How To Style Naturally Curly Hair

As long as I can remember, I’ve had a natural wave to my hair. As a teen, I would get frustrated because I never knew how to embrace my curls without my hair looking frizzy. Over the years, I’ve learned some tips and tricks to getting my culrs to look as defined as possible. With the right products and techniques, I can get my curls looking their best and give my hair a much deserved break from styling and excess heat.

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My naturally curly hair process starts in the shower. A good cleansing conditioner is the best way to prep your curls because it cleanses and nourishes in one step, and it won’t lather too much so it’s extra gentle. Using a regular shampoo can actually lead to increased frizz and misshapen curls. I use the silicone and sulfate-free Cleansing Conditioner from the Kérastase Discipline Curl Idéal Collection  all over my hair from roots to ends.  Don’t rush through this step, for maximum definition all of your hair needs to get enough of the product. The Cleansing Conditioner works to cleanse and condition hair, add shine, and define curls.

Because I color my hair so often, I love getting all the extra hydration to my hair especially when I wear it natural to give it a break from styling. I apply the Kérastase Masque Curl Idéal which not only strengthens hair, but also gives curls all-day frizz control. Added bonus— this mask is so good you only need to leave it on for five minutes! If your hair is really fine, you can just use it on your ends for extra nourishment.

dry using tshirt

When it comes time to dry, skip the towel and I use a t-shirt instead. Yes a t-shirt. The fibers will absorb water without disrupting your curl pattern. Don’t rebrush your hair, the objective is to protect your curls or waves while they dry, so resist the urge to play with your hair.


Now that you’ve washed and got the excess moisture out of your hair, its time to apply styling products. I use a combination of a cream to keep my hair soft and a mousse that will give my hair definition. The Kérastase Discipline Curl Idéal Collection has two stylers to achieve these goals. The Oléo-Curl is a hydrating cream that you apply downward with your fingertips, just think of it as your leave-in. You can even use it on second day hair and give your hair a little scrunch as you go.


Then I apply a mousse, try the Mousse Curl Idéal. Don’t worry, it gives your hair plenty of bounce, shape, and definition without any stiffness. Mousse can tend to leave hair dry to the touch, but there’s no weird crunchy feeling with this product. I won’t ever skip this step because I find it really makes a difference with how well my curls last.

use diffuser

Now it’s time to dry! Hold your head upside down and use a diffuser on medium heat, on the low setting. When  you’re done, roughly style your hair with your fingers, letting your curls fall naturally. If you want to define any wild pieces or frame your face, use a 1 inch wand or curling iron.

That’s it! You’ll be surprised at how well your curls or waves will behave when you used products designed for your texture. Head over to to see how other fans of this line are using it to get #myidealcurl

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Photos: Jared Thomas Photography


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