How to Style Red Curly Hair

Your red curly hair is gorgeous, and we want to help keep it that way! Managing and styling curly hair can sometimes be hard, especially if you don’t know how to begin, so we have compiled a helpful check-list of how to take care of your hair and style red curly hair!

1. Shampoo

All curly-haired girls know shampooing and washing aren’t as simple as they may appear. Curls need to be cared for meticulously in order to look and feel their best, and everyone’s curls are different and need an individual routine. We suggest washing your curls once or twice a week and try not to wash more than three times per week. Shampooing your hair is a huge part of keeping your curls healthy, so it is important to get a high-quality shampoo that will work well with your curls. Try to find a shampoo that is moisturizing and frizz-fighting. You should also always be careful to stay away from shampoos that contain sulfates, parabens, and silicones. Sulfates can irritate the scalp and cause unnecessary frizz, while parabens and silicone will coat the strands so water will be unable to reach beneath them to hydrate the hair, causing dry, brittle curls. Shampoos with natural oils, such as coconut oil, argan oil, avocado oil, and baobab oil are excellent choices as these oils have hair health benefits, including moisturizing curls and making them softer. However, try to avoid shampoos with mineral oils as these can lead to a buildup of product which will cause curls to become limp and lifeless due to excess product. 

2. Conditioner

Conditioner is very similar to shampoo when it comes to what ingredients should and shouldn’t be included. Like shampoo, make sure your conditioner is free of harmful ingredients like sulfates. Look for conditioners that specify that it is moisturizing since red curly hair tends to lose moisture easily. It also helps to look for conditioners that are made specifically for your hair type; there are many conditioners out there that will say “for curly hair” right on the front of the bottle. These are the best products to use and will help your curls remain hydrated and healthy! Apply a good amount into your hair and leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing it out. 


3. Detangle

Always detangle your curls when they are wet or damp; never comb your hair when it is dry as this can lead to breakage. Start from the tips of your hair and slowly make your way up, detangling as you go. Make sure to get your curls trimmed regularly as this will lower the number of tangles in your hair, especially at the ends. If the ends are noticeably more tangled, that is a sign you need to call up your hairdresser. Thankfully, there are also plenty of products that will help you detangle your curls. Look out for sprays labeled specifically as “detanglers.” Many different brands sell these handy little products, so check out your favorite hair product brand and see what they offer! The best thing about detangler spray is that it can be used on both wet and dry hair, so it can be used at any point during your hair care styling routine. Just spray a little on your curls before detangling and your comb should have a much easier time sliding through your curls! Use a wide-tooth comb or a detangler comb for the best results. Additional tip: if your hair has been noticeably tangled, especially at the base of your neck, or seems matted, it may be due to the pillowcases you sleep on! Curly girls should always sleep on satin pillowcases, as this will help protect the curls and keep them from matting and tangling. Also, check out our article on 5 Ways to Ensure Your Curlee Girlee Wakes Up With Fabulous Hair!

4. Diffuse

If you’re a curly girl, you probably already know this, but diffusing is the preferred curly-haired way to blow-dry. A diffuser is a specific tool that is attached to the end of a blow-dryer, and it diffuses the airflow so there is less harsh hot air on your curls which causes less frizz. To begin the diffusing process, after you have washed your hair, take a spray leave-in conditioner and spray your wet curls. Do this while your hair still has some moisture as leave-in conditioner helps to lock in moisture, which will keep your strands hydrated and keep frizz to a minimum. Then you can begin to diffuse your hair. The best way to do this is to take a section and tilt your head sideways, holding the diffuser upward. Place the diffuser into the section of hair you want to dry, close to the roots, and leave it on low or medium heat until it dries. This may take some time compared to a higher setting, but it will keep your curls healthier and softer. This process may feel like it will take a while, but make sure to not touch your curls with your hands during this process as this can lead to more frizz. Continue this process until your hair is all dry and try to remain patient—your curls will thank you for that! Once it is all dry, you can spray on your favorite hairspray to keep everything in place. 

5. Style

Now is the time to truly style your hair! If you want to leave your hair down and your curls free, then your work here is done, but if you want to style your hair, now is the time to do it. Choose whatever your preferred style is, whether it be a ponytail, buns, braids, or a nice updo. If this is the case, you may want to skip hairspray during the diffusing step and wait until your hairdo is complete to make it easier to style. Now that your hair is freshly washed, detangled, and dried, your curls will be able to be styled perfectly, so do whatever style makes you happy! Once the styling is done, add more hairspray just to be sure. And don’t forget to accessorize your gorgeous, vibrant curls! 

Atara Twersky, Author of Curlee Girlee is a TODAY Show Style Icon. Her mission is to teach girls to embrace the beautiful curls they have with power and confidence. Join us as together we change the “coarse” of curly hair. Don’t forget to check out our recent article on What to Do or Say if Your Daughter is Showing Signs of Hating Her Curly Hair.

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