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Curl definition is one of the first goals a newly natural tries to reach. There are two problems with this for newly naturals: First, they must deal with accepting the idiosyncrasies of their hair after years of chemical treatments and second, accept the fact that not everyone will have the same or any curl uniformity, better known as clumpage. These techniques cannot create curls, but only define them so if your texture does not curl while in a moisturized state, no product can yield such results.

Most curls, whether loose or tight, can be defined with a few techniques and lots of conditioner, gel, custard, or pudding. Products preference and performance will vary depending on your hair’s porosity, density, length, and tendency to frizz.  Here are the top 5 curl defining techniques that will help you achieve a more defined loose styles.

1. Curly Girl Method (CGM)

CGM was created by Lorraine Massey and has liberated many curlies from feeling their curls were a hindrance. The method works on all hair types, but in varying ways according to your curls. The basics are to use botanical products or eliminate shampoo from your regimen in exchange for a cleansing conditioner or a botanical, sulfate-free shampoo. After applying a conditioner or your moisturizer of choice as a leave in, you can follow up with a styling gel with your fingers before air-drying. Using your fingers to apply the gel instead of a comb will help to reduce frizz. Once your styling products are applied do not touch your curls! This will only induce frizz. Also avoid brushes, as they tend to create frizz and are not necessary. This is a critical step in allowing the curls to form and set on their own. CGM encourages curl hydration without your hair feeling heavy.

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