Our resident beauty writer Madi investigates all the best tips for caring for and styling curls.
Having curly hair can be a blessing and a curse. I’m speaking from experience when I say this. For myself, every morning I wake up it looks like something terrible has happened, like maybe I’ve been caught in a severe storm, or I’ve been dragged backwards through a park by a St Bernard. On the other hand, curly hair can be low maintenance; it has its own natural volume and on a good day it looks delicious. So how do I get more of these good days? I spoke to Craig Box, senior stylist at Maurice Meade Subiaco, about the what’s, why’s and how’s of curly hair maintenance.
Q: Why is curly hair so frizzy and how do I stop it?
A: “With natural curly hair the hair cuticle is slightly swollen, which means it seems rougher and gets knotted because it catches on itself. When you blow-dry your hair straight, the cuticle is flattened and your hair becomes a lot smoother and the colour can look slightly different. So if you want to leave your hair naturally curly, you need to get a good maintenance routine. Most curly hair is 80-90% frizzy, so you need a good shampoo and conditioner to manage it – the Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Curl collection is the best choice for amplifying your natural curls and reducing frizz. If you wash and leave your curls, you will still need to use a smoothing serum such as Kerastase Elixir Ultime – it has Maize, Pracaxi, Argan and Camellia oils to smooth and soften the hair.”
Q: What is the best product to use for straightening curly hair?
A: “If you prefer to straighten your curls, you would want to use Kerastase Oleo Relax. Use the shampoo and masque, then make sure you use a heat protectant before heat styling. The type of serum you should use will depend on the level of damage: for chemically damaged hair opt for Kerastase Ciment Thermique, for naturally dry hair use Kerastase Nectar Thermique and if your hair needs serious smoothing go for Kerastase Keratine Thermique. The Thermique’s are designed to activate under heat, so if you wash and wear it without blow-drying, you will find it goes dry and horrible. I’ll ask clients, if you put an iron to your skin what will happen? It burns, so you can just imagine what it’s doing to your hair. If you’re investing in going from curly hair to straight hair all the time, then you need to invest in the appropriate products, otherwise you’re not going to have any hair on your head ”
Q: How do I get easy beautiful curls?
A: “Arm yourself with a good quality shampoo and conditioner formulated for curly hair, and make sure you’re using a serum and heat protectant. Curly hair is dry, and nourishing serums will add much needed moisture. Steer clear of mousses for styling curls (it will only weigh the hair down and become crunchy) and opt for a sea salt spray for relaxed, textured beachy waves. For soft, pretty curls, use your protective serum and use a ghd Curve wand – just make sure your hair is completely dry before opting for tongs or a flat iron.”
Q: What is the golden rule for curly hair?
A: “There are two: number one, never brush it when it’s dry, it will create frizz. Number two, the key to beautiful natural curls is to keep it simple! Don’t over process it or over do it. Curls are beautiful, you just need to get into a good hair-care routine and use the right products.”