The curly hair techniques you must know to achieve gorgeous curls.
The Pineapple: Knowing and using the pineapple technique is critical to retaining length, but it also keeps your curls from looking flat and lifeless. Keeping your hair in pineapples can also help to stretch your curls over time!
How to Pineapple
- Using an ouchless scrunchie, place your hair in an extra high ponytail at night
- Sleep on a satin pillow case or wrap your high pony using a satin scarf
Plopping is a technique used to create defined curls before diffusing or air drying. Touching our hair while wet (with or without product) can cause major frizz. Plopping with a micro-fiber towel or t-shirt can decrease that amount of frizz and speeds up drying time!
How to Plop:
- After applying your products, bend over to place all of your hair in the middle of your micro-fiber towel or t-shirt
- Take each end and twirl and tuck them on each side of your head
- Un-twirl your towel or t-shirt, shake and go (or diffuse)
MORE: To Plop or Not to Plop
Finger coiling can be used on those days that your hair just won’t cooperate or during your regular wash n go routine. It helps to define your curls with gel or a heavy cream.
How to Finger Coil:
- After applying your leave-in or moisturizer rake a gel or gel sort of styler through your hair. Your hair should clump up the more you rake and smooth the gel through.
- Wrap sections around your finger and hold for 10 seconds. This “forces” the section into a defined curl depending on your curl pattern.
- Repeat until your entire head is defined or just repeat on those sections that need a little extra help.
Rake and Shake
If you’re comfortable with your curls, then you know that raking product through your hair is important for curl definition, miniaturization and shape. But how do you shake? Most of us just let our curls do what they want, but you can use Ouidad's Rake and Shake technique to manipulate and set them to achieve the look you want!
How to Rake & Shake:
- When raking your gel or styler through your hair pause just below the ends of your hair and shake your hand holding the hair.
- If you desire more voluminous hair rake through using every gap in your fingers.
- For bigger or looser curls rake and shake using every other finger.
VIDEO: Ouidad's Rake & Shake Method
Scrunch Out the Crunch
Got stiff hair? Are your curls bounce-less? If you used a gel or strong hold styler you probably failed to scrunch out the crunch or SOTC.
How to Scrunch out the Crunch:
- Once your hair is completely dry, take a dime sized amount of a light oil in your palms and squeeze sections of your hair from root to tip.
- Scrunch your hair while bending over to promote volume.
- Repeat as needed until you’ve released your hair from the gel bonds, leaving you with defined yet bouncy curls!
Scrunch n' Pump
If you have thin medium length hair and no volume, then scrunch n’ pumping may be the answer for you!
How to Scrunch n’ Pump:
- While your hair is wet take a gel in your hand and scrunch whole sections of your hair at a time.
- If you notice that your hair is not being coated with the gel try smaller sections.
Scrunching out the Crunch vs Scrunch n' Pump
SOTC is done on dry hair, while Scrunch n' Pump is used on wet hair
The Super Soaker Method
Water is your friend! When styling curly hair water can remove excess product and help define your curls by the section! To help define your curls try this method.
How to use the Super Soaker Method:
- After applying a leave-in or moisturizer and a curl cream (optional), carefully brush through your hair in sections with a Denman brush.
- Take a hand full or water and lightly scrunch your hair. Don’t rinse the product away but use the water carefully to define your curls.
- Apply the gel or styler of your choice and diffuse/plop/air-dry.