Curly-haired babes behold, today we’re embracing coils and sharing our top tips and tricks on how you can live your best curl life. Kiss them, hug them, squeeze and tease them; curls are a blessing. You just need to handle them with lots of love and load them with the best high performance hair products. We’re talking about salon hair products, including gels, creams, and conditioners, so they look luscious and bouncy rather than frizzy, and all poofed out. Don’t neglect your curls, girls. Get ready to celebrate them in all their gorgeous glory.
Top Tips, Hacks and Products Curly Haired Sue’s need to know about
It’s time to get honest. What kind of relationship do you have with your curls? Is it a case of:
they never do what I want and have a life of their own
thanks but I’ve got my routine nailed
We’re guessing most of you fall into Camp A. But hey, even if you are the curl taming Queen, you might learn something new today. So let’s dive in with our industry insider hacks and discover the best curly hair products.
1. Don’t use a brush, use a wide-tooth comb instead
OK, so in an ideal world, you’d never tackle detangling your hair when it’s wet. Why? Because this is when it’s at its most fragile and will lead to split ends, breakage, and even more tangles. Instead, gently brush through dry curls with a detangling comb BEFORE you hop into the shower to work through your coils, then very gently detangle towel-dried hair, retaining the curl pattern intact.
2. Comb from ends to roots, not roots to end
It’s not exactly a secret, but it’s worth repeating as so many curly-haired Queens forget this golden rule. Always brush from the bottom like you know you should, never from the roots or the middle. Otherwise, you might as well holler “breakage in-coming. Gradually tame those tangles upwards to tease rather than snarl them.
3. Apply a deep conditioner to dry, not wet hair
Might sound like we’ve gone cray-cray, but if you want to keep those gorgeous curls intact, you want that deep moisturizing conditioner to have maximum potency and not be diluted by water. Saturated strands don’t absorb as much conditioner so rake through a generous amount of N4’s Hydrating Condition before you step in the shower and pop on a shower cap. Let the steam from the shower penetrate your strands as you go about your daily showering routine, then remove your cap and wash your hair as usual for maximum benefit.
4. Get familiar with a technique known as “plopping.”
To manage unruly curly hair and prevent frizz, you should be plopping your hair. Sounds a bit wrong, but it’s so right! Basically, it just refers to using a t-shirt rather than a traditional terry-cloth towel to dry and contain your curls. The nubby texture of a towel can cause added frizz and friction while a soft cotton t-shirt will maintain a defined, smooth curl pattern.
5. Cocktail your styling products for the perfect bouncy curls
If you can’t find that one holy elixir curl cream product that works on your coils, then mix your favorite products to create your frizz-free solution. Rake your combination of products through damp, plopped hair with a wide-toothed comb and dry as usual. We recommend N4’s Smoothing Balm, which works like a dream on wavy and unruly locks, alongside N4’s Texture Styling Creme to expertly define and separate curls. These are two super-hero products when it comes to delivering stiff and frizz-free, fluid movement and texture.
6. Use a drop of hair oil to prevent crunchy curls
Scrunchy is good. Crunchy is not! To avoid waking up looking like you have a head full of noodles, rub a bit of hair oil between your fingers to tease and smooth out any stiff strands. N4’s Fluoro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil performs miracles on all hair types, including super curly hair, but it’s excellent at keeping second-day curls still looking fresh. It’s one haircare product you’ll never want to be without.
There’s nothing wrong with frizz. It’s a natural part of curly life! But if you want to enjoy smoother, shinier, and less tangled tresses, then you should implement our six professional stylists approved tips. Why don’t you take advantage of our current offer and stock up on your favorite N4 High Performance hair care products? Celebrate Happy MLK Day with 30% Off. Use code HAPPY30 at checkout.