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Save your spirals! The curly girls guide to perfect hair--part 2


 
Got curls? No need to agonize over how to get your spirals perfectly springy or be totally envious of girls with stick-straight strands. With our fab hair face-off, you can pull a Taylor and rock it out either way whenever ya please. (Psst! Get the sleek 'n' straight guide HERE.)

 

Curly hair…quick!
Can’t start from scratch? Freshen up fab curls in time for a Friday-night fete.

1. Spritz your tresses with a curl refresher to boost body. Plain ‘ol water in a spray bottle works, too. Wait a few mins for hair to dry, then…

2. Curl any spirals that have lost their shape with small-barreled curling iron (3/4’’ to 1’’, depending on the tightness of your natural curls). Then, simply wrap a portion of hair around the barrel, hold for a few seconds, and release.

3. Finish with a shine spray to fight frizz and keep locks looking amazing.

 

Bedhead busters!

·    Preserve and protect those precious curls by sleeping on a satin pillowcase.

·    Before bed, sweep hair up into a super-high pony and keep it in place with a scrunchie to ensure your curls are gorge when ya wake up.

·    Freshen curls in the morning by spritzing with water in a spray bottle to reinvigorate your ringlets, and running fingers through the underside to detangle.

 

15 perf products for keepin’ your curls

 
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    Defeat the heat

    Your hair styling tools can really cause some damage to your hair, but a thermal protective spray can totally help. Just spray before you heat up that curling iron so your tools don’t cause problems.
     

    John Frieda Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray, $6, drugstore.com

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    Way-easy waves

    Work those ringlets into Taylor-like perfection with a clamp-less curling iron. 
     

    Conair’s You Waving Wand, $29, drugstore.com

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    Stop the sag

    It can be a total downer when your curls start to sag in the middle of the day, but a little boost will help you keep those perfectly formed tresses just the way you want ‘em.
     

    Eufora Curl n’ Spray Revitalize, $20, eufora.net

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    Whip it

    Get the texture you desire without the heaviness of most hair products. Just work this whip through dry hair to create separation in your strands. And mixed with serum, it will create a smooth, bouncy style. Sweet!
     

    Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip, $15, folica.com

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    Beach baby

    The beach waves style is so in. And now the texture you get from spending the whole day with your toes in the sand can be yours all year-round. Just mist generously onto clean, damp hair. Comb through evenly and style with fingers or a brush to create random texture, waves and body. Then air dry naturally, use a diffuser or lightly blow dry. Don’t forget your bikini!

     

    Not Your Mother’s Beach Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $6, ulta.com

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    Mega mousse

    Nobody likes it when their hair falls flat, especially when they spent all morning styling their strands to perfection. But just a little bit o’ mousse at the get-go, and that surely won’t happen.
     

    Bed Head Foxy Curls Extreme Curl Mousse, $17, target.com

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    Light as air

    Bigger curls? Softer curls? Yeah, we want that. Just evenly distribute through damp, freshly washed hair, and blow dry. Voilà!
     

    Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls, $22, missjessies.com

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    Hold up

    Don’t you dare think this is just a hair spray -- not only does it hold the perfect curl, but it’s also super easy to comb through and it’s organic.
     

    Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Hair Spray, $29, intelligentnutrients.com

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    Shine on

    You can have shiny hair no matter what type of hair you have with this gorge hair shine formula. Not to mention, it keeps your hair hydrated, tames frizz, keeps down fly aways, creates dimension in your hair and protects from the elements.
     

    Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Hair Shine, $29, intelligentnutrients.com

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    Type-A much?

    Sure, we girls can be quite the perfectionists when it comes to our hair. And this ringlet lotion gets us pretty close to perfection. It rejuvenates curls and waves, bans frizz and revives shine.
     

    Redken Curl Boucle Ringlet 07 Curl Perfecting Lotion (see salons for prices), redken.com

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    Va-va volume
    It may look funky, but this blowdryer is totally tops. The “fingers” that are attached to it lift the hair while blowing hot air underneath, right where you want it. The result: fabulously full hair. 
     

    Conair Volume Boost Infinity Pro 2-in-1 styling tool, $40, target.com

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    Comb control

    A regular brush can mess up your gorgeous curls and make them a crazy, poofy mess. Instead, a comb will keep your hair calm without ruining your ‘do.

    Cricket Co. Ultra smooth detangling comb, $7, cricketco.com

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    Luxe lather

    Hydrate your luscious locks with a curl-centric shampoo that will give your spirals that perfect bounce.
     

    TRESemme Flawless Curls Moisturizing Shampoo, $3, walmart.com

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    Get gel-ly

    This strong gel helps to define your curls so they don’t fall flat during the day. Just comb through damp hair before blow-drying.

     

    Tresemme’s Flawless Curls Defining Gel, $8, soap.com
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    Style starter

    Perfect curls seem to be super hard to style, which is why this curl spray seems to have been made by some sort of magic. You wouldn’t believe how well it works until you try it!
     

    Goldwell’s Dynamic Loop Curls Spray. $13, totalbeauty.com

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