Sunday, January 13, 2008

Making the Most of Your Curls

Making the Most of Your Curls
Making the Most of Your Curls
by Stefanie Coutinho

Many women fortunate enough to have curly hair don't know how to work with their curls. If you're one of them, here are some tips on what you can do to make your curls as beautiful as they were meant to be:

1. Wash your hair using a lightweight shampoo and conditioner like Redken 5th Avenue NYC All Soft shampoo and conditioner. Do not comb conditioner through, just use your fingers to gently massage.
2. Squeeze hair dry with a towel to remove the excess moisture. Do not rub dry or the curls will separate and become frizzy.
3. Place a generous amount of a lightweight, but firm control gel such as Ice Controller Firm-Hold Gel into the palm of your hand and rub both palms together to mix.
4. Flip your hair over and apply gel starting at the nape of your neck making sure to scrunch evenly throughout hair from roots to ends. Repeat.
5. Using a blow dryer with a diffuser, dry hair in one- to two-inch sections scrunching it with your hand as it dries. This way the blow dryer heats the curl while the scrunch sets it.
6. Make sure that all your hair is fairly dry, but not bone dry. A little bit of moisture defines the curl but completely dry hair tends to soften it out.
7. Use a flexible hairspray like Shaper Plus Hair Spray by Sebastian. Lift and spray at the roots of your hair to provide lots of body and control without the stickiness.
Et VoilĂ !! You now have beautifully defined curls! Remember that practice makes perfect so keep repeating this process to get the most out of your curls each time.

Stefanie Coutinho is an editorial intern with Women Today Magazine and has this theory that friendship is like a ride on a bus. E-mail her to find out more.

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