We always want what we don’t have, so chances are, if you were born with a natural curl or wave, you’ve regularly wished for straight hair, while those whose hair has not one kink in it probably dream about luscious curly locks all the time!

Well, we say that if you’re one of those who are lucky enough to have naturally curly hair, it’s time to embrace it; if not for yourselves, then for your fellow sisters who couldn’t get a curl to stick in their hair if their life depended on it.

If you feel that your curly hair is more frizz factory than locks to love, chances are you haven’t quite mastered the art of managing your mane… There are some definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to styling and maintaining curly hair, and once you know what to do and what not to do, we’re pretty sure you’ll be flaunting your crown like never before…

Add moisture

Curly hair is naturally drier and more dehydrated than straight hair; in fact, that’s pretty much why it is curly. Because of this, you’ll experience a fair amount of frizz, so in order to minimise the frizz, you need to use hydrating products on your mane.

Choose a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated for curly hair, or one that is hydrating, and be sure to give your conditioner time to soak in before rinsing it out.

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Bid your brush farewell

If you’ve got curls, the only thing you should be brushing your hair with is a wide-toothed comb. A standard brush or small comb can break and damage the structure of your curls, so stay away from them. Run the wide-toothed comb through your wet hair after washing, and then never again… those who have brushed their dry curls will know the frizzy mess that follows!

Read more: How to choose a hairbrush – the ultimate guide

Make friends with products

The reality is, you’re going to have to use a few products to get your curls looking as fabulous as possible, as it’s probably going to take a bit of trial and error to figure out the best combination for your hair.

You’re going to need an anti-frizz serum to control the inevitable frizz that still exists, so slap that on before combing your hair. Then you’re definitely going to need a curling mousse. Use a generous amount, and start by flipping your hair over, moussing up underneath, and then scrunching some into the top sections. Really get the scrunching action going to help hold the curl. You might also find a curling serum or cream that’s worth a try; remember, it’s all about experimentation!

Use your diffuser

Many hairdryers come with a diffuser adaptor, and most of us chuck it into the back of the drawer and never look at it again. If you’ve got curly hair, whip that baby out – it’ll give your curls the life and volume you’ve been wanting for so long. You’re welcome!

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