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Current media trends keep telling us that sleek and smooth is the only way to have beautiful hair. Even if you’re wearing curls, they need to be perfectly created using a straightener or curling iron. Well, we’re here to tell you that that’s dead wrong. If you have naturally curly hair, you should be able to wear it that way and own it. So put the straightener away and lets explore that hair au naturale. Here’s the best way to own your curls and (hopefully) keep the frizz away.

Drying is an art

If you throw your hair into a towel-twist the moment you step out of the shower, stop doing that immediately. Your hair does not like terry cloth. Use something smoother to dry with like a t-shirt or pillowcase. Also, be careful when it comes to twisting your hair. That can cause breakage and we all know that breakage = frizz. Instead of a twist, try hair plopping. It sounds funny, but the technique piles the curls on top of your head instead of putting strain on them.

You also shouldn’t dry your hair too vigorously with a towel before you apply product. If you’re applying a leave-in conditioner, mousse or other post-shower product, put it on when your hair is still dripping and then towel dry.

Hydration, hydration, hydration

Curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair so hydration is key. Use hydrating conditioners and creams on your hair to lock in moisture. Most brands have special curl-specific products to help you out. Conditioner is obviously important but a good leave-in product is essential for curly hair. Use a moisturizing styling cream, mousse or even gel.

Give your hair some help

You know your hair, so you know your problem areas. Do you have sections or layers that never do what you want? Help those bits along while your hair is wet by scrunching, twisting and floofing as necessary. Scrunch areas that don’t get curly enough for your liking. Twist sections where your curls don’t stay together. And if you find that the top gets too flat, shake some volume into it by turning your head upside down or scrunching the top.

Use the diffuse

It’s always best to let your hair dry naturally, but if you don’t have time, the diffuser attachment for your hair dryer is your best friend. The proper way to use the diffuser is to scrunch up a section of hair at your scalp, then hold it there using the attachment for 30 seconds. If you dry your hair by blowing air at your head from a distance, all your curls are going to break apart. The diffuser may take longer, but the results are 100 per cent worth it.

Heat in moderation

The more heat you apply to your hair, the more you deform your natural curl pattern and break your hair. It can turn into a vicious cycle of hair damage and frizz if you always resort to calming your hair with the iron. If your hair is really damaged, you might need to forgo the straighter for a while and just let your hair do its thing. It could be difficult at first, but your hair will be better for it in the long run. Plus, like with everything, no one notices your frizz as much as you do.

Don’t brush it ever!

If you’ve got curly hair, you know this already. It’s worth mentioning again though.

Embrace the pony

When all else fails, the only answer might be to throw it up. Don’t totally give up on your voluminous curls though. Throw your uncooperative hair in a messy pony so you can still have that cute curly look without the inconvenience. Curly hair is great for messy buns too. We’d like to see someone with sleek hair try to get the perfect messy bun. It’s just not possible.

Own those curls!