The good news: more women are choosing to put down the straightener and embrace their natural texture. The even better news: there are now loads of products made specifically for curly hair, making it even easier to achieve chic coils.
You probably already know this, but it bears repeating: don't use a brush. A much better option is a wide-tooth comb, try: Rock & Ruddle Butterflies & Acorns Wide Tooth Comb which untangles knots without disturbing your natural curl pattern or tugging on strands. Wet hair is more fragile and prone to breakage, so detangle dry hair before stepping into the shower, and then again either in the shower while hair is coated with conditioner, or on towel-dried hair that's been prepped with curl products, like John Frida Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse, which helps reduce frizz and offers heat protection.
Crunchy curls are not good. To keep coils soft and flexible, look for styling products enriched with nourishing oils and smoothing silicones to give you hold without drying out hair such as Sebastian Potion 9. And don't be afraid to cocktail: mix and match products to come up with your own unique combination that works for you. That might mean mixing a serum with gel, or mousse or lotion with a few drops of oil, like Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir, which gives lightweight definition for even the finest curls.
Day after styling is easy. Before bed, pile hair on top of your head like a pineapple – this helps maintain both your natural curl pattern and volume – and the next morning, blast hair for a few seconds using a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to reactivate yesterday's products. Not curly enough? Use a curl-refreshing spray such as John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray, to revive drooping coils, or take a tiny amount of styling cream or oil between your fingers and apply on dry ends to bring back bounce.
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