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      10 Ways To Get Natural Curly Hair

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It's official - if there's even been a time to own your effortless tousle and work your corkscrew curls, it's 2021.

If like us, the thought of straightening your au natural texture one more time is worse than a third lockdown, then we're here to show you how to ditch the irons and take a more organic approach to style.

Forget the styling tools, and leave the heat damage at home, because enhancing your hair's natural movement need no longer be a daunting prospect.

Read on for how to encourage your curls minus the heated hair tools...

10 Ways To Style Natural Curly Hair

  1. Twist wet hair with a towel instead of rubbing all over.
  2. Swap your hairbrush for a wide-toothed comb.
  3. Ask for a 'feathered' cut at the hairdressers.
  4. Swap your hair serum for a curl creme.
  5. Use a diffuser on your hairdryer.
  6. Avoid anti-frizz products.
  7. Get a mousse with a modern 'noncrispy formula.
  8. Choose light-hold hairspray.
  9. Get a deep conditioning treatment.
  10. Try salt spray.

Intrigued? Get the full info on the ten tricks you need to master your natural texture and become a fully-fledged curly girl below.

How To Style Natural Curly Hair

1. Adopt the 'twist and press' method when drying

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We're all guilty of rough drying our tresses after a shower, but the rigorous motion can crush natural curls and encourage a halo of unsightly frizz. Hairstylist Lee Stafford mentions that the much gentler 'press and twist' method will preserve curls and provide the body.

'Simply take your towel and press and twist the hair rather than roughly rubbing it back and forth,' he said. 'Vigorously rubbing the hair to dry it will push the hair cuticles upwards which creates frizz.'

2. Ditch the hairbrush

Curly hair tends to be more dry and brittle than other types, so pulling a hairbrush through it will cause breakage and iron out your curl's natural shape. To untangle, run a wide-toothed comb through your hair while you condition in the shower. Leave it well alone after that.

3. Ask your hairstylist to feather the ends of your hair with a razor or scissors

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This is one of the best-kept secrets in hairdressing. Think of a synthetic ribbon – when you scrape the surface with the sharp edge of a pair of scissors, the end shoots up into a curl; this is what feathering your hair will achieve.

4. Swap your oily serum for a light curl creme

Oils and serums are great for smoothing down flyaways, but, if the definition is what you covet, treat your mid-lengths to ends to something lighter. The milky formula of curl creams helps curls reform in next to no time without weighing them down.

5. Always use a diffuser when blow-drying

A diffuser is essential for evening-out curl patterns. To give your curls some shape, simply turn your hairdryer onto the 'low' setting and drop them into the diffuser.

'Defined curls are going to be big in both volume and popularity for 2020,' says pro hairstylist Charlotte Mensah. 'Invest in a diffuser to ensure you get perfectly defined curls.'

6. Avoid 'anti-frizz products

Shampoos, conditioners, and serums which claim to rid your lengths of frizzies and flyaways will only give weight to curls and drag them down. Curly hair is often dry, but, Redken's All Soft Shampoo provides parched strands with a shot of nourishment all while defining tousles effortlessly.

7. Change up your mousse game

Mousse can be a game-changer. It's packed with malleable proteins that strengthen every curl without that stiff feeling. If you go a little overboard with the product, a puddle of hair oil will cut through any crispiness, softening the curl and making your style last longer.

8. Choose a light-hold hairspray to lock in your style

Don't make the mistake of drenching your natural curls in strong hold hairspray to keep them in check. Blanket hair with a little light-hold hairspray, instead, so as not to compromise on movement.

9. Treat your hair to a deep condition treatment

Quench thirsty curls and encourage a lively bounce by treating your hair to an intensely hydrating conditioning treatment once, or twice, a month. Slather on to shampooed locks and wait for the antioxidants and fatty acids to work their magic.

10. Don't be afraid of salt sprays

Re-applying mousse will only saturate your curls, making them rock hard. Instead, breathe life into a two-day-old 'do with a light veil of salt spray. Scrunching dry texturizing spray or salt spray into either damp or dry hair will refresh a flagging mane instantly.

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