When we talk about curls we must understand that each head is a completely different world. Although it may be possible to think that all curls are the same, there are great differences between each of them, even if we refer to the care we must give them. Tatiana Ramos, a curl expert explained: “Mizani has done tests around the world and found eight types of hair textures ranging from the straightest to frizzy zigzag hair.”
If you are interested in knowing what type of curls you have, we invite you to base yourself on this guide and discover the best way to take care of them as well.
- Type 8 curl: The main characteristic of these is that they are zigzag and defy gravity because they grow upwards. Usually, this type of curl is common in Africa.
- Curl type 7 and 6: Both have close similarities, but one opens a little more than the other creating a small drop. The places where these curls are commonly found are in the United States, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
- Type 5 curl: This type of curl can be easily appreciated, it has a spiral-shaped fall and at the same time it is very marked.
- Type 4 curl: The characteristics of these curls are that they maintain good definition, grow downward and create an effect of movement.
- Curl type 3 and 2: This hair has waves, but very open and they are easy to recognize with the naked eye. If you wonder what type 1 is, it is straight hair.
Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that we have a certain type of hair when in reality we have another completely different or a mixture of several types. Ramos tells us: “Many people with curly hair tend to have different types of curl at the same time. That is why it is important to go to a texture expert who will inform you where you need more hydration and how many products you should use”.
It is recommended that each person go where an expert because this can help you with the appropriate products for curl care. However, from home we can also start little by little by implementing new customs or homemade masks. Tatiana shares with us some basic care in detail so that you can make your curls stay enviable and voluminous for much longer.
For a correct hair wash, it is advisable to use a clarifier shampoo or deep cleaning shampoo because generally, people who have curls use many products on their hair and when using a shampoo like this, it will help to remove the remains of any cream or product that have been previously applied.
Curls are a bit of a hassle to handle, and if you don’t wash your hair well, this will become an even more difficult task. The expert Ramos recommends washing your hair twice with shampoo to remove any residue of the product and with this, make your curls look uniform and without frizz.
Hydration should become the best ally of your curls, for this reason it is recommended to use a conditioner with ingredients that facilitate this process and the effect lasts much longer.
For people who have curls and separate very thick hair, an intensive hydration treatment after washing will be the best recommendation. In addition, to detangle hair, the expert recommends 25 Miracle nourishing oil, a spray product that will prevent you from spending hours detangling it.
Additionally, it is not recommended to wash your hair daily and a cut every 3 or 4 months will help your curls look fabulous and your hair does not grow heavy.
Tricks to keep your curls longer
Change the towel for a cotton t-shirt
If you start using a cotton t-shirt to dry your curls, you will notice how the frizz will be reduced noticeably. What you should do is wrap your wet hair in a shirt for about 10 or 20 minutes so that it absorbs the moisture. Then we recommend letting your curls dry naturally without using a dryer.
Believe it or not, the material of your pillow also plays a very important role with your curls. A satin pillow will prevent these from getting straightened or frizzy. Another recommendation is to collect your hair in a high bun so that your curls do not spoil and the next day they are intact.
For those people who like to wear their hair with a lot of volume, we recommend drying the curls with a diffuser while laying the head down. This should always be done as cold air and starting from the roots to the tips.
We know that this tip will be the one that you will put into practice the most. If you got up late, your curls are flattened and you don’t have time to wash your hair, you can spray water on your hair, comb it with your fingers and then apply your favorite product to define the curls. After this, you will have to roll your strands in your fingers for a few seconds and you will notice the difference.
If your curls make you struggle and you have not thought about implementing other tools to help you, let me tell you that you have missed a lot. Some of the must-have tools are wide-barbed tweezers, rubber hooks, microfiber towel, hair dryer, and wide-barbed comb.
Curl definition techniques
One of the main keys to maintaining your amazing curls more than anything when they are not healthy or you are beginning to recover them, are the definition techniques. We recommend you try each of them and find out which one gives us the best results. Among these techniques we have the finger coil, curl by curl, wet plopping and pulsing. For each hair there is a specific technique and each one provides a different result, it is in your hands to recognize which is your favorite so that you can start to implement it in your curls.
Specific products for curls
One of the mistakes many people make is thinking that just curl styling creams is enough. Currently there are a wide variety of products that will help you maintain them such as gels, creams, silicones and more, which will help you nourish them and provide them with great benefits. At this point, the most important thing is to understand that you need to find products that take care of your curls, not just that they do not harm them.