Frizz is a curl begging for moisture. So the trick is to add and maintain that hydration to keep your curls happy. What we use to cleanse, as well as how often we cleanse, can be working against us by depleting that moisture, or we can maintain hydration by gently cleansing our hair and scalp. As long as you use water soluble products, your cleanser is mainly for your scalp. Be sure you massage your scalp to release any dirt or oils. Once or twice a week is usually sufficient. Many curlies will argue with that: I sweat and have to wash my hair every day. Guess what - sweat dries! There are also ways to cleanse your scalp with out completely wetting your hair. For example, lavender is a natural cleanser. Massaged into your scalp, lavender water this can cleanse and deodorize . I know this can take some getting used to, but having great curls should not be super time consuming.
Next comes the conditioning. If in low humidity you leave a little conditioner in, now is the time to double or triple or more that amount. Remember : from here on, we're talking about your hair. To be sure the conditioner gets to your hair versus scalp, flip upside down and start applying your conditioner up from the ends. This is the time to detangle with your fingers and really saturate your hair. Sometimes I find leaving the conditioner in for awhile, then rinsing and reapplying gives better penetration. By the way, you know how each curly has a drier frizzier spot that really drives her crazy? ( Everyone has multiple textures in their hair ). That spot needs a little extra tlc. That could mean applying more conditioner, a different conditioner, or an oil that penetrates vs lays on top of your hair.
When adding styling products, leaving hair as wet as possible increases the hydration. I know, it seems as if you're watering down the product, but try it. This is the time to add extra moisture. One option here could be a styling cream. Then a styling gel. Don't be afraid of product . Those that are silicone and sulfate free will help keep those curls defined. Gel can also work to your advantage. If you air dry, any motion will cause frizz. This is where gel can help. If it dries a little crunchy, that helps hold those curls stay in place as they dry. Remember : no touching until those curls are completely dry. Then scrunch to get your curls soft and bouncy.
I said not to be afraid of product, because it truly can be your friend. The next day, if needed, misting your hair will reactivate that product . A little watered down conditioner can also help maintain that moisture. Of course, don't forget your night time care to prevent disturbing those curls.
Now get out and enjoy those curls! One thing you can count on with curls is they can look different every day. Embrace that , and love what you have!