Curly girls face a constant struggle every morning: allow strands to air-dry or whip out the trusty blow-dryer and flat iron? While letting your natural curls do their thing may seem like the obvious (and less damaging) option sometimes embracing your natural texture is easier said than done. The good news? Rocking your natural texture doesn't have to be a time suck. Read on to find out the easy ways to embrace your curls with minimal effort.
Moisture is your friend
Curly locks tend to frizz because they’re dehydrated. Give your hair the moisture it craves by drinking tons of water and using an ultra-rich conditioning masque after every shampoo. Also, apply a hydrating leave-in product to lock in moisture as your hair dries. By keeping strands hydrated, they will be easier to style and will dry frizz-free.
Throw out your towels and reach for those old T-shirts
After showering, use a cotton T-shirt—not a towel—to absorb the excess water from your hair. But, whatever you do, do not rub—rubbing causes frizz. Instead, use the T-shirt to gently scrunch the ends of your hair to absorb wetness without affecting your natural curl pattern.
Let the products do the work
All you need is a good curl cream to activate your natural curl and keep hair soft and frizz-free. Don’t think that it’s necessary to layer gels, mousses, etc.—all you need is one or two effective products to get the job done. To style, simply apply a quarter-size amount of curl cream to damp strands and gently scrunch the ends. Use more product depending on the length of your hair.
Whether you air-dry or blow-dry hair with a diffuser, remember one thing: do not touch your strands. Fussing with your hair will disrupt your natural curl pattern and cause frizz.
Know your styles
Slick ponytails may not be an easy go-to for curly locks, but don’t fret—there are plenty of effortless styles that look great on curlier textures. A romantic, messy bun gets your hair out of the way while still showcasing your gorgeous curls.