The curly girl is typically the queen of hair products, from her DIY avocado deep conditioner recipe to her bottles of gel, but this season, you can give her gifts she'll love. From a gem-encrusted headband to a blow dryer made specifically for curly hair, these presents will ensure her good hair days outweigh her bad in 2014. The best part is they start at just $5!
Given the number of rollers, tongs, and stylers on the market designed to curl hair, you'd think by now getting long-lasting waves would be easy. Alas, many of us still struggle to make a curl last more than a few minutes. The good news is there are usually some very simple reasons why your curls are dropping or falling out completely, and almost all of them are easily fixed. Here are five reasons your curls might not be lasting.
Technically combing hair while wet is a big no-no. But if you've ever tried to detangle kinky hair, you know that conditioner and a wide-tooth comb are required. Thankfully, curl specialist Ouidad understands and created the Double Detangler ($26). This heavyweight comb has two rows of tines that don't snag on single-strand knots. Using the comb from the ends up to the roots easily eliminates tangles, meaning there's no need to go back a second or third time. Plus, we noticed that both the detangling time and the amount of hair around the drain were cut in half. You can't beat a comb that saves time and your strands.
The number of products on the market targeting curly hair can be overwhelming, but the core of any regimen is the tools you're using. Whether you're embracing your natural texture or heat-styling your strands, celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen (who frequently works with Rihanna) breaks it down to the six tools you really need to manage curly and kinky hair.
Although the ponytail is an easy go-to hairstyle for most, it can be hard to get thick hair like Thandie Newton's natural curls into one rubber band. At the Rogue photocall, she pulled her hair back in what appears to be a low ponytail — but it's all an illusion! To get her look, separate hair into two sections with a middle part, then smooth hair back securing just behind the ears with bobby pins. Fluff hair until the two pigtails blend for one large faux ponytail. You can also create a similar illusion for a high ponytail by doing a half-up hairstyle. Use Thandie's trick to wrestle unruly second-day curls or thick natural hair into a seamless casual style.
Get out of your hairstyling rut with Allure's expert ideas tailored to curly, coily, and kinky hair types.
After years of denial and multiple attempts with a flat iron — thankfully there was no Facebook to publicly immortalize my "awkward phase" — I finally came to grips with a fact: I have very curly hair. But now that I've embraced my ringlets, I've run into yet another dilemma, which is that wearing the same spirals every day can get boring. Since I don't want to just scald my hair straight, I asked celebrity hairstylist Diane Bailey, whose clients include Beyoncé and Lauryn Hill, for some tips on how to reinvent curly hair.
Natural-haired women: do you want longer-lasting, frizz-free, fully-defined, and superstretched twist-outs? Then follow a few simple tricks to make your spirals turn out better every time. From protective styling to keep coils safe from the Winter to mastering second-day twist-outs, you'll look your best yet when you keep reading.
Women with curly hair are known for their devotion to air-drying. But every time you walk out with wet hair in icy weather, you risk freezing your hair among other things. So how do you minimize frizz, avoid heat damage, and dry hair fast? Get multiple solutions depending on your morning time crunch when you keep reading.
It's party season yet again, which means you likely need hairstyle ideas (and fast). Sleek looks never go out of style for a formal affair, but if you have curly hair, you'll want to make sure you're applying heat the right way to prevent damaging those delicate strands. Anthony Dickey, cofounder of Hair Rules Salon in New York, has the solution to getting the smoothness you desire, all while maintaining the integrity of your hair. So convert your curls into sultry vintage waves or opt for a more modern asymmetrical updo. Here are two looks you'll love to try this holiday season.
Quality products that enhance your hair instead of weighing it down will cut out the need for a blast of heat from your blow dryer. "You will need something ultramoisturizing, like Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet shampoo ($48) and mask ($68)," Fernandez says. This oil-based cleansing system is especially formulated for superdry hair, which tends to be the most unruly.
Follow up with a hair oil to inject more moisture and reduce frizz, such as Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum ($30). And to enhance the waves you already have, Fernandez suggests finishing with a mousse, like Kaze Wave by Shu Uemura ($38). "Both products leave the hair shiny, moisturized, and with a good amount of hold without the stiffness," Fernandez says. See? You can have the hair you've always envied . . . without the strand-singeing end result.