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Love your curls

Natural curls can be a mixed blessing. I've heard enough from friends who have wavy hair, or even big curls that are the envy of girls with stick-straight locks go on about how much trouble they have with taming their tresses.

But instead of ironing your locks straight and losing that natural bounce altogether, why not think about working with it? After all, curly hair is oh-so-sexy. You just need the right kind of help with products that give you sufficient hold and which will allow you to style without damage.

Follow these suggestions to achieving great looking curls.

If you have medium curls that are rough, wavy and frizzy in the mid to end sections, they often lack shape and shine. Work with your hair's texture and amp up on the volume by layering

Redken's Ringlet 07 (S$33, 180ml), a nourishing lotion with sunflower oil to boost shine , calm frizz and condition curls for glossiness and Wool Shake 08 (S$39, 100ml), a slush gel with wool complex that gives hair volume and control.


  Redken Ringlet 07 Redken Wool Shake 08

For unrefined and textured waves and curls with added volume, apply Ringlet 07 to towel-dried hair.

Blow-dry hair while using fingers to "rake" through hair. Alternatively, you can use a diffuser. Then, mist Wool Shake 08 throughout hair. Taking random sections, starting at the ends and "ribbon" the hair towards the scalp for a more dramatic texture.

If you want a bit more definition for your curls, try blending Ringlet 07 and Rough Paste 12, a hair texturizer that allows you to mould and sculpt your hair as you wish.

Start by combining Ringlet 07 and Rough Paste 12 together in your hands, before applying to towel-dried hair. Finish by blow drying with a diffuser on low-medium speed for added control.

  Redken Curl Wise 14 Redken Rough Paste 12

If you have coarse, curly hair that need to be tamed, try applying Redken Curl Wise 14 on towel-dried hair, before blow-drying with a diffuser. Its moisture-rich cream fights frizz, controls volume and shapes up coarse curls. Take random sections of hair and wrap around an iron for a more pronounced curl pattern.

Alternatives you can try:

Try Phyto Professional's Curl Energizing Cream ($34, 100ml)  if you're looking to revive your curls and provide volume. It defines curls and controls frizz, giving medium hold while adding texture and shine. Contains acacia collagen to moisturise and protect hair from UV rays and environmental stressors and ginseng to revitalise hair strands.

To set your look, use Phytolaque Soie Finishing Spray ($48, 300ml) to deliver control that is not stiff nor sticky. Hair gets a soft sheen with silk proteins that have a similar structure to hair keratin.

Phyto Professional
Curl Energizing Cream
Phytolaque Soie Finishing Spray Sebastian Texturizer

What's great about Phyto Professional's range of hairstyling products is that you get to incorporate hair care into your styling routine. Styling aids aree paraben-free and use natural and botanical ingredients to impart shine, shape and lift.

Another product to try is Sebastian Professional's Texturizer if you have unruly curls that refuse to be controlled. A flexible, bodifying liquid gel with wheat and soy protein infusion to build a light and buoyant foundation with soft hold for hair. You can rub it through damp hair as a base, or use on dry hair for texture.

Ozogel Complex
Microemulsion ph 3.6

But if your hair has suffered from one too many chemical treatments, forget about incredible styling first. Hair that is overly-damaged loses its own vital amino acids and will be more susceptible to breakage. Styling will not be an option by then.


Try micronised spray, MedaVita Ozogel Complex Microemulsion ph 3.6 (S$38, 150ml), which releases 16 vital amino acids (there are 18 amino acids found in hair), nutrients and minerals to each individual hair follical for all-day repairing and reconstructing.

Its natural acidity provides a protective film to maintain hair at the right level of humidity and lipid content. Spray on washed and towel-dried hair, massage hair to facilitate penetration, and style hair as usual. It can also be used as a protective treatment pre- and post-chemical treatments. Call 6278 8456 for salon listings.

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