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Perk Up Unruly Curls With This Easy Fix

As owner of Urbanbella, an Atlanta apothecary-style salon and store that caters to women with kinky, curly, and wavy hair textures, Keneesha Hudson has mastered the art of the curl. The two major complaints she hears most frequently are the appearance of unwanted frizz and increased dryness, particularly during the cooler months. And while sometimes the bedhead look is hot, other times, that dryness and frizz can get in the way of having an amazing hair day. So I asked Hudson what tips she gives her own clients on getting a quick fix for unruly curls, particularly when rolling right out of bed when the hair tends to be at its most uncooperative. To find out what she had to say, keep reading.

"If you wake up and your hair is extremely dry, you don't want to weigh it down too much," Hudson says. She advises using a lightweight spray that mixes oil and water, such as DevaCurl Set It Free ($18). "A lot of times, you can spray that on your hair and give your hair a good twirl with your finger, and kind of work with the diameter of your curl. It will tone down all that crazy frizz, make the hair look fresh, and give it shine."

And if you're scared of water, don't be, Hudson adds. "If you tend to have really big Afro-textured hair, it's not a bad idea to get that hair wet in the shower the day of. It allows the curl to relax a little bit," she explains. Let the ends of your hair get wet, and ta-da — refreshed curls, easy as pie.

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