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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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