Curly Hair | Expert Tips

How to Care for Curly Hair Naturally

Based on over 35 years of salon experience, I have developed a deep conditioning treatment exclusively formulated to tackle the common problems associated with curly hair. From frizzy, curly hair to tangles, dry curly hair and poor curl definition, I share my expertise on how you can treat your curly hair so that you can enhance and rock those curls.

My mantra when it comes to hair is to keep it simple. You don’t need multiple curly hair products. I believe in taking a simple approach for maximum impact. What curly hair needs at the most fundamental level is moisture. Moisture is the foundation of a curly hair care routine. 

In this blog, I’ll share my advice on how to take care of curly hair naturally. Plus, I’ll share my expert tips on looking after curly hair. Whatever your hair type, I’ll share my knowledge on how to take care of curly hair and why getting the perfect moisture balance is vital. Get that right, and the rest will follow.

Curly Hair | Overview

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Curls come in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures.

But there is one thing all curls have in common. Curls give your hair natural body, volume and movement. Sometimes, you may feel your curls have too much volume. I refer to the volume from curls as ‘The Bounce’. The Bounce happens naturally; learning to control it will help you style your curly hair. Adding moisture to curly hair helps to give weight and balance to The Bounce.

Getting volume and movement in hair is the holy grail of hair styling, and if you have curls, you are blessed because you’ve got it naturally. So, I encourage you to enjoy your curly hair and focus on giving your curls moisture so you can use The Bounce to your advantage.

In this blog, I’ll discuss curly hair types, texture, porosity and density. Understanding the characteristics of your hair will help you build a hair care routine that will give your curls the foundation to look and feel fabulous.

How to Care for Curly Hair | What's my Type?

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Understanding your curly hair type and texture is the starting point for knowing how to look after curly hair.

Curl type is vital for cutting the hair. Getting the right shape and cut for your curl type is the difference between hair that looks ordinary and hair that looks wow!

I think of the curl type as your hair’s personality; letting that personality shine through is what a good haircut is all about.

The shape of curly hair is a series of dips and lifts. The upside of those dips and lifts is that they give you all that fabulous body and texture.

However, the downside is that they leave curly hair more prone to breakage than other hair types. Tighter curls are more fragile than looser curls.

To keep it simple, I’ve split the curly hair types into three categories below.

Your hair may not fit the exact description in those categories.

Your hair may have a variety of texture patterns in different areas of the head. I find it helpful to use the categories as a sliding scale; tighter curls generally need more moisture than looser curls. Use this to inform yourself about your hair; they are a guide to use and develop your curly hair routine.

1. Loose Wavy Curls

Fine Curly Hair Shape

Hair is flatter near the scalp with movement and waves at the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. Waves tend to be looser and have an ‘S’ shape.

2. Curly with Corkscrew Shapes

Natural Hair Short

Hair may have more ringlets and corkscrew shapes, but not necessarily all the way through the hair. Curls may give hair the appearance of a thick texture, even if the hair is fine.

3. Coils and Afro Textured Hair

Hair has tight, small corkscrew curls from the scalp to the ends of the hair. That mainly describes Afro-textured hair. Whilst the curls tend to be smaller, the hair is much denser.

Curly Hair | The Texture

Fine Curly Hair Overview

Curly hair type is only part of the story of how to care for curly hair. Thinking about the texture of your curls is vital when adding moisture to your hair. For example, is your hair thick and coarse or fine? Texture makes a difference in how you approach caring for your curls at home. Adding moisture to fine curly hair might require a small amount at a time to prevent overloading the hair. I call this layering. Start with a small amount of Restore and Shine Hair Masque, warm it up in the palm of your hands and gently feed it into the ends of the hair. If your hair absorbs the product quickly, you can add more product; for thicker or coarser hair types, the hair will generally absorb more product. 

That brings us to hair porosity, which is all about how easily your hair absorbs moisture.


How to Care for Curly Hair | Porosity

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Understanding your hair’s porosity is vital; it helps you know more about how your hair absorbs moisture. Curly hair tends to be more porous, but that’s not always the case. Chemical hair colours or extreme weather be it sun or wind, can damage the hair and affect the porosity. 

Check your porosity to gain more knowledge about how you care for curls.

You can categorise hair into 3 types of porosity.

1. Low Porosity

Hair doesn’t absorb moisture well, and you may find that product builds up on your hair.

2. Normal Porosity

Easily absorbs and retains moisture. It requires little maintenance.

3. High Porosity

This hair is thirsty! It absorbs moisture, but it always wants more and can become frizzy.

You can test your hair’s porosity at home. I call this the Curly Hair Hydration Test.

The Curly Hair Hydration Test

Take a strand of hair from your comb or hairbrush and pop it into a glass of water. Leave it for a couple of minutes and see what happens.

  • Hair that floats has low porosity.
  • If it sinks slowly, it has normal porosity.
  • If hair sinks quickly, it has high porosity.

In a humid environment, porous hair will soak up the moisture in the atmosphere and become frizzy. A weekly hair mask treatment helps the hair retain moisture and seal the cuticle. Giving hair the right moisture levels will prevent it from soaking up the water in the atmosphere and help reduce frizz. The more porous your hair, the more hydration it needs from a deep conditioner.

Once you’ve established your Curly Hair Hydration Type, think about your own routine to improve condition and manageability.

1. Low Porosity Curly or Coily Hair

  1. For this hair type, less is definitely more.
  2. Little and often works for this hair type. Don’t overload your hair with a lot of deep conditioner at once. Give it time to absorb products. Hair should be damp, not dripping wet, before you apply a deep conditioner.
  3. Because it doesn’t absorb moisture readily, hair may look and feel dry, so build a weekly mask treatment into your hair care routine. Make sure you warm the product up in your hands before application. That will help you get an even spread on the hair. Gentle heat helps hair absorb moisture, so once your mask is on, put on a plastic shower cap, leave for a couple of hours and rinse.

2. Normal Porosity Curly or Coily Hair

It’s all about maintenance. A weekly mask treatment with Restore and Shine Hair Masque will keep your hair in tip-top condition.


3. High Porosity Curly or Coily Hair

It can feel like a full-time job to keep these thirsty locks hydrated. You may even feel like giving up. But I encourage you to persist and establish a haircare routine.

  1. Keep heat to a minimum. Air dry your hair when you can. When using a hairdryer, select a low heat.
  2. A weekly mask treatment is essential. Perhaps even twice a week. Try leaving the Restore and Shine Masque on for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Avoid styling products with alcohol-denat and silicone as they can make the hair dry.

How to Care for Curly Hair | Density

Curly Hair Density

Understanding the density of your hair gives you more information and knowledge about caring for your curls. 

That is all about how much hair you’ve got; it makes a difference in how you care for curly hair. 

Low-density hair needs less moisture than High-Density hair. 

So, if you are using Restore and Shine Hair Masque to add moisture to your hair, you’d use less product on low-density hair than on high-density hair. 

You can check your hair density below.

1. Low Density Hair

You can easily see your scalp when parting dry hair.

2. Medium Density Hair

You can only partially see your scalp when parting dry hair.

3. High Density Hair

It’s difficult to see the scalp and partings don’t hold easily.

Curly Hair| Tips and Take Aways

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Taking care of curly hair shouldn’t be complicated. Follow my guide on curly hair types, textures, porosity and density to develop a routine of looking after your own unique curls. Give your curls the love and attention they deserve and you’ll be rewarded with fabulous curly hair!

1. Get the Right Foundation

Moisture is the foundation for curly hair. How you apply curly hair products and how much you need to use depends on your curly hair type, texture, porosity and density. Routine is vital to giving your hair regular moisture. That is not a one-off event. Build a curly hair routine with a deep conditioner at the heart of that routine.

2. Know your Hair Type

Curls come in different shapes: wavy, curly and coily. When thinking about cutting hair, curl shape is vital in getting the right shape and balance for your curls. But it also determines how much moisture your hair needs. The tighter the curl, the more fragile the hair is and the more moisture it needs.

3. Deep Condition Curly Hair

A weekly deep conditioning hair mask is essential for maintaining moisture and sealing the cuticle to fight frizz, dryness, and tangles and leave hair shiny. Choose a good quality hair mask.

4. Think about Texture

Curly hair comes in many textures, from thick and coarse to fine. That is a determining factor in how you approach caring for curly hair at home.

5. Curly Hair Porosity

Check your hair Porosity to understand how it absorbs moisture, and follow our tips for your hair porosity type. And don’t forget, the density of your hair impacts how much moisture your hair needs.

7. Keep it Simple

Get to know your hair by type, texture, porosity and density. Build a curly hair care routine that has moisture as the foundation. 

8. Get my Tips for your Curly Hair Type

I’ve written specifically about the 3 main hair types: Fine, Thick and Natural or Afro-Textured Coily Hair. 

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Norris Ogario is founder and Creative Director of Ogario London. Developed in his London salon, the Ogario London haircare products reflect his belief that hydration is the key to fixing most hair problems. Hydrated hair can be styled with ease. Plus, hydration leaves hair shiny and healthy. Norris has over 35 years of hair know-how. With expertise in all hair types; from dry hair to fine or grey hair, from frizzy to damaged or bleached hair, curly hair and afro hair, Norris offers his expert advice.

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