So you love your curly hair (or maybe just starting the journey) but what about those special occasions? You know, weddings, special date nights, interviews...
The question, 'what am I going to do with my hair?' pops into our heads and we have to fight the temptation to bust out the flat iron and curling wand.
But Why?! Special occasions DO NOT equal straight hair! 🙅♀️
Curly hair is beautiful and elegant, and in this blog, we're sharing tips and techniques on how to use your natural curl to create head-turning looks...
Getting Ready For Ur Special Day
In order to start rocking your natural curls, you'll want to get them as healthy as possible by giving them the proper care and TLC they need. Waiting until the day of an event to wear your hair naturally is risky if there's a chance your hair is damaged or you're unfamiliar with its texture and behaviour. Embracing your curls beforehand will not only remove the surprise factor but will also help you be more comfortable with rocking your curls confidently!
Healthy Curly Hair Care
Cut Off The Source Damage: The unfortunate truth about curly hair is that when it’s damaged, it really shows. So if you’re looking to start rocking beautiful, bouncy curls, you have to cut off the source of damage. This means stopping all chemical treatments and reducing how often colour or heat is applied to your hair.
Deep Conditioning Routine: Once you’ve tackled what’s damaging your hair, the next step is to give it some extra love. Set aside some time for weekly or biweekly deep conditioning treatments to help restore, repair, and re-hydrate your curls. The LUS Deep Condition & Repair formula makes it super easy to get in the habit of giving your hair that much needed moisture since it works in just 5-15 minutes and doesn't require heat to be effective.
Find A Curly Hair Stylist
Okay, we’ll admit, finding a curly hair stylist is no easy feat and finding a stylist that specifically understands YOUR curls can be even harder. Thank goodness we live in the age of the Internet which makes it way easier to search for whatever we might need.
Start by Googling the name of your city and 'curly hair salon'. See what pops up and do your homework. Check reviews and tags on social platforms to gauge other people’s results and experiences and try to see if they’re familiar with working with your curl type.
Once you’ve landed a stylist that you're happy with, stick with them and see them regularly for trims and dustings to maintain the overall health of your hair.
Experiment With Different Looks
There are plenty of ways to add an elegant touch to naturally curly hair without having to pick up a heat tool of any kind. Of course, as with everything, the best way to go about what works for you is to experiment. Every curly girl has their own unique pattern and texture and the reality is that some of the hairstyles in your inspo-album may not turn out the same in your hair. Still, it's important to have a starting point. Here are a few tips and ideas for your next special occasion:
BRAIDS & TWISTS
Braids and twists are a great way to add texture to any style. Big braids, small braids, loose braids, intricate braids—there are so many different kinds to incorporate into looks that suit your personal style and aesthetic!
Using accessories and ornaments are the easiest way to glam up any look while simultaneously adding personality and style. Whether it’s a fascinator, jewelled pins or combs, you can add little "oomph" by either styling around what you decide to wear or placing it perfectly amongst your styled curls.
Take a look at this LUS customer who helped her little one rock her natural curls with a floral crown when she was recently a flower girl. The natural, free-flowing look of her curls are a heavenly match to the wreath of flowers.
Pinning opens up naturally curly hair to a number of versatile looks by creating dimension through elegant layers and updos or even sleek styles if you’re into a neater look.
Check out our girl Amy, in the blue dress; she recently wore a beautiful, natural side-swept look for her best friend’s wedding after years of wearing her hair straight:
Photo Credit: Anne Edgar Photography
“A decade ago I was a bridesmaid and wanted to wear my wavy curls for the wedding (didn't see the point in having a hairdresser straighten then re-curl my hair).
I regretted it almost instantly. All the other girls in the wedding party had lovely flowing locks and mine looked stiff and felt crunchy. When my best friend got married this past June I had the nerve to try it again and I'm so glad I did. My curls and waves (day 3 hair with LUS btw) just needed a bit of pinning up and some finishing and it looked fabulous the whole day. I felt like a model and my "updo" took less than 10 minutes.”💕
These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. There are an infinite number of ways to incorporate your natural curls into beautiful elegant styles! Click below to watch as we team up with The Curl Ambassadors to create 3 different looks on 3 different types of curly hair—plus some awesome tips from their curl specialists!