The lazy girl’s guide to curls

Your curly-hair styling rou­tine is about to be­come a lot more straight­for­ward!

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some­where be­tween the third round of con­di­tioner and the first 20 min­utes un­der a dif­fuser, your arms start to shake, your brow starts to sweat and the whole op­er­a­tion seems very much not worth it. You know what is worth it? Cut­ting out all the steps you don’t need. Con­sider this your great hair cheat sheet.

WASH­ING

Lazy­ish If you un­der­stand the time­suck that is rak­ing sham­poo through mat­ted, snarled curls, try switch­ing the or­der of your shower line-up. “Con­di­tion the hair from root to tip and let it sit for five min­utes be­fore you sham­poo,” says hair­styl­ist Kim Kim­ble. “It makes things eas­ier.” Af­ter show­er­ing, run a leave-in con­di­tioner through your curls, es­pe­cially if they tend to be dry or frizzy.

Lazier As with brunch and sex­er­cise, it can some­times be more ef­fi­cient to com­bine ac­tiv­i­ties. Co-wash­ing means fold­ing sham­poo and con­di­tioner into just one lather and rinse. Take your co-wash combo (cleans­ing cream works, too), smooth about eight pumps’ worth over soaked hair and rinse af­ter five min­utes. You should skip ac­tual sham­poo for only a few days, though. Once or twice a week, your scalp and hair need a sul­phate-free sham­poo to re­move dirt and buildup, says Kim.

Lazi­est Dry sham­poo is the ob­vi­ous choice here, but it’s not go­ing to do any­thing for your curls, which may need some re­shap­ing dur­ing the week. Mist them with a curl-re­fresh­ing spray and scrunch it in. Or DIY your own by mix­ing four parts wa­ter with one part con­di­tioner. For loose, wavy curls, braid your hair into two to four sec­tions be­fore damp­en­ing, says hair­styl­ist Mara Roszak. When you get to work, take them out for re­freshed waves.

DRY­ING

Lazy­ish It can take a long time to blow-dry curls with a dif­fuser, so speed things up. Af­ter ap­ply­ing styling cream or gel to wet hair, squeeze out as much mois­ture as you can with a mi­crofi­bre towel, then blow-dry with a dif­fuser us­ing medium heat and air­flow. (Don’t crank up the set­tings to save time; it’ll make curls frizz or lose their shape.)

Lazier “Spend three to five min­utes with the dif­fuser to get your hair halfway dry, and then let the rest just air-dry,” says hair­styl­ist Jen Atkin. You just want to set the ini­tial curl pat­tern with heat for def­i­ni­tion. Fo­cus on the roots if you have kinky curls and on the ends for looser spi­rals. Lazi­est You guessed it: air-dry your hair. Scrunch waves and ringlets pe­ri­od­i­cally to en­cour­age full­ness and shape. If you have tight coils, sec­tion your hair and twist them into knots (small twisted buns) while your hair is still damp, be­fore bed. “The roots will dry re­ally well overnight and the rest will dry much faster in the morn­ing,” says Kim.

STYLING

If you have coarse, tight curls Twirl damp hair into small two-strand twists (you should have about 16-20 twists in to­tal). “It’s a cool, clas­sic dread­lock look that you can leave in as long as you like,” says hair­styl­ist Chuck Amos. And when you take it out, you’ve got de­fined curls.

If you have loose waves

De­fine your bends with a flat­iron. Hold it near the roots of a small sec­tion and, as you glide it down, ro­tate the flat­iron out and away from your head, says Mara. A few cen­time­tres down, twist it in the op­po­site di­rec­tion and re­peat un­til you reach the ends.

If you have ringlets Shape them while you sleep. Pin spi­rals up on top of your head at night and they’ll look de­fined the next day. If any pieces need ex­tra help, twirl them around a curl­ing rod that’s about the same di­am­e­ter as your nat­u­ral curl.

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