Although barely-there, tousled waves have been around for a while, this season is all about supersizing texture and making the most of natural curls – whether tight and springy, or big and wild. We’ve seen a host of naturally curly Supermodels fronting some of the biggest fashion campaigns and celebrities are even getting in on the act – namely Kylie, Blake Lively and Pixie Lott, who’ve all stepped out with tumbling corkscrew curls in the last few months. If you’re lucky enough to have been born with natural curls, then now is the time to embrace them – but there’s still a little work to put in…
Curly hair tends to be fairly coarse, which means that it can lose moisture more easily and dry out at the ends. To combat this, look for care products that are moisturising or frizz-taming; while some natural flyaways are inevitable, a full head of frizz isn’t high on most people’s wish lists.
When it comes to styling your curls, I always advise clients to avoid too much ‘fuss.’ The more you handle the hair, the more chance you stand of roughing up the cuticle and causing frizz. Use a towel to pat – rather than rub – hair to absorb excess moisture, then apply your choice of styling product generously to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. Right now, I love Kerastase Discipline Curl Ideal Mousse, which creates that soft, touchable finish you are aiming for – not a hint of 1980s ‘crunch!’
Use a diffuser attachment to disperse the airflow from your hairdryer and help lift and shape the curls rather than flatten them. Avoid brushes and combs if you can help it (although Kent’s Afro Comb is ideal for taming unruly texture)and use your fingers to coax hair into place, winding sections around your finger for more texture. Finally, use a little more product to add definition where needed. Voila – 2016’s biggest trend – nailed!