Styling Naturally Curly Hair
Psst: Not all naturally textured hair is created equally! Geneva Cowen, Artistic Director for Sam Villa, says 25 percents of her guests have naturally curly hair. “Very naturally curly hair is represented in every ethnic group. I have natural redheads, blondes and ethnic guests with similar curl and all different textures and needs,” she explains.
Each unique curl pattern and texture requires different treatment, especially when it comes to cuts. But where styles are concerned, there are several key aspects to keep in mind. Here, Cowen offers a few must-have tips for styling naturally curly hair.
- Use fingers to lift hair off the scalp with the head tilted back to promote natural curl
- Use a microfiber towel or T-shirt to take excess water out of hair and keep the cuticle compact – a regular towel has nubs that promote frizz
- Apply product to wet hair to define curls – try rubbing the formula in your hands first, then apply to calm the cuticle and add smoothness
- Air-dry or use a diffuser on high heat with low air
“When diffusing curly hair, focus on one area of your shape until it is dry and then move to the next area. This decreases uneven drying and will keep your curls from being frizzy,” explains Cowen.
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