Lynnette Joselly: How To Enhance Natural Curls

How To Enhance Natural Curls

by Jane Shin Park

"Congratulations on embracing your curly hair!" says Miko Branch, a professional hairstylist and co-founder of Miss Jessie's, a line of hair care products for curly hair. With the right products and a few simple styling tips, transforming your out-of-control curls into enviable, out-of-this-world curls is easier than you might think. Here's the secret: moisture, moisture, moisture!" she reveals.

"First off, you should know that curly hair tends to be dry, so when caring for your curls you will need to moisturize whenever you can. You should use a non-sulfate shampoo, like Miss Jessie's Creme de la Curl because sulfates strip hair of its natural oils. Next, you will need to deep condition your curls; I love Miss Jessie's Super Sweetback deep conditioner. Generously apply Super Sweetback to your wet curls and use your fingers to rake it through your hair. Then graduate to a paddle brush and gently detangle your curls while Super Sweetback is still in your hair. Continue the deep conditioning process by putting a plastic cap over your wet curls and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. It's not always pretty, but it really works! For best results, use an overhead dryer to intensify the deep conditioning treatment," she advises.

"Now, rinse Super Sweetback out your curls and squeeze out all of the excess water. If towel-drying your curls, remember to blot your curls—never rub. Rubbing causes friction, and friction causes frizz, and frizz causes frustration! If you just don't have time for the complete deep conditioning process, then Super Sweetback works well as a daily conditioner," says Branch. "After you're all washed up and deep conditioned, you will need to use a styling product, like Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue, that will add more moisture to your curls. Simply apply Curly Meringue to your wet curls, rake it through, and then scrunch your curls and finger-style them. Remember, you do NOT want to comb out your curls! Curly Meringue, Curly Buttercreme, Curly Pudding, and Quick Curls are all formulated to help better define your curls and fight frizz. If your curls need less hold and more moisture, then style with Stretch Silkening Creme."

"In addition, keep in mind that using a diffuser—not a blow-dryer—will help dry your hair without disturbing your curl pattern. A diffuser is an investment that you will want to make in order to secure your curls. Also, remember not to constantly touch or play with your curls when wet, as this will create frizz," she adds. "One last tip: it is important that you find a stylist who really knows how to cut your curly hair so that it properly frames and flatters your face. This might not be as easy as it sounds, so be sure to ask around. Welcome to the Curls' Club!"

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing the tips. Definitely gonna apply on my curly hair right away :))

  2. Just run into your blog today and find your posts are really helpful and great! Thanks for sharing!