2. Use cold water when styling. Cold water seals the cuticles and makes for shiny, more manageable hair. If you need to rehydrate your hair while styling it into a wash and go set, drop a couple of ice cubes in a spray bottle filled with cold water and use it to spritz your hair.
Additionally, you can also add a half-teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to your ice water spritz. This is very useful for those with very thick, coarse highly textured hair as it makes the hair more manageable and helps coils “clump” together.
3. Excessive manipulation while your hair is damp can disrupt the curl pattern causing frizz and curls that are non-uniformed. Instead, manipulate hair while soaking wet, using your ice-water spray mixture to rehydrate when necessary, to prevent excess frizz.
4. Invest in a Denman brush! This brush brings out the best in more curls, kinks and coils. Remember to thoroughly detangle hair prior to using your Denman brush to eliminate mechanical damage from brushing tangled hair while wet.
Try this method: Spray wet hair with ice water and “smooth” a 2 inch section of hair by brushing it with a Denman. Add gel, curling custard or pudding of choice, then spritz again with cold water to encourage curls to “clump.” This prevents stringy singular curls and enhances thicker more uniform curls.
5. Use a shampoo specifically formulated for curly hair. This makes a big difference in the outcome of your wash and go, especially if it take a bit of work bringing out your cur pattern. Try Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Curl Perfecting Shampoo or Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Shampoo, as both are formulated with the needs of curly hair in mind.
Share some of your hair tips. What do you do or use to enhance your natural curl pattern?