If having to find the perfect styling products for your uniquely textured hair was not enough, it is important to understand the importance of the method with which you apply them.

In the naturally curly community, we hear about so many different methods for product application--there is one forgotten method, though, that remains tried and true for achieving curl definition. The Smasters method is not new; it was created by O.G. CurlTalk user Smasters467. However, it still delivers great results and might be worth a try next time you style.

The Smasters method is a pretty simple addition to any style routine and doesn’t require you to buy any new products to give it a try right now!  The basic idea behind the method is that adding in a curl enhancer product to your hair when it’s about 50% dried will help encourage curls more than when applied soaking wet.

How to do the Smasters method

  1. Apply your products as you normally would, then begin to diffuse your hair. Once your hair is about 50 percent dry, turn off your diffuser and move to a sink.
  2. Here is the part that we have been told not to do by everyone if you don’t want to have horrid frizz, but believe it or not, you will avoid that cast that most gels leave on your hair. Wet your hands and use about a quarter-sized amount of curl enhancer gel on your hair. A popular choice is Kinky Curly Curling Custard but you can also try whatever you already have first.
  3. Now, gently scrunch the gel into your hair. You should be cautious not to break up any clumps that may have started to form, as this can cause frizz. If scrunched in with wet hands and open palms, you should have no trouble applying products to avoid frizz.
  4. For the final part of the method, dry your hair again to your preference. There are some differing opinions during this part, as some curlies dry their hair with hot heat and others only use low or warm heat. It depends on what works for your hair--drying on hot heat will help encourage your hair to shrink and create more defined curls, which is ideal for many wavies. Using a warm or cool setting will give more elongation, which may be ideal for coilier textures.

Troubleshooting common Smasters Method issues

Here are some of the most common fixes to any problems you may be facing:

Your hair feels weighed down.

With the Smasters method, you are using additional product on your hair and finer-haired curlies may experience this issue the most. In the beginning trial of this, back off of your usual styling product usage by half. Then gradually add more or less, until you are able to get the benefits of this method without worrying about it weighing you down.

Your hair feels stringy and crunchy.

If you find that your usual soft curls you feel much more stringy and form clumps that won’t scrunch out, you are probably using too much of the second product. Start by using half the amount and see if that helps. If the Smasters method is still not working, it may be that the gel you are using. If it has too hard of a hold or your hair could be too dry when applying.

You have excessive frizz.

The biggest reason you might experience frizz with this method by not wetting your hands enough before applying the second amount of product. To avoid this, I recommend standing next to a sink so you can instantly add more water if it feels sticky or is pulling and not smoothly going on. Frizz can also be because your hair feels dried out--in this case, consider not using a diffuser sooner in the routine so that your hair retains a bit more water to keep it from sticking.

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