11 Tips for Bouncy and Beautiful Curls in 2020

Aug. 31, 2020
Selecting the right products and following best practices for curly hair can significantly improve curl definition. You can also change up your haircut to flatter your curls more.
If you’re struggling to bring definition to curly hair, you aren’t alone. So, how to get defined curls?
There are plenty of techniques and tricks you can try to make your curls pop. Whether you have 4C curls or bountiful corkscrews, check out our tips for curl definition.
#1. Wash Gently
Are you an aggressive scrubber who likes to make sure your hair is pristine from root-to-tip? Maybe you go with the flow, and rub shampoo throughout your hair?
Unfortunately, you could be contributing to unwanted frizz. 
Instead, try not to tangle or stress your mane out while you wash it. Don’t do the classic hair flip—stand upright and gently massage shampoo through your locks.
#2. Always Moisturize
Parched curls will never look as defined as healthy, moisturized ones. A monthly deep conditioning mask won’t cut it.
It might take time to discover your perfect conditioning schedule, but don’t be afraid to experiment. 
Use a leave-in moisturizer after each wash like SheaMoisture Curl & Style Milk.
If your strands are parched, try a deep conditioning mask such as Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Moisturizing Mask. 
#3. Dry Carefully
There’s a reason why the classic wash-and-go is a popular style for curly hair! Overdrying your hair can deplete moisture, which can cost precious definition. 
No need to go rough with a towel: gently squeeze water out of your hair, and then start applying products.
If you must towel-dry, dab at it with an absorbent microfiber one like /kit·sch/ Microfiber Hair Towel.
#4. Apply Products to Wet Hair
When your hair is still wet, it’s the perfect time to start adding your styling products. Use a brush or comb that’s curl-friendly, or use your fingers to prevent clumping.
Make sure you distribute your product evenly by sectioning your hair. You can’t do your whole head at once or you’re bound to miss patches. 
This way, your tresses will dry with a near-perfect curl definition.
#5. Use Oils on Dry Hair
Oils can weigh down wet hair, so you should save them for when your hair is dry. You can use them for a hydrating boost in-between washes. 
Ideally, try not to overdo the ultra-heavy oils or serums: you don’t want a greasy look. Lightweight, healthy botanicals such as argan or jojoba oil are the way to go. 

Credit to ig@curlydaily

#6. Consider Your Cut
Don’t look so shocked—a fresh cut can bring new life to poorly-defined curls. If you’ve tried everything and your locks are still lackluster, your haircut might be the culprit.
Seek out a stylist who holds experience working with curly hair. Shearing off volume isn’t always the right tactic and can cost you the precious definition you crave.
Flattering styles for curls usually have layers and movement. If your hair looks more like a helmet than anything else, your hair isn’t at its best advantage.
#7. Invest in Quality Hair Cosmetics
If you cheap out on your hair care products, you’re only hurting yourself. Now, that doesn’t mean you should splurge like a Kardashian-Jenner—but buy quality.
Look for items that are highly-reviewed and appropriate for curly hair. Better yet, purchase products for your specific curl type, e.g., dry and curly, 4C, etc.
#8. Don’t Overdo Styling
A major advantage of being blessed with curly hair is that you don’t have to style it. In fact, messing with your locks too much can sap definition.
Apply your conditioners and oils, but don’t touch it after that! Playing with your hair frequently or brushing it all the time will take you straight to frizz-town. 
Similarly, heat is a major no-no. Not only can curlers and straighteners suck the moisturize out of your hair, but they can also cause damage with time.

Credit to ig@longcurly.hair

#9. Scrunch Carefully, or Not At All
Scrunching isn’t as essential as you might think it is. If your hair on the wavier side, it can be a useful technique—but for curls, it can be unnecessary and result in frizz.\
If you think scrunching can help, wait until your tresses are fully or nearly dry. Scrunch up the ends rather than the body of your hair to lower the risk of a frizz-splosion.
#10. Try Twist Outs
Twist-outs are fun protective styles that can have you waking up with ravishing curls. From single-strand twists to flat-twists, there’s a bunch of options to get creative with.
The downside is that twist-outs are time-consuming to do, although they can yield epic results.
#11. Cool Curl Accessories
Flexible rods like this Jumbo Spongy Rod Hair Rollers from HOT TOOLS are optimal for curly and kinky hair. They’ll help your wet hair set to reveal defined curls—leave them in until your hair is 100 percent dry, or it’ll likely clump.
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