Women have been curling their hair without heat-styling tools for centuries!
Tight ringlets, big and bouncy curls, soft beach waves – curls are amazing. Better still, they’re flattering to most hair types, and on any length. But if you were born with super-straight hair, then what to do?
Using heated hair tools is an option, but how about the damage to hair?
Tons of heat from curling tongs and irons can take a considerable toll on your tresses, leaving you with curls that aren’t exactly in the best condition.
Luckily, there are ways to take a more organic approach to styling and leave the heat damage behind.
For results that look way more natural, we’ve put together some tips and tricks for the prettiest curls and waves — sans heat.
1. Embrace the ‘twist and press’ drying method
When you’ve just stepped out of the shower, rough drying your wet hair with a towel may be second nature, but the vigorous rubbing can crush natural curls and create frizz instead. The far more gentle ‘twist and press’ method will soak up the water without ruining your gorgeous curls or roughening up your hair cuticles, which is the primary cause of unsightly frizz. Simply take a lightweight microfibre towel or old t-shirt and softly press and twist your hair rather than using a rigorous back and forth motion.
2. Shelve your hairbrush
As curly hair tends to be more prone to dryness than other hair types, dragging a hairbrush through brittle strands will result in breakage. To untangle your hair without losing your curls’ natural shape, use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to evenly distribute conditioner through your mane.
3. Switch up heavy serums for a light curl creme
Hair serums are ideal for smoothing down frizz and adding shine, but if it’s gorgeously defined curls you seek, apply something lighter to your lengths and ends for maximum definition. The lightweight formula of Kérastase’s Crème Oléo-Curl adds a supple and defined look to your curls without the weight of a serum or oil.
4. Blow-dry with a diffuser
Using a diffuser when blow-drying is a must for achieving an even curl pattern. To boost your curls, use your blow-dryer’s diffuser attachment to reduce the air velocity. Try drying your hair upside down as you gently scrunch your curls, ensuring every section is defined.
5. Switch up your mousse
Kérastase’s Mousse Curl Idéal is a natural feel mousse for light curl shape definition with no rigidity. Spread its unique combination of active ingredients upwards on the lengths with a scrunching movement for curls with an airy feel and enhanced bounce.
6. Opt for a light hold hairspray
Strong lacquers do a great job of holding hair in place but can leave your natural curls feeling crunchy. Lock in your style with a light hold spray with conditioning agents that leaves hair touchable and doesn’t compromise on movement.
7. Indulge in a deep condition treatment
Treat your tresses to a thirst quenching mask with an intensely hydrating conditioning treatment for truly luscious curls. Massage through mid-lengths and ends of washed and towel-dried hair and let precious lipids and proteins provide the softness, movement and fluidity of a healthy bounce.
So there you have it. Give your hair a break from the heat and enhance your curls the natural way! Corkscrew curls or effortless tousle – whatever your preference, Next International is all about helping you obtain the fully-fledged curls of your dreams and can work with you to achieve the perfect style to suit your individual face shape, skin tone and lifestyle.
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