Having previously relied on Brazilian blow-dry treatments to keep my hair as straight and smooth as possible, I’m now trying to embrace my naturally curly/wavy long hair by going for a kind of Boho look. What’s the best way to encourage my curls without ending up looking either like a poodle or with the dreaded stringy effect?
‘In a word? Hydration. The quality of the finish on any hair type rests in the condition, and this is even more the case with naturally curly hair. The definition and frizz free finish is completely dependent on keeping a naturally porous hair type infused with moisture. Don’t compromise on the quality of products used, particularly don’t underestimate the importance of the right shampoo and conditioner, controlling curls doesn’t begin at the end with styling products, but with the wash where the hair and scalp can receive moisture. In addition, invest in hair health with a weekly treatment mask too (I like Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask). After cleansing and conditioning, work a little Moroccanoil Original Treatment through mid-length to ends, this oil has been a game changer for all hair types in terms of eliminating frizz and hydrating without adding weight. Allow to dry naturally if you can, or choose a gentle way to dry: a diffuser attachment is great for sealing and maintaining the shape of the curl, and my own new INFRARED Dryer dries from the inside out, gently locking in moisture to avoid frizz in the finish. Using a very small amount of a curl defining product as a finishing touch is also an option, it’s very easy to use only on those curls or areas that require a little smoothing. There are many on the market to choose from, look to those with hydrating not stripping ingredients.’