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Readers' Best Tips For Styling Curly Hair

The other day we asked everyone for their best curly hair tips. We got such amazing responses (thanks!) that we decided to compile them into a few posts. Today, we're covering the best tips for styling your ringlets, so to find out some curly girls' secrets, just keep reading.

  • People are almost unanimous on this one: Don't brush your hair, or at the very least, never brush it once it's dry. Instead, most readers recommend you try gently finger combing your hair while it's still wet.
  • For very curly hair, air drying is much preferable to blow-drying. If you don't have time and have to use a dryer, use your diffuser attachment on low or medium.
  • Use clear hair gel on wet hair instead of a silicone-based styling product to avoid breakage and dull buildup.
  • Try reader Louie's salt spray to define and separate curls: "Just normal table salt, a teaspoon or so, in a spray bottle." Mix with water, and you're good to go.
  • Reader Advah suggests using an old t-shirt to squeeze the water out of your hair instead of rubbing with a towel to help keep locks moist and frizz-free. Check out the "plopping" technique.
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Sherrilee Sherrilee 5 years
I have naturally curly hair. When I want to wear it straight I shampoo with Paul Mitchells conditioning shampoo and condition it with Paul Mitchell's leave-ion conditioner. Then I either blow dry it or if I don't want it too straight I let it dry naturally. I then use the curling iron and straighten it out with that. I tried the flat iron but it just didn't work for me. With the curling iron I straighten it as I curl.
Sharlena Sharlena 5 years
Yes, Moroccan Oil is like magic for my hair. It makes it extremely shiny and soft without one bit of greasyness. I have about 4 heads of hair so I can go through it pretty quickly and it isn't cheap so sometimes I have to go without it. I bought a tiny bottle of argan oil from sallys and although it looks and smells identical it is a little greasy. I do suggest combing your hair in the shower with a denman brush with a lot of conditioner. Of coures, never brush your hair when its dry. I did that years ago and created a monster. I learned my lesson.
michelewiseman michelewiseman 5 years
I recently did a video on how to get perfect curly hair. Moroccan oil is by the far the best product line that I've worked with to get soft curls. It doesn't weigh my curls down, adds natural shine, and keeps my hair soft. I've gotten lots of compliments and questions what I products I use in my hair once I started using Moroccan oil. Here's my personal experience in my quest to get perfect curls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkIF8lVY8xw
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