Whether you’re new to natural hair or you’ve been wondering how to shape your curls for a while, it takes the right products and routine to get natural curls looking as fresh as possible.
Get Your Curls Together
In order to get your curls popping, you need to understand what curl shaping is and the best way to do it. Curl shaping plays a major role in the way you define your curls and the way you shape your hair.
Defining Your Coils
Wondering how to shape your curls? Keep in mind that no one else has the same hair type and pattern that you have. With this in mind, it’s going to take some trial and error to figure out the best way to define your curls.
The best way to start this process is to have a consultation with a natural hair expert. At All Dolled Up Salons, there are incredible stylists that are well versed in the best methods for defining and shaping your curls.
DIY Curl Shaping
Shaping your coils at home? Consider the following methods:
- Finger Coils
- Twist Out
- Braid Out
- Flexi Rod or Perm Rod Set
Shingling is one of the most effective ways to define your curls. You’ll get the best results on freshly washed hair. Begin shingling by smoothing gel into your curls, section by section.
Really want to get your curls together? Finger coils are for you. After starting on clean hair, take a small section of hair and begin curling it around your finger until you reach your scalp. Repeat throughout your whole head.
While there are many variations to the twist out, a basic one is one of the easiest ways to stretch your hair and unleash your curls. Twistouts can be done on freshly washed hair, week-old hair or hair that is stretched from another style. Simply use oil or another holding product and start making twists all over your head. Once your hair is fully dry, take the twists out.
A bit more intricate than the twistout but still capable of beautiful results, braidouts are still a very low-maintenance and simple hairstyle. While your curls can change greatly based on the type of braids you do, a basic braid out involves braiding your hair section by section, using oil and any other products. Once your hair is dry, start undoing the braids.
Flexi Rod or Perm Rod Set
Perm Rods or flexi rod sets are an incredible way to get picture-perfect curls. This technique can be used on any type of hair and can really make your kinks and coils as bouncy as ever. Set the curls by wrapping each strand around each rod until your whole head is complete.
Shaping Natural Hair
Regardless of the method of curl shaping you choose, you need to consider the overall shape of your hair. While many naturalistas choose to go to a professional to naturally shape their hair, it is important to know how to shape your curls.
If you don’t have a natural shortcut and are growing your hair out, you’ll want to make sure that it stays in shape. From a Deva-cut to the “heart-shaped” look, there are many different methods for properly shaping your hair. If you are just trimming your hair, pay attention to the dried, split ends or dead curls at the ends of your strands. Be sure to use sharp, hair-cutting scissors to ensure you trim your air without doing any further damage.
If you really want an accurate cut, the Deva Cut method should be done after your hair is in a wash and go, preferably after shingling or finger coiling. This will allow you to see your kinks and coils in their natural shape. When cutting, go curl by curl until you have snipped each strand. While time-consuming, this is one of the most accurate ways to shape our natural hair.
Now that you are well-versed in all the ways to shape your curls, it’s time to chose your favorite method. Try out each one to see which gives your best look. Most naturalistas switch out their preferred methods depending on the state of their hair.
What do you usually do to style your curls? Let us know and comment below.