Curl definition is one of the first goals newly naturals tries to reach. There are two problems with this for newly naturals: First, they must deal with accepting the idiosyncrasies of their hair after years of chemical treatments and second, accept the fact that not everyone will have the same or any curl uniformity, better known as clumping before trying to define it.
Some of these techniques can’t create curls but only define them so if your texture does not curl while in a moisturized state, Maybe the first two methods aren’t for you.
Most curls, whether loose or tight, can be defined with a few techniques and lots of conditioner, gel, custard, or pudding. Products preference and performance will vary depending on your hair’s porosity, density, length, and tendency to frizz.
Here are the top 6 curl defining techniques that will help you achieve more defined loose styles.
1. Smoothing Method
Begin to section freshly washed, conditioned, and detangled hair. Starting with one section, run your hands down the hair and smooth the curls in the same direction and pattern.
If you want tighter, more separated curls, then smooth in smaller sections. For bigger curls, smooth the hair in bigger sections. Once all the sections have been smoothed, leave your hair alone as it dries so the curl will not be disturbed.
This method is simply a concentration of product to each strand of hair. You are simply using your fingers, a brush, or a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute product before smoothing your hair in a shingling method. Once your hair has been cleansed and conditioned, section it into four sections.
Start with the first section and create an even smaller section before applying conditioner to your fingertips and rake it through, making sure to elongate the curl and smooth it as you go. Lay it down and continue on to another finger part and repeat. Once your entire head is completed, do not touch during the drying process.
3. Finger Coils/Twirling
After hair has been cleansed and conditioned, part the hair into sections and from there create smaller sections using your fingers. This is great for a TWA but may be more challenging if your hair is longer.
Just as it sounds, you are taking small sections of hair and curling or twirling it around your finger to help the hair form and hold a uniform clump. Once the clump is created, move on to the next section.
This technique is great for curlies with multiple curl patterns, as it will make all the curls uniform. Just as the methods mentioned above, once the hair has been completed, leave it alone so it dries without any disturbance.
4. Two-Strand Twist and Braid Outs
Women with various curly and coily textures use this method, but it is extremely helpful for those seeking to stretch and create the definition that they would not have otherwise.
These techniques are used for curlies that have less distinct curls, even when the hair is in a wet state.
For extremely defined curls, the twist can be done on wet hair in small sections. For more volume and elongation, twist on dry hair. You pick the size of twist and make sure each twist is as uniform as possible.
Finger comb each individual section, apply a styling product, take each section into two parts, and begin twisting those parts around one another like a rope. Twist all the way down to the ends and add some oil or the butter to ensure they are soft and smooth.
You can add flexi rollers to the ends or twirl the ends around your finger to create curls. Continue the whole head and allow the hair to completely dry before unraveling.
Applying a small amount of oil or butter to your fingers and palms before unraveling will help to reduce any frizz your dry hands can induce.
Braid outs are created in the same fashion as two-strand twists, but the sectioned hair is braided instead of twisted. For more polished ends, use flexi rods on your ends and unravel with an oil or butter.
5. Perm rods and Flexi rods
These are the most infallible ones and define all textures. After you washed your hair, applied your leave-in conditioner and sealed, then section all your hair as usual and select a small amount of hair from one of the sections. Then get a small amount of your favorite styling gel and work it through it. Then pull your hair and roll it tightly on the perm rod or flexi rod. Finally, secure it.
The next day when it’s totally dry, take them all down slowly one by one. You can leave it just like that or separate every curl into 2 or 3 smaller curls. Curl a litter bit with your fingers every curl while separating them, they don’t need to be perfectly defined but you can add some oil to your fingers to minimize frizz when separating.
You can get the curls size you want by selecting the size of your perm rod or flexi rod, the longer your hair is the bigger your curls can be. It’s better on freshly washed hair but you can also do it at midweek.
6. Flat Twists and Cornrows Out
To create a beautiful curly fro, you can use the flat twists or cornrows out method. This method is similar to the twists and braids out method but instead of using twists and braids you will use flat twists and cornrows.
You just need to make them all over your hair and let them dry overnight. The next day, if they are dry, unravel them slowly with some oil or serum on your fingers to minimize frizz. Give it the desired shape and you are ready.
It’s not necessary to create a perfect curl, but there is nothing wrong with perfecting your own curls, coils, and waves. Once you have accepted this, then you can strive to define your texture.
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