Suffering from a bad case of curl envy? If you’re a straight-haired gal, you might think bouncy curls are unattainable for your hair type. And if you already sport naturally curly or wavy hair, fighting frizz and achieving that perfect curly texture is probably a daily struggle. So what can you do to get the shiny, luscious curls you crave?
The key is learning how to work with your hair’s natural texture using the right products and styling tools to achieve gorgeous, natural-looking curls. Here’s how to get beautiful curly hair, whether you’re starting with straight, wavy, or naturally-curly locks.
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How to Make Straight Hair Curly
It takes a little more effort to get curls when you have naturally straight hair, but fear not—it can be done! Here’s how to make straight hair curly.
1. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
2. Strengthen and protect your hair with a leave-in conditioner.
3. Air dry or diffuse wet hair.
4. Use a curling iron on stubbornly straight strands.
5. Try a no-heat curling method.
To enhance curls and ensure the style lasts longer, gently work in a curl-defining gel, spray, or mousse…
6. Add volume and texture with a sea salt spray.
How to Make Wavy Hair More Curly
If your hair already has a wavy texture to it, soft, defined curls are easy to achieve. Here’s how to make your wavy hair curly.
1. Use a shampoo and conditioner that’s designed to fight frizz.
2. Add definition with a curl-enhancing styling foam.
Finger-comb a curl-defining foam into your strands to enhance your curl pattern and tame frizz.
After using a frizz-fighting styling foam or frizz mousse to define your curls, let them air dry.
3. Air dry or diffuse wavy hair to prevent frizz.
Heat styling can damage wavy hair and promote frizz. After using a frizz-fighting styling foam or frizz mousse to define your curls, let them air dry. Cup your hands and scrunch your locks upward to encourage curls to form as your hair dries. In a hurry? Use a diffuser on the lowest setting to speed up the drying process.
4. Smooth frizzy flyaways with nourishing hair oil.
A frizz-fighting hair oil helps moisturize, define, and smooth curls and waves without weighing hair down.
5. Spot-treat flat or misshapen curls and waves with a no-heat styling method.
Pin-curling works great for this. Twist and coil any frizzy or lifeless sections of hair into small buns, and secure them with bobby pins. Wait about 10 minutes, then remove the bobby pins to reveal soft, frizz-free ringlets.
6. Protect your style with hairspray.
Spritz your style with a frizz-fighting hairspray to fight humidity and keep your curls in place all day.
7. Get regular trims.
Dryness and damage can weigh your strands down, sapping their elasticity and preventing curls from bouncing back into shape. Removing dry, damaged ends with regular trims helps ensure your curls stay fresh and healthy.
How to Style Naturally Curly Hair
If you’re lucky enough to sport naturally curly locks, you only need to focus on defining those curls and combating frizz. Here’s how to get the curls of your dreams.