7 Easy Ways to Style Textured, Curly, or Wavy Hair


Part of the beauty of curly hair is the versatility when it comes to styling it. And while there is a learning curve when it comes to understanding the needs of curly, textured, or wavy hair, once you’ve mastered the art of styling and caring for it, the options are endless. So how do you master it?




1. Embrace frizz. “I’ve found that people try to run away from frizz rather than embrace it and recognize that it’s part of the DNA of texture,” François says. “We’ve been told to suppress frizz for so long that we’ve lost the will to look at its benefits, [like how it] plays a vital role in getting your hair to that big, fluffy, beautiful, soft, elegant, authentic space.”


2. Don’t force a look. “Each day your curls will speak to you in a different way, and it’s important to recognize that and engage with them,” he says. “Confidence has a big part to play in that. I often find if you try to over-style or force your curls to do something they don’t want to do, you’ll have a style that doesn’t look authentic. Curly hair is not designed to look finished, whatever that finish may be. It’s designed to enhance its true beauty and be glorious within that.”


3. Be patient. “I’m always struck by what curl you can bring to life when you have a combination of the right products and patience,” he says. “What I always say is never do your hair if you’re in an angry mood, because you’ll rush it, you’ll break the ends, and you’ll just be angry. Put some music on, put your favorite track on, dance away, and I guarantee you’ll have the best hair day of your life.”


4. Do less. “It sounds cliche, but the motto is less is more,” François says. “Applying [product to] it, brushing it, diffusing it, combing it through to make sure it’s even, and just leaving it. It’s as simple as that.”


Now, keeping all of that advice in mind, get excited to try one of the below seven styles:


7 Easy Ways to Style Textured, Curly, or Wavy Hair


1. Apply styling cream with your fingers and a fine tooth comb. Work the product into small sections to ensure even distribution from roots to ends.


2. Finger twist. Working in consistent 1-inch sections (use diagonal sections around your face instead of square for a softer finish), use your finger to twirl and twist the hair from roots to ends. Continue until all your hair has been twisted.


3. Keeping the twists in tact, allow hair to air-dry or use a diffuser. To get the best results from a diffuser, use a low heat temperature. You never want to dry out the curls, just encourage their shape, so using a little bit of heat with mild air pressure will help achieve that. Diffuse until 90 percent dry, then let the rest dry naturally. François says the process is similar to cooking rice: use a low temperature to let it slowly soak up the moisture for a really full, fluffy result.


4. Flip hair while drying. This will encourage volume in your hair.


5. Separate the twists. Once your hair is dry, working on one section at a time, pull the twists apart from the middle outward. The more you separate the twists, the softer the curls will be. Pump (aka gently lift the hair at) the root with a pick for added volume.


6. Lay edges. Use a clean toothbrush or small bristle brush and edge control to smooth the hairs around your hairline.


7. Finish with a lightweight styling serum for added shine and definition. Warm up a small amount in your hands and work it into the ends of your hair.

7 Easy Ways to Style Textured, Curly, or Wavy Hair

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