Expert QA

Keeping curls

I have naturally curly hair but the curls don’t last unless I use masses of hair spray on it after I’ve washed it. The problem is, the hairspray makes my hair look greasy and feel crunchy. What could I use instead?

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Firstly, as curly hair tends to be drier than other hair types, make sure you are using a quality conditioner – one bought from a hairdresser rather than the supermarket if you can afford it. You could also try using a leave-in conditioner as well as a conventional conditioner for extra moisture, which will help keep your curls in good condition.

Avoid hairspray as the alcohol content tends to dry hair out. Instead try creams that are specifically labelled to be used on curly hair. When you apply them, rub the cream liberally between your palms, and try either scrunching your hair as you apply the cream, or twisting your hair continually into ringlets. This will help shape the curls.

Let your hair dry naturally rather than with a hairdryer. If you have to use a hairdryer, use one with a diffuser to gently dry your curls.

Finally, when your hair is dry, you may wish to add a little shine with a small dollop of serum – again, apply to your palms first and then scrunch or twist it carefully into your curls.

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