Curls come in many different types and shapes. And what works for one person may not work for another. That’s why it’s a matter of trying many techniques and products, to see what works for you. Because styling curly hair can be a challenge, we collected our favorite tips for beautiful curls in this article. Try them out and see what works for you!
17 tips for beautiful curls
1. Don’t wash your hair too often
Curls are naturally drier than other hair types. And washing your curls too often will dry them out even more. Because when you wash your hair not only the dirt is rinsed off, but also the natural oils from your scalp. This makes your hair dry, which is exactly what you want to prevent. Washing your hair every three days is ideal.
2. Brush your hair when it’s wet
If you brush your curls when they’re dry, your hair will become frizzy. You cause broken hair and destroy the structure of your curls. Instead, comb your hair in the shower after applying conditioner. This makes your hair soft and easier to comb. It’s best to use your fingers or a Denman Brush for this.
3. Conditioner is your friend
Conditioner is super nourishing and therefore very important for curls. Conditioner makes your hair soft and shiny, which is exactly what you want. You can also choose to wash your hair with conditioner only and skip the shampoo. This is called co-washing and is a good way to gently cleanse your curls. Shampoo often contains harsh cleansers such as sulfates, which do their job so well that they wash away the natural oils from your hair. And your dry curls need those oils!
4. Deep conditioning regularly
For beautiful curls it’s good to do a regular deep conditioning treatment. This is a conditioner that’s extra nourishing and penetrates deeper into the hair. You can see it as an extra treatment to restore dry and damaged hair. The benefits of deep conditioning are more beautiful, defined, healthy and shiny curls. Incorporate a deep conditioning treatment into your weekly hair care regimen. Add a plastic shower cap and sit for about 30 minutes before you rinse.
5. Rinse your hair with cold water
When you’re ready in the shower, rinse your hair with cold water. Yes that’s very cold, especially in winter, but it will do your curls good! It will close your hair cuticles and will make your hair shinier.
6. Use a microfibre towel
It’s better not to dry curls with a normal towel, but with a microfibre towel or cotton t-shirt. A towel absorbs all the moisture from your hair and the rough fabric creates a friction that damages the hair cuticles. This causes your hair to frizz, and creates tangles and split ends. A microfibre towel or cotton shirt will make your curls nice and soft. In addition, don’t rub your hair dry, but try to squeeze it.
7. Scrunching is key
Scrunching is the most important technique for curls. When you have washed your hair, first scrunch out excess liquid. Then distribute your hair products in your hair and scrunch them in. This distributes the product through your hair and helps it in forming beautiful curls! Make sure you pick up smaller sections and scrunch them up in an accordion pattern, so that you get more precise and defined waves that frame your face.
8. Experiment with different techniques
So many types of curls, so many styling techniques. One is the Curly Girl Method, a hair routine to care of curly hair as naturally as possible. Another one is the LOC method, a technique to moisturize your hair. The name stands for the order in which you apply hair products to wet hair: Leave-in conditioner, Oil, Cream. There are also variations on this, like LCO and LOCO. You can also do curl training, which restores curl memory. Try them out and see what works for you!
9. Avoid silicones, sulfates and parabens in hair products
Avoid hair products containing silicones, sulfates and parabens. Silicones coat your hair, what makes your hair shiny, look healthy and feel soft, but it actually seals your hair, preventing good hair products from getting through. You can recognize sulfates by the foaming effect in shampoo. This ingredient cleanses hair too aggressively, causing your hair to become dry. And parabens can cause a hormonal imbalance.
10. Use products that fit your curls
Not all curls are the same and therefore not all hair products will work for everyone. It’s a matter of experimenting. The best advice for beautiful curls is: get to know your hair, try out various hair products and find out what works for you. Take a good look at what happens to your hair after you have applied or used a product: have your curls become more or less shiny? How do they form through the product? Have they started to fluff more or less? Those are all questions you can ask yourself.
11. Use your hands to style your curls
Use your hands as much as possible when styling your curls. Massage your scalp to get volume, let a strand slide through your fingers for a nice structure, and of course scrunch a lot.
12. Flip your head forward
Flip your head forward until your hair is falling in front of you, and style your curls upside down. For example when applying hair products, scrunching and blow drying with a diffuser. This provides a lot of volume in your curls!
13. Blow-dry your curls with a diffuser
It’s best to let your curls air dry, but not everyone has the time to do so. And especially in winter it’s not a good idea to outside with wet hair, as this can actually cause hair damage. In that case you can use a hair dryer with a diffuser. A diffuser spreads the air evenly over your hair, providing volume and curl definition. Preferably use the coldest setting to prevent heat damage to your curls.
14. Pineapple your curls before going to bed
When caring for curls, it’s smart to not only think about your hair routine for the day, but also for the night. Pineappling is a technique for preserving your curls while you sleep. So before going to bed, put your curls up in a pineapple: a loose bun on top of your head. This protects the curl pattern while helping your hair maintain natural volume. Simply take the pony out the next morning and give your hair a shake. We recommend using a scrunchie for this technique, to prevent hair breakage and ponytail creasing.
15. Switch to a silk pillowcase
If you’re not sleeping on a silk pillowcase already, it’s time to make the switch! Satin or silk pillowcases are super-smooth and reduce friction on the hair overnight. This way you get less frizzy hair, tangles, split ends and the texture of your curls remains more beautiful.
16. Go to the hairdresser regularly
If you want beautiful curls that look bouncy and fresh, get a haircut every six to eight weeks. Damaged hair never looks good, and split ends don’t do your hair any good either. By going to the hairdresser regularly, you ensure that your curls stay in shape.
17. Go to a curl hair stylist
Cutting curls is a profession in itself, so go to a hairdresser who understands curls. Preferably someone who specializes in curls. Curls require a completely different technique than straight hair, and this can even ensure that you get more curls.