Have you ever wondered how celebrities always seem to have perfect hair? Whether they’re rocking a sleek, straight look or perfect, beachy waves, the stars seem to know something we don’t about hair care. But we’re here to let you in on one of Hollywood’s secrets: how to make your hair look perfect.
What better way to find out than to sit down with our friend, celebrity hairstylist, Carly Walters? Turns out, the secret is really in knowing how to best care for the different hair texture types. Here, she gives us the go-to on caring for your hair type—from the way you brush your hair to what products to use to enhance your natural texture.
Quick Tip: Straight hair is often shiny and easy to grow out, but it tends to get greasy faster than other hair types. To avoid this, Walters recommends using dry shampoo—even on the first day out of the shower after blow drying.
Products to Use: “Volumizing shampoo and conditioner are a must,” says Walters, “because straight hair is going to lack that natural volume and texture.”
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Haircut Tips: For finer hair, Walters says, “Blunt cuts are best as it makes the hair a bit thicker, giving you that volume you’re missing.” For those with medium or thick hair textures, she says, “You’ll want to go with more of a layered look,” to add some movement to your locks.
Quick Tip: To keep wavy hair from looking unrefined, you’ll want to control the frizz right off the bat, says Walters. But don’t be quick to use too much product and weigh down your natural curl.
Products to Use: Your top concerns are volume and moisture, so Walters recommends reaching for shampoos and conditioners to keep your hair healthy and beautiful. “You can even do a hair mask once a week with this hair type,” she says, “but you don’t want to weigh down your natural hair too much, so don’t go crazy.” Less is more, ladies!
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When you want to enhance and embrace your natural waves, Walters suggests this routine:
Haircut Tips: For finer hair, Walters says, “You’ll want to add layers so you can get more volume.” If your hair is already thick, and you want to keep your waves on the relaxed side, keep your hair longer, she says. “When you cut curly or wavy hair shorter, the more curly the hair will be.”
Quick Tip: The only cool thing about frizz is everyone’s favorite science teacher, Ms. Frizzle, from The Magic School Bus. Fight frizz while keeping your hair healthy by keeping it moisturized and hydrated.
Products to Use: To keep your curls looking sleek, Walters says, “moisturizing shampoo and conditioner are a must.” She also notes, “you can even grab a moisturizing shampoo specifically for curls.” (Our pick is DevaCurl’s Low-Poo.)
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Haircut Tips: It all depends on how curly you’d like your hair to look. As Walters explains, your options are “very similar to the natural-wave hair type,” in that, “the shorter you go, the curlier your hair will be.”
Quick Tip: Finishing creams, oils and pomades—oh my! To keep your curls defined and moisturized, it’s okay to use these types of products, just in small doses and moderation.
Products to Use: “The key here is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize,” says Walters. “So, grab a heavy moisturizing conditioner.” She also adds the importance of masks, noting that with this hair type, you can even “use a hair mask every time you shower because it will give your hair that much more moisture.” (Did we mention to moisturize?) When you want to define the finished look of your curls, Walters recommends adding finishing creams, oils or light pomades to your shopping list.
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Haircut Tips: “When it comes to haircuts for this hair type, you really have to keep in mind that the shorter you go, the curlier your hair gets,” says Walters. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip out on haircuts altogether. “It’s important to get regular trims to keep the ends healthy,” she says.
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