Learning how to design your curls is a certifiable skill – there are just as many variables as you need to get right, from styling cream to comb. To help you take care of your curls like a pro, we talked to celeb hairdresser and curly hair guru, Hos Hounkpatin, the amazing stylist behind the wonderful curls of celebrities like Jourdan Dunn, Winnie Harlow, Ashely Graham, Keke Palmer and Joan Smalls. He spilled his best rules for hair styling, his fave products and current styling obsessions.
At & # 39; Hairstyling Secrets
1. Look for lightweight products: “I usually make sure I don't use products that are too heavy. I personally like Balmain Curl Cream, $ 45, as it is very lightweight and works on all hair types. It shows the structure of the natural hair without looking too frizzy. "
2. Diffuse your curls: “I also routinely diffuse the hair into low heat pressure, or I choose to air dry, explains Hos. We want to do both to reduce styling time – after wrapping a microfiber towel, allow the hair to air dry until it is 50% dry and then use a diffuser on a low heat setting. Always remember to connect the diffuser upwards to the scalp and hold it for 10-20 seconds to reduce the ripple. Do not dry your hair completely to maintain the lid's health. Oh, and try not to touch the hair with your hands!
3. Turn your curls: "For a very tight curl, I like to turn the hair section by section after applying the light curl to define the structure, and then either let it air dry or diffuse with low heat," says Hos.
How to blow dry your curls
“I recommend applying a light cream to the hair, then use a wide toothbrush and run it through the hair. Then finish with a diffuser at a low heat level and low speed for a perfect curl style. "Hos told me he loves using Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer, $ 349, for low heat and low speed pressure.
At & # 39; Must-Have Styling Products
OUAI Hair Oil, $ 28: This oil helps smooth frizz by sealing at split ends for a super smooth finish. The formula is packed with African Galangal, Ama and Asian borage oils that will hydrate your curls and leave them hopeful and full of life.
Vernon François Curl Command Balm, $ 40: This conditioner is a non-brain for curly hair. Formulated with an uber-moisturizing blend of coconut oil, oats, olives and sunflower seed extracts, it will repair damaged hair follicles as you define and shape your curls.
Boucleme Super Hold Styler, $ 16 This styler delivers definition, holding and shining to curls or kinky locks without weighing them down. Just make sure you apply it to wet hair for maximum effect.
Virtue Polish Unfrizz Cream, $ 40: This leave-in treatment helps to eliminate frizz, which keeps the hair soft and defined. The formula also has a patented protein to strengthen the hair and smooth cracks along the cuticles.
Oribe Styling Butter Curl Enhancing, $ 46: This super nutritious blend of shea butter and avocado oil will hydrate your hair and control the ripple while adding definition to coily curls.
2 curly hairstyles you need to try and how to do it
Since Hos is designing some of Instagram's hottest IT girls, we had to ask him about his go-to styles right now. Here are three of his favorites:
70s hair vibes on Imaan Hammam
Hos explains; “First, I used a padded brush to smooth out Iman's natural texture. Then I applied a heat shield from Virtue Labs called Create 6-in-1 Styler, $ 32, and with a half-inch curling iron I worked through her hair section by section. The key to this look is to switch the iron from left to right in different directions. Afterwards, I use my fingers to separate the lids, to make them more extensive. Finally, I set out the look with L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray, $ 11! "
No-Heat Up Do at Keke Palmer
“Starting this look was a challenge because Keke did not want heat to be applied to her hair. I love this look because it is a hairstyle without heat that all women can achieve. First I brushed out her textured hair with a soft brush. I applied Design Essential Sleek MAX Edge Control, $ 12, to the hair, it helped to create a soft modern look without using heat! The edge control also helps keep the flight down and keeps the structure very clean. "
At & # 39; Fave Hair Trend right now:
“Personally, I'm really into the 50s and 60s hairstyle with a modern touch. Something elegant and elegant like Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor … I love the very classic look. But for the moment, I love the smooth hair that is connected to a braid and the fresh texture undoes the look. "
For more tips on curly hair, read our guide to curly hair here.