13 Expert Tips For On-Trend Curls

Our favourite look from the Red Carpet.

All hail Halle Berry! Her naturally curly carefree Oscars hair has created a wave of popularity in free-form ringlets! Here's how to care for curls at home!

07 Mar 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

The most controversial beauty look at the 89th Annual Academy Awards last week as not a goth lip or overzealous eyelashes. It was Halle Berry’s natural curls. The internet freaked out over her afro, but here, we’re celebrating her natural look and a shakeup of stale red carpet styles!

As Halle said herself, “I celebrate my natural hair by allowing it to be wild and free.”

All hail Halle! Here’s hoping her award season hair sees a resurgence in ringlets and curls! Keen to embrace your kink? Here are 13 tips to doing so a-la celebrity!

  1. If you wear curls naturally, get them cut that way. The best hairdressers will cut curls dry and slightly unevenly depending on the area and weight in the hair. “Think of it more like a hedge that needs to be trimmed it into shape!” says leading Sydney-based hairstylist, Barney Martin.
  2. Thick curls tend to grow outwards before they grow downwards! So if you do get them cut wet, allow an inch of shrinkage once they are dry and bounce back!
  3. If you want to keep your curls in check overnight ” bunch your hair up and wrap it in a silk scarf to keep curls intact and reduce breaking them up and causing frizz,” suggests Hair Maestro, Kevin Murphy.
  4. Generally speaking, curls and fringes don’t mix (unless you’re Ms Berry). If you do go for a fringe with naturally curly hair, take into account you may need to ‘relax’ it out each morning with a light tong or blow dry.
  5. Keep curls nourished. The condition of curls is compromised due to their coarse texture, so use a treatment daily. This can be smoothed through the ends after rinsing out conditioner, instead of washing hair or patted into the ends when you are drying hair.
  6. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner designed for curls, advises celebrity hairstylist, Joey Scandizzo. “A good trick is to brush your hair vigorously from roots to ends before you shampoo to get all the natural oils through the mid-lengths and ends to help nourish them,” he says.
  7. Curly hair is best left to dry naturally. Pat out the moisture after a shower – don’t rub the hair with a towel as this will create frizz and damage – and if you do use a hairdryer, ensure you have a diffuser attached.
  8. Serums and oils are great on curls but only from the mid-lengths to the ends. Sometimes thick curls can look oily at the scalp if they have too much product in this area.
  9. Add a leave-in treatment to your routine once a week. Comb it through damp hair and leave for 20 minutes. This will not only infuse the hair with much-needed moisture but also relax the curl a little.
  10. “Make sure your styling products have UV protection in them to help maintain moisture and stop hair from dehydrating,” says Joey. This is important throughout the year, not just during summer.
  11. Be wary that over-coloured curls can be very hard to revive. The colour can make even the healthiest hair porous and frizzy, so hair texture that is already fragile will suffer. Take a cue from Halle and simply have highlights dotted throughout the hair subtly.
  12. Don’t brush curly hair when it’s dry. If you need to brush it at all, use a wide-tooth comb and do so when it is still 40% wet to avoid breakage.
  13. Don’t shampoo and condition curls every day. You will find this can make them too hard to manage. Instead, give the natural oils at the scalp a few days to settle into lengths. This helps with their health and buoyancy. Wash every third day or less if your hairdresser advises.

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Do you have natural curls? How do you care for them?


07 Mar 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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