Do you have naturally curly hair? If so, then the idea of blow drying your hair smooth and then using a curling iron to achieve a full head of curls probably seems like a ridiculous waste of time. However, if you’re like most women with naturally curly hair, your natural curls might not dry and set exactly as you’d like them to. This is where it can come in handy to know some simple and time-saving techniques for curling curly hair so you can achieve the well defined, smooth curls you desire.
Start With Natural Hair
Forget about those hair tutorials that tell you to dry and straighten your hair before curling. What a time-waster! The idea is that if you start with smooth, straight hair, you’ll be able to achieve the curls you want. But in reality…who has time for all that?
Instead, we recommend that you start with your hair in its natural, curly glory. Dry and style it as you normally would in order to show off your natural curls, whether this means letting it air dry or using some of your favorite product to scrunch and hold those curls in place. This will reduce the amount of time and effort needed to complete your look.
Develop a Game Plan
Once your hair is dry and in its natural state, grab a mirror and take a 360-degree look. More than likely, you’ll see some curls that dried perfectly on their own. But then there will also be some sections that may appear flat, frizzy, or some combination thereof. These are the sections you’ll want to take care of with a curling iron.
Section and Curl
Most women with naturally curly hair find that the bottom layers dry flatter than the top layers. If this applies to you, start by sectioning your hair so that you can work on the bottom layer first. Use your curling iron to curl those flat sections, changing up the direction you curl them in to maintain that natural look. If any of the sections you’re curling are knotted or tangled, use a wide-tooth comb to untangle them before curling. This will help you achieve smooth results.
Before you apply any heat to your hair, be sure to use a quality heat-protection spray on each section prior to curling. This will help protect your hair from damage that can lead to breakage and split ends, keeping your hair looking shiny and healthy.
Then, work your way up to your top section of hair, being sure to let be any of your natural curls that are already looking great. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you should be able to finish off your look in 5-10 minutes.
Once you’re happy with your curls, go ahead and finish them off by spraying a flexible-hold hairspray all over. We recommend this type of hairspray because it will keep your curls in place while also allowing your hair to remain bouncy and not too stiff in the process.
Even when you have naturally curly hair, a little help from a trusty curling iron can go a long way in perfecting your look without taking up too much time in the process. With this technique for curling curly hair, you can present the best version of your natural look each time you step out of the house!