In the hair care battle of women versus their curly locks, monotony often comes out the winner. Curly hair, in all its varieties of texture and curl patterns, can be maddeningly difficult to manage. Small wonder that once curly-haired women find a cut and style that works for them – more or less – they settle into wearing that day after day.
“Women with curly hair struggle a lot,” says Craig Carter, an ethnic-hair expert with the Carlos Lobo Salon in New York City.
Dealing with curling hair’s twisty ringlets, tight coils or something in between may require additional deep conditioning and preparation with styling aids. You can use styling tools like curl-defining or enhancing mousses and gels galore.
But with a regular at-home conditioning regimen and a few new and simple styling tricks, you can easily bust out of a hair rut.
Will Braids Work for Curly Hair?
If your hair grows in spiral curls, twist it into five French braids down your back and then sleep in them, suggests Daven Mayeda, a Los Angeles hair pro who styled Mariah Carey’s hair during her Angels Advocate tour.
“When you wake up and take out the braids, your hair will be an amazing texture,” says Mayeda. “It’s a great no-heat, organic way to do a curly hairstyle, and it will last for several days.”
How to Style Curly Hair for the Night
For a full, wavy look, create five or six small buns in places where they won’t interfere with your sleep, says Mayeda.
Dampen hair with a mix of water and conditioner, then coil hair into ropes, twist into buns and secure with bobby pins. Let the hair dry overnight and simply unpin and tousle in the morning. Quick tips for beautiful curly hair are a must to know!
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Asymmetry for Naturally Curly Hair
“With curly hair, anything asymmetrical is amazing,” says Mayeda.
He suggests experimenting with a few coils pinned up on one side. Another off-center look that’s a cinch to achieve: side-part your hair, and then plait it into a low-slung loose braid on the heavy side of your part.
Can Curly Hair Be Layered?
“I’ve been giving women with really curly hair a few shorter layers or a bit of fringe around the face to help create shape, instead of letting the top and sides be flat,” says George Gonzalez, owner of George the Salon in Chicago and the hairstylist for Oprah’s in-house spa at Harpo Productions.
With layers and bangs, you’ll have loose pieces that you can keep free when you create the half-up-half-down hair trends you’ve long admired on women with straight or wavy hair.
Find a local salon that specializes on grooming curly hair.
How to Style Curly Hair
With her waist-length, shiny black ringlets, Timon Cana, a Beverly Hills hairstylist, has lots of opportunities to experiment with new styling options. Unlike slick, straight hair that can slide around, “curly hair will stay where you put it,” says Cana.
She’s a fan of a loose ponytail that you secure wherever it looks and feels best – high at the crown, low on the nape or folded into a loop on the back of your head. Curly hair looks great slightly mussed, so Cana often allows some portion of a ponytail, braid or bun to hang loose.
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Accessories for Curly Hair
Curly hair is a great anchor for all types of accessories, including chopsticks, banana clips, combs, chignon pins and silk head scarves. Bun cages are a favorite of Cana’s; these cages or domes fit over a bun and are held in place with a hair stick. You can find them online or at your local beauty-supply shop in a wide variety of materials, including tortoise shell, beads and rhinestones.
41 thoughts on “Curly Hair Care Tips And How to Get out of a Hair Rut”
I have wavy hair and am in a wavy hair rut as it limits the styles you can have as it sorta does what it wants on any shorter length styles
I have semi-curly hair (thanks to my mom’s genes) but I am able to use an iron each day to flatten it. Takes time but it works!
Make sure you don’t burn your beautiful curls!
I have really curly hair and these tips are super helpful!
You probably could share a few effective tips with us on how to deal with curly hair.
Those are some wonderful tips to keep in mind and I may not have curly hair but I’m sharing this with all my curly-haired friends.
These are great tips for all the curly-haired ladies out there!
It’s funny how people with straight hair envy those with curly and vice versa. I am glad though that there’s something curly haired women can use to fix their hair concerns.
From all my research and talking to my friends with naturally curly hair, it can be exhausting to care for a curly texture.
Though these days we do have so much more in accessories and hair care products to tame curls and make them look more beautiful, it is a daily labor for those with curly hair.
So helpful, will pin this for my curly-haired friends!
Those are great tips. My son has curly hair. I’ll share this post with him.
Men can, too, benefit from these suggestions and customize their hair care products created specifically for men.
My hair has always been straight ( both a blessing and a curse ) …. I’ve always loved curls, there are so many things that you can do with it!
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Enjoy your natural hair texture!
My cousin has messy curly hairs and she stays so upset about it. She is planning to go for permanent straightening. But I guess, she doesnt need to go for straightening now… thanks for the tips
I’m always looking for versatility with my curls. Thanks!
Versatility does come with good care. And the curls do take some extra time.
Great tips! I have wavy hair, but I think these tips would work for many different hair types as well.
Wish that I had curly hair. As I get older it becomes for straight with a little wave.
There are some super ideas here. I have wavy, slightly curly hair but there are a few things even I could do.
I hae poker straight hair and have always wanted curly locks–I’ve done the braid over night to add wave—when I was a teen I wanted a perm and my Mom wouldn’t let me –I put 37 tiny braids in my hair and woke up with my own “PERM” LOL
My BFF has waist length very tight curls and most days just washes and goes and it looks stunning!!
Great tips! Although I do not have curly hair (I wish I did) my daughter does. As she gets older these tips will definitely come in handy.
I have straight hair and wished I had just a small amount of curl!! luckily though I don’t struggle with me hair.!!
Great tips! I have a lot of friends that struggle with curly hair issues. Mine is wavy – a flat iron is my lifesaver!
I permed my hair a few years ago. I miss my long curly hair every once in awhile. 🙂
I’ve love to have hair that was either straight or curly – mine’s not even really wavy, so it wouldn’t do a lot of these things. But some great tips
I envy your hair! My hair is thinning and my scalp is covered in psoriasis. My sister has very curly hair so I will be sharing this with her for sure!
These are some great tips! But I agree with the previous poster – my hair has always been straight and I’ve gone to tremendous lengths to try and curl it…with no luck. I wish I had curly hair!
I guess there are a lot of options for curly haired people when it comes to hairstyle.
I have straight hair and i’ve always wanted to have my hair permed..
I have thick wavy/curly hair and tend to keep it way too long.
I have stick straight hair and have always dreamed of curly hair. I would get it permed and it would fall out within a few weeks. I just think curly hair is so beautiful and full of character!
I have straight straight hair. And of course I want curly. But everyone I know wants what they don’t have. I can’t even keep my hair curled with a curling iron. It just slips right out and has a mind of its own.
I’ve always wanted curly hair but I have straight hair. I think we always want what we don’t have. It’s great that you’ve provided so many great tips
I find it less troublesome to style curly hair because they are more textured and have more volume than just straight hair.
I have thick curly hair, and having it cut in a few layers around my face is best for me. I use mousse to keep it under control.
I have a cowlick, Yikes. Also naturally curly hair. Thanks for the info
I have curly hair and my best bet is always a ponytail. LOL
Thanks for sharing. Both of my girls have curly hair thanks to their father, so this gives me more ideas of what do with it besides putting it up into a ponytail.
I have long wavy hair and just keep putting it in a bun or in a ponytail.
I used to have thick curly hair which was best cut in layers. Now it is still on the wavy side but a lot less curly and way thinner!