Returning to middle school after a lengthy summer break is bittersweet. On the one hand, you’re probably anxious to settle back into a regular routine, catch up with friends (Facebook and Twitter can only satisfy this craving so much!), make new friends and start new classes.

On the other hand, you’ll no longer have all day to do whatever you want, nor can you spend the day in your jammies with your hair lazily scrunched up in some fashion.

Back-to-school means becoming organized both academically and fashionably! For curly girls, this means choosing the right product for your specific hair type (or types), and finding a comfortable style. Here are some curly hair tips to help you do just that!

Keep it Simple

Simplicity is key to curly success.

Considering most middle school kids get up at dawn to make it to school on time, the last thing you need is a hair product or style that will add extraordinary time to your morning routine. No matter what type of hair you have, you need products and styles that are “wash and go.”

If you have wavy hair, all you really need to do is let your hair air dry, perhaps adding a touch of product to hold the curl without giving it added weight. CurlFriends’ Seduce Pomade is perfect for this. It’s lightweight, will hold the curl, and won’t harm your hair. If you’d rather not go out with wet hair, try using a finger diffuser, such as the Luxor Professional Finger Diffuser, for a few minutes before you leave the house.

On the other hand, if you’ve got more defined curls (3, 3C, 4C hair types), you might want to use something that will give your hair moisture while holding those curls, such as Kinky-Curly’s Knot Today or Curls Soufflè.

Know It Before You Show It

Find your hairstyle before the first day.

The first day of school is not the day to figure out what works best for your hair or how you’re going to wear it. This is especially true if you’re testing out a new haircut. If you’re not feeling comfortable with your new ‘do, it’ll show. One of the best curly hair tips for trying a new style is to start at least a week before school starts.

Tween girls panic enough about how they look on that first day back from summer break, so don’t add to your anxiety by feeling uncomfortable with your hair. Furthermore, you don’t want to discover halfway through second period that that “hold and go” new hair product your trying really isn’t for your hair type after all.

Reflect on Summer Vacation

Go ahead, relive the memories!

We know, we know — you’d love to keep thinking about summer vacation! Believe it or not, this is definitely something you need to think about when choosing hair products for your hair. After spending nearly every day at the beach, is your hair color now lighter? Did all that chlorine from the pool seem to do something weird to your hair? If you didn’t follow our curly hair tips for summer, you could also be in need of some serious deep conditioning. If your hair type has changed or has evolved into a dual hair type, your choice of products should change as well.

Curly Girl Tips

  • Follow the no-poo routine for your best curls. When using conditioner, apply the conditioner like you would shampoo. The lack of shampoo will hydrate your hair, while allowing the conditioner to clean your curls.
  • When towel drying your hair, use a t-shirt rather than a towel. This will help to decrease frizz and enhance curl pattern.
  • Shop CurlMart for sulfate free shampoos, deep conditioners and oils that will produce your best curls yet!