Curly Q's: Solutions to 4 Common Curly Hair Problems
If you were blessed with rizos, no doubt you've got your styling technique down. But that doesn't mean it's always smooth sailing. We asked the experts for solutions to your mane concerns.
How do I revive my curls after my hair has been pulled back?
Look for a curl-defining product that works on dry hair, so you don't have to start from scratch. Los Angeles hairstylist Simon Miller recommends KMS California CurlUp Perfecting Lotion ($25; kmscalifornia.com for salons), which contains flexible polymers that spring into action when you simply scrunch your hair. You'll get the shape and bounce back in your spirals without that crunchy or sticky feel.
My kids and I are in the pool a lot. What are the best types of products to use to help hydrate?
Both chlorine and salt water are harsh on hair. Hairstylist Nick Flores, of Sally Hershberger LA, suggests wetting your hair in the shower and combing through a conditioner or nourishing hair oil before you jump in the pool, to create a protective coating between your curls and the chlorine. Remember to condition again when your pool day is done.
Help! No matter how often I get a trim, my ends are crispy.
The natural oil your scalp produces doesn't travel down the hair shaft as quickly on curly hair as it does on straight hair, explains Gabriel Samra, a hairstylist in Coral Gables, Florida. The key is to lock in as much hydration as possible. Even when you don't shampoo, apply a leave-in conditioner that works on wet or dry hair from ends to mid-shaft. We like Pantene Pro-V Power Up Daily Treatment ($5; pantene.com).
I hate those little fuzzies that pop up on top of my head and along my hairline after I've styled my hair. Any way to prevent them?
Hairstylist Isabel Azocar, of Ian McCabe Studio, in Washington, D.C., recommends spritzing a comb with a humidity-resistant hairspray, then gently combing the flyaways down. Try Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield ($22; livingproof.com).