How To Manage and Style Curly Hair

How To Manage and Style Curly Hair
Curls can look beautiful on a person, but knowing how to manage and style curly hair can truly be a challenge. But don’t worry, Cecelia Johnson from Uptown New York Style Hair Salon is here to provide tips to care for your curls.

Understanding Your Curl Type

Before you can choose the best haircare products, you first need to know your hair type, particularly if you have curly hair. In general, hair is divided into four main categories. In this article, we will discuss caring for hair with Type 3 and Type 4 curl pattern.

Type 1 stands for straight hair.
Type 2 signifies wavy hair.
Type 3 refers to curly hair. Has S shaped bouncy curls.
Type 4 symbolizes coily hair, which has a Z-shaped pattern.

Type 3 and 4 are hair texture types for African American hair. It’s imperative to use the right product to manage and style curly and coily hair because it is more sensitive than straight hair.

Tips To Manage and Style Curly Hair

Regardless of the hair type or texture, hydration is key to maintaining beautiful, healthy looking hair. Compared to straight hair, Type 3 and Type 4 hair tends to lose moisture faster. As a result, it leads to hair becoming frizzy and less of a natural curl pattern.

Curly Hair – Type 3

If you pull a strand of the Type 3 curly hair, you will notice a definite S shape. In essence, there is a definite curl pattern in place, with or without products. This hair type is damage prone, full bodied, and climate dependent (humility = frizz). Your curls will look dull without proper care.

While the curls are absolutely beautiful, curly hair is the most temperamental hair type. If you apply too little styling product, the result is likely to be an afro. But applying too much styling product weighs the hair down, resulting in greasy looking curls. Instead of continuously applying products to your hair, start with a fresh, clean palette. Cleanse, condition, moisturize, then apply your styling product of choice.

Coily Hair – Type 4

Don’t misjudge coily hair as it is very fine, fragile, wiry and delicate by nature. Each strand has a zig zag pattern. Don’t assume that you can use just any products to manage and style this type of curly hair. If not treated properly, it breaks more easily than other textures.

A misconception about this hair type is that it does not grow. In fact, it growsat the same rate as other textures, but requires a gentle touch. On the surface, coily hair appears to be durable and strong. But it is the most fragile of all hair textures due to its coily pattern contains the fewest cuticle layers to protect from dryness.

Tangles, dryness, breakage, shrinkage, and definition are the main challenges coily hair women experience. Therefore, this hair type should be cleansed gently, detangled softly, and avoid harsh chemicals. Because coily hair is the driest hair type, it is more prone to breakage and requires a gentle touch.

Because coily hair is dry by nature, and therefore breaks easily, it needs added moisture, daily. Dry hair breaks, but well-moisturized hair is supple and has elasticity. The key to keeping these natural locks healthy, shiny, and beautiful is to moisturize every step of the way. Start with a creamy, sulfate free, moisturizing cleanser, followed with a super hydrating conditioner.

Prep with a rich moisturizer and style with a rich cream, full of natural oils and rich butters. Look for moisturizing humectants, natural conditioning agents, and exotic extracts to add moisture to these locks. Avoid mineral, and petrolatum oil and heavy waxes. And lastly, take those hair vitamins to support hair health, hair strength, and hair growth!

Finding The Right Hair Salon For Your Hair Type

Cecelia Johnson at Uptown New York Style Hair Salon in Solana Beach doesn’t just style your hair, she also care about the condition of your hair. Many stylists can only create looks and care for specific types of hair textures. But Cecelia is adept with working with all types of hair textures to give you healthy looking hair. To book appointment, call (858) 874-6833 or book online.

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How To Manage and Style Curly Hair