7 easy tricks for quick curls
Whether you're blessed with natural ones or must create them from scratch, these are the latest curly hair heroes you need in your life.
1. Start in the shower
Using super sudsy shampoos in the shower may leave your scalp feeling clean, but can strip your locks of moisture and create havoc with your curls. That’s where oil-infused products like Moroccanoil Curl Cleansing Conditioner, $58.50, can help. In a single step, cleansing conditioners gently cleanse the hair with a low-lathering base loaded plus they’re loaded with conditioning oils so they won’t zap moisture. The more hydrated your hair is, the more likely your curls will stay defined and frizz free.
2. Spray and scrunch
For the causal ‘wash and go’ type of curl, look no further than a texturizing spray. Spritz one through towel dried hair and scrunch it in with your hands. As it dries you’ll be rewarded with a tousled, beachy looking wave. One like Goldwell StyleSign Surf Oil Salty Oil Spray, $29.50, adds body and texture but unlike a traditional salt spray, has an oil component so it gives curls shine rather than making them matte.
3. Use a tool
If you’re not one of those ladies who can curl her hair like a ribbon with a straightener, you’re certainly not alone. ghd have recognised our challenge and created the ghd Oracle, $380 –a state-of-the-art tool that curls your hair in one glide. To use it, pass each section of hair through its u-shape plates where it cleverly heats and then cools the curl to set it. You can create different types of curls depending on the angle you hold it.
4. Air dry
If you have a natural wave in your hair but it’s inclined to misbehave, you can reign it in by combing a leave-in product through your lengths once they’ve been towel-dried. One like Nature Box Macadamia Made to Nourish Cream, $14.99, uses cold-pressed macadamia oil to keep your locks loaded with moisture as they dry naturally. It’s a low maintenance way to make curls more manageable.
5. Plug in some rollers
When you have time on your side, you can’t beat the old world glamour of curls styled by a set of heated rollers such as Remington Pro Shine Hot Rollers, $99.99. The secret to a good ‘do’ is to blow dry your hair smooth first. Then spray setting lotion through each section of hair before rolling it onto the hot roller. Once cool, gently unroll and brush out for smooth, volumous waves.
6. Make em polished
Sometimes, all a curl needs is a little smoothing and definition, particularly on the ends. Dip you fingers into a pot of something like Biolage Curl Defining Elixir, $34, and on dry hair, work it through the length of each curl to give it a polish as well as hold. You’ll find it will help to keep your curls separated rather than ending up in one big curly mono-mop.
7. Keep humidity out
Humidity is the curl’s number one enemy. From steamy bathrooms to unloading the dishwasher or god forbid, getting caught in a shower of rain, the moment moisture hits an unprotected curl, it can turn it to frizz. The secret to keeping your curls tame is to spritz them with a lightweight finishing spray like Lee Stafford Dehumidifier Spray, $14.99, to form a seal and act like an umbrella to protect them.
How do you tame your curls?