There is a myriad of style preferences when it comes to styling curly hair: Some like their curls big, whereas others might like when their curls are more low-key. For the latter, many women with curls find it quite challenging to reduce volume in curly hair since ringlets oftentimes do anything but lay flat. They might have their routine down to a science when it comes to volume, but minimizing volume can be a tough one!
So, how does one get her curly hair styled the way she wants it, with the desired volume? It may take a few techniques, but it can be done.
With these simple tips below, you’ll be in control of the volume in your hair in no time.
- Try not to concentrate product at your roots
- Blowdry or diffuse hair downward
- Skip the fluffing
- Use a shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes
1. Try not to concentrate product at your roots.
Volume in curly hair (and all other hair types) begins at the roots. When applying a styling product to your hair, focus more on the midshaft and ends of your curls. Alternatively, try a gel that provides a great hold like Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel. To style, simply smooth gel onto damp hair and mold your curls into the shape you prefer, then let dry.
2. Blowdry or diffuse hair downward.
If you plan on using a hairdryer, consider drying hair downward. Your usual blow-drying or diffusing routine for styling your wash and go hairstyle may involve placing the ends of your curls onto the attachment, and then drying upward. This works against being able to reduce volume in curly hair as this method helps add volume. Opt for drying your hair downward instead, but make sure you also focus on drying your roots down flat—this technique will help smooth your curls down since you’re drying your hair in the direction you want it to fall.
After washing your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner that guards against heat, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, then blow-dry or diffuse your hair with medium to high heat. Once you’re done drying, give your curls a blast of cool air to close the hair cuticle as this can also help prevent frizz later on.
3. Skip the fluffing.
We all love to give our hair a little fluff (or a zhuzsh) at the roots after styling. Take this fluffing of your roots (which we usually do with our hands or an afro pick) out of your styling routine. Instead, smooth hair down with your hands with a serum or styling oil like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil.
4. Use a shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes.
Frizz can be another reason why you’re probably having a hard time taming volume. If you’re one to skip styling products such as gels and hair wax after a hair wash, consider changing your shampoo and conditioner. Opt for a wash and care system that helps control frizz and fights against humidity like TRESemmé Keratin Infusing Shampoo, followed with TRESemmé Keratin Infusing Conditioner.