Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Sep 21, 2017

Texture and curls stole the spotlight during New York Fashion week…                      how can you make your hair look like it’s fresh off the runway?

New York City trained “curl specialist,” Erica Maguire, walks us through the steps of obtaining frizz-free and voluminous curls every day.


Step 1: Hair Prep

In order to get the curls you desire, you first have to set the foundation by prepping the hair with the right shampoo and conditioner cocktail– a proper balance of moisture, proteins, and amino acids for your hair type.

  • If you put your hair through a lot of chemical services and/or heat styling, you’ll want to use a restorative cleansing system in order to restore proteins and essential fatty acids back to the hair.
  • If you have naturally coarse hair, try a hydrating shampoo and/or conditioner to replenish moisture to the scalp and hair.
  • A smoothing cleansing system is ideal for those who want a bit of a heavier product that provides extra shine and frizz control.
  • During Fall/Winter months when moisture loss is at an all-time high, use a conditioning treatment every 1-2 weeks. Combine a protein-packed deep conditioning treatment, with an all-natural oil and leave in the hair for 10 minutes. 

Remember, just because you have curly hair, does not mean the “curly hair” shampoo and conditioner set is right for you. You must determine the condition of your hair and scalp to find the right combination for you. From there, you can mix-and-match shampoos and conditioners, depending on your needs.


Step 2: Lock in Moisture

After washing your hair and before adding ANY styling product, immediately use a leave-in conditioner. This will seal in moisture to ensure smooth and healthy locks. Bonus: Find a conditioner that works as a detangler as well to avoid any snarls.


Step 3: Styling Aids

Start applying your styling product(s) while the hair is still wet! This is important as it seals the cuticle of each strand, locking in moisture and preventing frizz. Do not let your hair begin to air dry – that is when the frizz begins! In order to combat frizz, you must begin to control it before it starts. 

Begin by applying the styling product of your choice around the hair line to control any unwanted flyaways that fall – the hair line is always the first thing that frizzes.

Next, start at the nape, taking small to medium sections and pull the product tightly through the hair. Be sure that your are really pulling it through tightly so that the hair stays smooth – you can worry about reshaping your curls later. Under no circumstances should you scrunch your hair with your hands!  Scrunching the hair breaks open the cuticle (which you just sealed)! Leaving the cuticle open leads to frizzy, porous strands.From there, work your way up to the top of the head, repeating the same motion. 

Products: Try using a smoothing cream, even if you don’t want to lose curl! Smoothing creams tend to have a softer hold, but offer tremendous frizz-control. If you’re looking for something that offers more hold, try cocktailing a smoothing cream with something a little heavier, like a soft gel. You can also experiment cocktailing a sculpting lotion with a pliable detailer to allow the natural curl to form, with slight hold and zero crunch. 

Extra Tip: For increased volume on top, use duckbill clips at the root to give your hair that extra boost.


Step 4: Removing Excess

After all of your product has been applied, now you can take a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt (not your hands!) and scrunch out any extra product. Resist the urge to use your hands, or do any sort of rubbing/drying motion with the towel as this will again, break open the cuticle and cause frizz. Using the towel in a soft, scrunching motion will also help you reform and give shape back to your curls.


Step 5: Drying

The way you choose to dry your hair depends on your hair type and the amount of time you have. If you have voluminous curls as is, you can get away with air-drying. But if you have finer hair, or want a lot of body, using a diffuser will add or increase volume. Remember, the key is to be slow and patient when diffusing your hair.  After all, beautiful hair can't be rushed! Take one section at a time and simply sit the hair on the diffuser. No bouncing the hair!

Repeat this until the hair is 90-95 percent dry, as you want to avoid over-drying the hair and causing frizz.


Step 6: Finish

Again, once the hair is 90-95 percent dry, grab your fave shine product and apply it to the hair, breaking up the structure. Be careful not to rake the product through the hair, as it will cause some serious “poof.” Finish it off with hairspray and you’re good to go!


Bonus Tips: Curls That Last

To get your curls to last all week, pull your hair into a soft scrunchie, or secure it with a bobbypin on top of your head, nice and loose, before you go to sleep at night. Then, when you wake up in the morning, spray in a leave-in conditionerin order to reactivate the curl. On your way out, pull your hair into a loose braid with a silky scarf until you arrive at work and are ready to show off your style. This will keep your hair safe from harsh winds and dry air during the commute.


Bonus Tips: The Right Technician

Are you comfortable with your stylist? If not, it’s time to find a new one. Not everyone is properly trained, or confident when it comes to cutting and styling curly hair. Make sure you have a technician who is familiar with your hair type. During a salon consultation, don't be afraid to ask your stylist questions about how they plan on cutting your hair. If they say they'll be using thinning shears - RUN! There are much better techniques available to debulk hair. Above all, if you aren't confident in that stylist - leave. You are not obligagted to stay just because you're already seated. Find someone you feel comfortable with and vice versa, someone who feels comfortable and confident cutting your hair.


Topics: hair care, Styling