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Last updated: July 15, 2022

4 Tips For Defined Curls To Try Right Now

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Curl Definition: Fast Tutorials & Styling Techniques

We know what curly clients want—bouncy, natural curls with definition (and moisture!). Are you ready to deliver? We’ve got you. Here are the need-to-know pro tips and styling cheats curly hair experts are sharing on Instagram!


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1. Finger-Coiling Technique

Defined curls in a few fast steps? Here’s a simple breakdown you can use in the salon and send clients home with to add to their at-home routines from @brenda_beauty


  1. Start with a finger-coiling technique. Grab a section, twist around your finger and shake it—you will visually be able to see the curls form. 
  2. If you’re on a time crunch, focus on the front face-framing pieces and crown area. 
  3. Scrunch the hair with this cocktail: Ouidad Featherlight Styling Cream and Heat and Humidity Gel
  4. Air-dry or diffuse… how easy! 


Watch the #btcquickie below!

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2. How To Carry Curls From Day 1 👉 Day 2

Your clients love the way their hair looks the second they walk out of the salon, but what about… day TWO? Send them home with this quickie “overnight” regimen.


  1. Scrunch Moroccanoil®️ Treatment into curls 
  2. Gather hair into a loose ponytail or bun at the crow and wrap with a silk scarf (or sleek on a pillowcase!)
  3. Add a small amount of Moroccanoil®️ Intense Curl Cream for overnight moisture
  4. Sleep on it!
  5. The next morning, apply Moroccanoil®️ Volumizing Mist
  6. If you want to add finishing details, diffuse or detail with a curling iron


Pro Tip: A little education goes a LONG way with client retention. Educate clients on how to maintain bouncy, defined curls. This builds trust and they will want to use the products you recommend.


Watch this overnight tutorial from @hair.heroine!

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Related: Do THIS to achieve frizz-free, natural curls


3. Smooth Curls: Here’s a Trick! 

Defined curls that are smooth all the way through to the ends—is there anything better? Here’s how @cokothenatural achieves this curl by curl. 


Here are a few key tips:

  • Take small sections for more definition. 
  • Single out individual curls and smooth from roots to ends to help them clump.
  • Frizzy ends? Create an open fist with your hand and let the curls slide through. 


Pro Tip: “Tools help where your fingers don’t,” adds Nicole. “The roots will not lay down if not properly detangled.” That’s why she uses a Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush.


Watch the process step-by-step!

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Related: Curly Clients’ Summer Guide To Healthy Hair



4. Do THIS After Curly Haircuts & Color Services

You just finished a new haircut or curly balayage service, now what? Here’s how @emanuelevonahair achieves glossy, defined curls and waves. 


  1. Apply Alfaparf Milano Semi Di Lino Hydrating Co-Wash to cleanse (without foam!)
  2. Next, hydrate and strengthen curls with the Semi Di Lino Enhancing Mask
  3. Rinse off the mask, apply Semi Di Lino Enhancing Conditioner Leave-In to detangle and define the curls or waves
  4. Give curls the “gloss effect” clients want with Semi Di Lino Multibenefit Oil
  5. Finish by drying the hair 


Get every step in the curl definition tutorial below. 

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Play This On Repeat: So Satisfying! 

I like to describe my curl defining service as a mix between a wash [and] go and coils,” shares @ebenyhenderson. Let’s just say that the comment section agrees—we could watch this video all day long. 


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