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Curl · September 2, 2015

4 Styling Tricks Curly Girls Swear By

You Want: A Better Way to Air Dry | Try: Wet Plopping

Search for [#ploppingcurls]9 on Instagram and youll turn up pages of selfies from turban-clad curly girls. The trick has gone viral in recent months thanks to its knack for creating effortless, frizz-free curves. Natural hair vlogger Jessica Lewis (aka [@Mahoganycurls] ( is a fan of this method for speeding up her drying time her weekly washngos!

Simply prep wet hair with a spiral-sculpting product (we like Oribe Curl Gele for Shine & Definition or Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel) flip your curls upside down onto a microfiber towel or T-shirtavoid terrycloth towels, which can create a roughed up finishand tie it up so your hair rests, covered, on top of your head.

If your curls are prone to going limp, cocktail your styling cream with a dollop of amika Curl Corps Enhancing Gel , a non-sticky, weather-proofing, curl-boosting formula that gives bouncy shape without the crunch.

You Want: To Cleanse Without Drying Out Your Curls | Try: Co-Washing

Curly hair tends to be drier than straight strands, and too-frequent shampooing can leave ringlets both brittle and prone to frizz. To keep curls hydrated without swearing off showers, skip the suds and wash your hair with a cleansing conditioner like DevaCurls No Poo Cleanse instead.

The technique is known as co-washing among the natural hair community, and vlogger Curly Susie shows how its done in this video. To combat product buildup, lather up with a curl-friendly, moisturizing shampoo like R+Co OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo for an occasional deep cleanse.

You Want: Defined, Spiraling Texture | Try: A Twist Out

Theres no rule that says you have to stick with the curl pattern youre born with. Create defined corkscrew curls with the twist out technique, seen here on beauty and hair vlogger, Aisha Johnson @aishabeau.

Prep hair with a leave-in conditioner or curl cream (Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-in Conditioning Detangler moisturizes hair and provides frizz-free hold, while [Camille Rose Naturals Jai Twisting Butter] ( adds more definition), then wrap sections into two-strand twists all over your headlarger twists create chunkier sections, while smaller ropes will give you tighter coils.

Let the texture set overnight while you sleep, and apply a hair oil like Marula Light Hair Oil Treatment to control frizz before removing the twists.

You Want: To Preserve Your Curls Overnight | Try: Pineappling

Now that youve scored the perfect curly style, make it last by pineappling your hair before you hit the pillow. This technique has nothing to do with tropical fruitits name describes the shape created by pulling your curls into a loose, high ponytail just above your forehead,as YouTuber Kelly Shahbazian aka Joy Before Her demos above.

Piling your hair high keeps it from flattening as you rest your head, so your day two texture looks as good as it did when you first washed itno surprises here.

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Erica Smith