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curls are on: how to enhance or create yours

curls are on: how to enhance or create yours

curly hair is a unique and versatile hair type that can range from loose waves to tight coils. whether you are looking to enhance your natural curls or create curls in straight hair, mastering the art of curls involves a combination of proper hair care, styling techniques, and the right products. here’s a comprehensive guide to help you embrace and achieve beautiful curls.

understanding your curl pattern is the first step in enhancing your curls. curly hair is generally categorized into three main types:

WAVY (loose, s-shaped waves)
CURLY (defined, springy curls)

@philophoebefan with bailey earrings, chéri necklace & arlo bracelet

COILY (tight, zigzag curls)

identifying your curl type will help you choose the best products and techniques tailored to your hair’s specific needs.
healthy curls start with a good hair care routine. here are some essential tips:
hydration is key, curly hair tends to be dry, so it’s crucial to keep it hydrated. use a sulfate-free shampoo to avoid stripping natural oils and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. deep conditioning, incorporate a deep conditioning treatment once a week to restore moisture and elasticity. gentle drying, avoid rough towel drying. instead, use a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt to gently squeeze out excess water.
how you style your hair can make a significant difference in the appearance and longevity of your curls:
leave-in conditioner: apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair to provide extra moisture and protection.
curl cream or gel: use a curl-enhancing cream or gel to define and hold your curls. apply the product evenly from root to tip.
plopping: plopping is a technique where you wrap your hair in a t-shirt or microfiber towel to enhance curl definition and reduce frizz. leave it wrapped for 15-30 minutes before air drying or diffusing.
diffusing: if you use a blow dryer, attach a diffuser to gently dry your curls without disrupting their shape. use a low heat setting to prevent damage.
if you have straight hair and want to create curls, here are some effective methods:
heat tools: curling irons and wands are traditional tools for creating curls. choose a barrel size based on the type of curls you desire—smaller barrels for tighter curls, larger barrels for loose waves. 

dyson airwrap™ long multifunction curler nickel

heatless methods: for a healthier approach, try heatless curling methods such as:
braid or twist: braid or twist damp hair and leave it overnight. in the morning, unravel for natural-looking waves or curls.
flexi rods or curling rods: these are flexible rods that you wrap your hair around and leave overnight for defined curls.
sock curls: wrap sections of damp hair around socks and tie them in place. leave overnight and wake up to voluminous curls.
once you’ve achieved your desired curls, it’s important to maintain them to keep them looking their best:
silk or satin pillowcase: sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent frizz.

silk pillowcase, slipsilk

pineapple technique: pile your hair on top of your head in a loose ponytail before bed to preserve your curls overnight.
refresh curls: in the morning, refresh your curls with a spritz of water or a curl-refreshing spray and gently scrunch to revive their shape. (curl-refreshing spray product link)
choosing the right products can significantly enhance your curls. here are some recommendations:
shampoo and conditioner: look for products specifically formulated for curly hair, such as devacurl or ouidad.

curlheights conditioner, devacurl 

defrizzing shampoo, ouidad

curl enhancers: products like curl defining cream, moroccanoil or curl gel oil, bumble and bumble can help define and hold curls.

curl defining cream, moroccanoil

curl gel oil, bumble and bumble 

deep conditioners: try masks like don’t despair, repair! deep conditioning mask, briogeo or manuka honey & yogurt hydrate + repair protein power treatment, sheamoisture

don’t despair, repair! deep conditioning mask, briogeo

embracing and enhancing your curls is all about understanding your hair’s unique needs and finding the right balance of care and styling techniques. whether you have natural curls or are creating them from straight hair, the key to beautiful curls is consistent care, proper hydration, and gentle styling. with the right approach, you can enjoy stunning, bouncy curls that reflect your unique beauty.


marta barroso is the most recent member of CINCO team. born and raised in a small town from north of portugal. despite her age, she can put the ideas into reality. her educational background includes a bachelor in communication and multimedia design at the esec. 

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