Everyone wants beautiful, defined curls… well when I say ‘everyone’, I mean me, but hopefully we are alike otherwise this might be a bit of a waste of time for you. Anyways if you do in fact want beautiful, defined curls, this is for you. I have 3C curls and I love when my hair especially the hair around my face is smooth defined springy, spiral curls. I write this while my hair currently looks like a frizzy mess. While I love defined curls I always feel like there’s a mini tennis match going on between volume and definition and shrinkage is the tennis ball. This post will be helping you to find a balance and help your hair to find its happy place.
1. Wash day.
The day that sets the tone for the curls you have for the rest of the week. This small change can really help to define your curls from the very beginning. What you need to do is apply products to your hair while it is soaking wet. This helps to minimise frizz and won’t make your hair look heavy. As your hair dries, the product will absorb into your hair. It’s also super important to dry your hair with a microfiber towel, or a t-shirt as this won’t strip moisture from your hair.
2. Use Natural Gels.
Styling gels are great for defining curls. Loads of people know this and many naturalistas love them some EcoStyler gel. However, products like these can be extremely harmful for your hair and your health, hence why I steer clear. If you are curious how toxic your current hair gel brand is, I highly recommend checking it out through EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetic database. Enter your product and it will rate how toxic it is and even break those toxins by individual ingredients. An alternative for this is Aloe Vera gel. It is one of the most effective gel with natural sources and chemical free. It consists water, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 phyotonutrients. For hair styling must use Aloe Vera gel at wet hair. I’ve also seen DIY flaxseed gel circulating the internet so definitely give it a go as another alternative so check out this video.
3. Finger Coiling
If you haven’t guessed, finger coiling is my new favourite method. It’s time-consuming, but it’s a guaranteed method for perfectly defined curls. If you don’t want to commit to doing your whole head, I would still recommend finger coiling strands that need a little extra love. Most people start by washing and conditioning their hair, then sectioning their hair into small pieces, less than an inch square. You apply moisturising products and gel to each section. You then twirl the section around your finger until it’s tightly spiralled, then repeat on the rest of your hair. Once you finish let the product soak into your hair and our coils dry and ta-da your hair is finished!
4. Denman Brush
Now I don’t have one, but I am definitely emotionally loyal to this brand. (If you ever want to sponsor me Denman Brushes I’m here, take me). If you have ever watched a curly hair tutorial you have probably seen the Denman Brush and its magical powers for defining curls. It helps to decrease your detangling time, reduce frizz and clump your hair together and define your curls.While detangling, start from the end of your hair and slowly work your way to the root. working through your hair in sections.
5. Sleep Protection
How you sleep is also important to achieve your dream curls. I swear by satin pillow cases and only use a cotton pillow case when I sleep at someone elses house. Some people prefer to wear a satin bonnet but this is a good way to make sure you don’t get a mark on your forehead and if you find your bonnet slips of in the night. Satin pillowcases are amazing at keeping your hair healthy because they don’t suck out all of your hairs natural moisture. Cotton pillowcases can make your hair even drier. For those of you who don’t like sleeping on anything synthetic, silk can be a good alternative to satin because silk and satin pillowcases are both undoubtedly better than cotton ones. Some people prefer silk over satin, mostly because it is a natural fiber, however, satin still has some advantages.
So check these tips out for perfect ultra defined curls but keep your afro pic around to bump up the volume.
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