While the majority of us rely on straighteners or curling tongs on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to take a break from heated styling products every now and then.
And if you have curly hair naturally, then your luck is in, as there are several ways to encourage your hair’s natural curl without resorting to tongs. We spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hair experts and asked for their tips.
“Once you have washed your hair, try twisting your hair instead of rubbing it with a towel,” Dean Jones, Owner of Dean Jones Hairdressing, told us. “Gently twist your hair and press to release excess moisture. After this step, steer clear of using a hairbrush and opt for a wide tooth-comb instead to avoid creating friction and frizz.”
Dean is all about choosing the correct product when the hair is damp as well – suggesting using a light curling crème instead of oil. “Don’t be hesitant when it comes to texturizing sprays either, using a good salt spray and scrunching the product into your hair can actually help your hair hold its natural curl better,” he added.
Michelle Paterson, Hair Manager at Pouts and Pinups, is a big fan of using a hairdryer when encouraging curly hair, and suggests attaching a diffuser and drying locks “on the low setting, as this will help even out and accentuate your natural curls”.
“It’s essential you don’t use too many styling products on the hair, as this can weigh the hair down,” she added. “Always use a heat protection spray prior to using heat on your hair and once you have finished styling your hair, finish with a light hairspray that will not affect the movement of the hair.”
Meanwhile, Karen Thomson, Owner of KAM Hair and Body Spa, suggests using a moisturizing hair mask twice a week as it’s “important to always keep the hair in its best condition to encourage a natural curl”.
“When it comes to shampooing the hair, try to avoid doing this as much as possible and try to stick to only washing your hair once or twice a week, as shampoos can strip the hair of moisture and natural oils, weighing curls down,” she explained. “If you do have to shampoo your hair, try to use a sulphate-free shampoo that won’t weigh the hair down.”