Having curly hair can seem unruly and unmanageable at times. Only a few lucky ones get blessed with easy-to-care-for curls. The rest of us are not so lucky. If you are the type that is constantly googling “best hacks for curly hair” or “how can I tame my frizz?” this list is for you. We’ve compiled the best curly hair hacks to help you manage and even style your luscious locks.
If you want styled and silky curls, starting with the right product from the ground up is incredibly important. This means that the shampoo and conditioner you use should be made for curly hair, and, more importantly YOUR type of curly hair. Ipsy.com says, “if you have thin or fine hair, smoothing or hydrating formulas can actually weigh down your curls or make them greasy, but they’re ideal for keeping tight curls and coils bouncy (especially types 3 and 4). And, of course, you’ll want a color-safe formula if your hair is color-treated.”
Mixing two or more products together gives you the perfect cocktail for your curls. But beware, this can take a lot of testing on the user’s part and possibly a lot of money, depending on how much product you buy. But isn’t it worth it for the perfect curls? According to goodhousekeeping.com they recommend trying a cocktail of “smoothing serum plus mousse for curls, or coconut oil plus styling gel made for curly hair. Together, these products allow for supreme hold without leaving your hair dry or crunchy.
Having the right products to put in your hair is a start, but what about the products to help you DO your hair? Certainly, those curls don’t always come out perfect on their own. The internet will tell you that its biggest secret to doing curly hair is the wet brush/ spray bottle combo. The Denman wet brush is a curly-haired person’s best friend as it was made specifically for wet, curly hair.
It will glide through and detangle as you wrap your hair around the handle of the brush. When you pull your hair through, you are left with a perfect curl every time. If you use products on your hair and it gets too dry throughout the process, spraying with a bottle and adding moisture can help maintain non-frizzy, perfect curls and even renew curls for the second day of wear.
Having a good routine is pivotal to securing bouncy, moisturized curls. According to Oprahdaily.com and her expert Diaz-Santin, “one of the first lessons most curly girls learn is that our hair usually looks better—and less frizzy—when we let it air dry versus blowing it out, and Diaz-Santin agrees that it’s the best method to let the products really soak in and work their magic on your hair. But of course, life doesn’t always make it that easy, and when you’re running low on time and don’t want to leave the house with a wet head, it’s time to break out the diffuser, a blow dryer attachment that softens the release of air while drying to prevent frizz.
One of the best hacks for sleeping at night on wet or curly hair, the technique of pineapple-ing your hair, has recently taken over the internet as a need-to-know. Ipsy.com spells it out for you – “this is a simple technique to keep your curls from getting flat or tangled while you sleep. Flip your head over and gather all your hair on the tippy top, then tie it loosely with a soft hair tie […]. Avoid using traditional hair elastics at night and in general because they can cause breakage.”
There isnt any one size fits all to styling and cleaning curly hair, but most professionals advise washing your hair at least once a week. You can find a schedule that’s right for you that lines up with your life, but oftentimes with curly hair, washing once a week is ideal as your hair can easily get greasy and weighted down with product. Oprahdaily.com says, “ everyone [should] wash their hair at least once a week, not only because your curls will probably be ready for a revamp by then, but also because it’s important to take care of them.”