Typecasting: Kinky Curls

Curl Profile  This curl pattern is more of a zig-zag, Z-pattern, as opposed to a rounded curl. Of all the curl types, kinky curls have the most uniform pattern throughout the head. And, kinky curls have beautiful, moldable volume. “Once you’re able to add the moisture back in, and learn how to guide those kinky curls into a formation, it’s a really exciting hair texture,” says Moser. “Right now, it’s a truly empowering time for kinky-curl girls. They’re fully embracing their natural hair texture.” 

Curl Pitfalls  “The zig-zag curl pattern makes this curl type the thirstiest of all the curls. “You always want to think about adding back moisture,” says Moser. “This curl type responds beautifully to natural oils that fully absorb into the hair.” Also, shy away from silicones that make the hair shiny, but live on top of the hair, preventing moisture from seeping into the strands.

 

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Ouidad Curl Immersion No-Lather Coconut Cream Cleansing Conditioner removes any build up on delicate kinky curls, while enveloping extremely dry hair in rich, hydrating oils. “Quarter off the head, and work in small sections,” says Moser. “Start with a dollop a little larger than a quarter, and add water to help move and emulsify the product.”
 
Ouidad Curl Immersion Low-Lather Coconut Cleansing Conditioner has very little foam, but still refreshes the hair, removing build up and dirt. A blend of natural oils softens and detangles kinky curls. “Keep in mind, this co-wash is really concentrated,” says Moser. “Before you go back to the pump for more product, try adding a little more water.”
 
Ouidad Curl Immersion Silky Soufflé Setting Crème primes and softens kinky curls with emollient Mafura butter. The cream quickly hydrates and elongates curls prior to and during styling. “This is very moisturizing product. I like to use my fingertips and the length of my hand to work it into the hair,” says Moser. “You can also twirl this product around your fingers, actually setting the curl in place, giving zig-zag pattern hair a more defined shape.”
 
Ouidad Curl Immersion Hi-Defining Custard is a weightless oil-in-gel moisturizing styler that’s formulated with nourishing Kalahari melon seed oil. “It’s ideal for wash-and-go styles, braid-outs, and curly styles,” says Moser. “With kinky curls, you’re not going to use the ‘Rake & Shake’ method, but instead use your palms and hands to really work the product into the hair.”
 
Ouidad Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner is the perfect, pampering service for kinky curls. It deeply penetrates the hair shaft, restoring the curls’ natural shape with coconut and grapeseed oils. “I put this on a client and put them under the dryer for a few minutes,” says Moser. “After you rinse with cool water, sealing down the cuticle, there’s so much moisture in the hair, it feels extremely soft.”

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