7 Tricks to Get Gorgeous Curls

7 Tricks to Get Gorgeous Curls

How good is your curl game? Check out the top styling techniques every curl girl should have in her vocabulary. You might learn a new thing or two—and get shiny, smooth curls in the process!

1. The “Baggy” Technique

Infuse your curls with extra moisture by applying a small amount of moisturizer, such as a leave-in treatment, primarily on the ends. Cover your head with a plastic processing cap and let it to sit for at least 15 minutes. Do not rinse. Then, style as usual!

2. Clumping or Smoothing

Give your curls more definition and less frizz with some help from your hands. After applying your styling products, glide your palms through your hair in a downward motion to encourage their natural curl alignment and clumping.

3. Pineapple

Want pretty second-day curls? Use a fabric scrunchie to loosely hold your hair in a high ponytail before you go to sleep. It will help prevent tangles and preserve shape and definition overnight.

4. Plopping

Wrap your wet curls in a T-shirt, turban-style, to expedite drying time and help reduce frizz. This method also helps boost your curl's natural shape. Bonus: You can plop your curls overnight.

5. Condition

Reduce moisture loss after the cleansing process by adding oil or a conditioner to your curls. Use Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Conditioner, after shampoo, which features a blend of macadamia, jojoba and coconut oils.

6. Scrunch

This popular styling trick helps your curls in two different ways. When you gather small sections of your hair in your hands and delicately squish them in an upward motion, you encourage curl clumping and soften any hardness from your styling product, also called SOTC or “scrunch out the crunch”.

7. Shingle

Need help defining your kinky, coily curls? Twist clean, conditioned hair into sections and use your fingers to evenly rake product throughout each section. Work in layers, starting from bottom to top, applying product as you go.