This question is usually asked by curly-haired people. If you want to tame untamable hair, you have to weigh it down properly.
Well, we’re going to help you weigh down your curls and finally tame that hair.
Getting this right makes it easier to keep your curls in place; it makes styling easier as well.
How to Weigh Your Curls Down?
The right haircut can do a lot for your curls, depending on what you want from them.
Cutting your hair at an angle or in layers usually makes your hair lighter. This gives your curls the freedom to do whatever they want.
The straight cut bulks up your hair a bit and adds some weight. Your curls will act like a team rather than rebels, which should make it easier to style your hair.
When your curls are limp, certain products are quite helpful, but they aren’t so helpful when you want to tame your curls.
Products that contain volume-boosting ingredients make the curls fluffier. They lighten the hair, which you don’t want.
The ingredients you want to stay away from including vitamin B5, C, and E.
You also want to stay away from salt or sea salt.
Be sure to stay away from products that contain sunflower, almond, soybean, and coconut oil as these will add volume to your hair. You also need to avoid polymers, starch, talc, and surfactants.
Let It Grow
This one is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is let your hair grow out, but long hair can also stress your curls, so much so that you might cause some damage.
You need to strike a delicate balance when you let your hair grow.
This trick works because the more hair you’ve got the more it weighs, and curls aren’t that strong. It’s a very economical solution.
The curse of the curl is dryness. Keeping those curls moisturized can be challenging, but that’s what you need to do if you want to weigh them down.
The more moisture your hair absorbs, the better your hair will stay in place.
The bonus is that properly moisturized curls are not only easier to tame but much healthier.
They’ll shine brighter and feel silkier than ever before. Trust me, you’ll fall in love with your hair all over again.
Oils & Gels
As mentioned earlier, there are some oils you want to stay away from, but there are others that could help.
The lighter oils that help include olive oil and jojoba oil. For some reason, these oils weigh enough to stretch out your curls, making styling your hair simpler.
You can also turn to heavier oils like shea butter or cacao butter.
There’s also lanolin, which is quite heavy and could be helpful, but it should be mixed with lighter oils.
Of course, some people turn to gel to get the job done, but that’s up to you. Gels can work, but they usually contain harmful ingredients you probably don’t want in your hair.
Sometimes, curls are so thirsty that moisturizing products won’t do the trick.
Every so often, you need something a little stronger, which is where a good conditioner comes in handy.
If you try a conditioner and it still doesn’t help, then you’ll need to try a deep conditioner.
The reason this works is that you’re giving your curls enough moisture to stretch out a bit and stay put.
A conditioner will also help define your curls a bit, too.
How to Weigh Down Frizzy Curly Hair?
What if your hair happens to be frizzy? Do the same rules apply, or do you have to do something else?
The rules mentioned before do apply, but there is a catch. You have to deal with the frizz, and that has to be done before you try some of the aforementioned suggestions.
If you attempt to weigh your curly hair down without taking care of the frizz, strands of hair will poke out.
One thing you can do for a quick fix is use hair cream or maybe just regular lotion if you don’t have cream on hand.
If you can spray some water on your hair, then do that, or just wet your hands and try to comb your hair down.
Once you’ve tamed the frizz, you can use oils or a gel to weigh down your hair.
Dealing with frizz this way doesn’t always work. It’s better to prevent frizz, which you can do by not brushing your hair.
Instead, use a wide comb or your fingers to comb your hair. You want to pat dry your hair instead of rubbing it.
Be sure to sleep on a silk pillowcase, which helps prevent frizz. Also, consider using an anti-frizz hairspray because this can help.
Are There Products That Weigh Down Curly Hair?
Of course, many products are made for this cause. It all depends on what you want to use.
If you want to use something with natural ingredients, then Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Curling Gel might do the trick.
If you need a conditioner because your hair is giving you a hard time, then consider using a leave in conditioner like the one from Curlsmith.
Just remember that you want more moisture.
If the product you choose adds moisture and doesn’t have the ingredients we talked about earlier, then you are choosing well.
Don’t forget to read those reviews. Pay attention to folks with your hair type, and see what the product did for them.
At What Length Does Curly Hair Weigh Down Naturally?
I talked about weighing your hair down by letting it grow, but I didn’t mention how long that should be. Well, there’s a reason I skipped that.
It all depends on you.
If your curls aren’t too tight, then anything above your shoulders should be okay, maybe about five inches.
Those with tighter curls might need seven inches of growth to see a difference. You are going to have to experiment a bit until you reach the length you need to relax those curls.
Remember to not grow out your hair too much.
Once you’ve reached the length you need, start to trim it so that you can manage your curls.
Additional Tips to Control Those Curls
All the tips I mentioned above should work. It all depends on what you want. Taming your hair requires a personal approach. It’s your hair after all.
Still, there are a few more things to consider.
Drying Your Hair Properly
The first thing you should know is that, if you don’t dry your hair correctly, your curls will be harder to tame.
The best way to dry your hair is to do so naturally. Letting the wind and sun do their job should result in tamable hair.
You have to be patient, but it’s worth the effort. Doing it this way allows moisture to lock in place, which is vital if you want to control your curls.
If you don’t do this and use a blow dryer, you’ll get the opposite effect. Blow dryers tend to dry your hair too much, making it frizzy and hard to control.
If you must use a blow dryer, then use a diffuser. This should prevent your hair from drying so much that you lose moisture.
Tilting Your Hair Back
Most of us keep our heads forward after washing. It makes sense. Who wants all that water dripping down their backs? Well, you need to tilt your head back after washing it.
This helps those curls lay down as your hair dries. Try to do this as long as you can to get the best results.
You’ll be surprised how well this will work for you.
Just make sure you do this in the tub or over a bucket because water will splash everywhere if you aren’t careful. I learned that the hard way.
Now, you know how to weigh those curls properly and, as you can see, it isn’t all that hard. It’ll take some time to get used to some of these tips and suggestions, but with a little patience, you’ll get there.