Treating your curly hair with love

13 February 2019

As any curly haired girl or fella will know; it’s fabulous to have curls that people remark on, and want to have for themselves. But we at Melissa Timperley Salons know what goes into cutting, creating – and maintaining – the perfect curly locks, and we’ve got some ideas here for those lucky enough to have those sought-after curls, natural or otherwise.

Defy the effects of gravity by adding layers…

As your hair grows your curls will tend to become stretched by the increased volume and weight. One answer, if you don’t want to cut them off, is to get an experienced stylist to add layers into your hair so that your curls to bounce back into perfect position for your style.

Why an experienced stylist? Well, layers take a knowledgeable professional to do them well on straight hair, so imagine the skill needed on a curly mop…(we can help!).

The ‘rinse well’ advice doesn’t mean you are doing it right for your curls…

When shampooing your hair, make sure you’re focusing on massaging your scalp with shampoo. There’s no need to have the water too hot. When you are ready to rinse, pop your head back under the water and allow it to run through your curls to rinse out the shampoo.

Make sure the water is cool or even approaching cold to close your hair cuticles and avoid the risk of frizz and split ends.

Blot and dab, don’t rub…

After showering, don’t grab a towel and rub your curls dry – it’s one of the worst things you can do even if your hair is straight, but it’s a particularly bad idea if you have curly locks, as it tends to cause frizz and split ends as well as loosening your natural curl tension.

Instead, why not use a specialist microfibre towel or soft cotton t-shirt to blot and dab dry your curls? We’ve found that the best way to do this is to cup your curls, then gently squeeze them to remove excess water, so that as they dry your curls will return to their natural shape.

Scrunch it, don’t pull it…

curly hair style idea 7When adding product to your curls, opt for a mousse or a gel. They will give you hold without creating crunch or stickiness.  When applying the product of your choice, put a 10 pence sized blob in your hands and rub them together. Then run the product through your hair by scrunching, cupping your curls in your hands.

You will soon get used to the technique if you practise.  We can show you in the salon too. Many of our curly clients add a serum at this point to help smooth tendrils and manage frizz  – and why not, it works brilliantly well.

Banish your brush to the back of the drawer…

Normal hair brushes are a definite ‘no’ for curls and the bristles are generally too close together. A brush will break up your natural curls, and create frizz. Instead, use a wide toothed comb – there are lots of options on the internet – or gently tease out knots and tighter curls with your fingers.

Think cool, not hot…

If you want to look ‘cool’ when you are finished, think cool when you are styling your hair.  And that means staying well clear of hot hairdryers and irons.  If your style will take it, allow your curls to dry naturally, or use rods to finesse your curls into the style you like. If you feel you have to use heat, the keep it cool or lukewarm and use a heat protection spray.  Your curls will love you for it!

Can we help?

If you would like help to get the stunning back into your curly hairstyle, why not book in for an initial consultation with one of our specialists?  Phone the Salon on 0161 834 5945 or email: melissa@melissa-salons.com

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