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Curly Hair Tips

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Whether you have full-on corkscrews or gentle waves, if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with natural curls, then you’ll know there’s a price to pay for curly locks – namely a daily battle with frizz and unruliness. To make the most out of those waves, we went to the experts for their top tips and styling tricks for maximising curls.

First things first, is there a particular way to wash curly hair?

“Curly hair tends to be naturally quite dry so goes fluffy if washed too regularly – instead, wash twice a week, using a combination of dry shampoo on the roots and salt or texture spray on the ends in-between washes.” — Katie Allan, creative manager at Charles Worthington Salons

Which shampoo and conditioner do you recommend for curls?

“I’m a huge fan of Joico’s Curl Cleansing Sulphate-Free Shampoo. It purifies without stripping moisture from the hair, leaving you with bouncy, healthy curls. In general, it is important to use a sulphate-free shampoo, as regular formulas are too harsh and will strip curly hair of the important oils needed to keep it shiny and healthy. Conditioner-wise, look to Joico again, their Curl Nourished Conditioner repairs and replenishes curls while adding weightless nourishment and fighting frizz.” — Jason Collier, celebrity and session stylist and director at Smooth You Town Spa

How is best to dry curly hair?

“This all depends on your desired look. Air-drying is probably the simplest technique: after you rinse your conditioner, apply your favourite styling product (try OSMO’s Curl Spray Volumising Curl Enhancer) and leave locks to dry naturally. Although it may be difficult, try to avoid touching your curls whilst they dry, as this can cause frizz. If you want to use a hairdryer, make sure it has a diffuser, as this will help you create a more defined finish.” — Jason Collier

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And are there any salon treatments that suit curly hair?

“Curly hair craves moisture, so the best treatment to ask for would be an intensely hydrating one. They come in many different forms, from anti-frizz to smoothing options. We offer an intense hot towel treatment at Charles Worthington, which allows the conditioning formula to deeply penetrate strands. You can recreate this at home by applying a mask on your hair then wrapping a damp towel (heated in the microwave for three minutes) around it, leaving for roughly 15 minutes or until it has cooled down.” — Katie Allan

How can you style curly hair for big events or nights out?

“If your curls are big and bouncy then you want to embrace them, while avoiding frizz. Dry your hair with a diffuser or naturally before using a medium to small tong on a few sections in order to create more definition. Don’t worry about tonging your whole head – just focus on areas that tend to frizz and those that frame your face. Another way to make curls look more interesting and modern is to incorporate a braid into your look.” — Katie Allan

And what’s the best way to straighten?

“Use a smoothing crème, and blast it with your dryer until hair is 70% dry, then smooth it over with a large paddle brush. Make sure that you create tension with the brush, pulling the hair slightly and straightening out the curl. This will make straightening a lot easier. When you pick up your straighteners, section hair off horizontally and start underneath, working your way up your head.” — Katie Allan

What about tools?

“I love the H2D Styling tools range for curly hair. All of their styling tools contain tourmaline, which effectively nourishes the hair and adds shine – ideal for anyone with curly locks. The wider plates are also perfect for curly hair – they will pass smoothly over hair to leave it looking silky soft and frizz-free.” — Jason Collier

Any styling tips to help beat frizz?

“Don’t angle your hair dryer up and against the cuticle, as this causes frizzing, and don’t use a round brush to blow-dry if you want your hair poker straight. If you are styling your hair with its natural curl, use a diffuser at a low speed and low heat. Another thing to avoid is drying your hair completely with a hairdryer, as this will lead to frizz – get it 70-90% dry and let the rest dry naturally.” — Katie Allan

How can you manage frizz between washes?

“Use a wide-tooth comb and wrap the hair flat against your head, following the shape of your head in circular strokes until all of the mid-lengths are secure, before covering with a scarf or wrap to keep things in place whilst you sleep.” — Katie Allan

“Keep rough materials away from your hair by sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase and avoiding using a hairbrush completely, if possible. Instead, use your fingers or a wide toothcomb to keep your locks knot-free. I would also recommend using an anti-frizz product, such as Joico’s Curl Controlling Anti-Frizz Styler – it will control erratic curls and frizz, while creating a bouncy finish.” — Jason Collier

Finally, can you go short with curls?

“Cutting curly hair isn’t a bad thing, but the final shape can change dramatically. You should always take into account that it will spring up a lot once dry and that the shorter you go, the rounder and bigger the effect. If you want to avoid adding too much volume, ask your hairdresser to keep your layers slightly longer, taking weight out from underneath, which will slim the overall shape rather than expand it.” — Katie Allan


Best For Cleansing

Be Curly Shampoo, £15.70 | Aveda

Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Shampoo, £3.99 | John Frieda

Curl Cleanser, £15 | Bouclème


Best For Controlling Frizz

Moroccan Oil Treatment, £32.85 | MoroccanOil

Curl Towel, £25 | Bouclème

No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, £22 | Living Proof



Best For Natural Texture

Texturizing Salt Spray, £21 | Balmain

Curl Defining Cream, £23.50 | Bumble & Bumble

Hair Strengthener, £10.99 | Mane N’ Tail




Best Tools

Wide Professional Hair Straighteners, £54.95 | H2D

Tangle Teezer, £11 | Thick & Curly   

Detangling Comb, £7.50 | ghd


Best Treatments

Intense Hair Mask, £41 | Sensai

Discipline Maskeratine, £21.10 | Kerastase

Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Mask, £8.40 | Tigi Catwalk





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