Bounce it back. . .
With the season of spring finally making its presence felt on the landscape, it's about time for your curls to throw off the weight of winter and bounce into the springiness that best befits the most vital season of the year.
Most of the best ways to reinvigorate your curls are easy DIY options you can try out right away, for immediate results. Try these steps to re-energise each and every strand on your head.
Micro-trim your hair
Micro-trimming, or dusting, is an approach to clipping your ends designed to maximise good condition as well as minimise length loss. Instead of the standard ¼ inch every 8 weeks, you take off a tiny fraction of that – typically so small it looks like a speck of dust, hence the name.
This keeps your hair full from root to tip, averting the tapering caused by wear and tear.
A slight reduction in weight can be all that it takes to give your hair a ton of lift. If your ends are particularly damaged, take off as much as possible of the languid tips that are affecting the way your hair hangs. Otherwise, just taking a teeny snip off the ends can infuse your curls with oodles of bounce. Try it on two adjacent clusters of curls to see the difference – the clump you clip will instantly show strengthened spring, and there's even more to come once you wash. A meticulous micro-trim across your whole head of hair will also result in clumpier, more defined curls, as well as enhanced recoil.
Clarify your hair
Sometimes it is residue that robs your hair of its rightful recoil. Even if you are washing your hair frequently, buildup can still occur in a number of ways. For instance, conditioning agents deposited by shampoos can interact with those left by other shampoos and cause buildup. Other times, the leave ins and stylers you use might not be compatible with your cleanser of choice – several layers of non-water soluble silicone, and even natural butters like shea butter, will simply not be removed with exclusive co-washing. And of course, then there's hard water. To be rid of these, try vinegar rinses, baking soda washes (for natural oils and butters and hard water) and clarifying shampoos, especially with chelators like EDTA, to remove mineral deposits (these shampoos should work on all kinds of buildup).
Layer your hair
If you're in the mood for more intense cutting, try this method to infuse even more movement into lifeless curls. Not all layers will perform the same function – as those who have been afflicted with wedding cake layers by hapless stylists or at-home attempts gone awry can attest.
However, on super-thick, one-length locks, sometimes the weight of the hair, all in one direction, can cause a degree of stiffness. Breaking up the weight by cutting the hair, curl by curl (more accurately, clump by clump) to create a puzzle-piece formation, will not only infuse movement but also heighten definition. This is painstaking, unconventional work, done on dry, often pre-styled hair to create an ideal shape that complements the hair as it is usually worn. Make sure it is done by a curl-specialist – most stylists will not have the advanced training necessary to create these kind of cuts.
Section your hair
Creating more sections when you style your hair usually means the application of less product. Instead of counting on a ton of product slathered on top seeping to inner layers, you make sure each and every strand is met, by working with smaller amounts of hair at a time. The extra meticulousness will save you money as less product will go much farther. As well as sparing your hair the extra mass which might be causing gravity to take a little extra tug on it, more sectioning also means more moisture and definition.
Lighten your products
As well as sectioning more and applying less product per section, there is another product-based solution which can avail your curls of excess weight.
Experiment with lighter products; lotion leave ins as opposed to creams, serums instead of butters, or more liquidy jellies in place of thicker gels. Heavy products can really detract from the natural volume of your curls, a factor which will be especially noticeable if your face looks best framed by a halo of bouncy curls.
And if you're yearning for tighter, more enhanced curls, lighter and more liquid will mean many more curls per strand, and thus much more spring, from root to tip.
Mahat Tattva Dasa
DHA Hair Care Experts
Dominican Hair Alliance