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Mar 20, 2024

5 ways to loosen your curl pattern without chemicals


Unlock gorgeous loose curls with these natural techniques 

If you’re a curly girly (like me), you’ve probably dreamed of changing up your look from time to time. And yet, the spiraled locks dream of loosening your curl pattern without resorting to harsh chemicals can seem unattainable. 

So, what's the deal? After doing the research, I'm about to spill all the beans on how to make it happen. Whether you're longing to transform your tight curls into beachy waves or just seeking a little change, it’s totally possible with some natural methods. 

Grab your hairbrush—It's time to give your curly hair a new kind of twist.


Heat styling, but keep it gentle


Before you raise your eyebrows, let me clarify: I'm talking about minimal heat. When done right, it can be a game-changer for curly hair. Heat styling, especially with tools like diffusers or blow dryers with a wide-tooth comb attachment, can make curly hair wavy (or create a killer blowout) without causing damage. The trick? Keep it gentle and use the right products.

Let's start with diffusers. They're like your curly hair's BFF–spreading the heat evenly, preventing frizz, and giving you those soft, dreamy waves. Pair it with a heat protectant, and you're in great shape. If you're more into blow dryers, opt for one with a wide-tooth comb attachment, which will make it easier for you to loosen your curls evenly while keeping your hair's natural volume and bounce.

The right products make all the difference. Here’s some tips to keep in mind:

Always use heat protectant 

Never (and I mean, never) skip the heat protectant. By using a natural formula like a honey-infused hair oil, you can provide a protective layer for your hair, keeping it safe from destroying your curl pattern. Think of it as sunscreen for your hair. Spray or apply it evenly before you introduce any heat. Your hair will thank you by staying shiny and resilient.

Maintain a constant moisture level

Just like your skin, your hair needs hydration to stay healthy. Use a natural leave-in conditioner or a hair serum that suits your hair type. Designed to protect and nurture your hair, moroccan oil can work wonders with heat styling. It can add that extra layer of protection and shine, ensuring your curls transform smoothly into those wavy wonders you're aiming for.

Curling technique matters

When using a straightener or curling iron, avoid going over the same section multiple times—slow and steady wins the style race. And with blow drying, keep the dryer moving and maintain a little distance so you’re not burning your roots. 

Simple enough, right? Just wash, prep, style, and go. 


The braiding method

Transforming your curls into looser waves can be as easy as braiding your hair. Different braiding techniques can lead to various delightful wave patterns. Here’s a breakdown of some popular braiding styles and how they can help you achieve those dreamy waves:

Classic Three-Strand Braid

French Braid

  • Ideal for waves that start closer to the scalp
  • Provides an overall wavy appearance, perfect for a full voluminous look
  • Tutorial: French Braiding for Waves

Dutch Braid

Mixed Tight and Loose Braid:

Deep conditioning for healthy movement


Young woman applying haircare spray or natural serum on hair near mirror at home


Deep conditioning is not just a luxury; it's a necessity for those looking to loosen their curl pattern. Curly hair, by its nature, tends to be drier and thus more prone to maintaining its tight curl. But when you introduce deep hydration into your routine, you're coaxing your curls into a more relaxed state.

Imagine your hair as a sponge—the more moisture it holds, the more pliable and stretchable it becomes. Using natural hair masks or conditioners filled with rich, nourishing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and avocado can make a world of difference. 

A regular routine of deep conditioning treatments or gentle leave-in creams can subtly transform the texture of your hair, promoting elasticity and softness. So, embrace this routine and watch as your curls gradually relax into a softer, more flowing pattern, naturally achieving your desired curl pattern.


For a classic approach? Rollers and rods

Rollers and rods may seem like a throwback to a bygone beauty era, but when it comes to shaping hair, they're timeless tools. They’re not just for creating super tight curls, either. With rollers or flexi-rods, you can transform your tight curls into any shape you want: soft, relaxed waves that complement a variety of curly hairstyles.

First off, rollers. They come in all shapes and sizes, each creating a distinct effect. Larger rollers are the go-to for those seeking looser, more voluminous waves, giving your hair that glamorous, bouncy feel. Smaller rollers, on the other hand, provide a tighter wave, offering a subtle shift from your natural curls.

Flexi-rods, however, are the kings (or queens) of versatility. They bend into any shape, allowing you to customize the size of your waves. Wrap your hair tightly around a flexi-rod for more defined waves, or loosely for a gentler, more natural wave. 

Because flexi-rods are designed to cater to the unique texture and style of your hair, knowing your curl pattern and style is the first step. Once you’ve got it right, think: bouncy, luminous wavy hair. 


Nutrition know-how for healthy hair


Egg, tomatoes, and herbs on toast, served on a white, flowerly place


We know now, the expression "you are what you eat" isn't just for show. Turning those curly curls into flowing waves isn't just about the latest hair potion—it's also about what's on your plate—e.g., your lifestyle, girlfriend. A nutrient-rich diet can play a pivotal role in helping you not only style your curly hair wavy, but keep your scalp healthy overall. 

First up, let's talk Omega-3s. Foods like salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts provide the oils needed to keep your hair hydrated and supple, helping to soften your curl pattern. Then, there's protein–the building block of hair. Lean meats, eggs, and legumes can strengthen your hair strands, making them more resilient to styling and environmental stress. In fact, research shows that low protein diets can result in weakened hair and dry ends. 

Vitamins are also key players. Sweet potatoes and spinach are like the A-listers for Vitamin A, supporting a healthy scalp, while berries and citrus bring in Vitamin C, crucial for collagen production and hair texture. Biotin, a B vitamin found in almonds, avocados, and dairy products, is another superstar for hair health, known for its role in hair growth and strength.

So, don’t forget about nutrition when you’re looking for those dreamy waves and healthy hair. Combine this with a loving hair care routine, and you’re on your way to waving goodbye to tight curls and welcoming softer, more relaxed waves. Bon appétit (to your hair,ha).

Loosen curl pattern permanently 


Having curly hair can be a blessing, but it takes a while to understand and manage. Once you have the right tools, you can learn how to get a looser curl pattern without sacrificing the health of your hair. With these simple, chemical-free methods, you're well on your way to flaunting those soft, natural waves. 

Remember, every curl is unique, so feel free to mix and match, or straight-up modify these techniques to suit your own style.