Savvy Sassy Curls
Got curls, need some real girl tips? We’ve got them thanks to Maya Smith. She’s an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and hair care line now available in Target. And she’s spent two decades cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling.
Understand the battle between oil and moisture.
Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both.
Be gentle when washing curly hair.
According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care," she recommends.
Prep for shampoo.
Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.
Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck.
Condition and comb through like a pro.
If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”
Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.
Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel. Maya recommends water-soluble gels that don't feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls.
Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.
Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting. A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small
Care for the curls you were born with!