Natural Tips For Curly Hair

Curly hair is a beautiful thing. A beautiful thing that can sometimes have a mind of its own.

The best way to get advice on how to tame it? Turn to fellow curly-haired beauties who have effortless beauty down pat. Like my girl Stephanie. This beauty is the type of girl who is natural and effortless in every sense – and she just so happens to have one of the most gorgeous sets of curls I’ve ever laid eyes on. Take it away, Steph!

curly hair tips

curly hair tips

1. I wash my hair every other day. Well. Sometimes every other other day. My hair loves Trichomania, a hydrating solid shampoo from Lush that smells like coconuts and actual heaven. It’s so kind to curly hair!

2. Use a nice thick deep conditioner. Always. I leave conditioner in my hair for 3-5 minutes and use a very wide tooth comb to detangle and distribute the conditioner evenly through my hair, combing from ends up.

curly hair tips

curly hair tips

curly hair tips

 

1. Wring your hair out with a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel. This is probably my favorite curly hair saver! When I was in high school, I figured out wringing my hair out with a gentler material as opposed to rubbing my hair vigorously with a bath towel after a shower made a huge difference in the shape of my curls once they dried.  Which speaking of drying….

2. Air-dry whenever possible! I avoid heat as much as I can. But sometimes, I sleep through alarms. So a little heat help becomes necessary. When it does I…

3. Blow dry with a diffuser. Usually only about half way and then let the rest air dry. The goal is to work with my curls because fighting them or trying to do anything other than embrace their wild nature is an uphill battle. One of my favorite things to do in the free spirit of owning curly hair is….

4. Flip your head over and blow dry (with a diffuser) upside down. Holy volume!!! I love big giant hair and this trick gets me like no other.

curly hair tips

curly hair tips

curly hair tips

1. Moroccan oil and post-shower conditioner are my ride or die. If my hair is wet, I go with oil. If my hair is dry and just needs a little oomph, I take the tiiiiniest bit of conditioner to my palms and scrunch it into my hair. Sometimes, I’ll fill a spray bottle with water and a little conditioner, shake it up, and spritz my hair all over if I have that kind of time.

2. Bobby pins + claws instead of elastics! My hair just looks and feels happier when it’s not all knotted up with a hair-tie. Like it gets a bonus bounce when I let it out of the pins instead of falling kind of limp when I let it out of an elastic choke-hold. My hair game also took a giant level-up when I recently learned bobby pins should be inserted wavy side down. Doh! Never knew.

3. Curling wands can transform your life. Seriously. If any part of my hair looks lifeless, I’ll wrap a little bit of hair around a curling wand for a few seconds, let go, and separate the curl so it blends in with the rest of my hair. I don’t do this to my entire head because this random styling creates a naturally fabulous look that I’m in love with.

4. Mid-day scalp massages rule everything around me. I like to flip my head over and use the pads of my fingertips to massage my scalp when my hair starts to feel heavy or like it needs to be woken up. I try to avoid touching my curls throughout the day but always make an exception because when I flip my head back over after giving my head a little massage, I feel so refreshed + my hair looks & feels revived.  :)

curly hair tips

curly hair tips

A huge thank you to Stephanie for sharing with us her hair, her face, her words… and that adorable illustration you see above!

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Comments

  1. This is what I needed! My hair has been so dense and curly lately I have to blow dry it before I go to classes and then I have an afro to deal with!

  2. Actually, some of these tips could work for kinky hair. One person’s routine isn’t going to work for everyone, but one person’s routine could inspire you to improve or change your own. My hair texture is not like Stephanie’s (it’s super huge, fine, frizzy and dry with at least 4 different curl patterns) but the gist of her routine is that she is always adding moisture to her hair. I do scalp massages myself, for headaches and to try to move some of the oils from my scalp through my hair. When reading posts such as these, it’s always good to have an open mind :)

  3. Love reading other women’s tips for curly hair, I always hope I’ll find some secret that will magically transform my side-show bob type mane of hair. While not the most natural product, I swear by DevaCurl for washing, it’s seriously changed my hair. Jojoba Oil is also amazing, way better for me than coconut oil as it’s less heavy.

  4. Yes! I have curly hair and it does have a mind of its own. I am definitely going to try the shampoo I’ve never heard of it. I agree when the oil regimen I do that now and it works wonders for me. Thanks ladies!

  5. So grateful for this curly-hair sister!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who likes when my hair is giant. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. JerseyJ, thanks for implying that I’m being close-minded. While some things work for girls with hair like this, some don’t. Plus, this article should be a lot more in-depth if it is meant to be helpful.

  7. 1. this article was extremely helpful. free people always has my back.
    2. by chance where are those amazing high waisted levis from? could i be linked?

  8. It has only been the last few years that i have been able to properly take care of my curls, instead of straightening them with a flatiron. I owe that to naturallycurly.com for all their advice. I now use JESSICURL.com styling products on my hair…..and sometimes some argan oil. Deep conditioning is a must, and the less you wash it the better as curly hair tends to be dry. Thank you for posting the beautiful photos!

  9. good tips, but if you have curly but fine hair, use aloe vera instead of conditionner to “sculpt it”, it weights them down a lot less and moisturizes them at the same time (or so i find). Otherwise, the above tips work for fine hair with curls too :)

  10. I’m a yogi with baby fine soft ringlets that fall to the middle of my back. I dye my hair every 2-3 months. I needed my routine to include washing every day because I’m very active. I also use all salon brand products and find it makes a huge difference. I brush my hair before I shower. I find it causes less breakage.

    1. I swap back and forth between a moisturizing shampoo/conditioner and a protien based one. Protien tends to dry it out but help it grow longer.

    2. While washing, never wash the length of hair below your chin. I have to part my hair into two sections to achieve a good scalp wash. Do this by running your finger from the top of one ear, around the back of your head, and to the other ear. You can scrub your shampoo into your scalp much easier without getting any on your lengths. Simply squeeze any suds through your hair lengths and rinse. I can wash my hair every day using this method and it’s crazy gentle. :D
    While conditioning, only rub conditioner on the top outside layer of you hair and fully saturate all the length of hair below your jaw line. At this point you can wet comb if you like. I dry brush before my showers.

    3. Squeeze any water out that you can with just your bare hands. Flip your head upside down and swing your head gently to help your hair from being stuck to the back of your head. You can squeeze out more water at this point too. Now either wrap a towel gently around your head while you are still bending over and your curls are hanging forward and let it sit for 5minutes (don’t worry, you can stand back up straight once the towel is on! :3) OR, lower curls into a t-shirt if you want to do the plopping technique. (Check youtube for curly girl plopping, it’s amazing) After allowing your hair to dry a bit, use a spray leave in conditioner then squeeze in oil over it to help seal the conditioner in. At this point I usually finger shape a few curls around my face , 2 on each side. You can pin them back if the curls get in your face but you may have to experiment with pinning it. I’ve had some funky curls come out of pinning while wet! Haha

  11. I have thick curly red hair that expands as the day goes on, especially in humid climates. I met a great curly hair stylist that suggested I stop using shampoo because the sulfates were drying out my hair. So now I just use conditioner and skip the shampoo and my hair has responded well. I was hesitant at first because I hike, bike and do hot yoga, but she explained that sweat is water soluble and that I would still get clean hair by just conditioning and rinsing. Everyone with curly hair has to find their own way to cope with it and skipping the suds has done wonders for me.

  12. Wow I have struggled so much with my curly hair sometimes I just wanna give up. But, I am gonna try this shampoo that you use. I just wish someone could tell me what to use on my hair. I have never used oil on my hair either. I have super frizzy, poofy, natural curls and I don’t know how to handle them.

  13. I’ve read a lot of articles and posts about how to handle naturally curly hair and I’ve found that the best thing to do is to keep experimenting. You’ll never know what works best for your hair until you’ve actually tried some of these methods. I recently started drying my hair upside down with a diffuser which has made a big difference in the shape of my curls. They are lighter and bouncier since they haven’t been weighed down by water/gravity. I would love to let my hair air dry but I find that the curl doesn’t form as well. The tshirt trick has worked like a charm. But if I use any sort of leave-in conditioner or oil, it works against my curls. No one set of rules will apply to all unruly hair. Don’t give up and keep playing with different tricks and tips to see what works for you!

  14. First, and foremost, find a hairstylist that will cut your hair dry! There’s no point using all the right products if your hair has not been shaped properly. Personally, I go to someone who has been trained in the Deva method. I’ve also heard good things about Ouidad stylists.

    Second, I agree with those who say that no one method will work for everyone. You have to experiment with products and methods to find the ones that are best for you. Example, everyone raves about coconut oil, and while my skin loves it, it doesn’t do a damn thing for my hair. My best oil seems to be olive oil. I mix up a batch of olive oil and different essential oils, heat it in the microwave, and leave it in my hair for at least an hour once a week.

    Except for when I do a hot oil treatment, I only co-wash with a conditioner, use another heavier conditioner for conditioning, and then use a leave-in conditioner/detangler. When I do shampoo, it’s sulfate-free, and I never use anything in my hair that contains silicones. I never brush my hair, I only comb it in the shower when it has lots of conditioner in it. (My hair tangles like crazy.)

    Like I said, experiment and have fun with it! Check out the “Curly Girl Method” book, the “Naturally Curly” website, or go to Youtube and check out all the videos. Find what works best for you.

  15. I’ve tried many things over the years, and I’m getting really good results with coconut oil after shampoo/conditioner in the shower. Don’t use near the scalp or you’ll get an oily look. My hair is nearly to my waist, curls are much nicer and less frizzy with this.

  16. I have sort of wavy curly hair that sometimes goes curly-curly . It is very dry and frizzy. I find that the Healthy Sexy Hair oil really does wonders for me as well as the Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum. Both are wonderful. I used to love the Dove leave-in conditioner but they discontinued it! Now I can’t find a conditioner tthat lives up to it. :( you should definitely give thise oils a try if you need help taming the frizz!

  17. I have used everything you can imagined for my curly hairs without success unil around 48 years of 6 years ago I started using the Wen products. Oh my what a difference it has made! I go back every now and then just to try something new but I always go back to Wen. It gives your hair defined soft curls, your hair grows longer because you don’t have the breakage you do using shampoos., Just try it once you will never go back, they will give your money back if you don’t care for it. check it out, you can only buy it over the Internet.

  18. Hair bungees are the absolute best for pony tails. They don’t tear or pull, are exactly as tight as YOU want… I love them when I want my hair not to fall out of clips.

  19. I have very curly hair. Anywhere from curls to ringlets. Sometimes very frizzy but at the same time it is almost baby soft especially if I don’t have mousse or gel in it. I need help!!! How does everyone go without washing it?? I have to wash mine daily to get the product out. If I don’t wash my hair it is a nappy mess. Any suggestions?

  20. Yay. Someone with the same hair as me. It is great to read about your routine. I struggle with getting my hair to dry and I hate how weather kind of has a huge influence on how my hair is going to look. You have inspired me to put my straightener back in the cupboard and just stick with it. Big hugs. Curls are awesome,

  21. This is so perf. Sometimes it can be so difficult finding girls with the same hair as mine and this article is the best thing ever. Flipping my head over and blow drying upside down is the only way I ever get my hair to dry in a partially uniform state otherwise it’s just limp and dries weird.

  22. Great advice. How is the best way to wear your hair when going to sleep? so its not a frizzy mess in the morning and still be able to keep the curls.

  23. I have curly hair also and use many of these same techniques, though I am excited to try not roughing it up with a towel. Hopefully there will be less frizz a result. But mostly I wanted to say I love the pics and your outfit. Super cute post. Thanks!

  24. Does Stephanie or anybody else have some conditioner recommendations? I have a lot of ringlet curly hair and it gets tangled so easily! I need something to also tame the frizz. Thank you!

  25. I love, love, love, love Stephanie’s hair! I have the same type of hair and had it cut shoulder length last year but I still have a ton of curls and still have the same struggles I had when it was long, lol. I.m going to try the shampoo from Lush and I’m also looking at their conditioners. Styling products are always a struggle -between drying my hair out, not strong enough to keep the frizzies away, too strong so I get the crunchies, etc. This article reminded me that years ago I used to put a little Neutrogena Sesame oil in my hair and use small claw clips to pin it up, might try that again.

  26. Hi all, i kind a have the same curls. I have tried a lot trough the years but i finally found the easiest and fastest way to live with my hair. and since i found it i had never had negative feelings about havind curls again. I know absolutely love it not having straight hair. I wash my hair 2 or 3 times a week, using hydra-curls shampoo from lóreal. after washing it i wrap it in a towel for about 10 minutes. then i put in a curly cream (boots curl cream or lóreal hydra curl cream or curls rock from tigi) then i make a French braid. when my hair is dry the next morning i have soft bouncy curls and it stays that way without frizz for at least 2 days. maybe it gets ecven beter if i start with the t-shirt trick!!

  27. I just want to say that after reading this it’s basically changed my life as far as my hair goes. I didn’t end up ordering that shampoo from Lush since it has sulfates. After some more research I found something similar to Wen but much cheaper and better so now no more shampoo for me! I also have to use very little styling product since I stopped using a towel and shampoo and my hair is healthier than it’s ever been so now I’m growing it out again. The best thing I found for styling was red palm oil but it won’t work if you don’t have reddish hair since it really is a red oil. I’ll have to find something else if I go blonder but for now it works great. Just a little while my hair is wet and then a little bit of Shea Moisture gel souffle on the ends of my hair and it looks amazing. No sulfates and everything i’m using is all natural ingredients now so that makes me happy.

  28. I have the same exact hair as her and i use morrocan argan oil and agave’s shampoo and conditioner and it honestly is amazing. but i might have to try the lush line now.

  29. So thankful for the tips! Especially on how to get it dry, now I use my sarong, which is made of 100% cotton and my hair hasn’t been this beautiful. People stop me on the streets just to tell me how gorgeous my hair is……. not to mention how much attention I get when I go for drinks with my girlfriends. Finally I can manage my hair; I was thinking on cutting it because I was tired of my “rebel curls” but after reading these tips and put them to work, NO WAY I’m cutting my gorgeous hair. A trillion thanks to Stephanie!!!

  30. Thank you very much! It is very difficult sometimes to find articles for this tope of hair, which I hace. Most of the articles you read, or find easily are for different type of curls, those made in salon… I’ll try some of this :)

  31. JESSICURL products are the BOMB! I don’t use shampoo (except for a 4-6 week event). I need the heavier Too Shea conditioner in the shower and deep conditioner every week or two (a pre-shower treatment). I do the tee-shirt wrap and style with Rockin’ Ringlets and Confident Coils mixed together, dried part way, then gather it up scrunch-like in a hair-tie (made from stocking waistbands, so no,tangles or tugging) . I leave my hair tied up until just before going into myfirstnappointment of the day. “If you can’t fix it, feature it” inspires my hair style model – if I can’t tame it, set it free! Thank you Jessicurl.com and naturallycurly.com for tutorials, tips and to,order products for my curls.

  32. I love the Moroccan oil and conditioner tip! I use the M.Oil with Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner and a dab of their hair silk late in the day. I get Moroccan oil from my salon and Mixed Chicks (mixedchicks.net) from Target or Beauty Supply.

  33. I have wavy hair and I’ve found diffusers key to keeping my locks under control. Of course I try to air dry whenever possible because it’s healthier but when pressed for time diffusers make a huge diff.

  34. My hair is naturally curly I condition with a curly hair conditioner I might use a neutral shampoo for curly hair I once a week or every other week only on scalp let sit 3 to min and rinse quick and therally. .I’m use a curly hair conditioner comb through rinse good squeeze water out as moch as possible. Sometimes ill take a quarter size (depending on length of hair) of my curly conditioner &scrunch into outer (half on scalp) I’m going to try the t shirt not towel idea it makes sense towel wrapped hair sometimes causes my hair to dry too much. I have used vitamin e oil on ends only sometimes to help lock in conditioner and squeeze out again.wrap in t shirt do most of my makeup.. then comb through (All ways use wide tooth comb) I use a madium

  35. So I have really long curly hair and sometimes I get frustrated with the hair closest to my roots. When I style it in the morning, I will use a product in my hair. So after I put the product, I scrunch it to help my curls, but the top layer near my roots it won’t start curling until about 1/4 to 1/3 down my hair. So I’m asking is there any way to get that part of my hair. Do I have to go in and get my hair trimmed and layered? Please HELP!

  36. Hello :)
    I had too frizzy and curly hair. The problem is that I didn’t know hoe to manage my curly hair and also I didn’t have the right haircut for them.
    Then I come to Tirrico Fulvio a hairdresser here in Italy… i can say that his hands are magic! Now my hair are perfect everyday. He also explained how to style them at home!
    He is great! He gives also tips online in his page with personal messages
    This is his page
    https://www.facebook.com/kingofcurl/

  37. Great article. And like some commenters said, what works for some may not work for others. I have thick, long curly hair. My curls range from 2b to 3b. I stopped using shampoo regularly a year ago (only 3-5 times a year). My hair has reacted so well to this. I work out regularly and thought it would be gross, but quite the opposite. I condition heavily in the shower and pick it out. That is the only time I comb it. After rinsing, I grab a cotton t-shirt, and scrunch then wrap. I use cheap gel and coat it (then scrunch with shirt again). Depending on the weather (aka humidity), I will top with a hair pomade for ethnic hair. Hair is good to wear down for 2 days, then 3rd and 4th day need some assistance (more pomade/oil). Only wash twice a week…and all my friends are jealous. :) I used to fight with my hair, wanting it straight all the time. Now I embrace it.

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