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18 Dec

Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know About Your Curly Hair – Q&A with a Curly Hair Stylist

This is it. The piece that will answer all of your questions about your curly hair. No more YouTube browsing only to find out that people out there apparently use 78 products and 24 tools to get their curls to look the way they do. No more overspending on hair products that don’t work for your hair type. I gathered the most frequently asked questions and fired them at Morjiane, the curly hair stylist and specialist behind the Curlists account.

1. What’s the best way to revive 2nd and 3rd day curls?

Two days after hair washing day, your curls will definitely need some extra tlc. Your hair starts feeling a bit dry and the curls won’t be as defined. Instead of having to go through several hair washing days a week, you can simply refresh your curls. Make sure you re-wet your hair using a spray bottle, then take a curl enhancing cream or cream gel and scrunch the product onto the curls. Use a diffuser to dry your hair or simply let it air dry.

If you feel like your scalp needs some extra attention, here’s a little trick for you. You can create a root lifting spray by mixing some distilled water, fresh aloe vera and some tea tree oil. Spray this mélange onto your roots and finish off by diffusing your hair upside down.

2. What are some good hair mask options?

My personal favorite, which you can also easily find in stores is the DevaCurl Heaven in Hair. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi Deep Moisture Masque does the job. Got more time on your hands and feel like pampering yourself? Mix honey, yoghurt and olive oil and add a mushed banana and avocado, there you have it, the DIY hair mask of your dreams.

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3. Name one holy grail product or tool every person with curly hair needs 

The Afro hair comb for that extra volume. I always carry one around in my bag and I’m not ashamed to take it out at any moment.

4. Any quick hair routine tips for men?

Create your own no-fuss, quick and easy routine with these three steps:

Step 1: Wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo.

Step 2: Introduce a mask into your routine. It only takes ten minutes, but it makes a difference in the quality of your wash and go.

Step 3: Apply a curl defining cream or gel. Sheamoisture has a lot of good options, so do Aphogee and Only Curls London.

That’s it, three steps only. Clean, hydrate and define.

5. What’s the trick to keep your curls defined but also voluminous at the same time?

Make sure you use weightless products like DevaCurl or Only Curls London. Heavy products will only weigh your curls down, which causes loss of volume. Also make sure you don’t apply an unnecessary amount of product. Keep it light.

When applying your products, make sure you apply them to soaking wet hair and finish by diffusing your hair upside down with cold air.

6. What are some of the biggest mistakes people with curly hair make?

There are a lot of things people with curly hair don’t consider when taking care of their hair. For example, it’s crucial to only use products that don’t contain harsh and drying chemicals such as silicones and sulfates. Another common mistake is bleaching. When you bleach your curls, you cause a lot of damage to your hair. When you’re considering dyeing your hair, make sure you consult a professional curly hair stylist. It’s important to see a hairstylist who knows how to work with curly hair. The approach is a lot different than when dealing with straight hair. A common mistake that is made when treating curly hair, is that it’s cut wet. The golden rule is to cut curly hair while it’s dry.

7. If you could only share one tip when it comes to curly hair, what would that be?

To accept your curls. It’s so easy to start comparing your hair to other people’s and it might sound cliché, but everyone’s hair is different. Every curl type, every texture. Accept yours and teach yourself how to work with it to get the most out of it. That’s where you should be putting your energy, quit the comparing game.

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8. What are the best drying techniques?

Never. Use. A. Regular. Towel. This will only cause frizz and being too harsh with these towels might cause some damage in the long run. Always use a microfiber towel to really scrunch all the excess water out. Then continue by diffusing your curls on low speed, cold air, while having your hair upside down. This technique will get you the most volume.

9. How do I stimulate hair growth?

Follow these three steps:

Step 1: Make sure you eat healthy.

Step 2: Cut your hair regularly, every three to four months is ideal.

Step 3: Massage your scalp with oils before going to sleep. Jojoba, Black Castor and Argan oil are all great options.

10. In what order should you apply your products in order to get the best results from your wash and go?

Apply these products in this order on soaking wet hair:

1) A few drops of oil on your ends.

2) A leave in conditioner to hydrate and prep your curls.

3) Followed by a curl defining cream, gel or custard. Whatever texture you prefer and fits your hairtype best.

11. Any tips for people who’re constantly in a rush and don’t have time for extensive hair routines?

Try to give your hair some extra tlc when it’s hair washing day, so that your hair is a lot more manageable during the rest of the week. Hair masks are a great way to boost your curls and you only need to introduce this step once a week.

To reduce frizz in between hair washing days, sleep with your hair in a pineapple and get yourself a satin pillowcase. To refresh your hair, apply some curl cream while scrunching your curls.

12. How do I know which haircut is the best for my curl type?

This really depends on a lot of different factors. Texture, curl type, the amount of hair you have. People who prefer a lot of volume often opt for layers and a shorter haircut. This should be discussed with your hair stylist and it’s the main reason why you should see someone who truly knows how to work with curly hair.

And voila, there you have it. A complete guide on things you should know about your curly hair. Do you still have some burning questions or are you looking for a Brussels-based hair stylist that will not only cut your hair the right way but also give you all the product tips you need? Feel free to reach out to Morjiane on @Curlists.

Photo Credits: Diana Veras, Tom Newton, Lauren Lewis, Yassine Rahal, Gabrielle Richardson

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