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How To Get Tight Curls for Men

 

This one is for the men. Do your curls fall flat and don't give you the laid-back look you're hoping for? Do you find that wiping your hair dry with a towel no longer works for you? You can tell that even the men you see getting out of bed with the perfect bedhead on television worked hard to achieve their flawless bouncy tight curls. It takes more than sleeping with damp hair and waking up with a beautiful mane to achieve that look. Let's have a peek at how they got that look!

 

How to Get Tight Curls in 7 Easy Steps

 

Creating tight curls might be a time-consuming process, but it's one you'll enjoy once you've tried it. To get the ideal curly appearance for men, follow the steps below:

 

1) Use the Correct Products To Wash Your Hair

 

A man in the shower washing his hair with shampoo
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To feed your curls, use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for curly hair. Allow the conditioner to seep into the hair for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Towel-dry your hair gently while leaving it slightly damp. Curly hair is easier to style with damp or wet hair.

When choosing products for curly hair, it's crucial to select products that are designed exclusively for curly hair. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners are a wonderful choice because they help hydrate your hair.

Look for products with hydrating components like shea butter, coconut oil, and argan oil in them. These substances improve shine, texture, and control frizz.

 

2) Apply a Curl Cream

 

Curly enhancing products aid in the definition of your curl pattern and the creation of bouncy, textured curls. If your curls are very tight, it can be a good idea to use a detangling product meant to release them.

Apply the curl-enhancing product to your hair and use your fingers to gently comb it through. Your curls should start to form as you continue to do this. This process can take a while, so if your hair starts to feel dry, spray it with water.

 

3) Use a Sea Salt Spray

 

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This is a good alternative to a curly enhancing product or if you are looking to achieve loose curls. The salt spray adds natural beachy curls and waves to your hair while also providing a medium hold and textured soft finish.

Apply a couple of sprays of the product to your hair and work it in with your fingers. Ensure that you evenly apply the sea salt spray all over your head to achieve even waves.

 

4) Use a Heat Protectant

 

Heat protectant sprays protect your hair against heat damage caused by heat equipment, which can cause curls to dry out or frizz. Make sure your hair is evenly coated by working the spray through it.

 

5) Invest in a Heat Curler

 

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Heated hair appliances like curling wands and rollers are the easiest way to create curls if you have medium or long hair. Before you begin, be sure that your hair is nice and dry. Begin curling it in portions after applying a heat protectant. The tighter the curls, the narrower the curling wand.

 

6) Select the Proper Haircut

 

Any waves and curls you do have will be enhanced with a short to medium length haircut. Heated curlers can also be used on medium hair because it is just long enough. To make faux curls, you'll need a little extra length if your hair is straight. Try a forward fringe with an undercut, which is both short on the sides and longer on top. When you use a sea salt spray or a texturizing spray to produce your curls, you'll have plenty of hair to work with.

 

7) The Last Step

 

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After curling your hair, add a pomade or mousse to give it more hold and texture. It can be applied immediately to your hair or rubbed between your fingers before use. Run your fingers through your hair softly. This is a good step after salt sprays since they have a mild hold. Finishing your hair with pomade or mousse can hold your curls for longer.

You can also use a serum. A serum will help define and retain your curls, resulting in bouncy, textured hair that lasts all day. The majority of serums are oil-based, which hydrates your hair and gives it a healthy look.

 

Alternative Methods

 

If the steps above are not for you, we've got your back. Below are some alternative methods that you can try to achieve tight curls:

 

1) Use a Diffuser

 

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If your curls are starting to look limp, use a diffuser and crunch your hair as you go to encourage them to tighten back up. To increase your ringlets, use a small amount of styling gel. To rejuvenate hair that's become a little flat, flip it over and diffuse while scrunching. If you want to spice up the effects, lightly dampen your hair before diffusing and let hair air dry after. This will help your natural curls shine through.

 

2) Use Hair Rollers

 

This tool is marketed primarily to women, but if you have medium or long hair, hair rollers are a simple and quick option to achieve heatless curls. To use hair rollers, divide your hair into four sections: front, left, right, and rear after washing with a curl shampoo and conditioner. Try working with one part of hair at a time and in nearly equal-sized subsections.

Remove the rollers after 30 minutes, unroll, and separate the curls manually. This method will help you achieve spiral curls, so if that's not what you're after, this isn't the method for you.

 

3) Get a Perm

 

A man wearing a red shirt, showing the top his hair that has been given a slight perm

 

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The simplest approach to ensure that your curls remain for a longer time is to get a perm from a hair salon. While some individuals dislike paying for perms and having their hair treated with chemicals, perms are the safest and most convenient option to curl your hair instantaneously especially if you have straight hair. Men, contrary to popular belief, get perms as well. So don't be hesitant to obtain one.

 

4) Finger Curls

 

Curl training is done by finger coiling. You're effectively making curl patterns when you coil your hair over your fingers. This keeps your curls from being frizzy or matted while also defining them. This may not be the best method to achieve tight curls. If you have wavy hair and want super tight curls, using a curling iron can be a better option.

To use this method, take a small part of your hair and twirl it around your finger. Hold it like that for around 30 seconds before releasing it. Carry on like this until you've covered all of your hair.

 

5) Apply Argan or Moroccan Oil 

 

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For decades, Moroccan oil, also known as argan oil, has been used to keep hair healthy, and lustrous and improve hair growth. It's especially beneficial on curly hair because curls demand more hydration than straight hair.

Argan oil is a moisturizing natural substance that keeps frizz at bay, which is the greatest enemy of defined curls. You can use it as a serum on dry hair, put it in your hair masks or use it before diffusing your hair. Argan oil will be a game-changer for your hair if you struggle with frizzy curly hair.

 

Summary

 

That's it! This tight curl hair guide isn't difficult to do, but it does take some effort and patience, which we think is well worth it. Men frequently ignore their hair and do not use more than shampoo to care for it. Let this serve as a reminder that self-care isn't just for women. Your wonderful locks are deserving of some attention as well!

 

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