Think you can't control your curly hair? Well, no offense, but we respectfully disagree. There are ways to control curly hair, and they won't break the bank or involve wrestling with extra-large rollers or a flat iron (or a clothes iron, for that matter—heaven forbid!). In fact, there are indeed easy ways to control the chaos while letting your hair curl and bounce to its little heart's content!
1. Wash your curls with a moisturizing, sulfate-free cleanser.
If you're battling frizz and washing your hair with a conventional sulfate-based shampoo, switching to a sulfate-free is your first step in gaining some semblance of curl control. You may have heard opinions that run the gamut, but refer to our post The Effects of Sulfates on Curly Hair Over Time for the lowdown on sulfates and what they do to your hair. Because of what they do to the actual structure of the hair, the resulting look is generally a frizzy, poofy mess that may or may not resemble a head of straw. Have you ever had one of those years where you try every curl product under the sun and eventually combine them all just to get your curls even remotely tamed? (And then maybe you've ended up with a crispy, frizzy, poofy mess?) Well, if you start out with the foundation of a sulfate-free cleanser, you are already a third of your way down the curl control road.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
All together now: moisturize! This, while it is the second in the list of the three steps, is the step with the utmost importance. Moisture is not only what controls the frizz and poof the most, it is what feeds the curls, helps to style them, adds shine, and it's what forms them into curls in the first place! Ever been in humidity (aka moisture in the air)? What happens? Yep, curls get curlier! Conversely, ever tried to skip moisturizing or conditioning? What happens then? We've got a good guess: straw-like hair, frizzy curls, separated waves, or unhappy strands. Curls need moisture to curl and be controlled! No two ways about it. If you'd like to read a bit more about moisturizing ingredients in hair products, check out our post Choose a Hair Product That Strengthens as it Styles. That way you know what to look for when you are buying a conditioner, or any curly hair products for that matter. Ingredients are important!
3. Pick an excellent (moisturizing) styler that allows your curls to be the best version of themselves.
In case you need a suggestion on styling product, Controlled Chaos Curl Crème is our fave. After you have the foundation of a good cleanser and moisturizer, styling product is the final step for controlling curly hair. The best products for styling curls are those that don't try to straighten, freeze, shellac, or crisp-ify them. The best ones strengthen and moisturize hair from the inside out, giving your curls enough moisture to fight frizz and just enough hold to bounce into their natural curl pattern, not form them into something that looks like crazy dried plant stalks. (We think you know what we're talking about!) You will see the difference immediately. Healthy curls result in happy curls.
So there you have it. Three easy steps to control curly hair. Betcha didn't think it could be so simple, did ya? Give it a try, and you'll see that taming curly hair is not just a fantasy!