We learned to love our curls the first time round, so here’s how to own them during Lockdown 2.0
Here we go again – the return of lockdown. With salons closed again in England and Northern Ireland and new tiers revealed in Scotland, once more our attention has turned to keeping strands as happy and healthy as possible while staying at home. During the first lockdown, it was a time to embrace what Mother Nature gave you, with the likes of Ariana Grande and Michelle Keegan celebrating their natural curls across social media.
Now, as we head into the colder months, it’s time to give your natural texture some much-needed love and TLC, à la Camila Cabello. Recently, the singer debuted her ‘do on Instagram, saying: “lost my short hair virginity! I’ve had long hair all my life it’s time to feel the air on these shoulders!” As well as the shorter lengths, cut by hairstylist Dimitri Giannetos, Camila also let her natural curls loose and the internet went wild for it. Though we don’t suggest reaching for your scissors while salons are closed, there’s a few key steps you can take to keep your curls in check. Here’s how…
When it comes to drying and styling, it’s all about the diffuser. “Drying curly hair is all about letting the natural curl form and dry in its natural state, a diffuser helps with this as it spreads the heat and delivers it more gently to the hair,” explains stylist to the stars, Larry King. It’s also important to keep your mitts off, as touching the hair while it’s drying creates frizz. It’s always best to dry hair from soaking wet (unlike straight hair) as this again helps the curl form more naturally,” Larry adds.
While a traditional party season may be off the cards this year, it doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop when it comes to accessorising your strands. Adding hair jewels, such as the show-stoppers available from Kela, looks great with curls. Alternatively, adding a few carefully placed gold or peal bobby pins will do the trick nicely.
For those who like to restyle their hair regularly, it’s important to refresh curls in-between washes, as this will help to revive day-old curls. Simply use a water spray to spritz hair until it’s damp, and then start scrunching the hair to enhance natural movement. Finishing with a curl or volumising spray, such as the Style and Protect Instant Levitation Mist from Pureology, is also great for adding a little extra oomph without weighing the hair down.
With more time spent at home, it’s great opportunity to find out what makes your hair happy. “It’s time to focus on hair health by changing your hair and scalp routine,” says Charlotte Mensah, owner of The Hair Lounge. “Since you are staying at home for another month there’s more time to deep condition the hair with rich moisturising conditioners/masks which will work well to strengthen the hair shaft and lock in moisture,” she adds.
“Don’t get stuck in a strict regime, it will need to change across the seasons,” says Matt Surplice, owner of Spring salon in Birmingham. “Hydrate your curls, and then seal that hydration in. And don’t confuse hair texture with frizz – we get so indoctrinated into what hair ‘should’ look like, but at Spring we’re not trying to make people look the same.”
When it comes to products, humectants such as glycerin are your friend, while styling products should help keep the shape, rather than creating the curl. Here’s a few of our top picks…
The Mad About Curls range from from Schwarzkopf Professional caters to the full spectrum of different curl types, with a line-up of products to meet different needs. The formulas intensively moisturise and strengthen the hair, while providing a care shield for greater definition and protection against breakage and heat.
The Redken Curvaceous Ringlet anti-frizz lotion provides weightless control for curls, with a soft hold and a shiny finish. By giving additional curl definition, the lotion helps achieve the desired shape, creating long-lasting curls with amazing bounce.
Refine your curls with the Wella EIMI Nutricurls Fresh Up – a frizz-taming and detangling spray which helps to refresh curls and add definition and shine. Sprayed onto damp or dry hair, then let the the leave-in styling mist get to work on reactivating curls. Whether you dream of big, bouncy curls or cascading waves, it’s a must-have for your product stash.