Mad About Techniques

STYLING TECHNIQUES FOR WAVES & CURLS

Diffusing

TECHNIQUE #1: Diffusing

The easiest and best way to specifically dry textured hair without producing frizz, in order to achieve ultra-defined waves or curls.

 

Step 1: After washing the hair, use a microfibre towel to remove excess moisture from the hair. Make sure you blot the hair instead of rubbing it, as it decreases the risk of frizz.

 

Step 2: Apply your favourite Mad About styling products section-by-section.

 

Step 3: Use a diffuser on a low heat to evenly diffuse the hair through the curls, without breaking the hair pattern. Always face the diffuser upwards to encourage definition and volume. Tilt your head sideways to ease the process. You won't need to completely dry the hair – leaving it to air dry is very good for achieving a frizz-free texture.

 

Step 4: Apply Mad About Curls Quencher Oil Milk and crunch the hair for lasting definition without frizz.

TECHNIQUE #2: Pineappling

This easy method will encourage bouncy, defined curls in the morning with a few simple steps. Suitable for curls that tend to frizz and lose definition.

 

Step 1: Apply your favourite Mad About styling product to damp hair section-by-section.

 

Step 2: Gather all hair at the top of the head in a high, but very loose pony tail, pulling the hair through the holder (e.g. bungee band).

 

Step 3: Use a silk scarf as a holder for the sides and let it dry (overnight ideally) in this position.

 

Step 4: After drying, remove the scarf and pony tail holder to reveal the hair. Apply Mad About Curls Quencher Oil Milk and spend the next 5 minutes gently coaxing the hair back down with your fingers.

Pineappling
Plopping

TECHNIQUE #3: Plopping

This is a drying technique using a microfibre towel or a t-shirt that will shape your curls and waves by keeping them well-defined after they dry. Suitable for curls that tend to become flat at the roots and loose definition.

 

Step 1: Start with freshly wet hair and thoroughly saturate your hair with your Mad About moisturising and styling products.

 

Step 2: Lay the microfibre towel on a chair or counter and place the bottom of the towel at the nape of your neck.

 

Step 3: Tie the towel ends in a knot behind your head and tuck any loose ends and tighten your knot until it feels secure.

 

Step 4: Leave for 10-20 minutes, then diffuse or air dry. Alternatively, you can sleep with the towel/t-shirt in your hair and untie it in the morning.

TECHNIQUE #4: Bantu Knot

Bantu knots on curly and wavy hair are a great hairstyle when you are growing your curls or looking for a simple, efficient way to tame curly hair or encourage wavy hair into large, soft waves.

 

Step 1: After washing the hair, separate it into four parts.

 

Step 2: Apply Mad About Two-Way Conditioner on the hair and gently comb through each section.

 

Step 3: After combing through and tying it back up, part each section according to the amount of bantu knots you'd like in each one.

 

Step 4: Using your hair tie, tightly tie one of your smaller sections creating a ponytail. Then separate that ponytail into two once it's securely in the hair tie. Once you have your two pieces of hair in your hands, begin a two-strand twist.

 

Step 5: After twisting the two strands together, take the whole twist and twist it in a knot clockwise and secure it with a bobby pin or tuck it under the knot.

 

Step 6: Let hair dry overnight and remove in the morning.

Bantu Knot
Coiling

TECHNIQUE #5: Coiling

Finger coils are a great option for naturally curly or wavy hair of all lengths.

 

Step 1: Start off with freshly cleansed, wet hair that is separated into small sections. Apply Mad About Curls Twister Definition Cream or Waves Beauty Balm to each section.

 

Step 2: Comb the section with the fingers or a brush to distribute the product evenly and encourage your curls to clump.

 

Step 3: Hold the section in one hand and use the fingers of your other hand to separate a small piece. With your free hand, use your index finger to wrap the small piece of hair around it whilst moving your finger down the hair shaft.

 

Step 4: Continue to separate more small pieces from your section, finger coiling each one until all the hair in that section has been defined. Once you are done with that section, move on to the next section, repeating the steps above. Leave to dry naturally or diffuse.