Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Bringing out the Curl in Wavy Hair

A few weeks ago, one of our readers asked for tips on how to bring out the curl in wavy hair. There are a few ways to accomplish a curl, ranging from the lazy girl's method to the more time-consuming. The key to keeping the curl intact in any method is using enough product. Without the right products, the curl will fall out and you will be left with a frizzy mess.

The Lazy Girl Method for Tight Waves/Loose Curls: This method involves braiding your hair in sections at night and taking the braids out in the morning. Apply mousse or gel (see product recommendations below) to damp hair evenly from root to tip. Braid hair in sections with the width of the braid varying depending on how tight you want the curl. The smaller the braids, the tighter the curl. Apply smoothing serum at the end of the braid so the ends of the curl don't come out raggedy. In the morning, take out the rubber bands and shake out your hair with your fingers. DO NOT BRUSH under any circumstances or you will loosen the curl and end up with frizz. Smooth a little more gel or spray hairspray through hair to hold the curl.

This method is best for longer hair and those that want a loose curl versus a tight ringlet.

The Diffuser Method: Diffusers are a circular attachment that you attach to the end of your hairdryer. Diffusers are great for wavy/curly hair as they evenly distribute air (no blowing hair around so no frizz) and coax out the curly. You can purchase a relatively cheap diffuser at any drugstore.

Apply a heat protectant such as to damp hair. As above, apply gel or mousse to the hair next. Flip hair over so your head is hanging upside down and hold the hairdryer vertically so the diffuser's face is cupping the ends of your hair. Dry hair by GENTLY SCRUNCHING the hair while moving the diffuser through different sections of your hair. I like hanging my head upside down because you can get to all sections of the hair but it works the same way right side up as well. Flip head over and again, only arrange hair with hands, no brush. As above, apply a little more gel or hairspray for extra hold.

This method is great for any length of hair and for a more natural curl. The results will depend on your hair type. If you have fine, wavy hair, you are more likely to get a loose curl. If you have thick, wavy hair (like myself), you are more likely to get tighter curls with this method.

The I-Have-All-Afternoon-and-Alot-of-Patience Method: This method may be time consuming but it results in the tightest, smoothest curls. Use either a curling iron or hot rollers. The size of either depends on how tight you want the curls.

Applying a heat protectant to hair is a MUST for this method as you are applying heat directly on to the hair. Next, apply gel or mousse to damp hair as above but must be almost complete dry before using either a curling iron or hot rollers. Use either a curling iron or hot rollers. The size of either depends on how tight you want the curls. Use a smaller iron or roller for tights curls and go bigger for larger curls. Once finished curling, do not brush. Arrange hair with your fingers and finish with a bit of hairspray.

Product Recommendations:

Mousse: Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Mousse
Gel: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Clearly Defined Style Holding Gel
Smoothing Serum: Oscar Blandi Olio de Jasmine Hair Serum
Heat Protectant: Tresemme European Instant Heat Tamer Styling Spray
Hairspray: Sebastian Touchable Extra Hold Hairspray with Humidity Resistance


  1. Any idea what the hair color of these ladies (including Riya Sen's below) are ? Also Aish's hair color looks great. I would appreciate if you could let me know.

  2. Mystic, we'll definitely do a post on these haircolors soon and how to get them. This post on curly hair was in regard to your question from a few weeks ago!

  3. Thanks a lot for this post (and sorry for not mentioning in the last comment..bad bad me)! I got so excited that I promptly went and got some cute curls. I am yet to have to buy the heat protection stuff tho'. I used Conair CHV14IX Instant Heat Rollers which I had bought sometime back, but this is the first time it looked good :). I am eager to try the lazy girl method. Thank you great ladies. You must have figured out that I visit your site often. Keep it up.

  4. Halle and those curls look great! She uses Mixed Chicks products. I bought them because of Halle. And maybe I don't look quite as good as she does, but my curls are really defined. Thank you Halle! Keep the movies coming!

  5. Kemper - I have heard a lot of great things about Mixed Chicks products. I haven't tried them yet but hopefully will soon and will try to do a review!


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