Curly mane? No problem! Here’s how to style your locks in a flash.
What you’ll need
Does it seem to take forever to beautify your curly mane? You may think that this is just a way of life, but let us share a little secret: learning how to style curly hair doesn’t have to be a battle. The good news is, that with the help of our expert tips, you can reduce how long it takes you to coif your curls. Giving you back some of your precious styling time in the morning.
So, want to know how to style curly hair without the frizz in no time? Of course, you do! Watch our simple tutorial above to see how to use a diffuser and curling tong to get perfect curls. Then, read on below to find out how you can speed up your styling process.
How to style curly hair
Use a microfibre towel.
Editor’s Tip: Don’t have one to hand? You can always use a clean cotton t-shirt instead.
Section the hair.
This will make the next styling steps easier as you can now access all layers of the hair.
Use a moisturising conditioner.
This will help tame any flyaways and prep the hair for additional products. Repeat the process with the top section of hair and finger comb through to distribute the product.
Apply a smoothing cream.
Concentrate on the mid-lengths and ends, ensuring you get both the top and bottom sections.
Next, use your fingers to gently scrunch handfuls of curls upwards to add definition.
Add a hair oil.
This last product will help lock in the moisture from the previous cream and spray by sealing the cuticles of the hair.
Pin your hair back.
By lifting the hair up, it will encourage volume and body throughout the drying process. No one wants flat curls, right?
Dry hair with a diffuser.
Place the bottom of the curls into the diffuser and scrunch them upwards. Shake through any areas with your fingers to loosen the style.
Add extra definition.
Take thin, random strands of hair and wrap them around the heated curling tong to take your spirals up a notch.
Repeat around the top section of your hair until you’re happy with the final look.
Styling hacks every curly-haired girl needs
Review your hair accessories
Inspect your bobby pins and make sure that the protective plastic tips are still on, as well as trying to select hairbands and ties that are seamless and snag-free. Why? Well, not only will this make achieving your hairstyles easier, but it will also limit any accidental damage caused by hair accessories while styling your mane.
Blow-dry with a diffuser
Be honest with us: when was the last time you used your hair dryer’s attachments? Believe it or not, you can make styling curly hair much easier if you start using a diffuser when blow-drying (yes, really!). It can help dry your hair and retain the shape of your curls, by evenly directing the heat on your mane. Just think about how much time you’ll save if you don’t have to tame post-blowout frizz – dreams do come true, after all!
Assess your appliances
We know that you might be attached to your trusty hair straightener and curling iron, but if you’ve had these heated styling tools for a significant amount of time, you might want to consider an upgrade.
While early straighteners were simply made of metal, there are now new versions with advanced materials (like ceramic and tourmaline) that employ ionic technology to limit hair damage and dryness. So really, there’s no excuse not to get one!
Select haircare products designed for curls
This might sound like an obvious one, but try to use shampoos, conditioners, and styling products specially formulated for curly hair. These products are created with curly locks in mind and will help you care for them properly.
We particularly love the Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute range, which is specifically designed for naturally wavy and curly tresses. Developed with formulas that help tame your wild textures, the products will help make your strands appear healthier.
Take it easy with your towel
Drying your hair with a traditional towel can easily lead to frizz if you have curly hair, so when you can, air drying is more suitable. However, if you do need to dry you tresses a little more quickly, gently squeeze the excess water out and dry your hair using a T-shirt, instead. The cotton will absorb the water, while its smooth finish will limit the amount of frizz!
Use your styling products on wet hair
Try applying your styling products while your hair is still wet, as this will help it to absorb and lock in moisture, while keeping your curls defined. We suggest giving the Dove Quench Absolute Intense Replenishment Mask a go. Not only does it take just five minutes to work, but it can help reduce your precious styling time. Bonus!
Lock in moisture with hair oil
Team dryness with curly hair and it can lead to an undefined, tangled mess (sigh!). But don’t fret: because the good news is, that you can limit this by using oils – particularly lightweight oils – as they’ll help to lock in moisture post-wash.
The Dove Hair Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment is made with African macadamia oil, and will instantly help to soften and add shine, resulting in reduced detangling time! It also has a non-greasy formula, so its nourishing properties can get to work, without you worrying about having oily-looking locks.
Love your curls!
I usually let my hair do its own thing, I like to define the curls and then just see what happens! – Dani
And last but not least: learn to embrace your curly locks! Learning how to style curly hair quickly can be made harder if you’re fighting your hair type and texture simultaneously. So, save yourself some time and energy, and simply love your curls, instead!