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Curly Hair Do's & Don'ts

Learn some important do's and don'ts of styling curly hair from John Barrett Salon hair artist Dhiran Mistry in this Howcast video.

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Hi everybody. My name's Dhiran Mistry and I work for John Barrett Salon in Bergdorf Goodman. Today I'm with Cassie and we're going to talk about the dos and don't s with curly hair. As you can see Cassie has a great, great head of curly hair, but in order to keep them we don't want to play with them to much. A massive don't would be not to play with them, not to brush them, and not to comb them. When your hair is wet you want to be able to keep and maintain as much curl and definition in the hair. I recommend putting in some really good conditioner or some curl creme and leave it in. If you want to speed up the dry process, than you can use a diffuser, that will help enhance the curl and dry it a lot quicker than leaving it to dry naturally. When you sleep, that's another time when hair can get really messed, so first major, major tip to help, by using silk pillowcase. A silk pillowcase will be less abrasive for the curls, and it sounds quite disgusting, but it will absorb more of the sweat. Another thing you'll want to do, while you're sleeping, is maybe turn your hair upside down and tie it up in a way that it doesn't mess up the curls to much. What I'm going to do is flip Cassie's head over and just grab the hair into a loose ponytail, and just twist it like so, grab a pin like this, and just drop the pin in. This way when you sleep the only thing that is going to be touching the pillow will be the underneath parts of your hair. This will stop it from getting to, to frizzy. This is a really effective way of keeping the curl. The other thing you shouldn't be doing everyday is shampooing it. Its generally, depending on your hair type . . . If your hair type is really, really fine then grease is going to become visible on the roots, so you really want to wash it every three, four, or five days at the most. The best thing to do is while you're taking a shower or washing is to wet it down and put some conditioner through it, but you do not need to shampoo it. Because, shampooing will clean it out, take all the essential oils out, and ruin all of the definition that you have.

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