From exposure to humidity to tossing and turning in your sleep, several factors can turn a naturally curly hairstyle into a frizzy, tangled mess. Luckily, there are ways to keep your curls intact between wash days and salon appointments. Use the following tips the next time you want to make your curly hairstyle last.
Tips for Keeping a Curly Hairstyle Fresh
“Pineapple” Hair at Night
The “pineapple” hair technique is used to prevent crushing curls while sleeping at night. First, apply a leave-in conditioner to strands. After, gather the locks into a high bun (close to your forehead) using a fabric scarf or scrunchie. Don’t use a traditional elastic band—these are too tight and can leave creases in your curls. In the morning, take down the ponytail and fluff hair to restore the shape.
Don’t Shampoo Every Day
Skin tissue, including your scalp, secretes an oily substance called sebum. With naturally straight hair, sebum can easily work its way into strands, leaving hair greasy.
It takes longer to work its way down curly strands, which means you can go a few days to a week between washings. Doing so will lock in moisture, combat frizz, and keep curls tight. Also think about using a product like Kevin Murphy Restore, a two in one cleansing conditioner to refresh your locks daily.
Use Appropriate Styling Products
Using hair care products specifically formulated for curly hairstyles will keep your locks looking gorgeous well past the two-day mark. When searching for items, stick to cremes and moisturizers that sculpt curls without leaving them stiff or crunchy. Many leave-in shampoos and additional products are formulated to retain moisture and define the curl structure. Dampening the locks with water will also reactivate the ingredients and redefine coils.
Pro Tip: Mix 20% conditioner with 80% water in a spray bottle and spray on dry hair and scrunch. Next, emulsify a little frizz control cream in your palms—like Lavender & Oak’s Balm—by pressing it into the curls to refresh your curly hair!
Whether you want to embrace your natural curls or revamp your look with a new haircut, color, or blow out, Bloom Beauty Lounge will make your vision a reality. Based in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, this hair salon not only employs a team of elite stylists, but it also carries its own line of organic products perfect for those with curly hairstyles. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 255-9355. A stylist is happy to share suggestions to inspire your new look. You can also visit their website to learn more about the Lavender & Oak line of products, and like their Facebook page to see past client makeovers.