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How to get well defined curls for curly hair
Frizzy hair--it is what it is.
Frustrating. Annoying. Unmanageable and unruly.
Except when it isn't.
I've been through every curly hair stage you can possibly imagine. I treated it the same as you would glossy, straight hair for years until realizing I probably should NOT brush it out dry. I tried to deny it's existence like every other curly-girl growing up in the 1990's. I've worn it so crunchy with product you could hear it crackle if you touched it. But all that came before I realized how fun and low-maintenance a head full of curls could make a girl's life.
I'm not one to mourn about how I wish I had straight hair. I don't. But great curls don't just happen (and I've got the bad yearbook pictures to prove it).
Oh. And one more thing. This regimen only works on curly hair. I'm pretty sure you won't get the same results with stick-straight hair unless you get happy with a curling iron. HA.

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  • How to style a curly hairstyle / wavy hairstyle. 5 Steps To Well Defined Curls - Step 1
    Step 1

    Step 1: Start with clean towel-dried hair. A little idiosyncrasy about curly hair is that it's typically really dry. I've probably had greasy hair syndrome like, twice in my life. Shampooing also dries out the hair so I'll shampoo my hair one a week. The rest of the week I use only conditioner.

  • How to style a curly hairstyle / wavy hairstyle. 5 Steps To Well Defined Curls - Step 2
    Step 2

    Step 2: Apply gel into hair. I press the product into my hair as opposed to full-on scrunching. Focus on getting the product on the roots, since that's where you'll get the lift.

  • How to style a curly hairstyle / wavy hairstyle. 5 Steps To Well Defined Curls - Step 3
    Step 3

    Step 3: Lightly coat all layers of hair with the Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine spray--not just the top. You don't want the bottom to look limp. Leave on hair for 10-15 minutes.

  • How to style a curly hairstyle / wavy hairstyle. 5 Steps To Well Defined Curls - Step 4
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    Step 4: Use a hair dryer with a diffuser until hair is almost dry. I always use the cold air setting for a minute or two towards the end to reduce frizz and set the curls. They should be soft to touch, though maybe not as bouncy as when completely dry.

  • How to style a curly hairstyle / wavy hairstyle. 5 Steps To Well Defined Curls - Step 5
    Step 5

    Step 5: When hair is completely dry, use fingers to separate the curls and get a fuller look so they aren't matted together. Spray another light layer of Freeze and Shine to hold.

  • How to style a curly hairstyle / wavy hairstyle. 5 Steps To Well Defined Curls - Step 6
    Step 6

    Enjoy the uniqueness that is YOU!

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