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Textures & Curls Trends with ALTERNA Ambassador Sabrina Dijkman

Curly hair go-to’s for perfect styling 

Curly hair has never been more popular as women the world over are learning more and embracing their natural texture. Gone are the days of curls being ‘challenging’ or ‘wild’ – that rhetoric is over! Today is all about beautiful curls, from the loosest of waves to the tightest of coils. Here are just some of the looks your curly clients will be rocking this season.

Banging curls

Bangs and fringes have often seemed out of sync with curly styles, but as cutting techniques have changed – and as ‘70s styling re-emerges – it’s easy to see why a fringe works so well with curly hair. From retro looks from the likes of disco icon Donna Summer’s wedge-shaped bob with short fringe and Stevie Nicks with her tousled, curly fringe, to today’s style leader Solange and her heavy wavy fringe, this style works best with shoulder length curls.

Product recommendation – My Hair. My Canvas. More Butter Masque 

Symmetrical bobs

For anyone who mostly loves to wear their curls out, it’s important that the style works with their lifestyle and daily demands. A bob is a brilliant option for curly hair and works for anyone with jaw-length and longer hair. The reason the hair needs to be at least jaw-length is because curls have a tendency to bounce back up – and the more coily the hair, the bigger the bounce! The key to making the most of a curly bob is products that help to define and lengthen the curl, ensuring the bounce-back isn’t too extreme. 

Product recommendation –  My Hair. My Canvas. Loosen Up Curl Elongator 

Brush it out

This trend isn’t for everybody; in fact many curly hair types would never dream of brushing out their curls. But, when they are done right, brushed-out curls look stunning, creating the most beautiful shapes. This frizzy, textured style works best on long hair and when it comes to inspiration, you can look at Diana Ross in the ‘70s or Kelly Rowland today – frizz is no longer a negative and is in fact encouraged when it comes to this soft silhouette.

Product recommendation – My Hair. My Canvas. Begin Again Curl Shampoo and Conditioner 

Braids and ponies

Braids have a very rich history; many years ago they were used to signify various tribes, names and even professions, and over time, women of colour have adopted braids as a way to protect their precious curls. These could range from the tiniest micro braids plaited directly onto the scalp, to super long and thick box braids that go all the way to the waist. For others, braids are the perfect go-to for holiday hair and festival options. French plaits and fishtail braids are a great option as they also allow for additional embellishment by way of clips, ribbons and glitter.

Product recommendation – My Hair. My Canvas. My Way Curl Defining Gel 

Sculptural topknots 

The beauty of curly hair lies in its ability to be whipped into sculptural shapes that can truly enhance any face shape, but as the weather heats up, sometimes it’s preferable to wear curls away from the face. A super easy go-to is of course, the topknot. Depending on the texture of the curls, a topknot can be worn quite loosely with stray strands around the hairline, or it can be twisted and slicked for a sculptural, cone-shaped creation. The possibilities are endless when it comes to curls. 

Product recommendation – My Hair. My Canvas. My Way Curl Defining Gel