We never seem to have
the right "sort" of curly hair or we hate it! So what are the
Temporary curl enhancement
or controlling your curl.
Curl is in again and
with that have come a whole array of new curl enhancing gels,
spray, shampoos and conditioners, enjoy
finding out which works best for you.
Check out diffuse, scrunch or finger drying
for styling tips.
If you want to give your curl a more dressed feel for a special occasion then try curling some or all of your natural curls with heated tongs or curling with a styling iron. The defined and more separated curl you achieve this way really works without you looking so different that your date doesn't recognise you!
O'Sullivan and Keith Hennel, from N.O.K in Newtown Sydney recommend: "If you've got wavy or curly
hair, keep the separated defined curl that you get when you've
been to the beach by giving your hair a cold rinse after you've
washed it which locks down the outer surface. Don't comb your
hair before drying it naturally or using a diffuser attachment
on your hair dryer to get those sexy summer tousled tresses".
have tried this idea out myself and it really works but if you
are worried about not getting rid of all those tangles, give your
hair a good brush through before you shampoo it instead of combing
Image Courtesy of Cataldo's, Canberra City
If you have tried all
of these options and feel you still need more why not think of
something more permanent.
Permanent curl enhancement.
Ever thought of getting
a perm? Perms are not just for people with straight hair. In fact
if you have some curl in your hair it will generally respond very
well to the perming process. This will give you that slightly
stronger or more defined curl that you are after, and because
your own hair is curly as it grows out, the variation is hard
to see so you may only need to repeat this process very occasionally.
It is common that we
have areas of hair that are straighter than the rest, on some
people this is quite defined and a pain when trying to achieve
a style. A great idea is to get the straighter area permed to
match the curly area.
For both of these options
you need to consult your hairdresser. Keeping the hair in good
condition is of the utmost importance when considering a perm.
Your hairdresser will be able to test your hair for strength and
condition, as colour or bleach in your hair may make this type
of service unadvisable. See
for more help.
Most curly hair can
be temporarily straightened by blow-drying and will remain straight
until your hair next gets wet. The trick to keeping your straight
blow-dry for as long as possible is to prevent moisture getting
to your hair. There are a number of products on the market that
do just that, at the same time as helping you to straighten your
hair. It's all about using the rightproducts, tools and blow-drying
in the right combination. Click on any of these for more information.
Also check out the
or straightening irons.
We would not recommend you use these every day as you can dry
out your hair but the effect is great and easy to do for a special
See our detailed pages
dedicated to the pros and cons
Curly hair suffers more
than straight hair with dehydration due to its structure. Maintaining
the condition of your hair will not only make it shinier but prevent
the frizz. You can't fight frizz with gloss and silicone gels
alone. They will help in the short term but to really kill it
you need to get your hair into the optimum condition you can.
Try a once a week treatment
to put back what your hair needs internally and a special conditioner
for curly hair.
Vassey of Sessions's
salon in Blues Point Rd North Sydney says, "the best thing
to de-frizz your hair is a Sebastian 2+1 treatment that has been
baked into individual sections using flat/straightening irons'.
This in salon treatment would take about an hour all up and
just image the great massage that comes with it!
Barney Martin, Sydney, Australia