Curly Hair Cues
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Curly Hair Cues

Curls are hot right now, and these tips will keep yours looking great.

Want a fresh, sexy look? Wear your hair curly! Whether you've got ringlets or waves (or neither!), maximizing your hair's curl power is easy with these how-tos:

If your hair is wavy or curly...

  1. Begin with sopping-wet hair (blot gently with a towel to remove drips, but don't rub).
  2. Apply a silicone hair serum to hair, concentrating on the ends. Start with a dime-size drop of serum and add more if you need it.
  3. Blot with a towel (again, don't rub).
  4. Next, apply a curl-enhancing mousse to hair, from roots to ends. Comb through with a wide-tooth comb to make sure mousse has coated all strands. Now gently shake your head so your natural curls begin to form. Wind your natural curls around a finger to help define them.
  5. If you have the time, allow hair to air dry completely. If not, blow dry hair with a diffuser attachment on your dryer. Don't touch or scrunch hair as you dry; instead, hold the diffuser underneath hair.
  6. Once hair is completely dry, gently run your hands over it -- not through it -- to break up any crunchiness left by the mousse. Finish by smoothing a drop of hair cream over any fuzzy or frizzy areas.

If your hair is straight...

  1. Apply a texturizing balm to damp hair, and comb it through to make sure it's evenly distributed.
  2. Plug in a set of hot rollers to allow them time to heat up while you dry your hair.
  3. Next, flip your head over and blowdry the roots, using your fingers to tousle and scrunch your hair as you dry.
  4. When hair is fully dry, flip head back up.
  5. Separate a small section of hair (about two inches wide), and roll onto a roller. Hold the roller vertically as you wind your hair onto it; pin the roller at your scalp. Repeat all over your head. Give rollers about five minutes to cool down, then gently remove. You'll have very defined ringlets.
  6. Put a bit of hair cream into the palm of your hand, and smooth over the ringlets to break them up a bit. Finish with a mist of strong-hold hairspray.