BY ZOE FOSTER
As per many a ringleted, wavy, curly girl’s request, I present to you a (kind of) definitive guide on how to style natural curls. (Motto for today: “Don’t be surly, just get curly!”)
As the owner of such curls, these are the Ways and Prodz that have worked best for me over the years. (Mind you, when my hair is very blonde, as it is now (this photo is a year old), natural curls don’t even exist in my hair – they are just a stringy, frizzy, dry mess of straggle. So I fake it with a curling tong until my hair is healthy and brown and bouncy again.)
Off we go!
When washing and conditioning…
Buy shampoo and conditioner that will cater to your curls. Not your colour, or your volume, but your curls. Curls generally go troppo for moisture, but don’t love weight, which is a bit of an odd pairing, and why most curl-specific shampoos and conditioners will have lovely but very lightweight nourishing oils or ingredients in them, so your curls are moisturised, but not heavy and lank. I love Redken Fresh Curls shampoo and conditioner, Davines (pronounced dav-in-nay) Lovely Curl enhancing shampoo and conditioner and my curly girlyfriend swears by the Herbal Essences Totally Twisted range.
Also, consider NOT applying conditioner to the scalp, just from about two inches down. This should help keep any hair-stick-to-head-ness away. And please use a hair mask or treatment once a week. Keeping your hair in tip bloody top condition is crucial for non-stringy, non-ratty, non-limp curls. Regular trims to get rid of split ends that ruin the look and ‘spiral’ of your curls are also very, very wise. (Especially if one is dyed blonde.)
There is, of course, also the issue of frizz, which can make a happy curly girl morph into a terrified or terrifying beast indeed, and while frizz products aren’t specifically created for curl obedience, they can certainly help. I must mention Living Proof (buy from Mecca) here, who have a magical, patented formula in their shampoo and conditioner, that does incredimazing things for curl behaviour and frizz walloping.