Your hair requires a little more styling time and a couple of products, but the result will be worth it: fully tamed coils.
1. Get product savvy
Curlier hair is apt to become dry and listless, which means finding a great moisturizing shampoo is essential. You want one that has silicones and oils on its ingredients list, and the product should have a pearly sheen rather than be clear. If your hair still feels dry, try a hair oil, says Collin O’Callaghan, barber at Los Angeles salon The Cut By: “It doesn’t need to be an expensive product. It can be argan or coconut oil.” Massage a drop or two into hair before bed to let the oil work its way deep into follicles; wash it out in the morning.
2. Block out humidity
The secret to beating frizz: hair spray. “Hair spray creates a real barrier to humidity,” says celebrity hairstylist Kevin Mancuso. “It’s the best defense to insulate hair.” This doesn’t require an industrial-strength product (light versions work just as well) or a helmet-like application. A five-second allover spray is enough to create a solid barrier.
3. Pick the right style
The bad news: Most set-in-place styles (pompadour, greaser cut) don’t work for you. The good news is that a natural look does, and it’s easy to do. Celebrity hairstylist Anna Bernabe’s suggestion to get it: Mix a dollop each of styling cream and gel between your palms, and apply the mixture to curls by squeezing sections of hair in your hands. The technique holds your curls in place, and the mixture adds texture without creating a crunchy feel.
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