Update: This post originally ran August 8, 2013, but we wanted to bring it back for any of you curly-haired beauties who may have missed it!
We often get requests from readers for us to do beauty posts that focus on curly hair. Those with natural curls know that curly hair behaves much differently than other types, and must be treated accordingly! To get some insiders tips on the matter, I looked no further than the curly-haired beauties right here in our home office.
Today, 5 Free People employees are sharing their secrets on how they care for their curly locks.
“On days I wash my hair, I comb it straight while wet. Next, I flip my hair over and, with a little bit of hair mousse on both hands, I scrunch my hair and then use a bit of hairspray. I then flip my hair over, scrunch (not adding any more mousse), and hairspray again. I put my hair back up in a towel to let it dry a bit, which is a perfect time to do my makeup. Then I take my hair out of the towel, add a little more hairspray, and blow-dry using a diffuser (which usually comes with all hair dryers). On days I don’t wash my hair I just fill up a spray bottle with water, spritz it on my hair a little and blow-dry my hair a little more with the diffuser for more volume! Don’t tell too many people — it works curly magic miracles!” – Cheryl
“My curly hair routine… Especially for this wild mane, it definitely takes some TLC!!!
I normally go a day (sometimes two days) between washing… I wash my hair with Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner. My #2 backup is Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner.
My essential products:
Living Proof Nourishing Styling Crème
Vavoom Height of Glam Volumizing Foam (I can’t live without this product!)
Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist
Styling tool: Blow dryer with diffuser is a MUST. Drying my hair can be a process, it usually takes about 15 minutes.
Finish off with Matrix Volumizing Hairspray – the BIGGER the BETTER!!
There you have it: my hair secrets revealed.” -Holly
“All I do is wash it and then I sleep on it. I am super low maintenance, I buy my shampoo based on how good it smells!” -Rachel
“My routine is pretty simple – less is more!
I have a lot of hair, but the individual strands are pretty fine so I only shampoo once a week/as needed… Most of the time I just use conditioner so my hair stays soft & weighed down. This also helps maintain the shape of my curls & minimize frizz.
I don’t use any special shampoo/conditioners on regular basis… I feel like it’s what goes in after you are out of the shower that makes the difference… But occasionally I’ll pick up a bottle of Fekkai’s full volume conditioner. This makes my hair super soft & shiny but it’s too heavy for everyday use.
I’m addicted to Chi & Moroccan oil products. Chi’s silk infusion serum is the best thing I’ve found for my curls. I apply a generous amount to wet hair & let air dry. That’s really all it takes, but I have a habit of playing with my hair throughout the day so sometimes I need a little Moroccan oil (only on dry hair) to keep things in control. Plus, I love the smell of it!
When you have hair as curly as mine, I think it’s very important to embrace it. I go back & forth between straight & curly in the fall – spring, but in the summer it stays curly. I’ve learned the hard way (over & over) that you cannot hide from humidity – when you keep it au natural it just gives you more volume. :)” -Jill
“I wash my hair with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner (I used the Ouidad line, in particular). When I’m done, I ‘towel’ dry my hair with an old t-shirt; it sounds a bit odd, but it decreases frizz that a regular terry cloth towel would cause! Other than that, I usually just scrunch my hair around the roots (see gif below) and let it air dry. :)” -Diane
“My hair is an unpredictable creature, so I keep my routine pretty basic for my sanity. I hop in the shower, use a sulfate-free shampoo, use a little leave-in conditioner to help retain some moisture, and then shake it out with my hands. After that, I let nature take its course and see what happens — every day is an adventure, in that sense! My most important curls tips, though? 1) Never brush your curls while dry and 2) EMBRACE THEM!” -Angelina
Do you have any tips for taking care of curly hair? Please share!
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