My Secret to Styling Natural Hair for Lasting Definition

Follow these steps to get your curls popping!
VictoriaPriesterVictoriaPriester
Aug. 28, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!It’s August, which for me going to school in the South, usually means peak humidity and immediate destruction of my curls when I walk outside. Definition? Gone. Shine? Takes a back seat to frizz. While I can’t promise my tricks will work for every curl type, these are my tried and true methods for lasting definition. Overnight Bantu knotsThis requires some prior planning, but the results give incredible definition. I section my hair as I go, and typically make about 10-14 knots around my head, depending on the size of each knot. Smaller Bantu knots give tighter curls, and larger knots give looser ones. To combat summer humidity, I recommend making slightly smaller knots. The curls might be tighter than you like at first, but they will loosen over time and ultimately last longer than starting off with a looser curl. To make a Bantu knot, I first take a section of hair and make a double strand twist. Then, I curl the twist around my finger until the hair becomes taut, and wrap the twist around itself like a little mountain. My hair texture allows me to secure the knot just by wrapping the end of the twist underneath, but if you find your knots come out easily, you can also use small rubber bands to secure them.
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Frequent moisturizingMy best curls come when I oil my scalp every two to three days! My favorite hair oil is Design Essentials Hair & Scalp Treatment—it smells good and leaves my hair looking soft and shiny without being too oily.
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Holding spray or leave-in conditionerThis is a quick method for maintaining definition and keeping your curls poppin’! I just put a quick spritz over my hair before putting it in Bantu knots, or spray a little bit before I take the knots out. I haven’t gotten a keratin treatment in almost two years, but when I got them regularly, supplementing with It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner worked wonders for making my hair less frizzy (I have yet to encounter a product that actually makes my hair “frizz-free,” no matter what the ads promise). I would spray it onto my hair before putting it into Bantu knots at night, or spritz some over the Bantu knots about half an hour before taking them out. Hair holding sprays have also worked with varying levels of success, and in the past I’ve just sprayed them directly onto the Bantu knots before taking them out, or sprayed my curls directly before leaving the house. However, the brands I’ve tried so far have left my hair feeling a little greasy, so I’m still perfecting this method! If anyone has a hair holding spray that they love for curls, I would love to hear about it!
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