Achieving Great Curl Definition
Great curl definition is one of the most sought out achievements for many of us with a curly or coily strand. Every day in our journeys online we see strands that are bouncy, shiny and springy all over the Internet. Striving for curl definition comes with its own set of special ✨problems✨ though, like too much frizz, not enough volume, too MUCH volume, and how much bounce are we really looking for?? But here are two tricks (or tips) you can follow to obtain great looking definition that perfectly represents the shape and size of YOUR curls.
One of the most common causes for not getting great curl definition is due to tangles and knots that prevent you from detangling and distributing product properly. For curly strands, particularly coily strands, using a curly hair brush like the Denman Brush can help detangle without pain or discomfort, and can also help to distribute your curl defining product evenly across each strand. Using your fingers helps give individualized attention to particular sizes of clumps that can represent how large (or small) you want your curl definition to be. The key to this curly hair care tip is whatever tool you use, do not rip through your strands! If you have a thick clump of curly strands, brush it out gently and try to keep the comb or brush from being dragged across the same section too many times.
The next tip is ensuring you are using an effective application technique. There are many ways you can apply curl defining product to your curls, but there are four main ones that we would recommend for you.
The first is shingling, which consists of applying the product to a medium to large section of hair, and then pulling out smaller sections of that clump to individually finger coil, producing even definition.
The second is praying hands, which involves using both hands to slide product down the strand and coat either side of the section.
The third is sectioning your hair and utilizing your fingers to rake the product through the individual sections from the root to the end. The space between your fingers creates the size of the curl definition you would like to achieve.
The fourth is scrunching, or lightly pressing your hair in the direction you want your curly hair to take and then allowing it to dry naturally. Scrunching curly hair can give you a boost in curl and help define your curls to their fullest potential.
These methods tend to work best with curl creams, gels or mousses that can help enhance the definition of your curly hair. There is a common misconception that curly hair cannot be defined, however with the right curl definer and technique, you'll be surprised at what your curl definition has the potential to be.