After decades of ignoring men with curly hair, the texture is finally getting the love and attention it deserves. Curly hair has absolutely taken over the hair industry as of late, with barbers and celebrities alike showing off their favorite curly styles. If you have naturally curly hair, you’re probably loving all of the attention. If, on the other hand, you don’t have naturally curly hair, you’re probably wondering how you can keep up with the latest trends.
Fear not! You don’t have to be born with curly hair to enjoy all of the perks. Andrea Lord, Baxter of California brand ambassador and barber, is here to explain just how to get curly hair.
The first thing you want to do if you’re coveting curly locks is to try and coax some texture out of your own hair. Lord suggests asking your barber to cut layers into your ‘do. One-length haircuts can be weighed down by heavy products, making it harder to coax your strands to curl.
Once your barber has given your locks some much-needed movement, Lord suggests styling your hair with a texturizing sea salt spray. The briny formula can help bring out your hair’s natural texture. Simply spritz your hair and scrunch, then watch as texture you never knew was possible begins to form. Mousse is another product that not only brings out the natural texture of your hair, but also provides hold.
Pro tip: It’s not crazy to think that more hair product equals more curls, but less is more when trying to create ringlets. Heavy products can weight down your strands, making it impossible for them to curl up. Start with a small amount of product and add more as necessary.
If texturizing products aren’t cutting it, you’re going to need something a bit more heavy duty: hot tools. If you’ve never used a hot hair tool before, don’t worry. They look much more complicated than they actually are.
A curling iron is the hot tool most stylists recommend if their clients are hoping to create curls. Before you purchase an iron, think about how big you want your curls to be. If you want very tight coils, pick up a curling iron barrel that measures just three-eighths of inch. For looser curls, a 2-inch curling iron should work just fine.
To curl your hair, start at the back of your head. Work with 1-inch sections of clean, dry hair, spraying each one with heat protectant before wrapping it around your curling iron. Hold or clamp each section of hair until it’s just heated through, approximately 30-60 seconds depending on your hair’s thickness. Continue curling 1-inch sections of your hair until you’ve completed your entire head.
To making your curls look effortlessly lived-in, brush them out. After you’ve curled your entire head, rake a comb through your hair to loosen the curls until you achieve your desired final look.
Heat Free Curls
If you’d rather avoid hot tools, there are a few ways to create curls in your hair without using heat. Our favorite method is a twist out. To create this look, begin at the back of your head and work with half-inch sections of damp hair. Split the section in half and twirl both pieces of hair together, creating a two-strand twist. Continue twisting sections of hair until you’ve completed your entire head. Allow your hair to dry completely before removing the twists.
Chemically Treated Curls
If you love the way curls look and want to wear them everyday, consider a permanent wave (otherwise known as a perm). For this process, your hair is set in curls of your desired size and treated with chemicals that allow the curls to remain for months at a time.
While the name might lead you to believe the results are permanent, maintaining a perm is quite a bit of work. Expect to head back to the salon every few months to touch up your roots. Even though a perm requires you to make more trips to the salon than usual, you’ll save tons of time every morning styling your hair. For curls this good, it just might be worthwhile.