Styling Tools for Curly Hair

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Styling tools to use with curly hair
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Texture Tutorial: 2C Waves

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Since Controlled Chaos began, we've tested our Curl Crème on every type of curl, naturally. Since each curl type is just a little different, here are a few tailored tips for 2C waves from our YouTube channel for your styling enjoyment! Try them out on your own 2C waves and see the results for yourself!


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3 Reasons to Try Fragrance-Free Curl Cream

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Ever looked in stores for a fragrance-free hair product? If so, you'll know they're pretty hard to find. Some hair/skin products are so laden with fragrances that you can smell them from a mile away. Not so bad, if that's what you want. However, if it's not, well...sometimes you're just outta luck. But if you don't have a preference one way or the other about fragrance, let's talk about three benefits of using a fragrance-free curl cream that you may not have thought of.

1. You won't irritate the sensitive schnoz of someone with allergies.

When Aunt Ethel comes to visit, what's the first thing she says when she hugs you? "Oh, honey, your perfume is triggering my migraines. Can you go wash it off?" Okay, she might not say that, but there is a percentage of the population that is highly sensitive to fragrances. It's a real thing. Maybe you have the sensitivity yourself, or maybe you know someone who does; either way, if you still want your curls to look amazing without added scent, a fragrance-free curl cream would be a good solution. After all, there's no sense in showing up to every family gathering looking like a frizzball—your hair shouldn't have to suffer to save Aunt Ethel's senses, and likewise, you don't want your hair product to be the cause of her migraine, either. And guess what, our Curl Crème now comes in fragrance-free, beginning this month! 

2. You'll avoid clashing fragrances with scented lotions or perfumes.

Surely this has entered the minds of most women at one point or another: "Oh no, will the scent(s) of my hair products go with the scents of my skin products?" It may or may not matter too much, but sometimes it's a concern. Well, if you go with a fragrance-free hair product, that's one thing you don't have to worry about! Can't help ya with the lotions and perfumes, though. That one's up to you. But at least you'll know that if you use the fragrance-free Controlled Chaos Curl Crème, your hair and skin won't be warring with each other for control of your olfactory system. It also won't contribute to the sensory overload of that hot guy standing behind you in line at the coffee shop with a great view of your curls. Bonus.

3. You'll have a nice, natural clean-hair scent.

You may think that if you use a fragrance-free hair product, your hair won't smell good. Not so! On the contrary, it will have that natural clean-hair scent—kind of like freshly laundered towels that have been drying outside on the clothesline. Clean and fresh, without a whole bunch of added fragrance to cover up the naturally clean scent that's hiding underneath! Give the new fragrance-free Controlled Chaos Curl Crème a try, and you might just find you like that natural clean scent!

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Be Cool: Why You Should Rinse Your Curls With Cold Water

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Okay, so it's the middle of winter in most of the country, and you're wondering why we're talking about rinsing your hair with cold water. Shouldn't that be saved for the dead of summer, when the coldest water you can get out of the tap is still lukewarm compared to January's frigid temps? In a word, no. Rinsing your curls with cold water is something that should be done year-round, and it plays a vital role in the way your curls turn out when they're dry! Wanna know why?

Rinsing with cold water closes the cuticle, the outer layer of the hair that's similar to shingles on a roof. When you wash with warm water, the warmth opens the cuticle, allowing the products to penetrate each strand of hair on your head. The molecules of conditioner go under the shingles, filling in the gaps in the hair strands and strengthening the hair. But if you rinse with warm water as well, a lot of the molecules essentially go right back out and down the drain! You don't want to undo all the conditioning you've done.

What you want to do is trap some of the conditioner molecules in the hair so it can stay moisturized and frizz-free. (Isn't that what every curly wants? Heck yes!) So if you rinse with cold water, you close those shingles back down and retain some of that moisture you just added. On top of that, when the shingles are closed, the hair appears shinier and smoother, which helps reduce a frizzy look also.

If you think you won't be able to handle a cold rinse, especially in winter, it's okay; just take it gradually. Point your showerhead down and flip your head over before adjusting the temp, rinsing only your hair; or keep a large cup in the shower and dump cool cupfuls over the lengths of your hair, avoiding the scalp if you want. Try making the water a little cooler each time until you get it as cold as you can. The colder the water, the better the results! You might be surprised at what you can handle before too long.

After your cold rinse, be sure to style with Controlled Chaos Curl Créme to finish your frizz-free look. (You can keep your head flipped over to apply the Curl Créme and scrunch the excess water out before you even step out of the shower!) Think of a cold rinse as a necessary part of your curl care routine; before you know it, you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

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How to Use Curl Cream

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Do you feel confident using curl creams? Whether you're a rookie user, a self-proclaimed curl cream expert, or something in between, there might be some things you don't know about curl cream or tips that could help you. Let's talk about curl creams in general, and specifically Controlled Chaos Curl Crème, the crème de la crème of curl creams.

First, why do we call it Curl Crème and not curl cream? Well, because we're fancy! Calling it Curl Crème just bumps up the pizzazz-factor by another notch. Besides, it sets us apart—along with the amazing way it works on any curl type and nourishes your hair whilst styling! 

Now, how to use curl cream... First, there are some basic rules to follow.

Apply cream to very wet hair.

When styling, you want to apply curl cream as soon as possible after rinsing (or leaving in some) conditioner. Your curls will style best if the cream is raked through wet hair, evenly coating each strand. Once you've distributed the cream throughout your curls, they should look smooth and clumped together in their natural curl pattern, not messy or separated strands. If they're not, try adding a bit more water (and maybe a teeny bit more cream) until you get there, raking it through with your fingers. Then, once the curls are nice and smooth, you can go back and scrunch out the excess water section by section. See our YouTube channel for tutorials on styling specific curl types, including men's and kids' curls!

Apply Curl Creme to very wet hair

Think of it like a conditioner you want to coat your strands with. And don't be afraid to get your fingers in there.

If you have to run your fingers through your curls a few times to get them detangled, smoothed, and clumped together, that's okay—as long as they're soaking wet! You can also use a wide-tooth comb to ensure more even distribution if you'd like. This is a very important stage in styling, and you can twist and direct curls or sections where you'll want them to land when they're dry. 

Apply Curl Creme to very wet hair

And some don'ts:

Don't towel-dry hair before applying cream.

Taking too much water out of your hair before adding the cream is counterproductive. Your curls are in their smoothest state when wet, and you want to capture that look (well, a dry-looking version of it) with styling. It's the only way to get the best version of your natural curls!

Don't just scrunch it in.

Raking your soaking wet curls will distribute the product evenly, detangling your curls and giving you the foundation to achieve soft curls without frizz. It also gives you the ability to move your curls around and place them where you want them to be when they're dry! But if you don't first coat them with the cream, it won't work like it's supposed to. Rake first, scrunch after.

Rake curls to smooth cuticle

Scrunch to encourage curl formation

Don't touch your curls while they're drying.

Once you've got that frizz-free foundation set in your curls, you don't want to mess it up! After styling, try to touch your curls as little as possible. Air-dry or blow-dry gently with a diffuser, and once they're dry, you can shake or fluff your curls to your heart's content. You can also separate some of the curl clumps for added volume. Just be sure not to skip the don't-touch-while-drying step, because it's essential!

Separate curl clumps for more volume and movement

So, there you have some of the dos and don'ts required to use curl cream for optimum results. Again, for detailed tutorials by curl type, gravitate toward the Controlled Chaos YouTube channel and watch those curls go from blah to wow!

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