By: Carmina Alvarez

Everyone loves redheads with perfectly defined curls. You commonly hear, “Look at that curly red hair! How beautiful!” But, all naturally curly redheads know we don’t wake up with perfect bouncy curls. It takes time! Not to mention, natural curls are frizz prone and takes a lot of effort to style. Some prefer to put a straightener to it to refrain from having to “deal with” the curls. But, my advice is to take full advantage of your natural texture.

Here are the best styling tips for your curly red hair:

1. Cleanse: The first and very important step to create an amazing hair-do (regardless of the texture) is a great quality shampoo & conditioner. Curly hair needs lots of hydration, so to keep curls shiny it’s super important to use a sulfate-free, hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Another great tip (and an obvious one) is to pick shampoo and conditioner for curly hair, these are formulated specifically with ingredients that will ensure that your curly hair looks completely defined.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Product Recommendation: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

Shampoos can sometimes be harsh on the curls because they strip the oils from the hair. This can then cause frizz. Another option is co-washing which is short for “conditioning washing.” This no-shampoo mentioned is sometimes referred to as “no-poo” shampooing. In a nutshell, it means skipping shampoo and using solely a conditioner. The result is smoother and easier to manage red hair —almost like second day hair.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Product Recommendation: DevaCurl No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser

2. Moisturize and Condition: If you are a redhead gal that chooses a color protectant shampoo and conditioner over a curly haired formula — don’t worry! As long as you apply a deep moisturizing conditioner or treatment to hydrate your curls, you will be all set. A good treatment will ensure your curls are full of shine, body and definition. Distribute evenly, leave in for 5 minutes and rinse. Apply at least 1 or 2 times a week. Even if your hair isn’t dry, remember that curly hair needs all the love you can give it!

‘Redhead Friendly’ Product Recommendation: Amika Nourishing Hair Mask

3. Diffuse It: The most recommended way to dry your curly hair is by using a hair dryer with diffuser attached to it. This will give your curls extra definition and make sure to apply a styling product before and a soft finishing hair spray after. Blow drying with a diffuser takes a little time and practice. If you are a first timer, take big pieces of hair, gather at the diffuser and hold close to your head.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Product Recommendation: Bed Head Curlipops Tourmaline Ionic Diffuser Dryer


4. Anti-Frizz: As far as styling products go, choose a mousse, serum or any product with anti-frizz on its name. Mousse has been a staple for curly redheads for years (even though it sounds a little 80s) because it gives hair the right amount of definition. Just remember to apply a fair amount because if you apply too much you will end up with crunchy hair.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Product Recommendation: Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Spray Mousse


5. Accessorize: Once you are done with the previous steps, selecting hair accessories is fairly easy. Redhead hair pins, fun hair bands, some hair jewelry and so on… Your red curly hair will definitely turn heads.

6. Don’t Touch: One rule of thumb for curly redheads is: when you are done styling, try not to touch it! This can create frizz on your curls and your fingers can take some of the product out of your hair. You will look beautiful once you style it, so why ruin it?!

Rock it like a Redhead! 

  • Taylor

    Love the tips!

  • Ginger Heart

    I wish to God I had what a gift I had before now. I actually to part in a study on redheads that was at the
    U of M (if memory is correct)… The results of the test were very interesting. I won’t go into all of them but I will say that the shade my twin and I were born with is almost like a shiny rust with copper highlights. The study reported that women with the darker shades were usually depicted as the other woman. The antagonist in books movies etc… Basically low morals and harsh values. As opposed to the much lighter “Irish Spring” shade. (Their term not mine. My shade they refers to as SIRENS…!) Which were the kind of girl men wanted to take home to meet mom. And boys/men didn’t fair well at all. Which pains me as I have a wee lil boy named Hunter that has my hair but he has blue eyes. I have an olive green/brown hazel. This is my fear lately. I’ve begun to go grey. White actually. I’m concerned as to finding a product that I can use to color my hair. I’m horrified to have my hair colored and have it look fake. I don’t know who to go to and what product I should use for great color. ON A BUDGET. I am a cosmetologist. But after I graduated in 1991, I did men’s cuts at a barber shop then focused on being as make up artist. These days in a vocalist in a few different kind of bands. Christian rock and slow laid back acoustic songs. I wasted a looking time trying to please others and trying to get then to like me. But I went from carrot top to siren. And no one wants a siren around their guy. And Lots of guys have cheesy line… Or have vulgar lines. Or their shy. As homecoming queen at my school I had no date. 20+yryes later, with FB, I’ve reconnected with people who say they were to intimidated to ask me out. Or other friend who thought that bc I was homecoming Queen I must’ve been happy. I was miserable from Gingerists. Whether they realized it or not. Thanks for heating me. I’ve wanted to say that for 30 yrs.
    That and carrots have green tops!!!!!

    • Ginger heart, I have had very good luck with body art quality henna restoring my hair to original intensity and vibrancy that it was before it began fading with age. I have added the link here see if they can help you. It may take a bit of experimenting, but it really is wonderful to have my hair feel wonderful and look bright coppery red again!

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  • I have found that my hair does much better if I do not use shampoo at all. I was it with conditioner only. I also love the argon oil. It helps to tame the frizz while still keeping my hair curly and very shiny. I found the recommendation about conditioner in a book called Curly Girl. Since I started following the advice in that book my hair has been so easy to manage. Plus I’ve saved so much money on styling products

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  • Gillian

    Omg thanks this will totally help my ginger locks

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the tips! I will be trying most of them!
    Side comment: “rule of thumb” is probably not the reference you want to use here… It stems from an antiquated law which states that a man can beat his wife with a branch from a tree as long as the branch is not wider than the width of the man’s thumb 🙁

  • Hi
    Just to say I have naturally irish red hair curly hair too & after years of straighting it I know how to now make the most of it. So mousse’s won’t work on my hair because I have low porosity hair. Curly hair isn’t all the same you can have high or low porosity hair.
    Depending on your type of hair, it makes a huge difference which products suit your hair.
    Just buying anti-frizz won’t necessarily work.
    Take Aveda for example the BeCurly won’t work for me because there are proteins in it but the Smooth Infusion range works perfectly.

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  • helen originally from UK , now in L.A?

    I have copper red, fizzy hair. Conditioners, oils only made more hair frizz more. To tame frizz in hair, I use a children’s hair relaxer called “For you and me”. I make sure I only have this relaxer on my hair for no more than four minutes and am constantly combing it through my hair using a big tooth comb. The trick to avoiding chemical damage to my hair from this relaxer is to use the supplied shampoo that comes in the box and wash my hair with it at least five to six times to remove all traces of the chemicals. And I only relax my hair twice a year, if it is short, once a year when I Had long hair.

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