When it comes to sporting a variety of hairstyles, why let the straight-haired have all the fun? A mop of waves, spirals or curls can be just as versatile as smooth strands when well taken care of, a.k.a. moisturized, strong, shiny and healthy. Below, how to handle 5 curly hair concerns so they’ll never get in the way of wearing the hair styles you love, plus recommendations of products for wavy hair, curls and ringlets.
If your hair is like the Sahara desert, focus on ways to preserve and promote moisture in your hair. Opt for a gentle sulfate-free shampoo and lay off the heating tools, which can also take away moisture. When washing your hair, don’t invite tangles by lathering up your hair into a ball on top of your head. Instead, keep your head upright and concentrate shampoo on your scalp—the main area that needs de-greasing.
One of Redken’s wavy and curly hair products is the Redken Curvaceous High Foam Lightweight Cleanser, a sulfate-free shampoo that won’t strip your hair of moisture and even features a UV filter for extra hair protection against the sun. Redken Curvaceous Low Foam Moisturizing Cleanser provides even more moisturization than the high foam formula, so it’s better for curls. Redken Curvaceous No Foam Highly Conditioning Cleanser offers the least drying and most hydrating cleansing formula, so it’s best for ringlets. Pair any of the cleansers with Redken Curvaceous Conditioner for Curly & Wavy Hair, concentrated at the ends, for intense moisturization.
You can also alternate between your regular shampoo and Redken Genius Wash Cleansing Conditioner—a line of no- to low-foam, sulfate-free cleansers that hydrate hair. It comes in three formulations: one for unruly hair, medium hair and coarse hair.
Even the most beautiful hairstyles for curly hair can get ruined if you let frizz have its way. Frizz occurs for a variety of reasons, including lack of hydration due to drying hair products and heat tools, hair texture (curly hair tends to be drier than straight hair) and weather. Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with frizz.
Addressing dryness, which we just discussed, is the first step, so treat your hair with the utmost gentleness in terms of products, tools and treatments.
Post-shower, use an old t-shirt, as opposed to a towel, to blot water out of your hair. Since a t-shirt is gentler than a towel, it will produce less friction, resulting in less frizz.
Redken offers leave-in curly and wavy hair products to control frizz. Just remember to start with a little at first and then layer on more as needed.
For wavy hair: Redken Curvaceous Wind Up Curl & Wavy Hair Reactivating Spray redefines the shape of waves, while adding shine and tackling frizz. See how Redken Artist Becka Bradshaw uses Wind Up to achieve gorgeous waves.
For curls: Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl Curly & Wavy Hair Cream Serum elongates full-bodied curls while controlling frizz and adding moisture and high-shine.
Check out how to Beauty Vlogger India Batson gets perfect, frizz-free curly hair using Full Swirl here.
For ringlets: Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Anti-Frizz Perfecting Lotion provides soft hold, additional definition and frizz-free weightless control, so your curls are prepared to take any shape.
For weather-caused frizz, spritzing Redken Curvaceous CCC Spray makes curly hair moisturized, well defined and humidity-resistant.
If you have to use a hair dryer, make sure you use the diffuser attachment, which makes the hair dryer’s airflow wider, resulting in less frizz.
Once you’re done styling your hair, keep your hands off! Too much fussing with your hair may encourage or worsen frizz.
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For well-defined curls, keeping hair moisturized—through the use of gentle shampoos and conditioning treatments—is key, but using a curl definer can further get your curls in perfect form. Among one of Redken’s products for curls and ringlets is the Redken Curvaceous Curl Refiner. It helps control frizz and mold waves, curls and ringlets without the crunch synonymous with 90s curly hairstyles. It should be used on damp hair since the product can effectively seal moisture when the hair is still wet. To ensure the product is evenly distributed, divide hair into sections and apply an equal amount of Redken Curvaceous Curl Refiner to each section. Find out how to get attention-grabbing bouncy spirals using Curl Refiner here.
When working with tighter curls, Redken Curvaceous Spiral Lock, a high-hold gel, will add definition and control frizz all day.
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Don’t let your hair get to the point that it can snap a brush in two. To eliminate tangles, apply conditioner to wet hair and then use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to get through knots. Then leave the conditioner to work its hair-softening magic for at least five minutes before rinsing it out. Redken Curvaceous Conditioner for Curly & Wavy Hair will make hair feel softer and more manageable. For extra softness, use it as a leave-in treatment.
No matter how tangled your hair is, don’t dry brush it; that’s a passport to breakage and split end city, plus frizz. Use your fingers to separate curls, instead, and then apply a curl reactivator like Redken Curvaceous Wind Up.
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Also known as pyramid head, this haircut can happen to both short curly hair or long curly hair. It occurs when curly hair is cut to one length, leading the curls to stack up on top of each other. The result: volume on the bottom, no volume on top. For a more balanced curly haircut that will better frame your face, ask your stylist for a layered cut, even on short curly hair, to add movement.
Now that you have a better idea of how to combat curl concerns, you can confidently add more hairstyles for curly hair and wavy hair to your rotation. For inspiration, check out the Redken Lookbook for how to achieve a range of curvaceous, curly hairstyles.