Part of the beauty of curly hair is the versatility when it comes to styling it. And while there is a learning curve when it comes to understanding the needs of curly, textured, or wavy hair, once you’ve mastered the art of styling and caring for it, the options are endless. So how do you master it? Hairstylist Vernon François, who counts celebs Serena Williams and Lupita Nyong’o as clients, knows more than a thing or two about all hair types and is here to help you discover the full potential of your natural texture. First, forget what you thought you knew about curly or textured hair. François dispels a few hair myths below and suggests alternative advice below to keep in mind while styling.
1. Embrace frizz. “I’ve found that people try to run away from frizz rather than embrace it and recognize that it’s part of the DNA of texture,” François says. “We’ve been told to suppress frizz for so long that we’ve lost the will to look at its benefits, [like how it] plays a vital role in getting your hair to that big, fluffy, beautiful, soft, elegant, authentic space.”
2. Don’t force a look. “Each day your curls will speak to you in a different way, and it’s important to recognize that and engage with them,” he says. “Confidence has a big part to play in that. I often find if you try to over-style or force your curls to do something they don’t want to do, you’ll have a style that doesn’t look authentic. Curly hair is not designed to look finished, whatever that finish may be. It’s designed to enhance its true beauty and be glorious within that.”
3. Be patient. “I’m always struck by what curl you can bring to life when you have a combination of the right products and patience,” he says. “What I always say is never do your hair if you’re in an angry mood, because you’ll rush it, you’ll break the ends, and you’ll just be angry. Put some music on, put your favorite track on, dance away, and I guarantee you’ll have the best hair day of your life.”
4. Do less. “It sounds cliche, but the motto is less is more,” François says. “Applying [product to] it, brushing it, diffusing it, combing it through to make sure it’s even, and just leaving it. It’s as simple as that.”