My hair is rarely “wash-and-wear” hair. I can’t just rub my hair with a towel and run out the door with defined curls.
Here’s my round-the-clock itinerary of things you need to do to keep your curls at their curliest. However, technique alone will not keep a spring in your style. You need product. I’ve found the new Paul Mitchell range ‘Curls’, which is dedicated to the cause, is an excellent new addition to my hair.
Top 9 tips for your best curls
- How you wash your hair is without a doubt the most essential part of having great curls. You need a hydrating shampoo. Paul Mitchell’s new Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo™ is ideal as it contains zero sulfates, which dry out curly hair, and is rich and moisturising. Massage the shampoo gently into your curls. Heavy-handedness can damage your hair.
- Lock in extra moisture and use a leave-in treatment. It acts as an extra hydrator for your conditioner and will keep working for you all day. Paul Mitchell’s Full Circle Leave-In Treatment™ for Frizz-Free Curl Therapy will certainly do the trick. It has a smoothing, replenishing lightweight formula that protects your curls from daily damage.
- Be careful when towel drying. Squeeze water out instead of rough drying or rubbing with towel – this friction causes frizz and breaks up your natural curls.
- Creams help define unruly curls and don’t leave your hair crispy like some gels. They keep your hair hydrated, which is key to keeping your curls strong, full of volume and manageable. Twirl Around™ Crunch-Free Curl Definer from Paul Mitchell should be added to damp or wet hair before you dry it. This new product helps your curls keep their bounce all day and its crunch-free fixative gives you plenty of control.
- Use a diffuser if you are blow-drying your hair. The diffuser, which you add on to the end of your dryer, spreads the airflow out. This will give you an even, gentler drying stream. Without a diffuser, the direct airflow can make your curls crisp up, which can lead to breakage and frizz.
- Embrace your natural waves with sea salt sprays. They add body to your hair and encourage your natural texture. Take it one step further with the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Wave™ Beachy Texture Cream-Gel. It separates curls, adds texture, fights off the frizz and gives beautiful form to tousled beachy curls.
- If you’re not sure what to do with your curls and you’re in a hair-down mood, try moving your partline a little deeper, especially if you usually part your hair in the centre. This will add more height and shape to your style.
- When you’ve styled your curls and you’re happy where they are, avoid touching your hair. I know this can be hard, but oil and dirt from your hands will make your hair frizz.
- When it comes to bed time, you can still look after your curls. You could try wearing a night cap, though it’s not the most attractive option. I sleep on a silk pillow. These can be pricey but they’re worth it. They reduce static and are smooth, so they don’t muss up your hair as you sleep.
Paul Mitchell’s new curl product range has some key products for beautiful, long-lasting curls. Find your nearest stockist with the Paul Mitchell salon locator.
Hair Romance feels your anguish when it comes to curls: one day perfect, one day painful, but we’re not alone. Check out the Paul Mitchell Facebook page featuring – and celebrating – the relationship people have with their curls. Submit your ‘Curl Confession’ and have it featured on the site.
What’s your no. 10 tip for beautiful curls?