a cast.
Help your hair form a curl and stay put by using a gel or a curly girl approved mouse after washing and before drying your hair.
Tip 9 Try a rice water rinse.
Rice is full of protein and a chemical ingredient called Inositol which helps to seal the cuticle. This creates a smooth cuticle thus strengthening and treating your natural curly hair.
Tip 10 Use a taming cream.
Using a curl taming cream will help your naturally curly hair de frizz and stay smooth.
Tip 11 Use a diffuser hairdryer
Learn how to how to style Natural Curly Hair by using a hairdryer with a diffuser to dry your hair slowly with no frizz. Tip; turn the hairdryer off in between moving to stop it from blowing your hair.
Tip 12 Do not use a normal towel
Use a micro fibre towel or a t-shirt on naturally curly or wavy hair to gently scrunch out access water. A normal towel acts like velcro and creates more frizz. Tip; a microfibre towel with a button stays on better.
Tip 13 Protect your hair at night
Protect your hair at night by tying your hair up in a pineapple on top of your head with a satin scrunchy and or use a satin pillowcase which has less friction than cotton.
Tip 14 Brush curly hair when wet
Tip 15 Use a deep conditioning treatment.
Deep condition your natural waves and curls once a week to moisturise your hair. Leave the deep conditioning treatment on and keep it warm under a shower cap.
Tip 16 Get a hair cut.
Get a hair cut. Cutting off dry ends regularly will help curls spring back to life and promote curls.
Tip 17 Use less hair styling product
Less is more! do not overload your curly hair with product it can weigh it down. Also some natural products can still build up such as coconut oil.
Tip 18 try a Aloe vera gel
Try lube or aloe Vera gel! once your hair is dry try using aloe vera gel or lube to de frizz and add shine. Both are water based and kind to the hair.
Tip 19 Don’t rinse out all of the conditioner
Leave in some of your regular conditioner for added moisture and zero frizz natural curls.
Tip 20 Refresh your curls instead of washing
Don’t wash your hair too much! try to go longer in-between washes or co-wash with conditioner. Refresh your hair with a water spray with some conditioner in it.
Tip 21 Air dry your hair
Try air drying your natural curls after applying curly girl approved products.
Tip 22 Learn your hair type
Is your hair thick? thin? porous and dry? or shiny and healthy? thick porous hair will probably need more conditioner than fine shiny hair.
Tip 23 Try mixing your products
Gently blend your favourite taming cream with your favourite styling gel on the back of your hand. If they go lumpy they are not compatible, if they are smooth try using your curly girl approved products together.
Tip 24 Learn to pin curl
Pin curl any stray straight bits with a pin curl pin and let dry.
When combing out knots in the shower with a wide tooth comb and conditioner work from the bottom to the top gently to not further knot the hair.
Links for further reading on the curly girl method
For further reading on the curly girl method and how to style Naturally Curly Hair take a look at my curly Girl Method quick start guide.
Sarah over at Extraordinary chaos is embracing her curly girl knowledge too here.
If you have trouble finding products there is an extensive list of suitable approved products here
I also have reviews here on many other stand alone curly girl brands.
Thank you for reading my 25 tips on how to style your naturally curly hair.
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