Tips for managing curly hair

April 7, 2011 3:02:31 PM PDT
Rain and humidity can make for bad hair days, but for women with curly hair, every day can be a battle.

Fortunately, there is help from stylist Lorraine Massey for women who might think their curly hair is a bit of a pain.

In fact, Lorraine Massey is obsessed with curls.

"Curls are not a trend. They're a lifestyle." Massey said.

Massey feels it is time to embrace the bounce. Her salon Devachan is devoted to curls. She even studies the curls of her clients and now she has written a book on it called The Curly Girl Handbook.

"The Curly Girl Handbook" includes dozens of tips to get your curls just right. For starters, no brushes needed with these tips.

"I don't believe in brushes," Massey said.

One of Massey's other curl tips include: "If your curls do frizz, or disperse, spray a little water on the curl and wrap. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, and the curl will look fresh."

Massey suggests that when you are drying your hair, you can use a diffuser.

"You can also put some gel on your hands and graze your hair," Massey said.

She calls this move the gel mist. After 10 -20 minutes the result will be fuller, but not frizzier hair.

Massey has two rules for women with curly hair when it comes to cutting it.

"Curly hair is so important to cut dry," Massey said. "I never trust hair when it's wet."

She also says to cut the hair curl by curls. Never cut it straight across. Her rules apply to all ethnicities.

One hair motto that Massey believes in is that wherever you go you take your hair with you so you have to be happy.

Your hair says a lot about you because that is one of the first thing people see. Therefore, if you have curly hair, these tips will be a lifesaver.


More Tips

  • Use sulfate-free cleansers/shampoos. Traditional shampoos contain harsh detergents called sulfates, foaming agents that strip curly hair of its natural oils causing frizz.
  • Condition, condition, condition. Once curly hair fibers are sufficiently hydrated with conditioner, they will hold onto the moisture they need and the frizz will go away! Curly hair is porous, but the conditioner fills the holes a bit like spackle on walls and smoothes the surface so that light can reflect off it. Leave some or all of your conditioner in your hair rather than rinsing. Generally, the tighter or dryer the curl, the more conditioner you need.
  • Don't use a brush and comb (even those that claim to be made for curls). The act of brushing or combing the hair actually interferes with your curls' natural formation and causes dispersed curls - otherwise known as frizz! Use your fingers to comb through the hair only when it's wet and drenched with conditioner in the shower.
  • Don't use a conventional towel on curly locks. A terry-cloth towel will absorb too much moisture and its harsh fabric will ruffle the hair's cuticle causing frizz. Instead, blot hair with a paper towel, old, cotton t-shirt, microfiber towel, old pillow-case or burp cloth. These are smooth and absorbant but won't cause frizz.
  • Apply gel to wet curls. Make sure it's alcohol and silicone free to give definitive hold without leaving curls crunchy. Gel helps hold the natural curl formation until hair dries, protecting it from outside elements like wind and humidity.
  • Don't touch your hair while it's drying. Again, this interferes with the curls' natural formation, causing frizz.
  • Cut curly hair only when it's dry. Wet curls and dry curls are like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Curly hair may be half way down your back when wet, only to spring up as much as 6 to 10 inches when it's dry.