How to Prep and Style Naturally Curly Hair

Tammy Christina takes us through the products she uses to care for and style her hair.

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Founder of W by White Wolfe and all-round curly hair queen.

A good curly hair routine is as much about choosing the right hydrating products for your hair as it is about using the right techniques.

In this routine, Tammy Christina from @wbywhitewolfe shares with us her curly hair must-haves from Aveda, Redken, IGK and ELEVEN Australia.

You can use this routine to accentuate your natural curls, leaving them super defined and bouncy. 




Curl boosting tips:

  • If your hair is feeling extra dry, swap your conditioner out for a hydrating mask.

  • Start brushing your hair a few cm away from the end of your hair, slowly moving up, and avoid brushing from root to tip, as this can cause breakage. 

  • Don’t towel dry your hair with a regular towel, instead try a t-shirt or a small microfiber towel to blot some (but not all) of the moisture out of your hair. The rough texture of a regular towel may cause damage to your hair.


Tammy’s Curl Styling Routine:

Step 1: Curvaceous haircare pair

Step 1: Curvaceous haircare pair

Tammy starts her routine by washing her hair with the Redken Curvaceous High Foam Lightweight Cleanser and the Redken Curvaceous Conditioner. Another great choice is Aveda Be Curly Conditioner, for all curly hair types. Using a curly hair shampoo and conditioner combo cleans and defines each curl, leaving your hair feeling fresh.

Step 2: Detangling masque

Step 2: Detangling masque

If your hair is feeling extra dry and dehydrated it’s time to turn to a detangling mask. The Aveda Be Curly Detangling Masque can be used instead of conditioner, with conditioner or as a leave in. This product moisturises curls and helps combat frizz.

Q: Should you brush curly hair?

A: The answer is not a simple yes or no, but rather a matter of how!

Because curly hair is usually dry, many recommend brushing or combing it when it’s wet to avoid breakage, frizz and flyaways. It’s also worth considering what kind of brush or comb you are using, so opt for a wide toothed comb or a detangling brush.

Step 3: Brush your hair wet

Step 3: Brush your hair wet

Tammy uses the Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush to brush out her curls in the shower. This detangling brush allows her to remove knots in several minutes.

Step 4: Miracle treatment

Step 4: Miracle treatment

Next, Tammy uses the ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment after the shower. She uses a 10-20c piece amount and works in the product up through her hair from the ends.

Step 5: More is more balm

Step 5: More is more balm

In terms of hydrating treatments, Tammy says the more the merrier, adding the IGK MISTRESS Hydrating Hair Balm to her routine. She adds this product to the mid lengths and ends of her wet hair.

Step 6: Curly prep step

Step 6: Curly prep step

The Aveda Be Curly Style Prep helps to improve curl definition and reduce breakage. Work this product up through the hair before drying for very bouncy curls.

Step 7: Curl defining cream

Step 7: Curl defining cream

Tammy applies a small amount (about the size of a 20 cent piece) of the Redken Curvaceous Curl Refiner and works it up through her hair before drying. This product adds shine and helps bind and define curls.

Q: How should you dry curly hair?

A: There are several ways to dry curly hair without causing frizz and breakage such as:

  • Air drying: this helps improve curl definition, especially when blotted with a microfiber towel or t-shirt. This frizz free method is great for adding extra bounce to your curls.

  • Diffusing: if you don’t have time to let your hair air dry, the next best option is to blow dry your hair with a diffuser attachment. This helps to control the amount of heat hitting your hair, so it doesn’t dry out as quickly. Scrunch your hair towards your root as you dry it to help shape your curls.  

Step 8: Enhancing hair spray

Step 8: Enhancing hair spray

Halfway through drying or diffusing her hair, Tammy adds some of the Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray to her hair. This product adds a bit of crunch to your curl as well as all day frizz and humidity control.

Step 9: Dry shampoo paste

Step 9: Dry shampoo paste

Finally, Tammy uses a dry shampoo paste-like the R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. Many dry shampoos don’t agree with curly hair, but this one soaks up any oil at the root so you don’t have to rewash it too often. Simply massage the paste into the scalp! 






This routine was transcribed by India Williams.




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