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Style Strategy for Curly Hair

Keep your curls in tip-top shape with our experts' product picks.

Q: How do I give my curls definition and hold without making them look and feel crunchy? continued...

Shampoo and conditioner are just as important to the styling process. I recommend John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo and Conditioner, which contains silk proteins and olive oil that moisturize and detangle strands, prepping them for easy styling.

For a leave-in conditioner, I like Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner, which is pumped with jojoba oil, proteins, and amino acids that work to hydrate and protect the hair. For a gel, try Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel with wheat protein, amino acids, and vitamin A, which work together to protect the hair from frizz-inducing humidity.

 

Types of Frizzy Hair

No two curls are the same, Breyer says. Curl types include:

TYPE 2

How it looks: The wave or curl forms the letter "s" and typically sits close to the scalp.

How to treat it: While this hair type has a tendency to frizz, it's particularly versatile -- with the ability to quickly go from straight to curly.

TYPE 3

How it looks: The large, loopy "s" pattern is well defined and springy.

How to treat it: In most cases this hair type is naturally super shiny, so you can skip the serums and spray sheens.

TYPE 3C

How it looks: The fine curls are tight, with lots of strands densely packed together.

How to treat it: Since blow-drying this texture takes a little more time and patience, be sure to use a heat-protection spray beforehand.

TYPE 4

How it looks: Strands are very tightly coiled and can be prone to breakage.

How to treat it: This type has fewer cuticle layers than other textures, meaning it doesn't have as much natural protection from damage.

Bottom line: Always handle your curls with care.

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