5 Rules for the Softest Curls

5 Rules for the Softest Curls

What’s the best way to get soft and bouncy curls? Keep them hydrated and always remember to deal with post-styling product crunch. Lucky for you, these spiral-approved styling techniques help prevent dryness, damage and can leave your curls looking defined and feeling silky in the process.

Rake & Shake

Define your natural curl pattern by raking a lightweight styler with a lot of slip through your hair. Garnier Fructis Curl Stretch Loosening Pudding conditions while styling—thanks to a formula infused with hydrating coconut oil. Grasping your ends, shake the length of your hair back and forth; this movement encourages curl separation and removes product crunch, leaving you with softer curls.


LOC stands for leave-in conditioner, oil and cream. It’s a layering formula that delivers lasting moisture and definition to your curls. After washing, style with a leave-in conditioner like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream Leave-in Treatment. Next, layer an oil through your strands, and then finish with a curling cream to seal in hydration.

Praying Hands

Crunchy product gets in the way of lush curls. With this technique, you can evenly distribute your styling product from root to tip without overdoing any section. Prep your palms with a hydrating gel like Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpt Conditioning Cream Gel and place a section of your hair in between both hands. Slide your hands down from the roots to the ends. You can also use this technique with oil over dry hair to stretch out the hair and add long-lasting smoothness.


Co-washing consists of washing your curls with conditioner instead of shampoo to help boost moisture levels. A conditioner like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Conditioner can provide mild cleansing and smoothing. Just swap it for your regular shampoo step. Apply the conditioner from the roots upwards; detangle, massage and rinse to reveal refreshed, soft hair.


This gentle drying method gets rid of excess water without making your curls dry and frizzy. All you need to do is wrap up your wet and styled hair in a soft T-shirt or microfiber towel and wait until it’s almost completely dry. Why a T-shirt, you wonder? Regular towels can be abrasive on the hair strands, so a gentle fabric is best to keep them looking soft.