Hairstyles for Long Curly Hair

Woman with long curly hair
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I don't like puffy hair, but long, curly hair can be like that. Just skip heavy-duty products, such as extra-hold gel, which are meant to control the mane. Just use leave-in conditioner every day for moisture and put a headband or scarf on your head to cover the top part of your hair, leaving the back free to be seen. Curly tresses are fun; I often wear my hair curly, as it gives a mature look.
Everyone wants something different. For those who want a smoother look for their long, curly hair, it is possible to achieve that. There are things that you can use 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 I feel like it. Just dab some on where needed and leave the curls alone. Handling them can make them puffier.
It is okay to leave towel-dried hair pulled into a bun at night-time after applying leave-in conditioner. Pull your tresses together at the base of your head, twist into a circular bun, and secure with a scrunchie. Wake up to wavy hair. You may add Frizz-Ease to any puffy spots if desired in the morning after sleeping on it. It is not difficult, and it takes very 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, glamorous hairstyles. 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 of hair per braid) 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 at the back of your head. It may be easier for the hairstyle to stay in place all day long if you use strong hold gel. After parting your hair in the middle, use a wide-toothed comb to neatly gather your wet hair into a high ponytail. Start making 1/3-inch braids and clip each one at the bottom when finished. The clips will show on the sides of your head, so wear ones to show off. They should also be durable, so that the braids stay in place throughout the day.
Another way to style long, curly hair is to do a cute updo. Start with a strong-hold gel and a wide-tooth comb. Never brush curls, as this can lead to damage and breakage for those fragile locks. Pull all of the locks into a high ponytail at the back of your head and leave some tendrils on the sides and bottom of your head for a romantic effect. I don't need a curling iron to make curls, as my hair is naturally in ringlets. So, if your hair is already naturally curly, then let it be.
Happy girl with long curly hair
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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 don't disturb the hair, such as ones without metal that won't tear or 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 one's curl life. Straightening curly, long hair is acceptable, but not all the time, as it can cause damage by breaking the hair and creating split ends. However, if you decide to go for a straight look, remember to use heat protectant styling aids, 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 conditioner specifically made for heat styling, then apply a straightening balm to the hair. Divide the wet hair into sections about three inches wide, and use a paddle brush to straighten the locks. Aim the blow dryer down on mane sections, not up and down, as moving the blow dryer up and down can cause the hair shaft to become eroded, which is not beneficial for tresses.
You can apply oils to your hair after blow-drying it straight. Pressing oils adds sheen and makes the hair look smoother. I use a straightening iron after blow-drying my hair straight and applying oils, which helps the style to look great. The total straightening process takes approximately forty minutes.