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Curly Hair: The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Curls

by Lotte Lindgren on Oct 14, 2021

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on April 19, 2024.

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The ultimate guide to perfect curls

Are you blessed with either curly, wavy or just natural hair fall? Both curls, waves and falls are beautiful hair types, but they are also hair types that require the right styling if they are to look good.

There are several reasons why curly hair often requires more attention in terms of care and styling than straight hair. This is due, among other things, to the fact that curly hair often has an uneven texture, which can be more difficult to control than, for example, straight hair. Below you will get a guide to your curly hair, so you can get the frizzy curls out of the way - and make your wavy locks appear fresher - and not least more beautiful.

Why do I get frizzy curls?

Frizzy hair is something that most people are familiar with. Many people especially have to struggle with unmanageable and frizzy hair during the cold winter months, but for people who have curls, frizzy hair is a completely different battle that usually has to be tackled all year round. This is due, among other things, to the non-uniform shape of the hair fibres, which contributes to: That curly hair tends to be more fragile.

Frizzy hair is most often caused by the cold weather, which helps to make the hair dry and in some cases tangled. Therefore, it is first and foremost important to keep your curly hair healthy and moist if you want to avoid frizz. In addition, remember to use conditioner every time you wash your hair. If you want to do even more for your hair to appear shiny, you can use the Repair and Shine Serum and a hair elixir .

What is curly hair?

Curly hair is a hair type where the hair naturally forms curls, waves or falls. It is a beautiful and unique hair type that adds texture and movement to the hair. Curly hair can be both thick and strong or fine and fragile, and it can vary in density and shape. Frizzy hair is often a challenge for people with curly hair as it can be difficult to control and style. It is important to care for and moisturize curly hair regularly to avoid frizz and keep hair looking healthy and beautiful.

Why do I get curls?

People get curly hair because of their genetic makeup. It is determined by a combination of several genes that affect the shape of their follicles and determine the texture of the hair. The curvature of these follicles produces a wave or curl in the hair shaft. People with more tightly coiled hair tend to have more curls, while people with straighter follicles will have less curly or wavy hair . In addition, the amount of sebum that the body produces also has an impact on how curly or straight a person's hair is. People with naturally dry scalps produce less sebum, which can lead to dry, frizzy curls. On the other hand, people with oily scalps produce too much sebum, which can weigh down hair strands and make them appear flatter, smoother and straighter than they would otherwise be.

Can everyone get curls?

No, not everyone can have curls. Some people are born with naturally curly hair, while others may need to use styling products and techniques to achieve a curly hairstyle. Also, some hair types are better suited to curls than others; for example, coarse or thick hair is more likely to hold a curl than finer or thinner hair. Generally speaking, the ability to get curls depends on factors such as hair type, genetic make-up and styling techniques used.

This is how you get the most beautiful curls

Do you know how to "tame" your curls best? When you spend time caring for and styling your curls, you bring out the best in them. Follow our 6 tips below.

1. Turn down the heat

When drying or styling your hair, turn down the heat. This applies both when you stand under the shower in the bath and when you use the blow dryer and other styling tools that use heat. We recommend that you wash your hair in lukewarm water, rather than hot, and that different styling tools are not used at temperatures above 185 degrees.

In addition to avoiding excessive temperatures, it is also relevant how you dry your curly hair. When you need to blow dry your curls, you can use a diffuser to your advantage. A diffuser can help do what everyone with curly hair wants: to emphasize natural curls.

Remember that when you use a diffuser, you must stop blow-drying just before the hair is completely dry. In this way, you avoid drying out the curls with the hot air more than necessary.

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 2. Use moisturizing products

In connection with styling curly hair, there are special products for curls that can help make the whole process easier. An advantage can be, for example, that you make use of a set that specifically has your curly hair in mind, such as a Twirl and Curl set .

When washing your hair, it is important that you use both a conditioner and a shampoo that is also moisturizing. As your curly hair constantly needs moisture, it is also a good idea that you regularly remember to treat your hair with moisturizing products, such as oil drops and Twirl and Curl Styling Cream , as it contains nourishing shea and Aloe Vera.

3. Put the brush on the shelf - and use a comb instead

When you have to create the perfect curls, then part of it is that you avoid frizzy hair. As I said, you get frizzy hair when your hair is dry. If your hair is dry, it is also easier to break when you brush it through.

You must avoid separating your curls from each other. Therefore, you should replace your regular brush with a comb instead. A comb is gentler on both your hair and your scalp. In general, we recommend that you comb your hair while you are in the bath and have a good hair treatment or conditioner in it. With a comb, you minimize the risk of broken strands, and at the same time you ensure that your hair remains moist and delicious.

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 4. Dry the hair by making a plop

A plop is the most effective way to dry your hair if you want to preserve and enhance your natural curls as best as possible. You put the hair in a plop by letting it fall into a t-shirt or a microfiber towel . Then you wrap the hair in the towel and place it on top of your head.

Once the towel has been attached to the head, it should usually be allowed to sit for a total of 15 to 60 minutes to give the best results. A good tip might be to sleep with the plop in overnight. In this way, your hair gets the chance to dry, and you wake up with beautiful, styled hair.

5. Put your hair up in a bun before retiring

When you talk about curly hair, it's usually about having the right routines. Therefore, make it part of your evening routine to put your hair up in a bun or ponytail and sleep with it overnight - preferably on a bamboo , silk or satin pillowcase.

Products for beautiful curls

6. Visit your hairdresser every 8 weeks

In order to have healthy and well-groomed curls, it is necessary that you go to the hairdresser regularly. It will be easiest to keep your hair healthy and beautiful if you make sure to get it cut approximately every 8 weeks.

Hairdresser's advice

Lasse Søby is Denmark's leader in curls - Certified in Curl by Curl Cut™️ with training from Lorraine Massey herself in New York. In addition, he also works with other curl cutting techniques in dry hair and is an expert in colour treatments. See his instagram here

Why do hair curl?

- Curly hair is unique. No two curls are the same and they are different every day. The eye loves to see soft shapes and that's why many people are mesmerised by curly/textured hair.

What's the best way to make your curls last?

- Use correct products for your styling and moisturise - it creates bounce. Take care of it when you sleep and when you're out - use a clip, sleep with a satin/silk/bamboo bonnet or pillowcase.

What methods are there to get curls?

- If you don't have curls naturally, they can be permanently curled or styled into curls with straighteners or curling irons

How to get the best out of your curly hair?

Curly hair is truly beautiful, but it can also be a challenge to make it look its best. But don't despair! I'm here to help you get the best out of your curly hair.

First of all, it is important to use the right products for your curly hair. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for curly hair, as these products are formulated to add moisture and definition to your curls. Avoid products with sulfates as they can dry out your hair and leave it frizzy and frizzy.

After washing, it is important to use a good leave-in conditioner or curl cream. These products help retain moisture in your hair and define your curls. Try applying the product to wet hair, then blow dry with a diffuser to accentuate your curls.

Another important factor is to avoid brushing or combing your curly hair when it is dry. This can damage the curls and lead to frizz. Instead, use your fingers to loosen and shape your curls while they're damp.

When it comes to styling, try using a gel or mousse specially designed for curls. These products help keep your curls in place and reduce frizz. Work the product into your hair with your hands and style as needed.

An important thing to remember is also to protect your hair from hot styling tools such as hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners. These can dry and damage your hair. If you cannot avoid using hot styling tools, always use a heat protection spray beforehand.

Finally, it is important to care for your curly hair with regular deep treatments and moisturizing hair mask to keep it healthy and shiny. Use a hair mask once a week or as needed and leave it on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing it out. Always remember to use a conditioner afterwards to seal in the moisture in the hair. Moisture is often a keyword for your curls to be soft and durable instead of frizzy, big and dry.

You can consider these methods to get beautiful curly hair

Curly Girl metoden

The Curly Girl method is a method used as a unique form of care and styling for naturally curly hair. The method includes, among other things, some special products and involves specific techniques that help to improve the health of the hair, emphasize curls and reduce frizz in the hair. It is therefore a method that you should investigate further if you have curly hair.

No poo metoden

In addition to the Curly Girl method, you can use the so-called "No poo method". In short, the no poo method involves: That you remove all shampoo from your daily hair routine, and only use No poo conditioner. It is a method which helps to keep the hair moist because it does not remove the natural oils and thus ensures that your hair does not become worn and split.

Both the No poo method and the Curly Hair method are two methods that are frequently used by people with curly hair. This is because the two hair methods contribute positively when you need to care for and style your curls.

FAQ about curly hair

Is it best to leave curly hair natural?

It's all up to you and your personal preference! If you love your natural curls and think they look amazing, then you can definitely leave them natural. But if you also like to experiment with your hair and try different styles and textures, then there's no need to limit yourself. The most important thing is to take care of your hair properly, regardless of the style you choose. Use a good shampoo and conditioner, and consider adding some products to protect and define your curls, such as a leave-in conditioner or a curl cream. It is also important to avoid excessive heat styling and to protect your hair from the sun and other harmful environmental factors. So whether you choose to leave your curls natural or experiment with different styles, the most important thing is to make sure you give your hair the love and care it deserves.

Is it ok to use a hair dryer to dry curly hair?

Yes, it's perfectly okay to use a hair dryer to dry curly hair as long as it's done the right way. It is important to use a diffuser on the hair dryer as this helps to maintain the curls and avoid frizz. It's also a good idea to use a heat protectant spray or serum before drying your hair to protect it from heat damage. When drying your hair, avoid using too much heat and always move the hair dryer around to avoid overheating some areas. As long as you take care of your hair and use the right techniques and products, using a hair dryer on your curly hair is perfectly fine.

What tools should be used to style curly hair?

When it comes to styling curly hair, it's important to have the right tools on hand. First of all, it is important to have a good diffuser that can be used together with your hair dryer. A diffuser spreads the air evenly and prevents the curls from being destroyed by the powerful air flow.

A good comb or brush with wide teeth is also an important part of your styling arsenal. It is best to use a comb or brush that does not pull the hair and prevents knots, and can be used to separate the curls and give them more definition.

You can also consider using a curling iron to shape your curls and give them more structure. Be sure to choose one that has a temperature suitable for your hair type and length.

Finally, a good hairspray can be a great help in maintaining your curly look all day. Choose one that is flexible and doesn't make your hair stiff and sticky.

How do I make curls last longer?

To make natural curls last longer, start by washing and conditioning your hair with products specifically designed for curly hair. Then apply a good amount of curl cream or leave-in conditioner to damp hair to add definition and control. Let hair air dry or use a diffuser on low heat to avoid damaging curls with heat. Once curls are dry, avoid touching them to keep their shape longer. If necessary, you can refresh curls with a light mist of water and curl cream.

Product recommendations for curly hair

Curly hair requires rock-solid hair care or it can quickly become frizzy, dry instead of sleek and defined. We've gathered some of our top product recommendations for curly hair here.

The long-lasting curl cream

One of the most essential items for curly hair is, of course, the curl cream. This is often where there can be a big difference between products. We believe that in order to get long-lasting hold and results, the hair needs to maintain its moisture. Our Twirl and Curl Curly Cream is formulated with Fision™ AquaShield, which is a combination of moisturising, conditioning and nourishing ingredients. So you get great hold, defined curls and lots of moisture for your curls. It also keeps your curls soft and smooth and prevents them from becoming dry and stiff throughout the day. Of course, the product lives up to the Curly Girl method and contains almond and macadamia oil.

Salt water spray for curl hold

Salt water spray is more of a supplement to a good curling routine, but can also be a great tool for keeping curls alive throughout the day. Our Twirl and Curl Salt Water Spray is uniquely formulated to be both heat and UV protective. This is a particular benefit for many people with curly hair, for example, if you use diffusers to create extra curl in your hair. It leaves hair soft and not as stiff as other salt water sprays tend to do. It also lives up to the Curly Girl method, definitely a MUST try!

Heat protection without silicone

Heat protection is extremely important for curly hair as it often tends to be dry and frizzy. Many heat protection sprays often contain silicone and weigh down your hair. We have developed our Style and Shine Heat Protection Spray, which is silicone-free. It protects the hair up to 220 degrees, while also providing UV protection for the hair. According to www.isitcg.com, it is also Curly Girl Approved, making it the perfect choice for those with curly hair who are not a fan of a salt water spray.

Bamboo materials

Bamboo materials are known for their gentle surface, similar to silk and satin. It's especially beneficial for hair as it doesn't wear down the hair as much as cotton, for example, due to its wicker surface and finer fibres. Therefore, we highly recommend taking a look at our delicious bamboo pillowcases or bamboo pillowcases made from some of the best OEKO-TEX 100 bamboo material. The bamboo bonnet, in particular, has really made a difference for many women with curly hair.

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