Naturally curly hair is awesome, not scary and don’t you forget it! If you feel more than a little daunted at the prospect of having to work with a client’s naturally curly hair, you’re not alone. Most bridal hair stylists live in fear of having to adapt their styling skills to suit a full head of curls, but with the right tricks and techniques you need not be afraid.
Curly hair is gorgeous and your clients who have been blessed with it should always be encouraged to embrace those curls, rather than shy away from them, so it’s time to get to grips with your curly hair styling skills!
Here at Create Beautiful Hair, we know that facing those hairstyling fears can be a challenge, but if you tackle it head on you’ll soon forget why you were so worried about it in the first place.
We always make sure to cover how to style curly hair on our 2 day and 4 day bridal hair styling courses and Pam has created a number of fantastic online tutorials on this subject for you to work with in your own time too.
If you’re a Create Beautiful Hair Online student wanting to know more about how to work with natural curls, be sure to check out Pam’s recorded webinar ‘Working with Natural Curls’ for all of her expert curly hair dos and don’ts.
To help you on your way to styling curly hair like a pro, here are a few of Pam’s top tips:
Choose the Right Products
Selecting the perfect products to work with curly hair is a must – there’s no winging it in this department. You want a product that will help to create definition, hold and shine without being crunchy, frizzy or weighing down but without a lot of trial and error, this is easier said than done.
Fortunately for you, with Pam’s 25+ years of experience working as a bridal hair stylist for many a curly haired bride, she’s done that trial and error for you!
You’ll be pleased to hear that the best products aren’t always the most expensive ones – Pam loves Boots Essentials curl crème for creating smooth, beautiful curls with great hold and at only £1.99 a tub, you can’t go wrong! Another favourite of Pam’s is Tigi Curlesque – a must for any hairstyling kit.
Use the Right Tools
Having the right tools to work with naturally curly hair is imperative if you want great results – you can’t make do when it comes to this tricky hair type.
Just because hair is curly, don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t need your tongs, because for flawless curls these are invaluable. If your client’s curls are looking a little too wild and frizzy a small sized curling tong can save the day – even just a handful of neatened up sections throughout can work wonders.
You should always avoid using a hairbrush on curly hair and instead, try a wide tooth comb or tangle teaser, if you’ve got some nasty knots to deal with.
If you get the pleasure of working with a head of natural curls in 2017, embrace the volume because it’s very in! Often people with curly hair are desperate to flatten it down and neaten it up, but more often than not, they will look so much better if you try the ‘go big or go home’ attitude.
You’ll have seen from our recent blog ‘Oscars Red Carpet Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017’ that Halle Berry has been rocking the natural look with her big, volumised curls and looks amazing!
One of the most common problems when it comes to curly hair is lack of moisture in those locks. Your curly haired client might need a little help in this department, so make sure that the products your use are moisturising and if you need a bit of a shine boost, don’t be afraid to use a touch of serum or curl oil once you’re done styling. Be careful not to overdo it though – start with a tiny amount and build up as necessary.