Learning to identify and understand the definition of your curly hair is the first and most important step in controlling your curly hairstyle. Whether you have loose/wavy curls, medium curls, or tight/kinky curls, styling curly hair will depend on your ability to use the right products and techniques for your curl type. Once you do, it will be possible to have total control of your curls easily and consistently day after day.
Every curly head has a variety of curls within the same head of hair that is constantly changing and shifting. Climate and weather conditions have a dramatic effect on curly hair. Even health, medications, stress, and hormones can affect your curls. It would be proper to say that some curls are moody and have a mind of their own. So make best friends with your curls and "learn to love your curls".
Creating volume is one of the major challenges to people with loose, wavy curls. Most people need and want volume on the top of their head, and wearing it longer will give you the ability to create loose, bouncy curls. With loose, wavy curls, using the right products and tools will allow you to create great hairstyles. Roller Jaw Clamps prevent the weight of wet hair from flattening or robbing you of volume, especially in winter. Loose curls are more sensitive to climate change as indoor heating sucks out the much needed moisture in hair.
Medium curl has a very firm "S" formation curl. It takes hair 2.5 twirls or bends to make a ringlet which has bounce and looks like the perfect curl. Medium curls have the right support so they maintain their bounce and the curl is consistent from roots to ends. It is very common for a medium curly heads to have several curl types throughout their hair; from fine to thick and from loose curl to tight curl, all within the same head of hair. There are many different techniques to manipulate the curl formation which can produce a number of different looks. Within this curl category, short, funkier styles are easily attainable and styles last longer, sometimes only needing a cut twice a year.
Tight curls are complicated because when it goes from wet to dry more shrinkage occurs. Although the hair looks long when wet, it will drastically shorten as it dries. This curl type must have as little movement as possible during the entire drying process. The more movement that occurs, the more frizz will be created. It takes more water than normal to properly wet these curls. This means that it takes longer to shampoo and requires a longer rinsing time to make sure that all the shampoo is properly rinsed out before conditioning. Careful consideration of conditioners is important as tight curls are more dependent on moisture.
Kinky curly hair has a cross section in the shape of a kidney bean. At first glance, it is very difficult to tame or control in its natural state. However, we have learned that with the right products, it is easy to control and tame kinky curly hair into defined, soft, and shiny curls. For kinky curls, it is important to remember that when styling, the more water in your hair, the better the style.