Some curls are bigger than others. Looser than tight curls, spirals fall into cork-screw coils with bounce to spare. As seen on stars like Ciara and Beyoncé, these strands don’t hold back on delivering volume. To maintain this texture’s tip-top shape, though, be sure you always have a rich conditioner and diffuser on hand. Here, we have all of the pro tips and the complete product lineup you need to keep the spring in your spiral curls’ step.
with reporting by Selene Milano
1. The Essential Tool
Use a diffuser to dry curls without ruffling or frizzing them, says pro-hairstylist Tippi Shorter. Turn on the heat while aiming the attachment at strands; switch to a cool temperature for the last few minutes to lock in the silhouette.
T3 Soft Touch 2 Diffuser.
T3 | $30
2. The Cleanser
Find a sulfate-free wash that offers a low lather and a high level of conditioning agents, like the babassu oil in this mix, says Shorter.
Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash.
Aveda | $24
3. Conditoning Combo
After cleansing, work a rich conditioner into damp hair, avoiding the roots, then detangle with the Wet Brush, says pro Cesar Ramirez who works with Ciara. (Packed with flexible bristles, the tool won't cause breakage or pain.) Leave on for five minutes, then rinse. "This ensures strands will dry in smooth ringlets," he says.
Mizoni True Textures Moisture Replenish, $28; ulta.com.
Wet Brush Detangler, $9; thewetbrush.com.
4. The Styler
Celebrity hairstylist Riawna Capri urged her client Vanessa Hudgens to embrace her natural curls. To help spirals dry in a defined shape, Capri twists wet strands into four or six sections, then coats each with styling cream, reinforcing the form with her fingers before diffusing or allowing to air-dry.
MarulaOil Rare Oil 3-in-1 Styling Cream.
Paul Mitchell | $30