For those with curly hair, there are various techniques for defining and styling your curls, and many of them aren't very healthy for the overall hair condition. Some involve heavy chemical treatments or heat-based tools. However, there are practical methods available that can create beautifully defined curls without resorting to any of these. Today, I'll introduce you to two of the most popular techniques that you can incorporate into your routine. Let's dive in!
Why is Curl Definition Important?
Understanding how to define curls goes beyond just making them look good, although that's a fantastic reason in itself. Styling your hair is a way to restore its natural shape, which can be compromised by external factors such as pollution, sun exposure, and the use of potent chemical products. Additionally, proper curl definition can help reduce frizz, create a uniform texture, and control volume according to your preference.
Not all styling methods deliver all of these results. Opting for chemical treatments, like those done in salons, compromises the hair structure due to the loss of essential nutrients and proteins, such as keratin. Even daily use of curling irons can cause damaged hair.
Natural Curl Definition Techniques
To define your curls without relying on heat or aggressive chemicals, you only need three things: your hair, your hands, and a good curl-defining product. Here are two methods for you to try:
How to do the "Rake and Shake" Method
"Rake and Shake" is one of the most popular techniques for defining curly, wavy, and coily hair due to its practicality and speed. It typically results in a looser and more relaxed curl pattern.
- Wash your hair as usual with shampoo.
- Section your damp hair into strands—remember, the thinner the strands, the tighter the curls will be.
- Apply your curl-defining product throughout the length of your hair.
- Using your hands, scrunch each strand towards the root, hold for a few seconds, and then release.
- Repeat the process for your entire head of hair.
- Allow your hair to air dry naturally.
How to do the "Finger Coiling" Method
The "Finger Coiling" technique shares some similarities with "Rake and Shake," but it produces a different effect by creating tighter curls. This technique aims to mimic the effects of a curling iron using just your fingers and eliminating the need for heat. Pretty cool, right?
- With damp hair, separate it into desired thickness sections.
- Apply the curl defining product to each section.
- Twist each section around your finger, rolling from the ends to the root.
- Hold the twisted section for a few seconds, then release and repeat the process for your entire head of hair.
- Allow your hair to air dry naturally.
Daily Care for Curly Hair
Caring for curly, coily, and wavy hair goes beyond post-shower styling. Our hair's structure relies on nutrients and proteins that need to remain balanced to keep the strands healthy, soft, silky, and full of movement.
To prevent excessive dryness, split ends, and even hair loss, it's crucial to pay attention to your daily-use products, such as shampoo and conditioner. The ingredients in these products can make a significant difference between healthy, defined curls and lackluster ones. Some synthetics commonly found in regular shampoos can be harsh, leading to excessive dryness and scalp issues.
That's why I always recommend opting for products with natural ingredients that cleanse without stripping and hydrate without weighing down the hair. These products can define your curls for longer periods without causing any negative rebound effects on your hair. Moreover, they provide a genuinely clean experience by not releasing any polluting residues into the water.
Bars Over Bottles Beauty Bars for Curly Hair
Many people are uncertain whether it's possible to use my solid products on curly hair, but you can indeed use them! My bars take care of and shape the curls without the need for a large amount of product. And, as I always think of everything around here, I've developed a curls line specifically designed for hair with texture, take a look:
Moisturizing Shampoo: Shampoo bar for curly hair - fights dryness from the roots, has a 'curl memorizer' effect, defines your waves for a longer time, leaving the hair soft, healthy, and vibrant. Contains gluten.
Curl Defining Hair Mask: Provides deep hydration, shapes and defines, eliminating dryness and controlling frizz. If you're unsure about his importance, read: Why & How To Use Hair Masks for Curly Hair.
You can find these products individually on my website or as part of duos, trios, and kits tailored to different hair needs. In addition to these bars formulated to meet the basic needs of curly hair, there are several other formulas you can explore depending on your hair's requirements.