Tame Tight Curls & Care for Ethnic Hair with These Expert Tips
Curly ethnic hair can be hard to care for, but you can tame curls at home with a little know-how, some practice and the right products. Here’s how to get your curls looking perfectly coiffed like Corinne Bailey Rae’s. Follow these curly hair tips from the Ouidad, the curly hair guru, to get achieve enviably bouncy, coiled curls:
CARING FOR ETHNIC HAIR
We went straight to the curl expert, the author of “Curl Talk” and Ouidad Salon owner for the best information on how to tame curls. Ouidad says, “To properly care for ethnic hair, you shouldn’t wash the hair too much, as ethnic hair can be very fine and delicate. Always use a good conditioner that doesn’t have an oil, wax, or silicone base, which can further dry the hair out. It’s always good to leave some conditioner in your hair.” Leaving a bit of conditioner in your hair or using a heavy leave-in conditioner like TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray will help to smooth the curls.
HOW TO TAME TIGHT CURLS
Ouidad went on to tell us, “You can tame tight curls with either of two options: 1) You can soften the curls (by using a chemical to loosen the curls) if you want, or 2) You can do a two-strand twist. It also depends on how tight your curls are to determine the option you want. Here’s how to do the two strand twist:
Starting with wet hair, the two-strand twist is like doing a braid; you take two strands of equal size and start by twisting right at the roots and work your way down to the end of the strands, dry and open, and that will give you the softer-set curl.”
Setting your hair with spiral rods or perm rods and allowing drying this way will help you to achieve the perfect curl also.