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How a Curly Hair Hairdresser Can Make All the Difference

If you have curly hair, then we bet you’ve had others comment about how much they wish they had curly hair like yours. If only they knew! Curly hair is notoriously unmanageable and prone to being frizzy and dry. Curly hair can also be impossible to style and make ‘tidy’. But unruly curls don’t have to make your life a misery. If you’ve never has the experience of a curly hair hairdresser, you are missing out! Completely different methods are needed to tame curls and your curly hairdresser can offer a whole system of hair care for curly hair that every curly head should experience!

Why is Curly Hair Curly?

According to livescience, there are two theories on why people have curly hair. The first is that there are more cells on the outside edge of a hair follicle and less on the inside edge, which pulls the follicle inward creating the curl.

The second reason is that cell lengths are different on the inside and outside edges of the hair follicle and that’s what makes the hair grow non-straight.

The truth is, that if you look under a magnifying glass, you can see that straight haired people have completely round follicles and curly haired people have oval shaped follicles. The curlier the hair, the more flat the oval shape is.

Another theory on curly hair is that it’s better insulation, which means curly girls and guys will be rocking their winter warmth!

Curly Hair Specialist

A curly hair expert like the in house Aveda ‘Be Curly’ specialist Lianne Smith at our Guildford hairdressers, has had specialist training in exactly how to deal with all type of curly hair.

Curly hair should be cut whilst dry. New guests often arrive at the salon with all their usual curly hair ideas for long hair, only to be surprised to find that we don’t know what they’re used to. Cut first and wash last!

Lianne also uses a cutting technique that isn’t the norm either. Curly hair generally means a lot more hair both in length and volume. Because of that, curly hair is cut upside down, which give the right perspective on how it will hang when upright and stop the dreaded triangle head.

Although unconventional, this is the best way to get the right shape. Curly hair ideas for short hair must also take into account the additional volume, so needs to be layered in a completely different way to straight hair.

After washing and conditioning, curly hair should never be dried in the same way as for straight hair either.

If you want your curls to drop beautifully and not end up as a fuzz ball, then turning the head upside down and squeezing gently is the proven method.

It’s okay to leave traces of good quality conditioner in there and not rinse the life out your curls. A little conditioner will help hair stay nourished and hydrated as well as lightly coated to prevent frizz.

Air drying curly locks is perfect, but if you’re time poor and need to dry your hair a bit faster, then use a microfiber towel or even a cotton t-shirt for maximum absorption and minimal disruption to the shape of each curl. Rubbing and towel drying hair is never a good idea because it encourages knots and frizz (a key problem with curls).

While your hair is drying naturally, think like rice and leave it alone! Resist the urge to twizzle it around your finger! By not touching it, you’re letting it do its thing and curl up nicely.

Note, coily hair vs curly hair or even wavy hair requires different techniques again – after all not two curls are the same! Visiting a good hairdresser with a curly hair specialist means you’ll never leave the salon with a fuzzy triangle again.

Best Curly Hair Products

Hair care for curly hair is different too and should be as organic as possible so to avoid sulphates completely. Aveda curly hair range have a quality selection of shampoo, conditioner, as well as the best curly hair products you could need. Let’s check some of what you need for the most beautiful curly hair you could wish for:

Best Curly Hair Shampoo

Best Shampoo for Curly Frizzy Hair

We have lost count of how many of our curl haired guests tell us this one is their favourite! No curly hair blog would be complete without us recommending Aveda Be Curly shampoo and its matching conditioner.

Made with Aloe vera and wheat protein, ‘Be Curly’ shampoo helps gently cleanse while you define curls and retain shine. Part of a whole range by Aveda, Be Curly smells like bergamot and citrus fruit. A firm favourite and a must try for anyone with wavy or curly hair

Best Shampoo for Curly Dry Hair

For curly dry hair, we love Nutriplenish Shampoo Deep Moisture. Specifically designed for dry to very dry hair, nutriplenish shampoo deep moisture contains omega 5 rich organic pomegranate oil, certified organic coconut oil and mango butter.

Hair is cleansed and moisturised without stripping and as with all Aveda shampoos, nutriplenish is silicone and sulphate free – a must for curly hair.

Nutriplenish Shampoo deep moisture smells like ginger, cardamom and other flower essences.

Hair Oil for Curly Hair

Hair oils are fantastic for using in a few different ways and Nutriplenish Multi-use Hair Oil is perfect for all hair types, especially dry curly hair.

This hair oil contains no less than 5 power oils and is 100% naturally derived. It can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment before showing, a leave-in treatment on damp hair, or as a way to add shine to styled hair. For deep moisture, you can also apply the oil to hair and scalp and leave over night for full penetration into the hair shaft. Shampoo out the next morning and see how nourished your curls feel.

Styling Products for Curly Hair

For styling of any hair, it’s never a good idea to pile on the products. Luckily, Aveda have a great range of styling products for curly hair that are such good quality, you don’t need much any way!

Curly Hair Top Tip:

To give natural extra lift, try adding hairclips close to the scalp while it’s drying to encourage that volume. Once at least 70% dry, try adding these recommended Aveda products:

Best Wax for Curly Hair

A pomade is the perfect pairing for curly hair because it’s water based that gives additional shine when styling. Aveda offer two from their collection

This humectant-rich pomade, offers rich hydration and moisture. Brilliant Humectant pomade enhances curls in drier climates and is perfect for textured and treated hair.

Tame your curls and give a polished look with no flyaways. Aveda Brilliant anti-humectant pomade is especially good for humid weather and rainy days when hair tends to frizz up. Apply a tiny amount after styling.

Best Gel for Curly Hair

Brilliant retexturing gel helps get control of medium to coarse hair for those times when you want styled hair that lasts. The brilliant retexturing gel manages to maintains softness whilst adding that all important shine

Although not strictly a hair gel for curly hair, we had to mention Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss. The gloss provides incredible shine to an end style and helps smooth away any frizz. Just great for curly hair.

Hair Mask for Curly Dry Hair

Our stylists recommend a weekly hair masque for all hair and curly hair is no exception. Curls tend to be drier than straight hair and that means you need a really quenching deep condition each week.

New kid on the block Botanical Repair has been one of the best things to come out of 2020 in our opinion.

An incredible, never seen before formula, the botanical repair range literally mends hair from the inside out. Deeply nourishing, the Botanical Repair Intensive Strengthening Hair Masque gives each strand a healthier-looking sheen. Enjoy impressive deep conditioning and shine to your curls.

The Be Curly Intense Detangling Hair Masque acts as the ultimate curl calmer. Great for soothing the scalp, the shea butter and babassu oil gives what curly hair needs for moisturised, separated, healthy curls.  

We hope you’ll love your new soft bouncy amazing curls. If you want the best hairdresser for curly hair in Surrey, then look no further. Every guest who has had the curly girl experience has been absolutely delighted and we hope the pictures speak for themselves!

Want the curly hair experience? Why not book your hairdressing appointment with us online or call our Guildford salon on 01483 306655 or Walton 01932 240856

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