There’s no denying curly hair is gorgeous. But in the past 12 months or so, waves, and corkscrews have become seriously hot property. Celebs and the TikTok crew are ditching their hair straighteners left, right, and center and, quite frankly, we are HERE for it. However, as any curly babe will tell you, it takes a lot of TLC to keep those locks looking tip-top!
To help you embrace your natural hair texture without looking like a natural disaster, we’ve called on Lauren for her essential curly hair tips. Read on to learn how to care for your curls – and enjoy the big, bouncy, beautiful results!
Start with the right shampoo & conditioner
Product choice is super important for curly hair, and a good quality, hydrating shampoo, and conditioner should be top of your shopping list. “Always use a quality shampoo that is hydrating, rich in moisture and gentle,” says Lauren. “Gentle washing is key.”
And for conditioning? “Choose a thick, nourishing conditioner that’s infused with oils to soften those gorgeous curls. And always make sure to rinse with cooler water to promote shine.”
Use conditioner first
Blessed with her own head of thick, long, curly strands, Lauren has spent a lifetime perfecting her hair routine. And one of the curly hair hacks she swears by is switching up the way you shampoo and condition your hair.
“I tend to apply conditioner before washing as it gives better results. My curls are more manageable, detangling is effortless and it’s an easy way to make sure you achieve healthy, bouncy, gorgeous curls. Plus, it can save you several minutes in the shower and makes shampooing so much easier!”
Don’t over-wash your hair
What curls need to look fab and frizz-free is plenty of moisture. And the fastest route to parched kinks and coils is over washing. According to Lauren, “Overwashing your curls strips away those precious natural oils your hair needs to stay healthy, shiny and manageable.”
So, what’s the magic number? In most cases, once a week washing is fine. “You need to strike the right balance between moisture and strength,” says Lauren.
Avoid too much heat
Heat is damaging for all hair types, but curls can be extra vulnerable. “Try and steer away from hot tongs and hot irons as direct heat on curls can be disastrous,” cautions Lauren .
“I prefer a good blow wave as it’s not as damaging on your hair. Make sure you use a quality round brush and apply a heat protectant product before styling.”
Take care of your curls as you sleep
Any curly-haired beauty will have gone to bed with tidy ringlets only to wake up with a wild head of tangles. To prevent this, curls need some extra overnight TLC. Lauren recommends tying your hair up loosely with a silk scrunchie – she puts her curls in a loose, low bun – and sleeping on a silky pillowcase to prevent snags.
“If you can spoil yourself with a silk pillowcase, then do it – your curls will love you for it! Or you can always opt for a more budget-friendly satin pillowcase.”
Brush curls the right way
Two products that are essential for curls: a wide-toothed comb (or preferably a rake comb) and a cushion brush. However, it’s important to keep brushing to a minimum to keep curls in shape.
“I will only brush my hair before stepping into the shower. I’ll use a wide-toothed comb to brush through conditioner, then before I go to bed I’ll lightly rake my hair before tying it back,” says Lauren.