Here at, we are lucky enough to have a panel of experts to sound off on very important hair and makeup topics. Today, for example, we asked hair guru Craig Wcislo of LuxeLab Salon in Santa Monica, California to give us the scoop on how to care for curly hair.

Curly Hair

There’s a change in the air! Lately, we’ve been seeing a universal embracing of natural, curly texture on both the runways and the streets. You’ve probably spent the last 10 years, flat ironing or running to blow dry bars on the regular because you’re scared of taming the curly beast yourself, right? Well, now it’s time to let your curls fly free. However, if you don’t know how to tame them properly, you can look a mess. I want to help you rock loose, natural waves and sometimes that starts with identifying the key problems. Check out the common hair care mistakes that could be wreaking havoc on your natural waves.

You’re Shampooing Too Often

Have you heard of the “no-poo” movement? Well, it was made for you. Curly hair doesn’t allow the natural lipids to move down the hair shaft, making textured locks more dry by nature. Throw chronic shampooing into the mix and you've got a recipe for frazzled, parched hair. I recommend trying a cleansing conditioner like Kérastase Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal, as it’s designed to remove debris and products, but is derived of 75 percent conditioner to nourish your waves, not strip them.

You’re Towel-Drying

Stop all that rubbing and rough-handling! After cleansing and conditioning, wrap a microfiber towel (an old T-shirt works, too!) around your hair, twisting it to absorb water, but never rubbing it or toweling it off.

You’re Using the Wrong Leave-In Products

Using the wrong hair care formulas can have a significant effect on your hair. For fine hair you want to strengthen and make fuller, try Shu Uemura Kaze Wave Sensual Curl Texturizing Mousse. Apply starting from the scalp and working to the ends to provide lift and structure to the curl. For thicker hair, coat the hair with a heavier cream-based product like Kérastase Creme Oleo-Curl. This will weigh down your hair and control the volume of your curl.

You’re Working on the Surface

When going for shinier manes, we often don’t work past the surface. Typically, we use silicone-infused products for shine. A silicone sits on the surface of the hair, helping smooth down the cuticle to create shine. This is all well and good, but I recommend going deeper and trying a nutritional oil, like L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Original Oil, which is actually absorbed into the hair, nourishing from within, controlling frizz and creating glistening ringlets.

You Don’t Dampen Your Hair Between Styling

When you sleep, your curl pattern gets disturbed, even on a satin pillowcase. In the morning, I recommend dampening your hair in the shower and running a conditioner through the lengths (not the roots). Voila! Your curl is restored. You can also just slightly dampen your hair with wet hands, add a leave-in moisturizer, dampen the hair again and reform the curls.

You Don’t Have Products on Stand-By

All you ladies with curly hair should have a small container of leave-in moisture with you at all times. Remember, frizz is just your hair reaching out for more moisture! Keep a product like Kérastase Ultime Sérum Solide in your bag to soothe your ends when they decide to fly away.

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