How to Define Curls in Natural Black Hair

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Natural black hair can have curls defined in it to increase its visibility. Make your hair sizzle with help from a professional hairstylist in this free video.

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Hello, my name is Jazymayne Chatman, representing gLaM sQuAd LA. And today, I'm going to show you how to define the curls in natural black hair. Miss Ebony here has a beautiful head of curly hair. But sometimes, she wants to control it and define it a little more. There's several different ways you can do that, but if you're pressed for time, and you can't use water and wait for your hair to dry, one of the most common methods is to use a curling iron. Now, for different curling irons, I mean, for different hair textures of curls, you can use a really small iron for those who have really tight curls, or something like this, similar to miss Ebony's curl pattern. You also want to have a serum which is silicone based to protect the hair from the heat, and also promote shine and help mend the hair. Of course, clips, just in case you need to part in sectioning, but they're optional. A comb, because you definitely want to comb through the hair prior to curling it, and a brush, you know, just in case there's some matting, tangling, anything you need to do. Okay, I'm going to start by putting serum in Ebony's hair. Definitely want to protect her hair and make sure it's shiny. And, I'm not sure when's the last time she conditioned her hair, so you always want to put moisture in the hair prior to putting heat to protect it and make sure it's not damaged or burnt. And, you rub it all through, you put the serum in the palm of your hand, get it all over like that, and work it through. If you don't want to comb, because again, we're just defining the curls, you want to kind of rub through, and keep the curl there, and mend them kind of. That same ribbon effect, but with your hands. Okay, usually when you're defining, you want to frame the face, and you go off of what is obvious. I like to start with the curls that aren't really curled, like this one, for instance. It has more of a wave thing going. There's different methods you can use. You can start from the base, from the scalp area, and roll the hair all the way around the curling iron. This tends to be one of the easiest methods for clients, because, you know, it's not twisting and turning the iron, it's more, it feels safer to some. And then, you pull the hair out, and there you have a curl. Another method of doing it, it's like the Shirley Temple, I guess. Again, you would start from the base, but this time you open the curling iron. Believe this is the method a lot of people use as well, but either way works. But, you'll see it makes a different curl as well. Sometimes, it's fun to play with the different variations, too. Okay, now that we have a few curls in Ebony's hair, we're going to go ahead and separate them. Take the hair up like this, and separate as many sections as I'd like for it to look big and curly. There you have four. She can even separate them more, depending on the volume that you want. See? And, that's how you define curls in natural black hair.


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