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18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style

For decades, the loc community has faced the stereotype of their hair being restricted to a small fraction of hairstyles and hair accessories. These hair stigmas have been proved false in every way — especially as loc aficionados innovate novel ways to celebrate their hair.

From loc newcomers to veterans, ahead is a round-up of the best loc accessories to add to your styles. 

1. Cowrie Shells

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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This tried-and-true accessory is perfect for those who want to adorn their locs without hassle of everyday application. Installation is as simple as threading the loc through the center of the shell with the help of a Bobby pin. For a short-term alternative, opt for cowrie shells fastened to a clip-on attachment for an easier takedown process.

2. Gilded Hair Cuffs

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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From barrel twists to pipe cleaner curls, these cuffs can accentuate any style and loc thickness. The lightweight flexibility allows it to accessorize the hair without disfiguring the style or causing any tension. 

3. Pearl Pins

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Pearl pins and loc buns are a match made in heaven. The accessory features a two-in-one capability of fastening hair into the desired updo with its pin and adding an extra flair with the pearl. 

4. Spiral Loc Ties

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Gone are the days of stressing rubber bands and cotton hair scrunchies over locs. After all, they pop, stretch out, and simply don’t get the job done. The malleable wire enclosed in these spiral loc ties allow for the control and sturdiness everyone desires for their ponytails. 

5. Claw Clips

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style

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Whether achieving a French roll or a half-up half-down, claw clips are a one-trick accessory to save time. The trick is choosing the perfect length prongs to match the hair density. Longer prongs work well with thicker locs while shorter prongs clasp better with thinner locs. 

6. Loc Sprinkles

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Sewing these micro metallic beads onto locs will leave the hair shimmering in every direction. Try a few beads throughout for a subtle effect or cover the entire head for a maximalist approach. The application requires just a smidgen of needle and thread craftsmanship, but the results are absolutely worth it.  

7. Hair Rings

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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If you’re in the mood for charms in your braided loc style, these hair rings are a quick addition to any morning routine. Simply, pull at the center of the wire rings and fasten them in the desired position. 

8. Turban Head Wraps 

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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The urge to protect your locs doesn’t have to be anything less than stylish. With prints and patterns galore, turbans are a go-to accessory for the days when keeping the locs covered is preferred.

9. Beads

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Rekindle the nostalgia of childhood by adding beads into your line up of hairstyles. Thread the loc through the beads and voila! A high or low ponytail are perfect companions to this look.  

10. Satin Scarves 

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Satin scarves can add a fashionable and effortless approach to your hair down moments. Try different ways of tying the scarf, like double knotting or bows, for more creativity. 

11. Bows 

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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The coquette trend of frilly lace and flirty pastels isn’t exclusive to any hair type or texture. Join in on the wave by adding mini or large bows to any style. 

12. String

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Threading metallic tinsel cords through straight-back barrel twists will create the perfect illusion of roped hair.  

13. Jeweled Hair Combs

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Elevating your high or low locs buns is easy as clipping these bedazzled hair combs wherever you’d like for some glistening pizazz. 

14. Turban Hair Bands

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Wide turban-style headbands made of high-quality cotton are perfect for slicking the locs backward while providing breathable, lightweight protection.

15. Trucker Hat  

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Want a cozy hair accessory without worrying about any hair sweat? A breathable trucker hat can protect your locs with its mesh lining — especially on the days you’re in a rush. 

16. Butterfly Clips 

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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The resurgence of Y2K has prompted the return of the infamous butterfly clip. These mini clips can accessorize any hairstyle from space buns to spiral loc bobs.

17. Crystal Pins

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style
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Placing these crystal pins throughout buns or updos will add an ethereal charm with its iridescent sheen. 

18. Hair Cones 

18 Loc Accessories to Incorporate With Your Style

The touch of elegance from these metallic hair cones will leave any hair down style glowing in every direction. 
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12 BIPOC Queer Owned Hair Salons and Barbershops

To be queer in the Black hair care industry is to be a trendsetter. Modern icons such as Billy Porter, Lavern Cox, Lena Waithe and Ru Paul helped normalize what it means to embrace the beauty in Black queerness despite industry standards traditionally favoring stereotypical white beauty. 

12 BIPOC Queer Owned Hair Salons and Barbershops
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Hair care is one of the few ways queer people can openly express their sexuality through their style, aside from clothing. However, they have historically faced ridicule in spaces where they’ve dared to be open. 

Many queer people have been refused service, discriminated against, or treated poorly in beauty spaces that are supposed to be designed to help them feel like the best version of themselves.

As the beauty industry has become more accepting, it has become increasingly important to ensure there are inclusive places where queer people can receive hair care without judgment because they deserve to feel just as beautiful as their heterosexual cis-gendered counterparts — no questions asked. 

Here are 12 BIPOC-owned queer-friendly salons and barbershops aiming to create safe places for LGBTQIA+ individuals in the beauty industry

1. Alternativee Hair — London, UK

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Not only is Lois, the salon stylist behind Alternativee Hair, known for going viral on Tik Tok; she’s also known for specializing in queer hair care and beauty. Lois specializes in creating alternative designs and creative color work for curls of every texture. Alternative Hair also provides other natural hair care services such as silk presses, loc maintenance, Bantu knots, and more. 

2. Benders Collective — Long Beach, California 

Benders Collective, previously known as Salon Bender, is a curated experience fit for people seeking hair care and holistic wellness. The Hispanic woman-owned queer-friendly salon was created by Jessie Santiago, a hair artist with over 20 years in the beauty industry. Benders Collective offers ritualistic hair cuts, hair color, scalp care, meditation, somatic therapy, and other wellness services.

3. Cabello Hair Studio — Portland, Oregon

12 BIPOC Queer Owned Hair Salons and Barbershops
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Portland’s Cabello Studio Hair Salon is a Hispanic queer-owned plant-based sustainable hair salon. The owner of Cabello, Jonathan Bermudez, works with two other licensed professionals to create hair colors and haircuts customized for every client.

In addition to tailor-made experiences for every client, Bermudez has created the Cabello Foil, “ a unique brand of foils with a message of love in a variety of custom prints and color combinations.”

4. Camera Ready Kutz — Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn-based Camera Ready Kutz is a queer-focused, Black woman-owned barbershop that wants to rewrite the history of LGBTQIA+ individuals who fear for their safety and receive less-than-satisfactory grooming treatment in the hair care space.

After Khane Kutzwell experienced her beauty salon peers being discriminatory to her clientele, she created Camera Ready Kutz in 2007. Camera Ready Kutz offers many barbershop services, such as tappers, line-up loc maintenance, twist and braid sets, big chops, and facials.

5. Coastal Curls — Oakland, California 

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Those with textured hair can expect nothing less than the best from salon stylists at Oakland’s Coastal Curl salon, regardless of where they are in their natural hair journey. The Black and queer-owned holistic hair care oasis prides itself on being a multicultural community where hair care and healing happen simultaneously.

In addition to focusing on making clients feel like the best version of themselves, Coastal Curl is also concerned with supporting small, local, and BIPOC businesses that create organic, sustainable products in the United States.

6. Good Hair — Austin, Texas 

Good Hair Company is a queer Black-owned multi-texture salon located in Austin, Texas. Since it was founded in 2017, Good Hair Co. has been dedicated to providing holistic hair care by creating a socially conscious and inclusive space. Salon specialties include curly cuts, textured styles, custom colors, and various treatments.

Customers can also expect their stylists to use sustainable vegan products to minimize the negative impacts of hair care on the planet. “All hair textured are welcomed and cherished” at Austin’s Good Hair Company. 

7. Kindred Kuts — Amsterdam, Netherlands 

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Kindred Kuts is the only queer barbershop in Amsterdam, Netherlands — and it’s Black-owned. The European-based barbershop’s mission “is to disrupt the traditional hetero-male barber industry by creating a space that is gender non-conforming and accepting of trans, enby and non-binary [people], especially Black and POC queer persons.” All textures and lengths are welcome, but Kindred Kuts barbers specialize in short hair.

8. The Grain Midtown — Atlanta, Georgia

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When Perry Meeks opened Atlanta’s first openly queer barbershop, it was bound to be a hit. With services fit for celebrities and the everyday person a like, all LGBTQIA+ people will have their hair care needs taken care of while feeling comfortable at The Grain Midtown. According to the salon’s Instagram page, The Grain is a full-service salon that offers standard barbershop services, loc maintenance, natural hair services such as braids, wig installs, and nail services.

9. The Lady Clipper — Washington, D.C

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The Lady Clipper is an all-inclusive black-woman-owned and operated salon in Washington, D.C. All six women barbers working at the D.C.-based shop have separate specialties; however, there is a stylist to meet every need imaginable. The Lady Clipper offers natural hair, creative color, tight fades, and crisp lines—clients are guaranteed to leave the salon confident.

10. The Tall Poppy Hair Studio — Cincinnati, Ohio 

Owner Lyly Weekes and co-stylist Jessica Turkawski created The Tall Poppy Hair Studio and Gallery in Cincinnati for queer individuals to relax and heal through hair care. Weekes has over 14 years of experience and specializes in precision cuts and color. Turkawski provides vivid color services for brow and haircut transformations. 

11. SheKenKut NYC — Brooklyn, New York 

SheKenKut, a Black-owned queer barbershop, started at a mobile salon and grew into a space where queer people can come together over fresh cuts and community events. Queer individuals looking for a quality cut or color work done in Brooklyn will feel at home at the SheKenKut barbershop. 

12. United Grooming — Oakland, California 

12 BIPOC Queer Owned Hair Salons and Barbershops
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Queer individuals in Oakland can visit United Grooming for all their barbershop needs. United Grooming’s Salon Bill of Rights ensures clients will be respected and comfortable while receiving high-quality services. This concrete commitment asserts there is no room for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or any form of hatefulness at the barbershop. All haircuts are customized to fit each client’s preferred style, face shape, hair texture, and hair density.

Think about what inclusion in hair really means.  Supporting hair salons and barbershops that aim to curate inclusive experiences helps combat harmful behavior against LGBTQIA+ individuals seen in the beauty space. Queer people should be able to feel pride in their looks all year long — not just during June.

How TikTok’s Cornrow Beehive Is Set To Become The Style of The Summer

From hip-nearing boho box braids to shoulder-cropped faux locs, TikTok has become a burgeoning hub of protective style inspiration. Stylists, beauty influencers, and DIY hair creators are virtual hair besties who help those of us who dare to accomplish every season’s most viral look. 

What is the platform’s latest low-maintenance style to add to summer’s roster? The cornrow beehive. 

Here’s How The Style Emerged 

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Monteria Chisholm, the owner of Tookie Did It, posted her reimagined version of stitch cornrows to the platform in early April. The braiding pattern requires intricate craftsmanship to create the illusion of a singular braid endlessly weaving designs across the head. The Los Angeles-based braider’s video of the style — which she coined “The Braided Bald Head”— shot into virality across the app with over a million likes.

How TikTok’s Cornrow Beehive Is Set To Become The Style of The Summer
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“It’s so versatile, lightweight and low maintenance,” says Angie Duroseau, the owner of 2Perfect Braids. Shortly following the viral video, the trend’s momentum sprawled across the nation. In Miami, Duroseau’s clients have been booking the style for its multipurpose capability. The stylist notes her clients love the flexibility of wearing the braids and also converting them into the perfect foundation for an at-home wig install.

How TikTok’s Cornrow Beehive Is Set To Become The Style of The Summer
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The hype around this hairstyle can be easily understood. Summer’s sweltering heat stands no chance against a style that doesn’t pass the shoulders, kanekalon hair is optional and its bold appeal is an easy addition to the vacay braid rotation.

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This style’s minimal chair time (three hours maximum) and no-hassle takedown is beginner-friendly bliss for first-timers ready to explore scalp braids. “The style is normally just one braid designed to look extremely intricate, so you can just take it out in one go. You wouldn’t have to spend the whole day taking out a head full of braids,” Duroseau says. 

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For those who yearn for the dopamine boost of hair expression, the iterations of this style are never-ending. Woven flowers, hearts, dollar signs, stars, and zig-zags have all found their way into this trend. Duroseau recommends braiders strategize their client’s vision thoroughly to ensure all the designs are seamlessly intertwined rather than harshly segmented. 

“Plan it out in your head ahead of time while you’re braiding. If you’re doing one design, you have to be already thinking about the next three and imagining how it would look,” Duroseau says.

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If attempting this look at home, Duroseau emphasizes the importance of quality products: “The product you use can make or break this style.” A no-flake braiding gel and a sharp comb are paramount to create a precise stitch effect that won’t budge. Most of all, quality hair oil is essential to mitigate dryness and irritation that may arise from the exposed scalp. 

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Maintenance is equally important to the beehive’s longevity. “Wrap it up as much as you can,” Duroseau says. Overnight protection with satin bonnets and scarves will significantly reduce the frizziness that comes from nighttime friction. Lightly applying a leave-in conditioner spray two to three times a week will also maintain the sheen of both the braiding and natural hair. 

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If fly-always do occur, mastering them at home is quite simple. Trim them carefully and gently apply a generous amount of setting mousse across the head.  Using a setting mousse instead of a curling foam is important as it contains a higher water content that will easily revert the hair to its natural state. 

Once the mousse is applied, tightly wrap barber neck strips across the entire head and blow dry on medium-high heat until completely dry. This step will melt the fly-always into the hair. Duroseau suggests a holding spray like Got2Be or a holding spritz for an added finish to maintenance day. 

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How Curly Guys REALLY Care for Their Hair

Curls are not just for girls! Curly guys need to give their hair the same attention and care as curly girls. When it comes to curly guy hair care, they tend to like things on the low-maintenance side.

Here are three tips for curly guys to keep things simple while still caring for curls the right way.

1. Skip the brush

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When it comes to getting good curls, every curl’s enemy is frizz, created by the cuticle being disturbed or raised, producing that frizzy, poofy look. Many curly guys will brush their curls on the way out the door and wonder why they are getting so much frizzy feedback.

The reason is the brush. While curly girls with long hair need a brush or comb for detangling purposes, most curly guys with short hair and waves or curls can get away with not brushing daily. When you brush your hair, you are irritating the cuticle and raising it up. Switching to simply running your fingers through your curls will save you the frizz!

Save the more in-depth brushing for when you actually need it, or use a wide-tooth comb like this Shower Comb.

2. Slow down on shampoo

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Another great tip to help save some time while caring for your hair is to cut down on the shampooing. Most curly guys are shampooing too often without realizing it. The more you shampoo, the less moisture and natural oils your hair will have. This oil is essential to keep your scalp healthy and your curls moisturized.

Cutting down one wash from your routine may be the key to fighting moisture loss and possible scalp irritation. If you wash your hair 3 to 4 times a week, try 2 to 3 times a week and see if this makes a difference in the health of your curls.

Try a moisturizing co-wash like Creme of Nature Argan Oil Purelicious CoWash.

3. Styler to prevent frizz

How Curly Guys REALLY Care for Their Hair
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You want to prevent frizz but don’t want curls that look too defined or styled. A light-hold styler like a sea salt spray can give your hair an effortless, beachy vibe. Loading your hair down with a strong hold product like certain gels or mousses can leave your hair feeling crunchy and untouchable.

Stylers like Soultanicals Hair Sorrell Knappylicious Kink Drink provide light hold without the crunch.

When caring for your curls, there are many tips to bring out the best in your hair, but we know you want to keep it simple. With these easy fixes, you can save time and keep your curls looking great!

Guys, how do you care for your waves and curls?

Read next: How Men’s Grooming Differs Between Their Beard and Hair Care

6 Reasons Your Roller Sets are Busted

Rollersets are all the rage right now. They give you long-lasting hold, stretch, definition, and versatility and can last up to two weeks…when installed and maintained properly. The main challenges are learning how to install them and sleeping with them overnight properly. My mother is a pro at installing rollers; it’s second nature.

Give her a mirror, rat-tooth comb, and Infusion 23 Leave-in Conditioner; she will be done in 20 minutes. But she has relaxed hair, so it is a lot less challenging. When it comes to roller-setting curly and coily hair, everything matters from start to finish. The way it looks wet is how it sets.

Here are some tips to help you achieve a smooth, bouncy roller set.

1. Wet hair or thoroughly stretched hair

6 Reasons Your Roller Sets are Busted
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If you want longevity and shine, start on wet hair. If you want more bounce and volume, start on stretched, dry hair. Your dry hair can either be blown out or thoroughly detangled, stretched hair from a previous twist out or braid out.

When styling wet hair, the more your hair is saturated with water, the sleeker the curls will look. Wet hair is easier to stretch and smooth before wrapping around the roller than dry hair, but if you do not have a hooded bonnet dryer and are afraid that your hair will not be dry by morning, then go ahead and blow-dry.

2. Smooth ends

Nothing kills a roller set like frizzy ends. For best results, you want to use a denman brush, tangle teezer, or fine-tooth comb. After your hair has been cleansed, conditioned, moisturized, and detangled, glide the brush or comb from roots to ends, holding the hair tight and making sure it is completely smooth along the length of the hair.

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If the ends are frizzy, then add more styling products or water. When wrapping the roller around the section, slightly rotate it to help the ends lie smoothly. If your ends do not stop curling, then try using True Wave End Papers to help them lie flat. Some women substitute endpapers for tissue paper or paper towels.

3. Setting products

6 Reasons Your Roller Sets are Busted

This step matters. Most women prefer to use foam setting lotion, and I think you should, too. Recently, some have been using gel, but remember that gels are formulated to enhance your natural curl definition and absorb moisture from the air, which can cause your style to frizz. If you use too much, your hair can look like Ramen noodles. If you do opt for gel, try using flaxseed gel.

When it comes to foam setting lotion you can be more generous with the product and any crunch can simply be scrunched out an oil. The polymers that most gels are formulated with create a hard cast that can leave your curls crispy. Styling creams tend to be too heavy and cause the hair to take even longer to dry, so we think styling foams are the best option.

Here are some of our favorite foam-setting lotions.

4. Release when completely dry

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Do not, I repeat, do not release the rollers until all of your hair is completely dry. Releasing the rollers too soon while damp hair leaves your curls vulnerable to frizz the second you walk outdoors. To ensure this does not happen, you can always use a hooded bonnet dryer before bed and spot-check different areas of your hair before going to sleep or before you release your curls. I do not suggest going to sleep with soaking-wet rollers. At least allow them to dry 60%-80%.

5. Proper release

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To reduce the potential for lack of uniformity, make sure you lubricate your hands with an oil or butter and then take your time to release them. If you want to separate the curls for more volume, then work with them and not against them. Always twirl the curls around your fingers in the direction they are set to reinforce the curls. Make sure to twirl your fingers down the length of the curls to ensure that they do not separate in a manner that you did not intend and cause frizz.

6. Maintenance

No, you do not have to reset your hair. Coifing your curls in a loose pineapple should suffice.

How do you achieve your roller sets? What are your favorite rollers and products?

5 Cures for Curly Kid Bed-Head

It doesn’t take much for kids to get a serious case of “bed-head” – snarls, knots, flat spots, and frizzy ones. You could almost form a Dr. Seuss story from a kid’s hair! Due to active play habits, curly kids get tangled and “bed-headed,” too. They may not be the first to pick up a brush or comb or simply know how to style their hair.  

Luckily, with the right tools and know-how, these tangled situations can easily be avoided and repaired.

Bed-Head Solutions

1. Choose a “kid-friendly” detangler and leave-in

5 Cures for Curly Kid Bed-Head
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There are lots of them out there, and finding something that nourishes your child’s hair as it repairs is important. Some leave-in conditioners can also be used as detanglers for your child. Kids like bright packaging and tasty scents, so look for something that appeals to their senses. That way, they’ll get more excited about this step than dread it. Make sure part of your nighttime hair care routine for your kids is helping prevent tangles.

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Try one of these faves:

Read: 5 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms of Curly Kids

2. Keep a wide-tooth comb by the bathtub.

5 Cures for Curly Kid Bed-Head

It’s a good idea to keep one by your bathtub as part of your child’s nighttime hair-cleaning routine so you can remove knots and tangles while their hair is wet. But don’t wait until bath time to work out the knots; they may only worsen as the day progresses.

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Here are some perfect detangling combs for the bathroom:

3. Walk them through the styling process

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If they want to help, let them know what you’re doing and how. Stand in front of a mirror and show them how you are helping care for their waves, curls, and coils. Kids love to exercise their independence, so why not teach them the tricks of the trade? Have fun with the process.

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4. Cleanse their hair routinely

5 Cures for Curly Kid Bed-Head

Shampoo and condition as usual. For kids with thicker curls and coils, you may also opt to use a leave-in conditioner in addition to a moisturizer. Leave-in conditioners can be a key step in keeping little curls looking their best and may help avoid the possible “poof” effect kids tend to have throughout the day.

5 Cures for Curly Kid Bed-Head

For wavy-curly kids with finer strands, a light leave-in (even a combo of water and some conditioner) can add much-needed moisture and prevent frizz. Remind your little ones not to run their fingers through their hair too much (yeah, right!).

5. Before bedtime, braid it up

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For kids more prone to tangles at night, you may want to put your child’s curls in a loose ponytail or even create twists/mini braids. Their next day, curls, coils, and waves will be smooth and shiny. Try using a silk or satin pillowcase–like the “big kids” do–to help avoid tangles and matted-up curls at night.

In the morning, show your child how to style their hair. Model it with them so they learn just what to do. And yes, while children can certainly have a mind of their own at times, they will appreciate their beauty lessons. Encourage them to style their hair with their fingers or just some refresher spray for their curls. You may also want to show your child how to make a quick ponytail or a braid for quick-fix moments.

After a few tries, you may catch your child spending a few extra minutes practicing independently in the mirror. It may be time to say goodbye to kiddie bed-head once and for all!

How to (Safely) Remove Product Buildup

Not only is hair product buildup not a pretty sight, but it can be damaging over time. It takes away your hair’s natural sheen and can make your hair look stressed out and dirty. Product buildup also prevents hair from growing (it clogs the hair follicle). From time to time, all of us have noticed a buildup in our hair.

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Or, maybe your hairdresser has informed you that you should start using silicone-free products to help rid your hair of it. Before buying into those expensive treatments and other unnecessary sales pitches, try some of these very simple ways to remove unwanted build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils.

How to (Safely) Remove Product Buildup

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar has amazing cleansing properties that do wonders for product build-up. Simply combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1-gallon lime juice, and 1-gallon water. After shampooing your hair, pour about 2 cups of the mixture over your scalp and allow it to saturate your entire head. Work the mixture through your hair with your fingers, then rinse with cold water. Store the leftover mixture in your fridge and use it every 2-3 weeks to keep your hair healthy and clean.

You can also try this method with malt vinegar. Allow it to soak into hair for up to 30 minutes, followed by your regular wash and conditioner treatment.

How to (Safely) Remove Product Buildup

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another household item that can help clean your hair. Mix two parts baking soda with one part water in a large bowl, then apply the paste to your hair in a thick layer. Leave the paste to soak into your hair for up to half an hour, then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual. Dispose of any extra mixture, as it can only be used once.

How to (Safely) Remove Product Buildup

Dish Soap

Shampooing with dish soap can relieve heavy build-up and add body to your hair. After shampooing with the dish soap, follow with your regular conditioner and leave the conditioner on for an extra 5-10 minutes. This may be harsh for some curls, so test this out on a small section of your hair first to see if it agree with you.

These treatments will leave your hair free of build-up, looking healthier and feeling cleaner. And your hair will be able to grow!


Writer Tara Lisciandro-Hornich is a Type 2/Type 3 mom to a curly daughter as well as a healthy lifestyle advocate. 

What You Need to Know About Your Kid's First Haircut

Being a parent to a curly kid is hard work. Although it never lasts long, you still put a lot of TLC into washing, combing, and styling those little curls! But what about trims? What’s the right age for your kid’s first haircut exactly? Well, it’s a little trickier than just throwing out a number.

Here are a few things you’ll want to consider about this special milestone.

When is the right time for a kid’s first haircut?

While it would be nice if there were a set magical time frame of when to cut the hair, it is simply based on the hair of the child. If your baby was born with long, luscious curls, they will need a cut sooner than a balder baby. It is best to just pay attention to the hair’s growth rate and overall health to determine when to get that first cut.

Here are some options for timing your curly kiddo’s first haircut. As with a lot of parenting advice, it’s up to you to choose which route will be best for you and your child.

1. Time their first haircut with their birthday!

What You Need to Know About Your Kid's First Haircut
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Many parents choose to do their first haircut to celebrate turning one. While doing it with the first birthday is a great way to celebrate this special milestone, it will certainly still depend on the child. If your little one has a lot of curls and they are long, a cut should be fine. However, if they have shorter hair, cutting it too soon might be, well…completely unnecessary! It will depend on the state of your child’s hair, for the most part.

2. Take their gender into account…or don’t!

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While you may want to take your son in for a trim early on, you might want your daughter to have her first cut later in life. Since we associate longer hair with femininity, girls usually get their first haircut later than little boys. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a close-cropped baby girl or a Rapunzel-esque baby boy!

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They’re too busy figuring out motor skills and growing teeth to have much of an opinion on it, so this is really up to how traditional you’d like to be yourself. As long as they’re happy and healthy, and their grandparents aren’t fussing at you too much, they’ll be cute no matter what! Remember, we look at all our commenters’ profile pics and know you’re making adorable babies. So don’t stress.

3. Start small!

What You Need to Know About Your Kid's First Haircut
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That first time getting a haircut can be an emotional time for parents! Seeing their baby so grown up can get the waterworks going for sure. For many, it symbolizes the end of the baby years and the transition into a big kid. Since this event will already be quite emotional, don’t make it worse by cutting too much hair simultaneously.

The first cut should be more of a trim for those parents who are in their feelings about it. If you want to take off more later on for a keepsake of your baby’s curls, go ahead and extend the date of their first haircut. Then make that one a mild trim, and take that baby book lock of hair on the second cut they get.

4. Know that there really is no “right” time for your kid’s first haircut

What You Need to Know About Your Kid's First Haircut
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Parents worry about everything, “how to do XYZ best,” and “when is the best time for it” anyway. However, with this aspect of parenting, there really is no right or wrong time. You do it when you feel your child’s hair needs it. Many parents choose to cut those baby curls to see if it will speed up the change from baby texture to their “truer” texture, and while this is one way to do it, it will end those soft baby curls.

If you aren’t quite ready to part with those cute wisps, don’t cut! If you are ready for their hair to move beyond baby and into big boy or big girl curls, get ready for those shears (and some tears)!

Curlies, let us know when you knew it was time for your kid’s first haircut in the comments!

5 Easy Hairstyles for Curly Boys

Shock, right? While we tend to emphasize curly girl hair care more, the curls of your little guy need just as much care and attention to stay healthy. While you probably already have the basics of curl care down pat, styling his curls in new, stylish ways may make you a little stumped if you’re not into having his hair constantly close-cropped.

Here are a few great hairstyles for curly boys to give their kiddie style some fresh (adorable) attitude!

1. Two Strand Twists

This is the look to try for a look that is easy to do at any age but especially easy on a toddler. The look doesn’t require much tension, making it ideal for boys with sensitive scalps. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this style looks great and is easy to maintain! We recommend detangling with CurlyKids Super Detangling Spray to reduce breakage before you begin twisting.

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2. Cornroll Braids

Another look that lets you protect his strands and give them a rest from everyday manipulation, these braids are easy to install and work with almost any length from mid-range to long. This is a great go-to when you want a more protective option for his curls while still keeping his style game up to par. You can easily hydrate their hair between wash days with Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Kids EBlast Vitamin E & Flaxseed Nourishing Scalp Remedy.

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3. Simple Plaits

This is one of those looks that works for both boys and girls. Easy to do and long-lasting, this protective style protects his strands from damage when they need a little break. While this look works well when dealing with a lot of hair, it can also work on mid-length hair. It’s important to keep the curls hydrated, and the Just For Me Curl Peace Defining Curl & Coil Cream will give them bounce without weighing them down.

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4. Finger Coils

When you want to give him a somewhat contained look without braids, finger coils are a great look for any curly little guy. Best of all, they are really easy to do and can be done in minutes, making them perfect for those busy mornings when you’re short on time but don’t want him to be short on style! And it’s not just moms that can get their fingers in kids’ curls. Keep those curls and coils nice and moisturized with the Cantu Care for Kids LeaveIn Conditioner which is filled with shea butter, coconut oil, and honey.

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5. Faded Faux Hawk

Of course, the fade cut is one of the best classic hairstyles for curly boys. But there’s nothing wrong with a remix every once in a while. This look gives a clean-cut look on the bottom to keep his hairline looking fresh while showing off his texture on top for a winning combination of edge and polish.

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Best of all, it works for just about any age! If you’re good with some buzzers yourself, give it a shot!

What do you think curlies? Are you fired up to try any of these styles on the curly-coily boys?

Let us know which ones you’d like to try out in the comments!

Should You Oil Your Roots or Your Tips? This is How to Figure it Out!

Curly hair tends to be more fragile than straight hair, as we know.

Of course, the solution is moisture. And what is the solution to getting that necessary moisture actually to stay in your hair shaft? Black gold, Texas tea, and oils!

Okay, no, please don’t put crude oil on your hair, but you get the point.

The benefits of oiling your hair are undeniable since it leaves hair silky, soft, hydrated, and stronger, depending on which oils you use in your regimen. However, where to apply the oil is often up for debate within the natural hair community. Aside from where to apply the oils, another matter of concern is how often. Let’s take a look at both of these concerns and more in greater detail.

Should I oil my tips or roots?

Should You Oil Your Roots or Your Tips? This is How to Figure it Out!

In all honesty, you should oil your roots and tips as a general practice. However, like most things with natural hair care, the key is to find what works for you as an individual. For instance, if you have a lot of sebum production, i.e., if your scalp is naturally oily, and that’s combined with long hair, you may find that you need less oil at the root level while your ends might be a little on the thirsty side.

If your scalp tends more toward drought than flooding, your hair’s overall dryness means you must oil your curls all over for the best moisture-sealing and softening results.

Some curlistas think that if they stick to oiling their roots alone, it will naturally make its way to the ends. And for those of us out here rocking the pixie cuts and the TWAs, that may very well be the case. However, for this approach to work with longer or more porous hair, you would need to load up on oil.

Unfortunately, “Too much of a good thing” is a high possibility.

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When you overload on oils, you can run into scalp issues such as irritation, clogged pores, or sebum imbalances. While sebum is meant to travel down the shaft of hair, if you’re not actively encouraging it downwards it hardly ever reaches the ends. Besides, how many curlies use a dry bristle brush to distribute our natural oils rather than a different style meant for damp detangling? Exactly. Go ahead and get that extra store-bought oil worked down your strands to keep the moisture locked in.

How often should I oil my hair?

Should You Oil Your Roots or Your Tips? This is How to Figure it Out!
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How often you need to oil your hair will depend on several factors. If you naturally produce a lot of oil, you may only need to oil your ends once a week. If you have lower sebum production, you may need to oil your roots and ends every couple of days. It will also depend on what type of oil you use since some are heavier or more penetrative than others.

Castor oil, for instance, is a very heavy oil that’s great for the winter months! Grapeseed and avocado oils tend to hover around the medium side. Jojoba and almond oils are some of the lightest and most easily absorbed. And that’s not even beginning to get into the benefits of blends! The key is to watch how oily your hair is and how much buildup your scalp accumulates to find the right schedule for your oiling needs and ensure you’re reading ingredients.

Is there a right way to apply oil?

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While most people start at the roots and work their way to the ends, a better idea is to start at the ends and work your way up. This allows you to gauge dryness better regarding how far up the hair shaft you need to oil and whether or not you even need to oil at the root level.

Like anything in hair care, the key is to find whatever works for your curls. The best way to get great curls is to try a little of everything until you find what works. Oil is a necessary part of every curly routine, and with a little extra insight, you can master this aspect of curly care in no time!

Do you have any favorite oil curlies? Share your hair type and your oil of choice in the comments!

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Are you looking for a product that provides moisture? Detangles your coily hair with ease? Cleanses your hair without stripping natural oils? No need to worry, we’ve got you covered! According to thousands of NaturallyCurly community members who vote on our Best of the Best awards, these are the best products for Type 4 coily hair

Scroll down to find your new holy grail! 

Best Type 4 Shampoos

1. Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This gentle cleanser has a unique blend of ginger, nourishing essential oils, and castor seeds specially infused for moisture retention and slip.

“This is one of the best shampoos I’ve ever used! When I clean my hair with this shampoo, my 4A curls are immediately defined and soft! Love the smell too.” -J.I.S.

2. African Pride Moisture Miracle Aloe & Coconut Water PreShampoo

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This invigorating pre-shampoo soothes dry scalp and helps remove unwanted buildup. Aloe Vera and Coconut Water helps to detangle coils and curls and make for easy styling.

“Love the smell. I love the way my EXTREMELY dry, low-porosity coily hair feels after washing. Even the suds are velvety soft!” -mrpt912

Best Type 4 Co-Wash:

3. Flawless by Gabrielle Union – Hydrating Co-Wash Cleansing Hair Conditioner

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This coily co-wash is made with coconut, castor seed, passionfruit seed, and rice oils. It provides a nourishing cocktail that cleanses and conditions in one easy step. Whether you’re wearing your hair curly or in a protective style, bring your look back to life and condition your strands simultaneously.

“I like it. I used the Flawless by Gabrielle Union – Hydrating Co-Wash Cleansing Hair Conditioner to help freshen up my hair. I had some product buildup, and I love that it didn’t leave white powder in my hair. If you wear braids or twist i recommend i like the smell also I love Cantu products this spray lifted my hair and made it feel new again. This is a must-have item to stretch protective styles and keep new growth fresh in braids or weave styles.” -Latoya

Best Type 4 Cleansing Conditioner:

4. As I Am Long and Luxe GroWash Cleansing Creme Conditioner

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This cleansing conditioner detangles and moisturizes the hair and scalp with a special blend of natural ingredients that promotes healthier hair lengths.

“I decided to buy this Gro-Wash because I already tried the Coconut Co-wash from the other As I Am line. Guys, let me tell you, this product is amazing! I finger detangle my hair a little bit before using the product and when I put it in, the Gro-Wash glided right through, it’s so creamy and rich, I didn’t even have to use a comb to detangle the rest of my hair. After using it, my hair was so soft and moisturized. I can’t even forget the smell. This product smells like absolute pomegranate and passionfruit, it’s sooo gooood. It gets the job done.” – Ashleigh

Best Type 4 Leave-In:

5. Kinky-Curly Knot Today

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This leave-in conditioner and detangler have been a staple for curlies for years! It’s designed to smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls, and tangles from wavy, curly, and kinky-textured hair. It can be used as a regular rinse-out conditioner for wavy hair or a leave-in for thicker, curlier hair types. It is an excellent product to use after removing braids and extensions.

“This product is one of my favorites. I started using it when I first transitioned to natural. It was like the knots just melted away. My hair was so easy to comb through.” -Veronica

Best Type 4 Deep Conditioner

6. TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Need an instant makeover for dry, damaged, or colored treated hair? This luxurious deep conditioner contains raw honey for softer, shinier tresses, jojoba, and olive oils, which nourish and heal strands that need repair.

“I have tried a lot of deep conditioners in the past and frequently make my own. But this Honey Miracle Mask from TGIN is definitely on my list of Holy Grail products! It is amazing, and it smells AMAZING! I can feel my hair becoming softer, more detangled, and more supple from when I first apply it to the time I cool rinse it out.” -Sasha

Best Type 4 Protein Treatment:

7. Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This unique treatment is formulated with magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. The result is that breakage is drastically reduced. During the process, ApHogee treatment hardens into the hair, dramatic evidence that something special is occurring.

“Smelly? Yes. Time consuming? Hell Yes, Messy? Hell Yes. But it will do wonders for your damaged hair. This is the only intensive protein treatment I use. I first used this when I had colour-treated hair, and it made a world of difference, especially with the colored ends breaking off. My hair is no longer bleached/colored, but I still use this every 3 or 4 months for maintenance. In between this, I use products that contain protein.” -Elokinar

Best Type 4 Hair Oil:

8. 4C ONLY | Too Soothing Mint Serum For 4C Hair

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

A scalp renewal product to bring back the shine to your coils. This can be used directly on the scalp to help prevent buildup between wash days.

“Nice for scalp massages. I put a few drops on my fingertips and massage my scalp. Or I’ll add a few drops to my deep conditioner. It works really great when you apply heat to your DC routine.” -Jasmine S.

Best Type 4 Hair Color:

9. Creme Of Nature Pure Honey Color Boost

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This ultra-conditioning color features a non-drying formula that conditions and moisturizes as it colors. Your hair will love the rich color boost!

“I’ve been using this product for the past four months. The entire process takes about 10 minutes, it looks very natural, and it doesn’t mess up my pillows.” – Mr. A

Best Type 4 Refresher:

10. Alikay Naturals Wake Me Up Curl Refresher

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This lovely mango-scented combination will define and refresh your curls in one simple step. It helps revive your flattened, bedhead hair and dried-out curls to help them look fabulous again.

“I’ve tried many curl refreshers on the market, and this is the BEST!!!! First, it has great ingredients with aloe Vera listed second. I find this product to be moisturizing and not drying at all! This curl refresh isn’t watery like the “others,” and hence, it doesn’t frizz my hair. For best results on the second-day wash and go’s, twist outs, etc., I lightly spray product into my hands and then distribute it into my hair, fluff, and go!!! For reference, I’ve been transitioning for 11 months and have a combo of hair texture, but mainly coily, and kinky at crown.” -Pastel

Best Type 4 Moisturizer:

11. Mielle Organics Avocado Hair Milk

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Delivers super hydration and moisture for dry, thirsty hair. Infused with a hydrating extract blend and filled with botanicals and certified organic ingredients, it smooths and softens your hair, providing moisture, manageability, and shine.

“I purchased this cream about a week ago, and it’s just an awesome moisturizing cream for low-porosity hair. I pair this cream with my Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and it does an awesome job! It moisturized my hair so well and keeps it soft!” -Helen

Best Type 4 Curl Cream:

12. The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture Sealing Cream

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This curling cream defines, conditions, and adds manageability, revealing soft, elongated curls. Made with essential vitamins and Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, derived from The Moringa Tree.

“It left my hair moisturized and defined till the next wash day. It works with all styles, including wash n go, twist and braid outs, etc.” -Nashea

Best Type 4 Gel:

13. The Doux Big Poppa Defining Gel

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Made with Baassu oil, the Doux brings gel that will leave your curls poppin’ all day. Whether you’re looking to lay down your edges or braid-out, you will have a touchable hold that doesn’t leave any flaking or crunching.

“This has been a “go to” product for me since I went natural in 2012. This gel is good for wash n gos, ponytails and speaking the edges of my 4a natural hair type!” -Tabitha W.

Best Type 4 Mousse:

14. Lottabody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Coconut and shea oils deeply hydrate hair from the inside out, leaving hair soft and nourished with brilliant shine. Fast-drying foaming mousse leaves wraps soft and full of body. It can be used for wash and wear styles, defining curls, and taming frizz.

“The first mousse that I’ve used that wasn’t drying! To set my perm rods, I used two large pumps with a little pump of the DevaCurl supercream. My curls came out smooth and silky as if I had put heat on it. As I applied the products to my hair, my curls looked AMAZING. Super defined and shiny, so I will be trying it with a wash-n-go soon.” -Philana

Best Type 4 Stretch Product:

15. Blueberry Bliss Define N Shine Smoothie

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Versatile and lightweight, this styler has a rich, velvety texture that provides the moisture and softness of a cream with the hold of a gel.

“This product does exactly what it says it will. It elongates curls and leaves them super-defined and manageable. The product itself is very thick and creamy. You can feel it moisturizing your hair the minute you put it on. Worth the $15 and I didn’t have to use much product, although I have very thick curly hair.”-Tish

Best Type 4 Butter:

16. Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Curlaide Moisture Butter transforms tight curls into bouncy, silky spirals. Serves as a styling aid for wash-n-go’s, twists, locks, and braids.

“This product is the most moisturizing product I’ve ever had. It has a butter that is thick, but it melts into my hair and provides great moisture and semi-hold. It smells like cake batter (very sweet), and it’s just amazing; it lasts me three months (a little goes a long way, and it’s simply amazing).” -Nia

Best Type 4 Tool:

17. Denman Brush

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This is a great brush for detangling fairy knots and snarls. It is a medium styling brush with seven rows of nylon pins, an anti-static rubber pad, and control during detangling. It is great for defining curls.

“I was honestly blown away. I didn’t believe this product would’ve been worth the hype, but it is. I could detangle my hair in the shower so quickly and to my roots. This detangled my hair better and quicker than my wide-tooth comb. I didn’t give this product 5 stars because it’s a bit difficult to use on dry hair.” -Tara

Best Product for Locs, Twists & Braids:

18. Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This was the NC community’s top product pick for twists, locs, and braids. This botanical blend of oils and butters will aid in managing course/thick hair, leaving a soft and smoother feel. Softens and moisturizes hair while nourishing the scalp and stimulating growth.

“I love this product. I just used it for my twist out, giving me so much shine and definition. The price isn’t too bad either because a little goes a long way, so the 8 oz will last you a long time, and my hair is dense and thick.” – Sam

Best Type 4 Hair Spray:

19. Pattern Hydrating Mist

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This hydrating mist helps revive thirsty curls and coils and contains moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, sunflower oil, and avocado oil for a clean and decadent finish.

“I love this product! It smells great, isn’t too greasy, and moisturizes my hair without weighing it down! I noticed when I took my twists out that my hair was more manageable and had great elasticity. My hair is naturally very coarse, dry, and hard to comb, but since using this stuff, I’ve seen great improvement!” – Li

Best Type 4 Finisher:

20. The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Serum Oil Mist

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This herbal hair tonic and soy milk deep hydration serum oil mist is lightweight, seals in and maintains moisture from within, and enhances shine. Gentle enough for daily use and potent enough to thoroughly improve your tresses. Add this serum oil mist to your healthy hair care regimen and notice your hair become touchably soft, hydrated, shinier and healthier.

“This oil smells so good. It is lightweight. Spray good on the hair and keep my 4a/b hair super moisturized. I’m in love with this oil.” – Lindsey

Best Type 4 Anti-Frizz Product:

21. Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Curl Keeper Original is a water-based formula, meaning you can use it daily without product buildup. Your curly hairstyle will last for days as its unique formula re-activates with water making Curl Keeper Original 100% effective in all weather conditions, especially humidity.

“I buy this stuff by the liter. It’s so good! Nice, shiny, bouncy, clumpy curls. The best thing to ever happen to my hair. EVER.” -Internetchick

Best Type 4 Heat Protectant:

22. COLOR WOW Extra Strength Dream Coat

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Protect your hair with this ultra-moisturizing, anti-frizz treatment for coily and curly hair. This treatment is formulated with anti-humidity and anti-porosity ingredients to protect the hair from extreme heat temperatures. The ultimate solution for repairing split ends, eliminating frizz and adding shine.

“I used to cringe at the thought of using heat on my 4a/4b hair, but this product made me a little heat happy. Curls always come back without much difference, but dry time has cut down tremendously.” – April B.

Best Type 4 Edge Product:

23. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Perfect for taming stubborn edges and creating sleek, smooth styles. Great for sculpting, ponytails, high buns, and natural up-dos.

“This is great for styling twist-outs and braids.” – Trishana

Best Type 4 Volumizing Product:

24. Curlsmith Moisture Memory Reactivator

24 Best Moisturizing Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

This lightweight spray contains a moisturizing formula that adds instant shine, volume, and plumpness to curls.

“This product is nothing shy of incredible. I have really curly hair and have tried for years to find a product that makes my top layer not so frizzy, and that keeps my curls together. I recently bought this product by recommendation and couldn’t be happier with my purchase. My search is finally over! Anyone debating on buying this product – quit thinking and buy it right now!” – Alexis

Did your holy grail cut? Let us know your favorite products for Type 4 hair below if we missed yours.

How to Care for Wavy Hair According to an Expert

Nikki Kepley is a stylist and educator who enjoys sharing her passion for hair and beauty. You will find her spending time with her growing family and lifelong friends when she’s not fueling her love for hairdressing at Ivy House Salon. Learn more about her journey as a stylist and a few top tips on how to care for loose, fine, wavy, and curly hair.

How did you get started in the hair industry?

After high school, all of my friends were going to college, like everyone else. For some reason, I just knew that wasn’t for me. Immediately after high school, I enrolled in Cosmetology school and dove head first into all things hair. I had a great experience in hair school and felt at home in that environment. However, looking back, it’s ironic how little hair school teaches you about naturally curly hair. When discussing curly hair, the meat of the information was focused on relaxers and how to do a blowout successfully. I would love for a shift in curly hair education so others can be empowered with information on embracing their curls if they so choose.

What are your top tips for a successful wash day?

Wash day can look a little different for everyone, and I think when you’re new to embracing your natural wave, you have to experiment with products and techniques to find what’s right for you. Remember, waves are a curl pattern, not a texture. Some waves are fine and soft, while other waves can be thick and coarse. That’s why there isn’t one miracle product that is perfect for “all wavy people.” I know we all wish it were that easy! My best tip for a successful wash day is to continue to try different techniques and products till you find a combination that makes your hair happy.

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What’s your advice on getting volume for loose, fine wavy hair?

Being upside down! When your head is upside down, you are in the best position to promote volume during styling and diffusing. You can also gently flip side to side when applying stylers for even product distribution and to promote movement while maintaining volume.

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What are your tips for maximum definition and curl clumping for wavies?

The first thing that pops into my mind is Squish to Condish! This step happens after shampoo and conditioner and is done with your head upside down. While upside down, detangle your hair with your fingers or a tooth comb at the most. Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner to your hair along with a couple of handfuls of water and scrunch your hair until your frizz is gone and the waves look juicy and clump together.

This step prepares your waves for styling products. After Squish to Condish, microplop (gently blot your hair with a cotton T-shirt or a lightweight cotton hair towel) and apply your styling products. Remember, your head is still upside down. This is when you can gently flip your hair to one side, then the other, for even product distribution. Plopping (carefully wrapping your hair) with a cotton T-shirt or lightweight cotton hair towel can help expedite dry time without disrupting your wave pattern.

Frizz and dryness and the same thing. Know that when your hair is dry, it will appear frizzy. Sometimes, dryness can be a result of shampooing too often. (I would say shampooing every day or every other day is “a lot”) If you want to shampoo that often, I would suggest incorporating a co-wash every other time you use a lathering shampoo so you can cut down on dryness and still effectively clean your hair and scalp. Some of my favorite products for reducing frizz and dryness are Oribe Cleansing Crème (which is a co-wash), Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler, and the Lake Shore Dry Goods Organic Cotton T-Shirt Hair Towel (size Large.)

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What products would you recommend for wavies that add moisture without weighing their hair down?

The detangler I mentioned above is great; you would need less if your hair is extra silky, fine, or easily weighed down. Oribe also makes a lightweight leave-in conditioner called Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream, which is really helpful! This can be applied during Squish to Condish or on day two for added softness and shine. Oribe’s Curl Gloss is A great lightweight gel I’ve been using lately. This is PERFECT for people who are easily weighed down. It is so light and user-friendly!

What are the biggest mistakes that wavies make when caring for their hair?

Wavies’ biggest mistake when embracing their natural curl pattern is feeling boxed into certain methods and guidelines. Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all game plan for all curl types. Some people need more lather; some people need less. Some people need heavy products for maximum moisture, and some need lightweight stylers to hold without weight. Find out what’s best for you via trial and error, and don’t be miserable following a set of rules just because some said you were “supposed to.” I also want wavies to remember that curlier hair isn’t better. Waves are soft and gorgeous in their own ways! Using some special product isn’t change your hair into a curlier version of itself. Embrace your loose curl pattern and see the beauty in the effortless beach-y vibes you were blessed with! xoxo!

3 Things You Should Do After Washing Your Natural Hair

Wash day is never complete without locking in the moisture. After deep conditioning, there are three ways to seal moisture in your strands: moisturizers and milks, leave-in conditioners, and oils. You do not have to use them all, but here are the differences to know what will work best for you.

1. Moisturize

Moisturizers help to retain moisture between wash days. If you prefer something more lightweight, then consider hair milk. Although most moisturizers are water-based, it is best to apply them while the hair is wet so it can retain as much moisture as possible, as they are most effective when trapping moisture that is present. These two product types are chock-full of emollients, humectants, and oils. They are also great options if your hair is protein-sensitive.

3 Things You Should Do After Washing Your Natural Hair

Leave-in conditioners contain moisturizing and strengthening properties. According to trichologist Dr. Kari Williams, they are meant to replace your daily or deep conditioner periodically. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to allow the ingredients in your daily conditioners and deep conditioners to absorb, then use a leave-in conditioner. Note that all leave-in conditioners are not formulated with hydrolyzed proteins, so the bottle may say leave-in conditioner even though it functions more like a moisturizer. Always check the ingredients list.

Read more: Moisturizers vs. Leave-in Conditioners

2. Seal in Your Moisture

Some curlies follow up their conditioner with only oil, while others layer oil atop their moisturizer or leave-in conditioner. Using oils after washing your hair is called sealing; this reduces the rate of moisture depletion. People will use oil as a part of their LOC method to prevent dryness, reduce frizz, and stave off wash day. You can use a pure oil or create your blend.

@blissful_.beaute

How are you keeping your natural hair moisturized? LOC stands for Liquid, Oil and Cream LCO stands for Liquid, Cream, and Oil. They dictate what order you should apply your products when moisturizing your hair. Try both to see which one works for you. I love the LCO method ✨#naturalhair #hair #type4hair #naturalhaircare #locmethod #lcomethod #type4haircare #hairgrowth #postpartumhairloss #healthyhairtips #fyy

♬ Kiss Is Better with You (Remix) – Isintah
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You do not have to use all these products, but you should use at least one. I gravitate toward leave-in conditioners because they are lightweight, provide great slip, and add moisture and strengthening benefits to my coils. Since my hair is fine, I usually forgo sealing, as my moisturizers and leave-in conditioners tend to be formulated with lots of oils and butters.

3 Things You Should Do After Washing Your Natural Hair

If you have fine strands or looser curls and waves, hair milk is a great option. If you want a refresher between wash days but don’t want to co-wash, consider fluffing your hair with a moisturizer to quench your parched ends.

3. Define Your Curls

Now that your hair is properly moisturized, it’s time to give your curls hold and definition. If you’ve ever thought, “My hair looks so good… when it’s wet,” you are not alone! Our curls look their most defined when soaking wet, and things can get a lot more complicated when they dry. Depending on your texture type, you may be dealing with frizz, your curls may lose their definition and turn into a “pouf,” or they may lose their spiral shape.

3 Things You Should Do After Washing Your Natural Hair
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To lock in that gorgeous curl definition you have when it’s wet, it’s critical to apply a curl-defining product to your hair before it dries. If you prefer strong-hold products, then reach for gels or mousses that leave a cast, and if you prefer lighter-hold products that leave your hair soft and touchable, consider a lightweight spray styler or curl cream. 

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There are many ways to apply your styler, and it depends on the end style you are trying to achieve, but if you start your routine with these three steps, you have an excellent foundation for healthy, moisturized curls. 

What do you end your wash day with? Share with us in the comments!

This article was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.

Vintage Pin Curls Looks to Recreate This Season

Vintage hair and fashion will always be in. With Halloween right around the corner, you may be itching to recreate the glamour and retro-inspired looks of the 1940s. The Barbie movie has helped revive the interest in creating vintage pin curls as we see women everywhere finding new ways to create classic ponytails and updos. Achieving classic glam pin curls is easier to achieve than you may think. They bring us back to the basics when a set of bobby pins, some water, and a few rollers were all the styling tools a girl had…and needed!

1. Pin Curls With Locs

Vintage Pin Curls Looks to Recreate This Season
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2. Barbie ponytail With Pin Curls

Vintage Pin Curls Looks to Recreate This Season
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3. Vintage Updo With Pin Curls

Vintage Pin Curls Looks to Recreate This Season
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4. Half Up/Down Pin Curls

Vintage Pin Curls Looks to Recreate This Season
Image Source: @babylissprousa

5. Classic Vintage Pin Curls

Vintage Pin Curls Looks to Recreate This Season
Image source: @imitationangel

How to Achieve Vintage Pin Curls

Celebrity stylist and salon owner Danny Jelaca says: “The best way to achieve this look on your own is by using the old fashioned form of pin curling. To start off this look make sure your hair is blown out completely dry and then make a nice deep part on either side of the head for a dramatic look. Next, apply a styling mousse or spray all over- this will allow the hair to crimp and hold easily.”

1. Apply a mousse or light gel to your hair like ApHogee Style and Wrap Mousse.

2. Take small 1-2 inch sections each and rolling them loosely around your thumb, making a loop, working up towards your scalp.

3. Set the curl with 1-2 bobby pins against your head/scalp. Make more pin curls like this on the bottom and sides of your hair. 

4. Set hair in large rollers, 1-inch sections for the top sections of hair (or wherever your hair needs more volume).

5. Blow dry until hair is about 70-80% dry with a diffuser

6. Spray hair with a light alcohol-free mist like Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protector.

7. Remove the curlers when the hair is completely dry. Use a paddle brush or fingers to fluff and separate curls for a tousled lookTry not to play with your hair too much (this will cause frizz).

8. Move some hair over to a side (depending on its length”> and use a rhinestone bobby pin to hold it just behind the ear. If your hair is shorter, use a shiny headband (think Great Gatsby: rhinestones, feathers, glitter”> to push hair away from your face. Use a large curling wand to finish off or shape some pieces around your face or any ends that appear out of place.


Which vintage pin curl look will you create this season? Let us know in the comments!

How to Plop Curly Hair: A Curly Girl’s Guide

If you were blessed with curls, then you have probably discovered by now that when your hair is wet, your curls are smooth and defined, but when it’s dry, it’s a different story. Not only do you lose the curl definition, but you’re susceptible to frizz. What you do to your hair in-between its wet and dry states is crucial to having a good hair day, which brings us to the curly-hair method of plopping.

What is plopping?

Plopping is a drying technique that was born here on NaturallyCurly’s forums, in which you tie your wet hair up in a T-shirt or microfiber towel after you’ve applied your styler and before you start to dry your hair. It will accordion your curls, helping them keep their defined, spiral shape, even after they dry. Once you master plopping, it can become an indispensable step in our routine.

curly girl plopping her hair

Should you plop with a T-shirt or towel?

Traditional terry cloth towels “absorb too much moisture, which curly hair needs,” explains Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: The Handbook. “The harsh fiber will ruffle the hair’s cuticle, causing frizz.” So the first step is to stop using terry cloth and opt for a t-shirt or microfiber towel instead. Both methods work, and we’re not here to sell you an extra tool that you don’t need so if you decide to use a t-shirt then follow the steps below for plopping with a t-shirt, and if you have a microfiber towel then we have a tutorial for you down below.

You can also get creative and find what works for you, some curlies plop with a veilnet, some even use a lingerie bag.

Directions

Step 1

After you get out of the shower, scrunch out excess water and apply your leave-in conditioner (we like Kinky-Curly Knot Today) and stylers. For many curlies, the order of application is leave-in, oil, then curl cream — which is also known as the LOC method. Now, it’s time to plop.

Step 2

Lay a T-shirt (long-sleeved works best) or a microfiber towel out on a chair or bathroom counter with the sleeves at the end closest to you.

Step 3

Flip your head forward, bending at the waist, so that all of your hair is in the center of the towel and on top of your head.

Step 4

Take the flap of fabric that is behind your head and flip it up over your neck, then tie the long sleeves of the shirt (or extra fabric of your microfiber towel) behind your head in a knot.

If you have extra material or used a long-sleeved shirt, wrap the extra length of the sleeves around to the front and tie the ends in a knot. This will make your turban more secure.

What are the benefits of plopping?

The T-shirt will soak up moisture without creating frizz while your hair dries, significantly cutting down your drying time. Curlies rejoice, you know drying can take forever!

The T-shirt  or towel will also help absorb any excess product, so you don’t end up with hard, crunchy curls.

If you have fine hair or looser waves, plopping can help make your hair curlier and create lift at the roots, since your hair is drying on top of your head rather than being weighed down. And if on some days your waves or curls tend to disappear or look limp, this will enhance your curl pattern by scrunching up the curls while they dry.

These days there are plenty of microfiber towels made specifically for curlies on the market. We suggest the Hair Remedie Frizz Eliminating Towel and the AQUIS Hair Turban Waffle Luxe.

If you use a chair or counter to place your hair in the towel, this will create an “accordion” effect encouraging your curls to form. If you do not use the chair (as we did in the second set of photos) this will stretch your curls out as they dry.

Many women plop for 10-20 minutes before they diffuse or air-dry their hair, and some even keep their hair like this overnight. Experiment with the duration and find what works best for you!

How to Plop Curly Hair: A Curly Girl’s Guide

For a live demonstration, watch the OG Waterlily716 share her routine.

And if plopping is not for you, you can try micro-plopping.

Do you have your own method of plopping? Share it in the comments!

6 Ways to Use Aloe Vera Gel

Calling all curly coily ladies out there! Are your curls thirsty? Has harsh weather made your hair stiff? This natural ingredient is an oldie (as in ancient Egypt and Greece) but a goodie. Aloe vera has long been used to promote shine and moisture in hair, which makes it an excellent tool for the curly girl who is extra careful with the ingredients she uses on her curls. You can either use products formulated with aloe vera or DIY your own all natural aloe vera gel to get the hair benefits from this amazing plant.  Today we’ll show you 5 ways to use aloe vera gel on naturally curly hair. 

Natural aloe vera gel vs. store-bought aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is an all-natural hair ingredient that consists of water, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 phytonutrients! You can access all of this goodness by cutting open a leaf of the aloe vera plant (which you can find at most plant stores and nurseries). Many people use this method to naturally tend to sunburns and moisturize skin, and curlies have found many ways to incorporate aloe vera gel into their hair routine as a styling gel and conditioner.&nbsp

But what about the “aloe vera gel” you can purchase from the store? Our Curl Chemist Tonya McKay says “most ‘100% pure Aloe vera gel’ available for purchase is a mixture containing some aloe, polymers for viscosity modification, preservatives and other additives. These additions will necessarily change the impact of the aloe vera on your hair.” If you’re not a DIY-er you can always purchase aloe vera gel products like Fruit of the Earth (one of the most popular brands in the curly community),  just know that they will likely contain additives. Another way to get the benefits of aloe vera gel for low maintenance naturals is to use curl products with aloe vera as an ingredient, as it is used for its emollient, moisturizing and humectant properties. 

Here are 5 popular ways to use aloe vera gel on curly hair. 

1. Pre-Poo

Use aloe vera gel as a pre-shampoo treatment to reduce buildup and dandruff. Aloe vera’s natural enzymes destroy the excessive dead skin cells and fungus that leads to dandruff (malassezia) while also leaving the scalp’s pH level balanced and hair moisturized. Apply to your scalp as a treatment before your wash and give yourself a fresh start! 

How to do an aloe vera gel pre-poo: 

Massage the gel into your scalp and leave it for ten minutes, then rinse before shampooing or co-washing as usual.

You can also use aloe vera juice to the same end. For a lighter pre-shampoo treatment, mix aloe vera juice, coconut milk and wheat germ oil. The proportions will depend on your hair type, it’s best to test out the formula and find the best combination for your hair and scalp. 

2. Aloe Vera Shampoo

Aloe vera gel can make a great moisturizing shampoo. Some shampoos (even sulfate-free shampoos) can leave your hair dry and stiff. Aloe vera’s naturally moisturizing properties will leave your hair strong and moisturized.

How to shampoo curly hair with aloe vera gel:

Look for aloe vera in the top 5 ingredients on your shampoo’s ingredients list, or add some aloe vera gel to your current favorite!

3. Aloe Vera Conditioner

For women with tightly coiled strands, natural oils are trapped at the root. Products with amino acids promote moisture and condition our hair. Aloe vera has 20 amino acids!

How to use aloe vera gel to condition curly hair:

You can use a ready-made aloe vera conditioner or you can mix aloe vera gel with the conditioner that you already use. If you’d rather go all natural, here’s a very simple conditioning recipe:

DIY Aloe Vera Conditioner

  1. Cut the aloe vera leaf from the stem upward
  2. Use a spoon to remove all the gel
  3. Apply it to damp hair, starting at the scalp and working your way down to the ends
  4. Wrap your hair in a warm, damp towel and let the treatment sink in for at least 15 minutes
  5. Wash your hair as usual after the treatment

4. Aloe Vera Gel

Looking for curl definition? Many use aloe vera gel to define and moisturize their curls simultaneously. Defined curls always look the best when they are conditioned well. For Type 4 Coilies, this may not work so test on a small section of hair first to see if you like it.

How to use aloe vera gel for curl definition:

DIY Styler

  1. Apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to your hands after washing and conditioning
  2. Scrunch it into wet hair just before your go-to styler or gel

For some curlies, this is enough to create a light hold and they don’t need to add any other products, for others you may need to follow up with a curl defining product. 

5. Detangling

If you are looking for natural detangling products that are gentle on your child’s or your own curls, you can skip the store aisle and make your own. According to Curl Chemist Tonya McKay aloe vera “imparts detangling and conditioning by forming a polymer film on the surface of the hair, thereby smoothing the cuticle.”

How to use aloe vera for detangling curly hair:

Simply combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:

  • 8 oz distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 drops glycerin
  • 1-2 drops essential oil (e.g., lavender, jojoba)
  • 10-15 drops grapefruit seed extract

Then section the hair and apply the mixture to each section as you detangle.

RELATED: 4 DIY Detanglers

6. Hair Growth

YES! We all love to see our hair gain some length. As we mentioned above aloe vera is a common salve for healing sunburned skin, and it has also been used similarly for scalp healing, anti-inflammatory properties for the scalp, and improved cellular regeneration for hair growth. Use aloe vera on your “special” areas that need a little extra help, or even bald spots. The enzymes in aloe vera will attack skin cells clogging your hair follicles leaving two gifts (moisture and shine). While helping to unclog your follicles the nutrients that promote hair growth can do their thing.

Our curls, coils and waves vary greatly and so do our scalps, so it’s best to patch test new ingredients when introducing something new into your routine. Many curlies have found benefits from using aloe vera gel on their curls, but some have found this natural ingredient to be drying. If you are protein-sensitive then be aware that aloe vera does contain protein lectin. 

Do you use aloe vera gel? How did it work on your hair?

SHOP: Top 15 Aloe Vera Products for Mega Moisture 

This article was written by Kala Gardner and Claire Aviles in 2013 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.

What is Frizzy Hair & How to Stop It

Curls come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing we all have in common is frizz. For some curlies, the fight against frizz is a daily battle, so it is vital that you know your enemy. Do you know what frizz is? Do you know what is happening to your hair when it frizzes? Understanding this is the key to getting the flyaways under control.

What is frizz?

Frizz can be both a noun and a verb. As a noun, frizz is the messy tangle of hair that sits upon your head from time to time. As a verb, “to frizz” means to form your hair into knots, tight curls, or some other snag. We have no idea why someone would *want* to frizz her hair (some straighties still tease their hair!”>. Still, it’s the result of a mess of hair atop your head.

What causes frizz?

Regardless of what makes your hair appear frizzy, the underlying cause is usually the same: a raised cuticle layer. As a result, the hair looks dry and frizzy instead of laying flat. On the contrary, the hair appears smooth when the cuticle layer stays flat.

Curlies tend to have frizz more often than Straighties for one simple reason: dehydration. In general, curly hair is drier than straight hair. This leaves our hair susceptible to frizz. Another reason stems from the way we style our hair. As Curlies, we have to be extremely careful NOT to brush our hair. If we do, we encourage the cuticle layer to rise, resulting in frizz.

3 Types of frizz

Did you know that there are different types of frizz?

  • Surface frizz is frizz you get only on the outside of your hair (not underneath”>.
  • Halo frizz is only on the crown of your head but doesn’t appear elsewhere.
  • In-the-curl frizz kills the look of smooth curls as it frizzes its way through them.

Before you can do anything about your frizz, it’s a good idea to figure out what your frizz type is!

4 ways to avoid frizz

These days, almost any hair care product you pick up will claim to “fight frizz.” Unfortunately, too many of them are just gimmick advertising claims for products loaded with ingredients we should avoid. Instead of investing money in useless products, you can try being proactive about avoiding frizz!

1. Get a curly cut

Make sure you only see a stylist who is trained in how to wash, detangle, and style curly hair. A bad haircut on curly hair will usually lead to a frizzy mess. Trust us!

2. Shampoo less

Limit the ‘poo to just a couple of times a week and make sure to use a very mild cleanser. Ditching shampoo completely can sometimes result in more frizz. However, everyone has different results, so try going no-poo but if you start seeing more frizz, add a mild cleanser a couple times a week.

3. Choose products for your hair type

Make sure that you only use hair products that are right for your hair type. Knowing your curl pattern and more importantly your porosity level will help you narrow it down. If you don’t know yours, luckily we have a Texture Typing Quiz. It can be challenging to find what’s right for you, especially when it seems you keep finding information about what to avoid everywhere you turn. As a result, you may feel like you should just give up on putting ANYTHING aside from water on your hair! On the contrary, avoiding everything can lead to limp, dry curls that have a tendency to frizz. Chances are, you’re either using the wrong products or using the products incorrectly.

4. Check the weather

The weather, and more specifically the dew point, will cause frizz. If you have ever lived in or visited a humid place then you know this firsthand. The products and techniques that make your curls defined on one day will not necessarily work the next day – thanks to the weather. Understanding how products and ingredients like humectants affect your hair will help you problem solve for this. Generally, you may want to avoid humectant products on high dew point days because these can lead to puffy, bloated or frizzy hair curls.

Check out how to choose the right products for the weather.

How do you fight frizz? Tell us in the comments!

This article was written by Tasha Swearington, originally published in May 2013, and has been updated for grammar and clarity.

18 Summer Hairstyle Ideas to Try at Essence Fest

The NaturallyCurly team is packing our bags, planning our looks, and loading up on humidity-fighting products as we head to Essence Fest 2023 in New Orleans! Come get your photo taken at the NaturallyCurly booth, the Curly Experience, at BeautyCon. We’ll be hosting product giveaways, expert consultations, braiding competitions, styling touch ups and everything you need to look and feel your best at festival. And you won’t want to miss Texture On the Runway where NaturallyCurly will take the stage with Mielle Organics Founder Monique Rodriguez and Celebrity Stylist Tater Pazon to pay homage to the iconic hairstyles of hip hop.

If, like us, you’re looking for your next hairstyle for the summer and festival season, we’ve got you covered. Here are the creative looks we’re loving right now whether you’re booking time with a stylist, have a DIY spirit, love to go bold or prefer to go minimal – there’s something here for everyone.

1. Long Ponytail Braid

18 Summer Hairstyle Ideas to Try at Essence Fest

A long ponytail braid like Jorja Smith’s may be just the accessory you need to complete your Festival look. 

Check out: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Heading To Essence Fest

2. Box Braids

18 Summer Hairstyle Ideas to Try at Essence Fest
Image: @_mila.xo_

Box braids are the most popular style of summer 2023 – and there are countless ways to style them and make them your own.

3. Two Toned Box Braids

18 Summer Hairstyle Ideas to Try at Essence Fest
Image: @bluehairguru

Can’t commit to one hair color? The two toned hair color trend is for you. This style works best with a dramatic contrast between the two shades, so have fun with it!

4. Money Piece

@alchemy_salon LAURA 💎 Refreshing her iconic blonde money pieces! #alchemysalon #melbourne #curlyhair #moneypiecehighlights ♬ Push Up (Original Mix) – Creeds

You don’t have to dye all of your hair to make a bold impact. This low-maintenance hair color trend involves face framing hair dye known as “money pieces.” It’s giving us all the early-aughts nostalgia.

Find out how to achieve a stunning money piece on curly hair.

5. Money Piece with fantasy colors

@offbeatlookofficial I was craving a new hair color so I decided to do a pastel pink and purple curly moneypiece inspired look which is perfect for the Spring! I used the @revlon Colorsilk Digitones dye in the colors Pastel Lavender and Pastel Pink to achieve this look and am so happy with how well it came out 🥰 #RevlonPartner #RevlonDigitones #MakeYourMove #ad #RevlonPartner ♬ original sound – Camille

You can also experiment with fantasy colors to create your money piece. Customize this trend to fit your own personal style.

6. Heart Part

If you’re looking for a creative way to dress up your braids this summer, consider the heart part! Braider @pearlthestylist__ created this heart part with large boho knotless braids ❤️.

7. Heart Knotless Braids

Giving hearts a little extra love, we’re amazed by @braidbarldn‘s attention to detail with these long knotless braids. 

8. Double Ponytail Braids

Why stop at one when you can have two? Double the drama with two long ponytail braids.

9. Marley Twists

If you have the patience to do it yourself, check out Priscilla’s Marley Twist tutorial. But don’t let the short and snappy edit fool you, this admittedly takes her about 7 hours so set the time aside before your trip.

10. Blonde Marley Twists

And if you love Marley Twists, you can also play with color by going blonde.

11. Bubble Braid

If you’re short on time or patience, here’s a less time-intensive styling option: consider a bubble braid!

12. 2 Bubble Braids

Another simple bubble braid look you can create at home. Watch Jasmine Brown aka @jasmeannnn‘s tutorial for how to get the look here. 

13. Elastic Bands with Fulani Braids

We love this intricate pattern that transitions into Fulani braids, which you can get with or without extensions.

14. Rainbow Box Braids

Packing your suitcase full of color? This look is for you.

15. Half Up Half Down with Flat Twists

Here’s a festive style for the minimalists at heart – @curlbellaa‘s silver hoops give just the right glint to her curls.

16. Bantu Knots with a Metallic Twist

If jewelry is your statement-maker, here’s another creative way to twist metals into your look. 

17. 90’s Nostalgia

We’re feeling all the butterfly clip 90’s nostalgia with this simple style by @hermela. This is an easy way to show off your juicy curls while keeping your hair out of your face in the NOLA heat. 

18. Layered Headwraps

Looking for a way to give your headwrap more height and volume? Try layering one on top of the other like this.

18 Summer Hairstyle Ideas to Try at Essence Fest
Image: @fanmdjanm

See you at Essence Fest!

We’ll see you at Essence Fest 2023! Come check out the NaturallyCurly booth, the Curly Experience, at BeautyCon all weekend, and watch Texture On the Runway on Saturday, July 1 at 3:20pm.

And even if you won’t be in attendance, you can join us virtually on Instagram by following @naturallycurly where we’ll be going live from the event.