I know from years of having curly haired ladies in my salon chair that it can be a frustrating process finding the right concoction of products to tame, style and make the most of this natural hair texture. That’s why a Curly Locks range was high on my priority list when I created my own Phil Smith Be Gorgeous range.
Here’s my guide on how to care for curly hair and tips on using my products to their fullest effect.
1. Use a wide toothed comb
Of all hair types, curly is the most fragile and easily damaged. Often clients complain of knotty, hard to manage hair and sometimes this is simply down to what is being used to brush through the hair. Curly haired girls should never used a brush, only ever a wide tooth comb. Brushing curly hair only increases frizz as it disrupts the curl pattern by separating individual strands too much. Instead, use a wide tooth comb to detangle from the bottom up; this allows knots to be freed rather than compounded into a matted mass which happens when combing from the root down.
2. You should always finish your conditioner first…
There’s an age old goal of trying to finish your conditioner at the same time as your shampoo but for curly girls this is not one to try and achieve. Conditioner should be your best friend and used liberally in order to inject as much moisture as possible. You can use my Curly Locks Curl Perfecting Conditioner as an additional over night treatment by distributing through damp hair, tie-ing in a bun on the top of your head and washing out in the morning.
3. Sleek and chic…
Rub a small amount of my Curl Control Cream into the palms of your hand and apply evenly through the mid lengths and ends. This helps to prep hair before blow drying by keeping rebellious locks in check, smoothing the hair to allow for flexible, glossy curls.
4. Invest in a diffuser…
When blowdrying, a diffuser is imperative when creating a bouncy finish to curly hair. It helps tame frizz and bring curls together. Tip the head upside down, resting hair on the diffuser lightly in order to create body and volume, reducing the heat in order to smooth the hair cuticle for a shiny finish.
5. Tame and perfect…
Finish by gently ‘raking’ fingers through curls to create a defined but natural result (for a contemporary look curls should never sit in ringlets). Follow by spritzing a light shower of my Curl Perfecting Spray to tame any pesky flyaways whilst also protecting and polishing the curls for a luxurious finish.
6. Remember regular trims at your salon every 6 to 8 weeks to stay on top of split ends. Damaged hair is never a good look!