How to Get Natural African-American Hair to Hold a Curl

Get loose curls like singer Michelle Williams wore to the 2011 Billboard awards.

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Even though African-American hair is naturally curly, the curls are usually super-tight and even coily. The texture, even when hair has been relaxed, makes holding a larger curl often difficult. Such news can be discouraging to African-American hotties who want to sport a loose, curly coif. Fortunately, it is possible to create a curly ‘do at home with help from a few products. Once you are done, you can display your curl power proudly.


Apply mousse to your freshly washed damp hair if you are going for a voluminous curly look. Squirt a dollop into your palm, then apply it to your roots and through to your tips.


Place rollers in your hair if you are looking for a soft curl. Separate 2-inch sections of hair and place the roller at the ends. Wrap your hair around the roller away from your face and stop when you reach your head. Perform this technique throughout your entire head. Allow your hair to air-dry to reduce damage. Spray your rolled hair with hair spray, then remove each roller. Flip your hair over and apply additional spray to your mane for added volume and holding power. Run your fingers through your hair to separate the curls for a soft finish.


If you desire glamorous, tight curls or ringlets, opt for a curling iron. But first apply mousse to freshly washed damp hair. Let it dry naturally. Wrap a 1-inch section of hair around a small curling iron and hold the iron vertically for no more than 10 seconds to create cute, corkscrew curls. Repeat this process on your entire mane, until every tress is curled. Separate the curls with your fingers or let them stay as they are. Finish the look by applying setting and shine spray to your mane.

Things You'll Need



3.Hair spray

5.Setting and shine spray


4.Curling iron


Tips & Tricks


Leave-in conditioners are helpful in moisturizing African-American hair; they keep your mane healthy and manageable.


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