Hairstyles for Long Curly HairI do not hate puffy hair, but long, curly hair can be worn like that. Just skip heavy duty products, such as extra hold gel, of which the purpose is to control the mane. Just use leave in conditioner everyday for moisture and put a headband or scarf on your head and the top part of hair will be covered and the back will be free to see. Curly tresses are fun. I wear my hair curly a lot. It is a mature look.
Everyone wants something different. For those who want a more smooth look to long, curly hair, it is possible to get that. There are things that you can use that are supposed to control the puffy areas of long, curly hair, such as John Frieda's Frizz Ease. The serum works for my long, curly hair to make it smooth whenever the mood strikes. Just dab some on where needed and leave the curls alone. The curls get more puffy after handling them.
It is okay to leave towel dried hair pulled into a bun at night-time, after having put leave in conditioner in it. Pull your tresses together at the base of your head and twist into a circle bun and secure with a scrunchie. Wake up to wavy hair. You may add Frizz-Ease to puffy spots if desired in the morning after sleeping on it. It is not hard and it takes little time to achieve this look.
Although long curly hair, such as mine seems so high maintenance, it is possible to wear easy-to-do hairstyles that are glamorous. One glamorous easy-to-do style that I liked is parting already conditioned, towel dried hair in the middle and braiding small sections (about 1/3 inch per braid of hair) on each side of the head. Then, put strong hold clips at the bottom of each braid when finished. Sometimes, the clips will be visible and sometimes they won't. Leave the hair in the back down and curly. Add some serum where needed for smoothness over puffy parts of the mane.
You could also wear this double-sided braided hairstyle with a high ponytail in the back of the head. It may be easier for the hairstyle to stay in place all day long with strong hold gel in it. After parting hair in the middle, use a wide tooth comb to gather wet hair neatly into a high ponytail. Start making the 1/3 inch braids. Clip each one at the bottom when done. The clips will show on the sides of your head so wear ones to show off. They should also be durable too, so that the braids stay put throughout the day.
Another way to style long, curly hair is to do a cute up do. Start with strong hold gel and a wide tooth comb. Never brush curls, because that can lead to damage and breakage for those fragile locks. Pull all of the locks into a high ponytail at back of your head and leave some tendrils on the sides and bottom of your head for a romantic effect. I do not need a curling iron to make curls, because my hair is naturally in ringlets. So, if your tresses are already naturally curly, then let them be, too. People tell me they love my curls that fall just at the base of my head when the rest of my locks are in a ponytail! Secure the ponytail with scrunchies that are not going to disturb the hair, such as ones without metal in them that actually tear and pull tresses out. You may add a flower accessory to the top of the ponytail for a cool effect.
Adding accessories to locks or going straight is a great way to prevent boredom in curl life. Straightening curly, long hair is okay, but not all the time, because it causes damage by breaking hair and causing split ends. However, if you decide to go for a straight look, remember to use heat protectant styling aids and or shampoos and conditioners formulated with heat protection so that your mane is protected from heat damage from blow dryers. You can start by using shampoo and conditioners especially made for heat styling and then put in straightening balm into the mane. Divide wet hair into about three-inch sections and use a paddle brush to straighten the locks. Aim the blow dryer down on mane sections and not up and down, because moving the blow dryer up and down would cause the hair shaft to get eroded, which is not good for tresses.
You may put oils into the hair after blow drying it straight. Pressing oils add sheen to hair and make it look more smooth. I use a straightening iron after blow dryingmy mane straight and after applying oils and that helps the style to be cool. The total straightening process takes about forty minutes.
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