By Patricia Reynoso
Curly hair is vivacious and can look as polished and professional as straight hair.
Salon perms, especially the temporary versions that wash out gradually, are still a viable way to put some curl into straight-as-a-pin hair. Kevin Mancuso, a celebrity stylist, New York City salon owner, and Kiehl's creative stylist, adds curl with ISO Nexture Semi-Permanent Texture Treatment, about $150. (You can get it in your local salon.)
If you've permanently curled your hair, prepare to spend time and money redoing your roots, which will always grow back in their natural texture.
Even naturally curly types need a few styling products and a curling iron to create curls that don't resemble Little Orphan Annie's.
Whether you just need to manage your curly hair or you're a straight-haired girl who doesn't want a perm, consider investing in a curling iron. The right one quickly creates loose, sexy curls.
Curly hair is the driest of the bunch -- its outer layer tends to be open and can't hold moisture. Try Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo, $18, and Conditioner, $19, for much-needed hydration boosts.