If you have curly hair, then chances are you know exactly what we're talking about when we say it can be a love/hate relationship. Many curly girls do love their curls, but the challenge falls with how to manage them and what products, tools, and techniques to use for styling. Well, you came to the right place because in this weeks journal we are talking about Everything You Need To Know About Styling And Caring For Your Curly Hair, and trust us you will be close to a pro at caring for your curls by the time you finish this post. Well maybe not a pro, but you know what we mean.
Getting The Right Haircut
We're not trying to force you to break up with your hairstylist, but what we are saying is this...If your hairstylist does not know how to properly cut curly hair, and you want to wear your hair curly, then you will definitely need to search the area you live for someone who specializes in curly hair. You may not think this will have an impact on how your curls will perform, but it most certainly does. Curly hair works best when cut creating random disconnected lengths through out the haircut. This special type of layering allows the curls to bounce off of one another creating a complementary shape. It removes weight in all the right places without "thinning" out your hair.
Talk to your hairstylist about what haircut they would recommend if you are recently deciding to make a switch and embrace your curls. Find some inspiration images on Pinterest of curly haircut shapes that you would enjoy wearing and share them with your stylist. If your stylist is unsure how to create that shape, do some research and find someone who is.
Caring For Your Curls Why
Proper care when it comes to curls is a must. It is imperative that you use haircare products that will moisturize and hydrate the curls. Curly hair tends to be on the dryer side, so keeping the curls hydrated is the first step. We recommend our Iles Formula Shampoo and Conditioner. Our Shampoo is sulfate, paraben and silicon free, and contains silk proteins that will leave your hair feeling like silk. The conditioner will instantly detangle, repair and nourish the hair, leaving you with beautiful, bouncy, hydrated curls.
Our Spa Collection Box includes the Shampoo, Conditioner and our Hair Mask, which is a dream come true product for curly hair. It can be used as little as once a month or as often as daily, depending on how much your hair needs it. The hair mask is a rich luscious butter, that your curly hair will love. Notice the Distribution Comb that also comes in the kit. This can be used to comb through your conditioner, as well as to comb your hair after the shower. It is ideal for curly hair, as it has the widespread teeth. This helps, because it won't drag the curls out of shape when combing the hair.
Why A Turban Towel Versus A Normal Towel
You will love our Signature Hair Turban Towel. On the days you wash your hair, utilize the Iles turban towel instead of a regular towel as it is more gentle on the curls and will help to eliminate frizz that a normal towel will create.
We recently launched this turban towel after studying many on the market. We chose the best points from all and adapted it to our very own signature towel. We chose the toweling itself with much care and thought not to scratch the hair shaft or disturb the curl. It can be used on all hair types, but is a dream on curls reducing a lot of static and delivering gorgeous shaped curls.
If you prefer to skip days between washing, then this is definitely ok, but your curls will behave better if you dampen them and add Iles Formula Finishing Serum to hydrate again the hair without build up. This serum is perfect for curls as it has no heavy oils that will weigh the hair down or look too greasy through buildup.
Styling Your Curls
When it comes to styling your curls, there are definitely some very important tips. See our checklist below to make sure you are following all of these steps when styling your hair.
1/. First, make sure your hair is damp when you apply your styling products. If the hair has already started to dry before you apply your styling product, then you will loose the beautiful curl form. If it has dried while you applied your makeup, simply re saturate it using a spray bottle with water.
2/. Use our Iles Formula Finishing Serum as your styling product. You will absolutely love what this serum does for your curls. Your result will be, lustrous, frizz free, hydrated curls that are luscious and touchable and not stiff. No one wants stiff crunchy curls!
3/. If you need extra hydration, leave a little residue of conditioner in your hair when rinsing, this will be your new favorite trick.
4/. If you have used our turban towel the curl formation should be pretty perfect and ready to just apply our serum and allow to dry naturally. If your curl is weak and needs help, section your hair from the bottom up and apply your product in the following manner. After each section has the product applied, take small sections and twist the hair in the direction of the natural curl pattern.
5/. Once you have twisted the entire head, you can either allow it to dry naturally or use a difuser to dry the hair. Try to keep your fingers out of your hair while you are styling until it is about 90% dry.
6/. Once your hair is completely dry, you may find that you still have some resistant areas where the curl pattern did not take and it is straighter than other parts of your hair. This is an easy fix, utilize a curling iron that matches the curl size and patter of your hair. We have included a diagram created by Totalbeauty.com for you to reference and compare your curl type to see which is right for you.
7/. Once you have determined which size matches your curl pattern and size, you can spot curl only the pieces that have stayed straight while diffusing. By the way, this often happens if you haven't worn your hair curly for a long time. Not to worry, the more you style curly, the faster it will come back to life. Another reason this would happen, is if you are having your hair highlighted with bleach, this may have an effect on the curl consistency. Needless to say, the more you style it curly the faster it will bounce back.
We hope that you have enjoyed this guide to Everything You Need To Know About Styling And Caring For Your Curly Hair. These tips will give you all the support you need to embrace your curls. Share your curly hair selfies with us on social media @ilesformula_hair and #IlesFormula.
What is your favorite curly hair tip? Share with us in the comments!