Nomi Wagner Portrait Artist

5 Steps to Loving Your Curly Hair

by Nomi Wagner

Hi, my “Curly Gurlfriends”,


People with straight hair envy us and don’t have any idea how challenging it is to be a naturally curly gurly. Having done extensive online research, combined with trial and error, I have come up with a recipe for smooth curls, and I want to share my good fortune. I don’t have gorgeous long curls like Melina Kanakaredes on CSI: NY, but this is what works for me and hopefully will for you, too:

1. Rinse with cool water after shampooing and conditioning. Squeeze out excess water.

2. Blot dry with one side of Bone Dry microfiber doggie drying gloves ($9.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond and certainly cheaper than the $25 ones sold online for humans.) After applying product (I use Matrix Vavoom Height of Glam Volumizing Foam, but that is a personal choice) and combing through with a wide-tooth comb, turn the gloves over, put your fingers in and scrunch. Don’t over towel-dry or over scrunch with the gloves.

3. Before your hair starts to dry, use a pick comb to gently dig at the hair close to your scalp, all around your head, but be careful not to lift the hair up or out too much unless you want to look like Bozo the Clown!

4. Let your beautiful curls air-dry. Your hair will be crunched up the first day, but will gently loosen more each day on its own. Don’t futz with your curls or they will start to frizz. But if you can’t resist and frizz happens, gently use a little more product and water on your fingers. The less you mess with it, the better your hair will look and the longer your beautiful curls will last and be defined.

5. Sleep on a satin pillow; you deserve it. The amazing one I found at Bed Bath & Beyond is a satiny, zippered pillow protector for $5.99 that goes in the washer and dryer.

My hair looks great for days now instead of minutes. If you struggle with the curly challenge, let me know if any of this works for you. Please share your discoveries – feel free to pass this on to other curly gurlies.

P.S. Curly hair needs to be cut by a skilled stylist who understands and likes curly hair. I'm letting my bangs grow out ... at least to my mouth ... because they seize up like springs.

My work is done here. Up, up and away!