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Curl Power

By By Bally

Curly hair naturally comes in a pyramid shape, with a flat top and a wide bottom. Therefore, your goal in choosing a cut is not to emphasise this shape, but to aim towards a cut that raises at the top and tightens at the bottom. To find the balance is essential to a good haircut, and more so for a curly haircut. If you have curly hair, one of the first steps you should follow is finding a good stylist and enquiring about twist cutting. One of the best tried and proven techniques for cutting curly hair is twist cutting. It creates volume by removing weight from the hair. It also gives a lot of movement and is most effective when used on curly or wavy hair. Trim your curls every 6 to 8 weeks as split ends are the beginning of frizz. Remember also not to cut hair too short since shrinkage can be a real problem in humidity. Any good stylist will also know not to use too much tension when cutting your locks, and that their best bet would be to dry cut to accommodate the shrinkage factor.

Importantly too, you should know that you do not need to shampoo every day as curly, kinky and wavy hair needs the natural oils from your scalp to help reduce frizz. However, if you in fact wet your hair daily to style it, you should condition every time you are in the shower — as hair succumbs to dryness, regular conditioning is crucial. Wash your hair with cold water as this helps to make it shinier, lock in moisture and reduce frizz by smoothing the cuticle and locking the follicle. Apply your styling products to your hair while it is still wet, this will trap the moisture and get you thick, moisture rich curls. A good leave-in conditioner is highly recommended, and also the use of a serum to coat your cuticle. Use products designed for your specific hair type to get the best out of your curls and do deep treatments once per week.

Dry brushing is a common cause of frizziness, so never brush your hair. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to comb both your dry and wet hair, and brushing your hair while wet will cause the hair to break. Another tip to follow is to avoid wringing or rubbing your hair with a towel as this creates friction, breakage, and split ends. Use microfibre towels rather than terrycloth towels since microfibre towels both reduce frizz and speed up drying time. Microfibre is a super-absorbent fabric that soaks up excess water. It does not disturb the cuticle; instead it smoothes it down, reducing frizz.

On the topic of drying, curly hair should be air dried, or dried using a hooded dryer or a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer. A diffuser can help add more definition to looser curls, while a hooded dryer is often the best option for kinkier curl types. If you have really tight curls and kinky texture, try a hooded dryer because it will make heat flow down, so it won't disturb the curl as much as a blow dryer or diffuser. If you do not have access to a hooded dryer you can simply air dry.

The heat from curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers, and the like, can leave hair dry and damaged, which leads to more frizz, so you should also cut down on your usage of hot styling tools. Excessive usage of these tools, especially the common practice of blow drying followed by flat ironing, can relax or reduce your curl pattern, leading to sometimes curly hair at the roots and straight and stringy hair on the ends. This is a horrific reality that you cannot do much about, so be cautious as to how much heat and how regularly you add heat into your styling regimen. The use of bleach and even colour can also have this effect on curly hair so be mindful of this as well.

Love your curls and wear them proud!

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