How to get defined, bouncy curls at home
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
According to Pullitano, hair with a natural curl will “need a little more nurturing than straight hair… It needs to be treated very gently, so use a combination of a moisturising product and then a product with some hold to style.”
A high-quality, hydrating shampoo and conditioner will set you up for success. Then try a mousse created specifically for curly hair to protect during heat styling, but that will also keep your curls in place. Be sure to use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer, as they’re gentler on the hair but will also help to enhance your natural texture — whatever it may be.
Try: John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls SLS/SLES Sulphate Free Shampoo, John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls SLS/SLES Sulphate Free Conditioner and John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl Reviver Mousse
Never over-style your natural texture
Over-styling is an easily made and common mistake at home, as the key to making the most of your natural curls is actually to leave them alone as much as practically possible.
“Combing, brushing or throwing the head forward [while drying with heat] and shaking the hair out can create too much frizz and lessens definition,” explains Pullitano. “Curly hair is very temperamental and the less you play with it as it goes from wet to dry, the better the result.”
If you want to be really hands-off, add a shape-making lotion or mousse before leaving your hair to air-dry. Once completely dry, add a smoothing cream to any areas that need a bit more definition.
Proper prep is key for creating curls
For those with naturally straight hair, styling curls or texture at home can seem intimidating. But Pullitano says the trick to creating shapes that last is down to how you begin.
“Always prime the hair with a thickening spray or volumising mousse on damp hair, and just blast the hair — try not to over blow dry it with a brush.”
Then, you’ll need to have some patience. And follow the order of things.
“After tonging or curling the hair, do not rake or comb it through too soon — let the curls cool down first.”
Before combing or raking through your curls to finish, apply a “holding” product such as a dry shampoo or finishing crème.