Hair How-To: Corinne Bailey Rae’s Cascading Curls
Love Corinne's hair from this year's Brit Awards? Here's how to get it.
Since most celebs usually strut down the red-carpet wearing slick blowouts and fussy updos, it’s so refreshing to see a lady embrace her natural texture.
Curls are as much of a lifestyle as they are a daily ‘do choice. If you love Corinne’s ringlets and want to try to let your own run free, here’s how to do it.
Commit, Commit, Commit
Having good curls means living the curly life. Throw away your combs, brushes, blow dryers and thick towels. Treating your curls gently helps reduce frizzing and breakage. Detangle hair in the shower by finger-combing while your conditioner works. To dry, gently blot hair with a paper towel or a thin hand towel—don’t use thick terry cloth because it’s too absorbent and the fabric loops will disturb curls.
And to get really great curls, don’t ever pick up a brush or blow dryer again. Unfortunately, straightening can cause dryness, breakage, and damage, and it makes going back to curly that much more difficult.
Condition, Condition, Condition
Curly hair is naturally dry, so moisturize as often as possible, and try to avoid styling products with alcohol, which tend to exacerbate dryness. To cleanse without stripping essential oils, use a gentle wash like Ouidad Curl Recovery Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil, which is sulfate- and paraben-free, then follow with a thick, rich conditioner like Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner.
Gone are the days when curly girls could just slather on some Dippity Do—specialized styling products are readily available, and there’s something for every type of curl. Style fine, Caucasian curls with a lightweight mousse like DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam followed by DevaCurl Light Defining Gel an alcohol-free gel that imparts light hold without weighing hair down or making it crunchy.
For kinky or African-American hair (like Corinne’s), apply a curl cream like Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue ($22 at Missjessies.com) to mositurize, de-frizz, and define curls, then twist or finger-style as necessary.
When curly hair is drying, don’t touch, scrunch, fluff, or fuss—just allow it to air-dry for the most frizz-free look. If you’re tight on time and need a little extra help, make sure to use a diffuser on your blow dryer.