(Closed) How to get wavy/curly hair to look nice?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
3025 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I have wavy/curly hair but it is basically obediant and isn’t dry or frizzy. Still, I am always ALWAYS trying out leave-in products in my never-ending hunt for perfect hair. I look for products that define the curls and add some shine. I’d say my best success has been with Aveda, but their products are a bit pricey. 

Recently I bought a “beach curls” spray that seems to keep my curls in place– but I wonder if it might be slightly drying, in which case it might not work for you.

Do you have a good sylist? I’d consult with him/her and ask for suggestions. I would also spend some time googling and even youtubing! 

Post # 3
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

laschai:  Have u tried oils in ur hair? Coconut oil is a gd one to try. Also, an easy tip when u get out of the shower do not dry ur hair with a towel. Use an old t-shirt instead. A towel roughs up curly hair & can cause a lovely halo of frizz.

Post # 4
328 posts
Helper bee

laschai:  Okay, as a girl with naturally curly hair I feel your pain. It’s frustrating and over the years I think most of us curly girls have had a war with our hair – how do we make it pleasant to deal with? Here are my tried and true curly hair tips.

  • Make sure your stylist knows how to cut curly hair; you should have lots of layers to provide lift and “oomph” to your hairdo
  • Shoulder-length styles are ideal as they have the length to be feminine, while being light enough to let your curls form fully and bounce “up”
  • Mousse – and a good one at that – is your best, most dear friend. After showering/drying your hair (using a cotton t-shirt works best to cut down on frizz) scrunch your hair with your hands/palms. Then, put a golf ball sized amount of curl defining mousse (Dove Mousse for curly hair works quite well) and rescrunch your curls with the mousse. Make sure to spread the mousse over your hands, and scrunch it in all over your head!
  • Leave your hair to air dry about half way
  • Your second-best friend is a DIFFUSER (that weird flat attachment that has little plastic prongs sticking out on your blow-dryer)
  • Once your hair is halfway dry, flip your head upside down and begin diffusing on medium-high heat by holding the diffuser under your hair and gently “scrunching” your hair up about halfway
  • Repeat until hair has dried completely
  • Flip head right-side up amd put hands under hair to the roots – shake your hair at the roots. This will help the curls define themselves further
  • Fix errant curls/stands with your hands
  • Use a medium hold hairspray to set your curls, scrunching if necessary to provide volume
  • Make any final touchups with a curling iron/straightener (straighteners that heat up on the outside as well can provide fabulous, natural looking curls and waves depending on the tightness of your curl
  • Voila! Perfect, model ready curls. 🙂
Post # 6
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

First, if your hair is dry, you can actually skip the shampoo (just dries it out more) and just condition your hair most of the time. Maybe use shampoo once a week. 

What I do for my hair is wash it at night, lightly towel dry, brush, add a good amount of a good quality mouse (I like Aussie), then I wrap my head and hair in a bandana (fold bandana in half, in a triangle, flip your head over so your hair is hanging down, put the middle of the long end of the triangle at the back of your neck and tie the ends at your forehead, then flip your head right side up, and pile all your hair on top of your head, then cover with the point of the triangle and tie it all together at your forehead), sleep like that and in the morning all you do is pull off the bandana and shake your hair out and you’re good to go!

Post # 7
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have a lot of success with mousse, curl creme (I’m a big fan of the Not Your Mother’s line – either Kinky Moves or Beach Babe – it works well for my waves and is really affordable), and a sea salt spray if i’m feeling like i don’t want to have more relaxed, texture-y waves (such as: all summer long). I only comb my hair in the shower when it’s still got conditioner in it, then when I’m done, I wrap my hair in a towel for about 10 minutes and let air dry after applying the product, so I always have a small amount of frizz that won’t go away unless i use heat, and I don’t like to use heat on my hair, so I live with it. I’ve tried the tshirt thing – it never actually wicked away enough moisture from my hair to do anything to reduce the frizz – even after HOURS of wearing the dang thing.

Post # 8
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t know much about curly hair, but the Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor works really good at moisturizing my dry hair (it’s a protein treatment I believe). I also like their Intense Hydrator conditioner.

Post # 9
6529 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

laschai:  i have super curly hair and i swear by all treseme products. I shampoo and condition and then I put in my mousse and to dry I use a BabyLiss Pro hair dryer and diffuse it. 

Post # 10
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have the best luck with curl creme. Also, when getting out of the shower, scrunch your hair with your hands to get most of the water out and then stop touching it. The more you touch, the more frizz you’ll create.

Hot oil treatments are nice, you can get one at a salon or google how to do one at home. Hot olive oil makes hair nice and soft 🙂

Also, for me, I cannot blow dry my hair. It turns into a poofy, frizzy mess and it takes forever. I have way better results letting tk air dry.

Post # 11
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

laschai:  Straighten it. Well that works for me. Or taking a curling iron to it. I have the same type of hair. Frizzy and has a mind of it’s own, cannot let it be natural, it looks like a teen wolf/lions mane. Even with styling, my hair is very healthy. But I do deep condition often to try and keep it tamed (& of course healthy). Have you tried talking to your hair styliat anit options? They would know your hair best and could tell/teach you some tricks.

Post # 12
1246 posts
Bumble bee

My routine when I wear my hair curly:

Wash and dry with antifrizz shampoo (right now I use Marc Anthony for curly hair)

Then i finger comb in Anti-humidity serum, or defrizz serum, morrocan oil something like this

Then a curl cream to get them to tighten up (right now it’s John Freda but usually I use Marc Anthony), i skip this if I don’t want the curls to tight

Then finally, I put in mousse… and my favorite to date is Marc Anthony’s for Curly hair… its sticky when it goes in, it fuses the curls together and doesn’t get crunchy.

I only diffuse if I want to look like Annie… other wise I dry naturalyl to avoid the heat.

JenGirl:  I’ve heard of this! Flopping right? I’ve watched so many youtube videos but just havn’e tried it yet….

Post # 13
1246 posts
Bumble bee

laschai:  I just realized your original question was about dryness! I generally wear my hair straight so it gets destroyed. I use a hair mask every second wash (I only wash my hair once a week when it’s straight).  The anti-frizz shampoo and then serum tend to help keep the dryness down.

A quick fix could be to stry a shine spray… I find that puts a lot of moisture into my hair.

Post # 14
1926 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

laschai:  Your hair sounds like mine. I also dont use silicones or sulphates. you might want to play around wtih the types of products you are using, and try and do a deep conditioning treatment a few times a week. I just started using 100% pure argan oil and my gosh this stuff makes a difference! my hair feels super soft and glossy, and even though it frizzes up a bit still if the weather is humid or damp, as soon as I get back inside and run my fingers through it it goes right back to being all soft and bouncy again.

Post # 15
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

HippyBunniesinLove:  +1000!! EVERYTHING SHE SAID!!<br /><br />

I have wavy/curly hair and until 3 weeks ago it was down to my butt and I never did anything with it, not to mention my neck was hurting almost everyday and bringing on headaches but I was trying to wait until after our March wedding to cut it. Well I couldn’t take it anymore and went to get a haircut and while the girl was cutting it I noticed she would scrunch my hair, snip, twirl a strand, snip and I was like “wtf is she doing?” so I asked her and she said she was cutting the layers according to my wave patterns–anyway long story short: BEST HAIRCUT EVER!!!! It’s maybe an inch past my shoulders now, and it now takes 5 minutes to do each morning, I just blow dry it and mist it with some light hold hairspray and give it a scrunch to define the waves and curls and I have awesome hair all day!!! I can’t stress enough how much it matters when they know HOW to cut curly/wavy hair!! I will def be going back to her!! Oh, and no more neck pain/headaches!! Win win!! 

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