When it comes to curly mixed-race hair such as yours, finding the right products for a suitable care and styling routine can be a real challenge. Afro-Caribbean hair is dryer than Caucasian, containing only around a third of the moisture. You wonít be surprised to discover that mixed-race hair is somewhere between the two, and here lies the problem; because products designed for Afro-Caribbean hair can over-moisturise mixed-race hair, leaving it heavy and greasy, while Caucasian-specific products can strip away natural oils, creating dryness and frizz.
If hair is too dry it will always frizz no matter what you put in it, so my advice would be to always use a good high-moisture shampoo and conditioner, and I think Kerastaseís Fondant Magistral from their Nutrative range should provide your hair with the right moisture levels. Iíd also recommend a leave-in conditioning treatment, which will nourish hair all day long without causing build-up. Itís far more effective than products that need rinsing out, and again Iíd look to the Nutrative range.
When it comes to styling your curls Iíd suggest a quality gel-based product rather than wax, as itís far more effective at keeping a curl in its form. Redken have a great range called Curvaseous, and Iíve found that combing their ĎFull Swirlí and ĎRingletí perfecting lotions works really well.
Get the hair wet and fully cover with a layer of Ringlet, then any extra frizzy areas apply Full Swirl over the top of any extra-frizzy areas. Next, finger-twist the hair in sections to create something similar to small curly braids, and let them air dry (remember natural air drying is far, far more effective for retaining the shape of a curl). Once your hair is nearly dry, tip your head upside down and shake out the curls. This should give them more definition and a lighter bounce.
Lastly, always use your fingers to comb through and remove tangles gently, and to separate hair while conditioner is in and hairis still wet. Never towel dry, as this will disrupt the natural curl pattern you want to enhance.
Good luck Leon. I hope this helps give your locks the looser look youíve been searching for!