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Last updated: December 20, 2023

Curly Styling: How To Get Defined Curls With One Product

The Keys to Hand Styling Curls—Here’s How It Works! 

Looking for a foolproof way to style any client’s curls without tools? Save these pro tips below from celebrity curl expert and salon owner Christin Brown (@curlfactor). Learn why saturation is key, her go-to styling product and tips for even application below! 


To watch the tutorial that recreates these shiny, defined curls—CLICK HERE!

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4 Curly Styling Takeaways: 

1. Saturation is key: Applying product to wet hair—meaning, sopping wet hair, is key to even product distribution. Even if your client just showered or left the bowl in the salon, Christin explains, “The moment you get out of the shower, your hair is already starting to dry. That’s why I re-saturate wet hair with a spray bottle before applying product.”


Pro Tip: Educate your clients as you style. Instruct them to try applying product while still in the shower if they want to skip the spray bottle step.


2. Choose products with slip: “Curly clients need slippery types of products/stylers,” Christin explains. That’s why her product of choice is OLAPLEX No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum. “This gives us a slip and makes the detangling process easier, especially if you have someone with a tender scalp. Navigation through the head is so much better,” she adds. “This is definitely one my favorite products of all time.”


Try OLAPLEX No.9 yourself for foolproof curly styling!


3. Use your hands as your main tools: Hands provide a more gentle and controlled detangling process. “When we use tools, we tend to over-separate the curls and we lose the clumping effect, those happy curls that literally chunk together,” Christin says.


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4. The squish test: When you’re finished applying product, allow the hair to gather in your hands and squish: You should hear it! “If it doesn’t make that squishy sound, you probably don’t have enough water in the hair,” Christin explains.


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Try Christin’s favorite curly styling product—shop OLAPLEX No.9 here!


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