How to get day-long dazzling curls, from the first bell to the last

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Cute accessories can complete your back-to-school look.

Rule #3 — Don't wait to play. Do it now.

Waiting until you wake up to decide on a new style for the day can frazzle even the mellowest curlyheads.

"You don't want to try and find a new hairstyle in the morning before school. It could really put you in a bad mood," says Friedman, noting that fussing with your hair too much can leave you flustered and frizzy. Then, you're really stuck.

Instead, Friedman recommends coming up with a few quick, go-to styles that you're comfortable with so that when you're in a rush, you know what you can count on.

For example, she suggests using a simple elastic to gather your hair back, like you're going to put it in a ponytail, but only pull it through halfway so it looks like a fan.

"It's a really cute, easy and casual style," Friedman says. "I also like to pull back just the front of my hair in a loose ponytail and then take out a few tendrils on the sides. It works in a pinch and looks a little dressier and different."

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Rule #4 — Think ahead, and sleep on it.

For the days when you know you'll have zero time in the morning to style your curls, Friedman says, think ahead and keep it simple.

If your curls have held up all day and you want them to stay that way, take care not to ruffle them at night. One surefire strategy is to pile your curls on top of your head and secure them loosely in one high ponytail.

"This will prevent knots and help to maintain your curls, without the frizz," Friedman explains.

You can also prep your pillow by covering it in a satin pillowcase, which reduces friction to fight frizz.

Then, rest easy. In the morning, gently remove the ponytail, scrunch in a small amount of your favorite styling gel, curl cream, or spritz, and you're off!

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Rule #5 — Find your cutting edge.

Even if you have all the right products, you know what curly styles you can manage and you've invested in the coolest accessories, stylists say you'll still be frustrated if you haven't got the right cut.

It's crucial.

"The haircut is the foundation," Friedman says. "You can do everything, but if you don't have a cut that's going to really embrace your curls and help them grow out properly, it doesn't matter what you put in your hair."

If you're still searching for the right cut and don't know how to find a curl-savvy stylist, check out these tips.


Rule #6 — Let go, and let it be.

We all know the most simple rules are often the hardest to follow. And this one is tough, but stylists say you have to do it.

"The most important thing about getting good curls is learning not to brush and comb your hair after a shower," Friedman says. "The hair looks frizzy when the cuticle is ruffled, and that's what happens when you comb your hair. You should only use a wide-tooth comb in the shower while you're conditioning or detangling."

Once you've applied your favorite product, you want to leave it alone and let it dry naturally or use a diffuser in the winter, Friedman says.

Yes, you really, really need to leave your curls alone! And that means absolutely no touching. If you set your curls free, stylists say you'll see them blossom — all school-year long.