Many women love having beautiful waves in their hair for a special occasion such as their wedding, on prom night, or even just for a celebratory night out. And who can blame them?
Some women are lucky enough to have naturally curly hair. However, those with natural waves will know that they can come with their own set of issues. On a damp day, frizz can be a problem. You may start the day with smooth, strong curls, but after going out for a short walk on Plymouth’s Barbican in the drizzle those same waves can become fuzzy and unmanageable.
There’s nobody better to ask for help with this than The Cutting Garden’s own curly hair expert, Alison. So that’s exactly what I did.
Alison is one of our most experienced stylists and we are proud to have had her on the team for so long. She has worked at The Cutting Garden for many years and has seen all the changes. She is one of the most valuable members of our team who is always there to offer help and advice when needed.
The Problems With Curly Hair
Alison has identified several issues with curly hair; these include
- not realising how much shorter hair is when it is curled
- not knowing which types of products are best
- not knowing whether to apply products when the hair is wet or dry
- changes in hair density, thickness and brittleness due to age
- the way that curly hair behaves can vary from person to person
- curly hair being altered by colour treatments
How to Take Care of Curly Hair
I asked Alison to share some general tips to help you to care for your curly hair and get the best from it. She started with something that all owners of curly locks know:
“You can have good days and bad days with curly hair, and it’s different for everyone.”
Alison stresses that there is no universal rule that can be applied to all curly heads. “That’s why it is so important to find a stylist that understands the way your hair behaves.”
To avoid frizz with curly hair you should always use some product and avoid using brushes, go for a wider tooth comb instead.
“Mousses are generally not used in the industry any more” says Alison.
She recommends Keune Curl Cream to help avoid the dreaded frizz, whilst a light wax such as Keune Fibre Wax on the ends can help to define curl by adding a tiny bit of weight. This is an effective way to give subtle definition.
As curly hair can be drier then straight hair it is generally best not to wash it every single day. Remember, you can condition your hair more often than you wash it; however use more shampoo on the roots of your hair and more conditioner on the ends of your hair.
If you suffer from tangles, wide tooth combs or Tangle Teezers are the best to use. Always start from the ends and work your way up to the root. When drying your hair, to get the best effect, use a diffuser to get a more defined curl.
Alison recommends applying products while the hair is still wet. Put the product into your hands first, then rub them together and spread the product evenly through your hair.
To prevent split ends and the enhance the look of vibrant healthy hair, have regular trims every six to eight weeks; this will also enhance your curls.
Learn to Love Your Curls
Embrace your natural curls, one of the biggest mistakes you can make with curly hair is to use your straighteners too often. By overusing you can damage the hair and ruin the natural curl.
Find a stylist who understands curly hair. Some of the biggest mistakes that hair stylists can make with curly hair come from underestimating how much curly hair springs up once it is dry; another mistake is using the wrong cutting techniques.
Alison warns that you cannot cut curly hair in the same way as straight hair. Cutting the hair when it is wet allows you to see the shape that you want right from the start. You should always decide upon the shape and length of the hair in advance. Otherwise, it can look entirely different (and a lot shorter) once it dries.
How to Bring Your Curls Back to Life
Many people find that their hair needs to be revived the day after washing. Don’t be tempted to wash it again after a night’s sleep though. Instead, Alison suggests Sea Salt sprays to revive curly hair that has been flattened. Cutting Garden’s stylist Adam Wakeham agrees and also strongly recommends the protein sprays from Milkshake (conveniently available in our salon of course) which act as a great leave-in conditioner.
“They give your hair that extra layer of protection” he says, and judging by how popular these are with so many of our clients, I’d say he must be right.
These days the natural look is preferred over a heavily “styled” one. Our stylists aim is to help you love your hair and make it as manageable as possible for you once you leave the salon.
Travelling With Curly Hair
Travelling can be a real issue for those of us blessed with curly hair. Almost anything can affect your hair. Changes in temperature, humidity levels, even the different types of water can affect your curls. When going on holiday you need to look your absolutely stunning best, so Alison suggests you consult your stylist before you go.
Our stylists can help you in choosing the perfect products to help you along the way and maintaining your look.
Consultation is Key
Alison loves it when people have a thorough consultation before they have their hair styled. It is crucial to tell your stylist what you want/don’t want/how you manage your hair etc. She really has the skills and experience to get the best for your hair.
What to Do Next
Alison is The Cutting Garden’s expert in curly hair, having beautiful, naturally curly locks herself, and has a wealth of knowledge about how to keep your waves looking smooth and stylish.