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If you’ve got curly hair and you envy women with straight locks, chances are you’ve never:

a. been the recipient of the right cut/style for your hair, or

b. learned how to maintain your curly locks so that your curls are bouncy instead of a mass of frizz

If you haven’t already guessed, those are the secrets to having, and loving, a head full of glorious curls! If you’ve had more bad hair days than good ones, or if you spend entirely too much time wishing you weren’t “cursed” with curly hair, don’t worry. Once you have the right haircut and the right products to keep your curly hair healthy, those bad hair days will be old news.

Start with the Right Haircut

Rule number one for curly-haired people: Find a stylist who understands curls! The professional stylists at Deseo Salon & BlowDry in Denver understand how curly hair grows and behaves, how to cut it to bring out the curl, and what styles just won’t work.

In general, layers are key to keeping curls bouncy, and stylists can cut your hair just right. If you want a super-short cut, like Halle Berry’s famous pixie-cut, stylists know how to keep the top layer longer to bring out the texture.

The second rule is simple. Use the right products. Deseo carries curl-enhancing products by respected names like Kérastase, Kevin Murphy, and Oribe, and will gladly direct you to the right product for the style you’ve chosen.

Ask Your Stylist for Some Styling Ideas

If you want a longer curly look, don’t hesitate to ask your stylist for a few ideas on how to switch things up from time to time. There are plenty of fairly simple yet chic things you can do with long curly hair. Case in point: this romantic side-swept messy chignon. When you go to a salon, you don’t just walk out with a great haircut. You can leave with professional tips that are a perfect match to your hair’s texture.

Proper Maintenance is a Must for Curly Hair

Keeping your curly hair frizz-free, healthy, and looking great requires a bit of know-how. For example, you never want to brush your curly hair. That’s a sure-fire way to achieve frizz and a “poofy” look! Instead, use a wide-toothed comb and comb from the bottom up to gently release tangles. Combing from the top down will leave you with a mass of knots at the bottom, and a greater risk of breakage.

Another important curly hair maintenance must is getting regular trims to avoid split ends. Schedule your appointments every six to eight weeks at a minimum.

Here’s another secret for keeping your curls moisturized. Apply a dime-sized amount of Kevin Murphy’s Easy.Rider anti-frizz crème to keep your hair moisturized and protected from frizz. This crème holds your hair flexibly without weighing it down.

Dry Your Curls Carefully

Finally, dry your hair without drying it out. Use the diffuser attachment that comes with your blow dryer. It’s faster than air-drying and minimizes the risk of frizzing. Before you start, blot your damp hair dry with a towel instead of rubbing it dry. Then apply a dab of a protective product like Kérastase’s L’incroyable Blowdry Créme that’s designed to protect your hair from the heat.

For defined curls, do one section at a time. Use your fingers to shape the curls, and let the diffuser “cup” the curl. Repeat, repeat, repeat! Your stylist can help you with this if you’re not used to using this indispensable tool. So don’t hesitate to ask for a little tutorial before you leave the salon.

If you live in or near Denver, or even if you’re just visiting, treat yourself to a visit to Deseo Salon & BlowDry! At Deseo, we’re dedicated to helping you discover and maintain your own unique style, whether your hair is curly, straight, or somewhere in-between!

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