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Calling All Curls

Got Curl? Got Too Much Curl?  Do you blame your genes for it?  Do your curls make you feel out of control?  Do you feel like you have a halo of frizz over your head all the time?  If you answered yes, then keep reading!

You don’t necessarily have to get rid of them: with the proper care, you’ll enjoy -and learn- how to embrace your curls.  Sure there are a lot of chemical processes available, but why would you put your hair through such torture?  It adds stress to your scalp leading to breakage or hairloss.

Here’s how to learn to love your curls:

Define Your Style.  Find a celebrity photo that has a similar size of curl similar to yours.  Find out if she’s got corkscrew, botticelli, or wavy curls.  Corkscrew curls are characterized by tight small coils of curls and have a high frizz-factor.  Botticelli vary in size, and texture (medium to fine).  Wavy curls leave you torn between straight and curly, but not quite.  They tend to look unkempt and are actually the most manageable.  So, after you determine your curl type, look for a salon that specializes in curly hair. 

You’ve worn your hair all your life so you should really know by now how your curls behave and it’s important to give your stylist a heads-up.  Your stylist should know how to snip the curls at the ends to reduce frizz.  Sorry curly girls, avoid asking for lots of layers because the shorter you get at the top of your head, the wider your hair gets.  You’ve got beautiful, amazing curls, if you could eradicate the word “thinning-shears” from your vocabulary, please do.  They’ll leave your hair lifeless.  As in, “no bounce at all.”

Color me Curly.  New techniques have evolved into modern, refined, more appropriate ways to color your long, cared-for curls.  Always ask for a non-ammonia formulation (try INOA by L’Oreal) to reduce damage to your hair.  Ask your hair hero about color blocking.  It works best for corkscrew-type curls to maintain the integrity of the hair.  You could actually have up to three tones of color with different levels of lightness or darkness.  There’s ribbon highlighting where your hair is being sliced (by color!) into chunky pieces to define your botticelli curls.  Otherwise, ask for baliage, which is perfect for wavy curl.  You should style your clean hair the way you usually wear it before your appointment so your colorist can accentuate your waves by hand-painting the color.

What a Curl Wants.  Your curls are probably screaming with thirst.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  As much of a product junkie as you may be (you know what I’m talking about; you’ve got enough hair products in your shower to open a beauty supply store), you’re still missing the miracle curl-saving hair cream.  Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered: each individual strand of hair is as delicate as a single silk fiber, so treat it like one.  Ask your stylist on your next visit for a sulfate-free shampoo (sulfates are strong detergents often used in store-brand shampoos, usually sodium laureth sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate).  Your conditioner is as important as your shampoo.  Choose one that is concentrated since it will help your hair to retain the maximum amount of moisture.  Caring for your hair doesn’t end in the shower.  You should blot your hair gently and de-tangle it with a leave-in treatment that contains soy wheat protein or amino acids and a serum with acai oil, known for its rich anti-oxidant properties.

Stop butchering your curls.  Celebrate them and wear them proudly.