Every girl wants glamorous wavy curls. Curls are making a huge comeback and the good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money and use harsh chemicals by getting a perm to achieve those gorgeous, bouncy curls. All you need is the proper technique. There are many ways to achieve natural looking curls: flat iron, hot rollers, foam rollers, braiding, hair plopping and one of the easiest methods is scrunching.Source: Leyla Rose via YouTube
Curly hair is one of the best hairstyles for long hair. You can wear it down so it frames your face with sexy, wavy curls, pull it back in a glamorous updo, a long wavy ponytail or a partial updo, with loose tendrils that fall seductively onto your face. Scrunching is a safe way to curl your hair without applying harsh chemicals such as perm solutions.
If you want to prevent hair loss, you should avoid using excessive heat or chemicals on your natural hair. Follow these simple steps so that you could scrunch your hair for gorgeous, flowing wavy curls whether you want a night out with the girls, a romantic evening at home with your partner or glamorous wavy curls for a holiday event such as Christmas or New Year’s Eve party.
Step 1: Wash and ConditionSource: Leyla Rose via YouTube
The trick to scrunching is that it works best on wet hair, so, in order to achieve the perfect wavy curls by scrunching, you first need to wash your hair with a curl-enhancing or volumizing shampoo. Net apply just a small amount conditioner to the mid-length through the ends of your hair.
After you apply the conditioner, use a wide tooth comb to get out all the major tangles. Combing your hair while conditioning makes it easier to tackle those pesky knots without damaging your hair, after you have detangled your hair, thoroughly rinse out the conditioner as the excess of it can weigh your hair down thus preventing it from curling.
Step 2: Towel Dry Your HairSource: Leyla Rose via YouTube
After your shower, squeeze the ends of your hair to get rid of any excess water and then gently pat your hair with a towel. Any product you apply will only drip out along with the excess water if you do not towel dry your hair. This will prevent your hair from curling. Do not bat your hair with the towel as this will only cause your hair to be frizzy and may damage your hair. Rubbing your hair with a towel causes hair breakage and hair loss.
You should also avoid using a hair dryer to get rid of excess moisture, as the hair dryer will blow and straighten the hair, making curling more difficult.
Step 3: Comb Your Hair to Remove Any Tangles or KnotsSource: Leyla Rose via YouTube
Using a wide-tooth comb, gently and carefully remove any smaller knots in your hair. You must make sure that all knots are removed as they will show once your hair is completely dry. Any larger knots should have been eliminated when you combed your hair in the shower during the conditioning process. So, this time you need only to brush out the smaller knots. You can use a hair detangler spray or mist if you have stubborn knots or tangles and you should always comb or brush your hair from the ends up as this will prevent damage or breakage, especially when your hair is wet.
Step 4: Apply Curling ProductSource: Leyla Rose via YouTube
There are a wide variety of curling products available to achieve curly or wavy hair, from higher end products that you can purchase at a beauty salon to more inexpensive products that you can find at a drug store. These include curling gels, creams, and sprays. However, the curling mousse is most recommended for bouncy, defined and long-lasting curls. You should definitely opt for a strong-hold or volumizing mousse, especially if you do not have naturally wavy or curly hair as this will help your curls last longer and look fuller.
To apply the mousse, shake the can well and squirt a golf ball size amount into your hand. Flip your head over your hair so your hair is in front of your face and work the mousse evenly into your hair, using both hands. Only apply the mouse to the ends and mid-section of your hair. Never apply mousse to the roots of your hair as this will make it look greasy and weigh it down.
Step 5: Scrunch Your HairSource: Leyla Rose via YouTube
While your head is still upside down, grab small sections of your hair one at a time and scrunch by crumpling it up toward your scalp (i.e.: use the same motion as you would when crumbing a piece of paper). You should use this same technique whether you have applied mousse, gel, cream etc. Simply adjust the amount per the specific instructions on that particular product. Remember, you will need to adjust per your hair length: smaller amount for shorter hair and more products for those with really long hair.
Step 6: Dry Your HairSource: Leyla Rose via YouTube
There are two different ways to dry your hair at this point: the best way to achieve perfect wavy curls is to let your hair naturally dry and scrunch your hair every 5-10 minutes until it is dry. You may also opt to blow dry your hair with a diffuser. Attach a diffuser to your hair dryer and dry your hair gently and slowly on the coolest setting, without straightening or blowing harsh hot air onto the curls. Scrunch your hair as above while drying to help your hair form bouncy, silky curls.
Light Wavy Curly HairSource: Natalieannehair via Instagram, rose_bertram via Instagram, Andreaschoice via Instagram
For those with natural wavy curls, air-drying is the best option. Those with straighter hair, you can use a hair dryer but always ensure that it is set to the lowest and coolest setting as to not damage your hair or ruin your curls. Do not weigh your hair down with a lot of hair spray as this can dry out your hair and make your curls look crunchy.
Dark Wavy Curly HairSource: India_oneill via Instagram, nazaninkavari via Instagram, kathxlynnn via Instagram
FAQ: Wavy Curls
What are the 4 types of curly hair?
Type 1s are straight, type 2s are wavy, type 3s are curly, and type 4s are coily. The sub-division of A to C depends on the diameter, width, pattern of your curls and the shape they curl into. Type As have a wider pattern size, type Bs medium, and type Cs the smallest of the three.
Each type requires a different hair care routine, that is why it is important to identify it. You may think you have wavy porous hair your whole life, until you try to change your hair care routine and discover that it has always been curly.
What are type 3 hair Don’ts?
- Don’t let your hair dry in a cotton towel, use a tshirt instead.
- Don’t style your hair on dry curls.
- Don’t brush dry curls.
- Don’t apply products on the roots, don’t over apply products either.
- Don’t pull the denman brush downwards, pull it away from you (before applying the mousse).
- Don’t use your diffuser on high heat and don’t hold it against your head for long.
- Don’t shake damp hair aggressively, give it a slight shake and separate some curls when it’s dry.