Wondering how to keep your curly hair looking good at the gym - and ensure it stays that way once you’re done breaking a sweat? Read on for styles, products and hair care tips!
6 Tricks That Make Blowouts for Curly Hair So Much Easier
There’s a reason so many women treat their standing blowout appointment like a religious ceremony. If you’re working with textured, thick or curly hair, achieving a sleek look can seem like the stuff of myths. Whether your shoulder tends to cramp up while holding the hairdryer or you don’t have the expertise necessary to wield the brush, you feel like turning to the pros instead.
We firmly believe that every curly-haired gal should have the ability to complete a shiny blowout in the comfort of her own home. Even if you only break out this skill set on days when your hair stylist is full, you can’t go wrong with these heat styling tips for African hair.
We chatted to Mizani artist and educator Rachelle Hawkins, who’s run her brush through many manes, and got the low-down on how to perfect a blowout for curly hair. Read on for her best tips:
Sectioning your hair will get the job done faster
If there’s one blowout step most of us are guilty of skipping, it’s sectioning off the hair. While your local hair professional takes the time to clip off a few centimetres of hair at a time, drying them intensely, most of us just rake through the strands with our fingers and hope for the best.
According to Hawkins, the way that the average woman approaches sectioning is actually quite counterproductive. By taking the few extra moments to tie off separate pieces for blow-drying, you’re saving yourself time.
By tightly pinning each section in place, hair stays wet until you’re ready to style it. Plus, you’ll have a better grip on the strands you’re dealing with, which means less frizz all over the head –a cause curly-haired girls can enthusiastically get behind.
Apply your hair product with a comb
You may have heard that bringing a comb anywhere near your curls will result in a bad hair day.
Not true, according to Hawkins. She’s a big fan of the comb as a tool for distributing the product on curly hair.
“To ensure every strand is covered and protected, section your hair and apply the product, section by section, combing it through along the way,” she instructs. "Always, use a heat protectant so you can ensure your curls will go back to their original state after. Without a heat protectant, you risk compromising your natural curl pattern.”
If you stick to this method, you’ll avoid any accidental gaps in coverage, which is key because heat damage will do a number on your short curly hairstyles too.
Even your heat protectant should moisturise your curls
Moisture is the building block upon which every curly-haired woman’s world is built. Without it, you’ll see a severe uptick in frizz, dry-looking strands and curls that are more ringlets than unruly puffballs.
It makes sense that everything you apply to your crowning glory should help add and lock in moisture.
“Curly and textured hair requires more moisture than straighter types,” Hawkins says. “You want to use products that are nourishing, especially before any heat application that can further dry your hair out or even damage it.”
For her blowouts, Hawkins swears by the combination of Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk leave-in conditioner and Thermasmooth Sleek Guard. She preps with the former and applies the latter before turning on her blow-dryer, citing “moisture and heat protection, along with amazing shine”.
Always use a brush – a good brush
There’s no use dropping cash on a quality blow-dryer without also investing in a proper blowout hairstyle brush. The right pick will help create tension as you dry your hair, helping you direct the air properly while smoothing and straightening.
“For curlier and coarser hair, use a boar-bristle brush to blow-dry, while for wavy to curly hair, use a ceramic brush,” Hawkins says. “Maintain good tension throughout each section and hold the brush in the hair once it is dry and use your cool shot button to set the hair. This gives volume and lots of bounce. Make sure you’re elevating all the hair upwards, so you get the best volume.”
Don’t be afraid to re-wet your curls and start over
The heat styling rules that straight-haired ladies live by don’t apply to their curly counterparts, which includes the idea of rough drying – using your hand and a hairdryer to get hair about 70 per cent dry before styling it.
According to Hawkins, women with curly hair should treat their brush as if it’s permanently attached to the dryer.
“You always want to take curly and textured hair from wet to dry with a brush, Hawkins says. “Avoid wrap or rough drying because once the curls start to dry, it's difficult and almost impossible to manipulate the hair the way you want it, without the frizz. Use a spray bottle to rewet sections if you need to.”
If things aren’t headed in the right direction, don’t be afraid to dampen the hair. Think of it as a fresh start for your blowout leading to more voluminous natural hairstyles that unleash your winter glow.
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