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Video:How to Style Curly Hair

with Rea Winter

Styling curly hair can be a bit of a challenge. It can be frizzy and dry, too big or just plain flat. Learn how to style your curly hair so that you get a healthy, shiny look day after day.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Style Curly Hair

Hi, I'm Rea Winter from Arrojo Studio in New York City, here for About.com. This is my model, Kelly, and today we'll be exploring the basics of styling and setting curly hair.

Shampooing Curly Hair

Curly hair is typically drier than most other types of hair, so you want to make sure when you're shampooing that you're using a moisturizing shampoo. Also, girls with curly hair should not shampoo every day. And the technique that you're going to be using when you shampoo needs to make sure that you're getting the scalp really clean -- because when you're not shampooing every day, the hair will get a little bit of a buildup. You should follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, always working through the length and the ends of your hair, this is where the driest bits are, especially if you color your hair. You don't want to condition straight from the roots, start from the length and ends, and then work it up to the top of the hair.

Applying Products to Curly Hair

Now, when you're applying your products, you want to apply onto towel-dried hair -- you don't want to start with anything dripping wet. I'm first applying a volumizer to her hair, so she can have a bit of hold and a bit of body when her hair is dry. I'm doing a few pumps, for a nice-sized dollop, and I'm working in through the roots down to the length and ends. You want to focus on the roots, especially if the hair is fine, like Kelly's hair.

For the second step, I'm taking a curl cream -- not too much, about the size of a nickel -- and then this product you want to work from the length and ends up. So, opposite of the volumizer. The curl cream will help in keeping the hair moisturized, it will keep the hair from getting frizzy, and it also adds nice definition, separation and shine into the curls. A lot of time, curly hair is a bit more dull, it doesn't have as much shine to it as straighter hair.

Setting Curly Hair

Now as far as setting goes, I'm going to push the curl into her hair, just a little bit with my hands, and I'm going to go through and take a few small sections and just twist them a little bit. This will help form the curls really nicely and set it while the hair is still wet before we dry it.

Blow Drying Curly Hair

The next step that I'm going to be doing is blow drying her fringe area. You want to make sure, if you're going to be blow drying something straight in the front, that you do that before you do anything else. That's the first thing that needs to be dried.

When you start diffusing, you'll want to come from above on the hair. You don't want to blow from underneath because what will happen is it creates frizz. And when you're diffusing you don't want to touch the hair too much. As the hair starts to dry a bit more, you can start moving the hair around, using your fingers to push some body into the hair.

Giving Some Shine

I'm going to finish her hair with a little bit of shine spray. I'm going to spray some into my hands -- this is a better approach to adding shine spray to the hair than just spraying it directly on -- put it in your hands and rub it through, and adjust the hair and see how it feels. She looks great!

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