Tips for great curl care - straight from the source

We caught up with some of the world’s top celebrity hairdressers backstage at New York's Fall Fashion Week 2011 to get their tips and advice for making curly hair look its best, both on the runways and at home.

Allen Ruiz

Allen Ruiz backstage at New York's Fall Fashion Week 2011

Allen Ruiz

1. “Product is key, remember you want product with both “slip” and “grip” meaning something with moisture to keep curls soft and frizz-free and something with “hold” or “grip” to keep curls defined.”

2. “The less you touch the hair with your hands, the more natural your curl will appear. Touching the hair causes it to frizz.”

3. “Diffuse the hair until it's 85% dry using a diffuser with “fingers” so that you don’t actually have to touch the hair with your hands. Let the hair air dry the remaining 15% for a really natural, soft finish.”

NaturallyCurly.com talks to Allen Ruiz backstage at Fall Fashion Week 2011

Ouidad

Ouidad working her curl magic

Ouidad

1. “In addition to using conditioner, make sure you use a once a week deep treatment like Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner.”

2. “Don’t wash your hair every single day. Shampoo twice a week at the most.”

3. “Use a styling product in damp hair that is going to control frizz and define curls. I recommend Ouidad Climate Control Gel.”

NaturallyCurly.com talks to Ouidad backstage at Fall Fashion Week 2011

Rodney Cutler

Rodney Cutler at the Nicholas K show

Rodney Cutler

1. “Make sure you are going to a hair dresser that knows how to cut curly hair. It is important to have a great haircut that’s going to showcase your curls, while at the same time is easy for you to style at home.”

2. “Don’t be afraid to layer products. My favorite combination for curls is Cutler Curling Crème, followed by Redken Curl Wise 14.”

3. “Even application is key. Apply the product on your hair when it’s damp and make sure to scrunch the product in. You want to saturate the hair and make sure you’re evenly distributing the product to get the best results.”

NaturallyCurly.com talks to Rodney Cutler backstage at Fall Fashion Week 2011

Jon Reyman

Jon Reyman recommends sleeping on a silk pillow case

Jon Reyman

1. “When towel drying the hair make sure to pat the hair dry, squeezing excess moisture out of the hair rather than rubbing the hair with the towel. Rubbing the hair causes it to frizz.”

2. “Rather than washing your curls every day, use a curl reviving spray to refresh and revitalize curls. Washing the hair too frequently strips hair of natural oils that help control frizz.”

3. “At night, to help combat frizz, I recommend wrapping curls in a silk scarf or sleeping on a silk pillow case. That way there is not going to be friction from your head rubbing against your pillow at night, which can cause major frizz.”