Love your curls

Angela D'Amario finds the perfect product for her curls Redken's Curvaceous  
DolceDolce’s Angela D’Amario finds a new product that helps her get perfect, bouncy curls. Here’s Angela:

If you have curly or wavy hair, you know how difficult it can be to find the perfect balance in hair products.  I mean finding products that create curls that are non-frizzy, non-crunchy but are still bouncy. If you have loose curls as I do, the wrong products either weigh your hair down or do not control your curls enough. The look is less than flattering. Here are a few tips to help you love your curls, as I have learned to do:
Find the right products for you
I've tried almost every product on the market designed for curly hair, and find all are absolutely not created equal. Recently, I found a line that is magical for my thick, dry wavy hair. For the last two weeks, I've been using Redken's Curvaceous Full Swirl cream and serum and Curvaceous Wind Up spray.  From day one, people complimented me on my hair. They asked what I had done differently.
I have found that most products which promise to "revive curls “fall short.”  I put the Curvaceous Wind Up to the test and sprayed it on my slightly limp locks before a night out dancing.  To my surprise, it actually helped my curls bounce back without the usual evening frizz. Strangers complimented my hair, even after hours of dancing.

Curvaceous is a complete collection of hair care products from Redken with an “exclusive Curl Memory Complex and the Interlock Protein Network (IPN)”. It is my new must-have beauty product. The line has all types of ingredients including sugar crystals, "mooring oil", and UV filters that nourish and protect all types of curly hair.
Regardless of what products you use, here are a few tips to make sure your curls are frizz-free, bouncy, and shiny:

Avoid brushes

To create beautiful ringlets of curls, I recommend using only a wide-toothed comb in the shower after you've conditioned, to untangle your hair.  Once out of the shower, run the product through your hair using only your fingers.  Because curly hair is more prone to breakage, you want to treat your tresses as gently as possible.

Cold water is your friend

Curly hair can often look less than silky, and rinsing your hair with hot water can lead to that dreaded "dried out" look.  After you've shampooed and conditioned, rinse your hair with cold water to close your hair's cuticles. This seals in moisture and leaves your hair less prone to frizz. That nice dose of cold water in the morning will also wake you up!

Put product in your hair as soon as you can

As many of you with curly hair know, the more your hair dries, the less chance the product will have on it.  As it dries naturally, your hair will form whatever curl pattern it likes, instead of the one your products are designed to help create for you.  To get pretty loose curls, put the product in your hair when it's soaking wet out of the shower, instead of 30 minutes later. This can make all the difference.

Leave your hair alone

Once you've put in products and scrunched or "worked" your curls while wet, you'll find the best results come from leaving your hair alone. Let the curls form naturally as your hair dries.  I can attest to the fact that the more I touch my hair throughout the day the worse it looks.

Embrace your curl
Too often, we find those of us with curly hair wish for straight hair, and work hard to straighten it by over processing or "ironing" it.  Curly hair is delicate, and the last thing you want to be left with is damaged hair that no longer forms your once-perfect curls. Appreciate what you have, and treat it right.
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