Many times we get requests from people wanting to nkow ho to get their
naturally textured hair to look more curly or wavy. They want to
continue to wear their hair natural (chemical free). But, want
less kinkiness or frizziness than you'd get in a "plain old
'fro". They're looking for something that is a little more
fashionable and sophisticated.
There are few ways to achieve this look. How you do it will
depend on a few factors, a couple of which are:
- The natural texture of your hair- how kinky, coarse, and thick
(both in the diameter of the hair shaft and how many hairs you actually
have) will impact how easy this is for you to achieve. The softer
and more elongated your curls are naturally, the easier this will be.
- Do you want to use chemicals to achieve a permanent style or are
you willing to style your own hair on a regular basis?
Permanent Solution for Creating Curly or Wavy Hair
If you have tightly coiled and/or coarse hair, one way to get it curly
is a texturizer or kiddie perm or a curly perm (we've heard them
referred to as "curl reconstructors") will allow you to change your
hair texture to a looser curl pattern. There is something now
relaxer. It seems to us taht this is
less harsh llye
relaxer that leaves the hair in what we'll call a "semi-natural”
condition somehwere between your own natural hair and completely
relaxed hair. However, more and more of our customers are telling
us they want to avoid chemicals. Keep reading for alternatives
you can try with your natural hair.
How to Create Soft Springy Curls from Naturally Kinky Hair
This is a technique that works well for moderately kinky to
naturally curly hair. This style will have to be recreated
once a week, if properly maintained.
What you’ll need:
- Wash hair with moisturizing shampoo and condition
with a detangling conditioner.
- Leave hair wet and comb through to detangle with a
wide tooth comb.
- While hair is wet saturate with Treasured Locks
Locks of Curls Pomade & Gel.
- Part hair into sections about 1/2” to
Add pomade to each section as you work it.
- With a wide to medium tooth comb, begin to gently
comb hair one section at time from root to end. Start at the
and work your way to the front of your hair. Pull the hair
to elongate your natural kinks into smoother, longer curls.
- It’s important to keep the hair wet during this
process. Use a spray bottle with water, or Protective Mist
Bodifier or Treasured Locks Leave-In Herbal Conditioner.
- The look you are going for is smoother, longer
curls while your hair is wet. You will then “set”
the hair using a
hooded dryer to maintain the curl when dry.
- Sit under a hooded dryer for an hour or until hair
is fully dry. It’s important to have the look you
want before you
sit under the dryer. If you want a part in your hair, part it
now. If the curls are elongated now, they will not be any
- After drying, for further elongation of curls, you
can use a hand-held dryer. Grab, the hair by the end and
stretch it while blowing hot air on it from the root down to the
mid-point of the hair.
How to do a Straw Set
A straw set will create those Shirley Temple types of ringlet curls
(only smaller of course). This is also a great transitional
style when you’re going from permed to natural
permed hair texture by placing it in this curly style will minimize the
difference in appearance between the permed hair and the natural hair
allowing you to grow out your natural hair before doing the "big chop".
You will need:
- A pack of plastic drinking straws
- For larger and looser curls, use small perm rods-
available at beauty supply stores
- End papers
- Bobby pins
- Black Earth Crinkles & Curls or other setting
lotion (make sure it's alcohol free)
- Light hair oil or Black Earth Protective Mist Bodifier
Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair and blot dry with a
Step 2: Part you hair into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections
Step 3: Place end papers on to ends of your hair.
Step 4: Roll your hair onto the straws or perm rods and
with a hairpin.
Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 until you have finished your entire
Step 6: Dry your hair under a hooded dryer.
Step 7: Gently remove the straws and separate the curls.
Step 8: Spray with a light oil and continue to spray with oil
a daily basis.
How to do a Two Strand Twist and a Twist Out
This is a very easy, but very fashionable hair style. You
actually get two-for-one. Start by
creating two strand twists (which can be worn that way for several
days); then change it up by removing the twists and leaving the hair
kinky/wavy for a few days.
- To create two strand twists, simply part the hair
into small sections.
- Take each section and divide into two strands.
- Coat the hair with Locks of Curls Pomade & Gel
or other styling gel.
- Coil the strands around each other working from the
roots to the ends. Repeat over the entire head.
- After a few days simply untwist the two strands
How To Define Curls in Biracial Hair
Many biracial people have naturally beautiful curls when their hair is
wet and would like to keep that look once the hair dries. We
get this question all the time. If
have naturally soft curls, one of our clients has suggested a way that
she styles her biracial hair that works for her (thanks Jennifer).
For those with softer, natural curls
who just want more definition, this is a great technique. This hair
style is well suited to bi-racial hair types.
For soft springy curls here is the procedure:
- Wash hair at least 1x per week (the other days just rinse)
- Detangle hair each day
- Put in a leave in conditioner. Whatever helps detangle and
hair feeling soft. SheaMoisture Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner is
great for this step.
- Saturate hair with Black Earth Protective Mist Bodifier
- Put Treasured Locks Locks of Curls Locks of Curls Pomade
& Gel or other styling gel in hair
- Apply a little hair oil
- Let air dry if possible (you can put your hair in a
ponytail to stretch it a little or just let it air dry)
- In the winter- use a blow dryer on the lowest temp, gently
stretching the hair as you dry it.
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