How many of us are set in our ways at straightening out those glorious curls and waves we have kept hidden all these years. We forget they are still there. They may just need a little coaxing to nurture them back, but it’s certainly doable.
What inspired me to write this article was a photo I saw recently of Lauren Hutton with her natural wavy hairstyle. Her hair was cut to a length just clearing the shoulders and allowed to dry naturally. The result was effortlessly feminine, modern and timeless.
Personally I love curls and waves with some length and a little graduation that can help to provide some volume. Let’s not confuse graduation with layers…. not at all. We mostly do not want layers as this will create round shapes which are more complicated to handle.
As a stylist I aim to educate my client to help her understand what not to do and to restructure her curl pattern using hand drying and diffusing techniques, forming a polished, natural movement. The bottom line is to remove any frizz, and that starts when the hair is wet, so lets start from the beginning.
When showering be sure not to rough up cuticle while you’re washing. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Rinse the hair “down” instead of “back.” When you get out of the shower, refrain from messing your curls with a towel. Instead, lean over and squeeze the water out so that you’re holding the curl in place. Rough drying with a towel creates frizz, and you don’t want frizz. The ideal accessory is the turban towel which will remove fast excess water without messing up the curl formation.
My favorite nurture product for curls and waves is the Iles Formula Curl Revive.
Curl Revive launched recently to phenomenal reviews. It has 2 applicators: a spray for finer-textured hair and a flip-top for coarse thick hair that needs a stronger dose of product. It delivers soft luscious curls and waves with no crackle and crunch or greasy or stiff results. Apply this liberally throughout the damp hair then diffuse the curls dry or allow to dry naturally.
My preferred dryer is the Dyson dryer with diffuser attachment. It dries hair fast without agitating the curl movement. For curly hair, it is so important to allow hair to dry thoroughly before going in and pulling out the curl gently with fingers.
For travel, you might want to carry a collapsible diffuser. This is a good, inexpensive one available at Amazon.
Once dry, throw hair upside down and shake hair into place. Any sections that have not formed as well can be retouched with a curling iron.
If you have not worn your hair curly for a while it may take a couple of tries before the curl jumps back. It’s just a question of coaxing it back and nurturing it to where you want it to be.
Embrace your natural wave and curls; it can be a little fiddly at first but with the right products and tools, your waves will be attractive and very flattering, not to mention modern and effortless.
Editor’s Note: The Iles Formula Curl Revive is now sold in a pack with everything one needs for curly, wavy and frizzy hair. Known as The Curl Pack it sells for $92.00
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