4 Easy Ways To Reduce Volume in Curly Hair

How to turn the volume of your curls down a notch.

There are two style preferences when it comes to styling curly hair: Some like their curls big, and others like when their curls are more low-key. Oftentimes, many women with curls find it quite challenging to reduce volume in curly hair since their ringlets do anything but lay flat. They might have their routine down to a science when it comes to volume, but minimizing volume is a tough one!

So, how does one get her curly hair to behave and lay low? 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.

  1. Try not to concentrate product at your roots
  2. Blowdry or diffuse hair downward
  3. Skip the fluffing
  4. Use a shampoo and conditioner that tames frizz
Reduce volume in curly hair diffusing step
Instead of lifting the ends of your curls, place your diffuser at your roots to dry hair flat. This will help reduce volume in curly hair.

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 GelTo 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 hair dryer, consider drying hair downward. Your usual blowdrying 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 will also help prevent frizz or poufy hair 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. The goal is to keep curls down and not wake them up even more.

4. Use a shampoo and conditioner that tames frizz.

Frizz is another reason why you’re probably having a hard time taming the volume of your curls. 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.