How to get Beautiful, Effortless Curls on Natural Hair

Moreen Valentine | Moreen Valentine is a marketing student at Humber College and a proud member of team curly.

Let’s face it. It’s time to join #TeamCurly

Curly hair is becoming more and more popular. As many women are ditching flat irons and chemical processes to embrace their natural texture, a simple, curly routine is needed, especially for a busy student. To get beautiful, effortless curls on your natural hair, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Start Fresh  

To have perfect curls, you need to start with healthy, clean hair.

Repeat after me: Scissors are thy friend.

If your hair is damaged, the only way to ‘repair’ it is to cut it off. Hair follicles are dead proteins and do not have the ability to heal itself. With damaged hair you have two options: big chop or transition. A “big chop” is when cut off all the damaged hair at once. A “transition” is when you gradually cut off the damaged ends over an extended period of time. If you don’t have damaged hair, a simple trim will suffice.

Once you have removed your damaged hair, you need to clean your hair of all the gunky product build up. To do this you will clarify. Any silicone free shampoo that has sulfates will do. You can use any brand, high or low. My personal favourite is Herbal Essence Naked Moisture Shampoo. You can just buy a travel size as curly girls only use sulfate shampoos sparingly.

Step 2: Pamper Your Curls

Once you’ve clarified your hair and/or gave it a much needed cut or trim, you need to use quality curl friendly products. From now on you will wash your curls with a sulfate free shampoo. Why sulfate free? Sulfates are strong detergents that are found in everyday products like dish soap and laundry detergent. While they are effective at removing dirt, grime, and pollution, they also strip your natural curls of its moisture. Moisture is what gives our curls that spring and that bounce! A sulfate-free shampoo is a gentler option that will clean your hair, but will not remove its moisture.

Secondly, a weekly deep treatment is a must. Our hair is often referred to as our crown, and like royalty, it needs to be pampered with a deep conditioner. Conditioners coat the cuticle protecting our hair and temporarily masking signs of damage. Deep conditioners also increase manageability, softness and elasticity of curls.  All reasons why deep conditioners are an essential part of a curly girl’s regimen. Want to know a curly girl hack? You can make your own deep conditioner by adding coconut oil or olive oil to your regular conditioner.

Beyoncé rocking some awesome curls. Source: Google Images

Step 3: Moisturize Your Curls  

Water is the ultimate moisturizer, but a good leave is the next best thing. While still in the shower, apply your favourite leave in, coating your strands from root to tip. Characteristics of a good leave is that its first ingredient is water and it has a light consistency that won’t weigh down your curls.

Ever notice that your curls look perfect when wet, but as they dry it gets puffier and frizzier? A good gel will combat this. Applying a gel to soaking wet hair on top of your leave in will freeze your curls so it continues to look exactly like it does while wet. Dividing your hair in about 8 sections, smooth gel over your hair, going section by section. Once your hair coated with the gel, shake your head like your jamming to your favourite song. This will make your hair take on a more natural, tousled looked and remove excess water.

Taylor Swift
Animated GIF of Taylor Swift shaking her hair. Source: Tumblr

Step 5: Air Dry or Diffuse Your Curls

Once you’ve applied your leave in and gel, you can just let your hair air-dry; no other products or styling is needed. However, I live in Canada where it is winter eight months out of the year and can’t simply go outside with wet hair. So to speed up the drying process I use a hair diffuser. A diffuser is attachment you add to the nozzle of blow dryer. The diffuser helps protect your hair from heat damage by evenly spreading the heat, so it not concentrated on and potentially frying a section of your hair. Has your hair dried? If so, you’re done!


As you can see, it’s pretty easy to rock your natural, beautiful curls. Gone are the days frying your hair with chemicals or a flat-iron.   Instead simple and natural are in. Now that you’re left with awesome curls, you may find yourself taking glances of your hair whenever around reflective surfaces. Don’t be embarrassed about it, others are probably admiring your hair too.

Here are some curly hair resources:

Naturally Curly –

Curly Girl: The Handbook –


Ladies, who is your favourite curly celebrity that you’d like swap strands with? Sound off below.



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