How to Get Big, Curly Hair in 10 Minutes

Updated on October 30, 2019
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Nancy spent years perfecting her method of taming her curly hair and likes sharing her favorite products and tips.

Voila! My big, curly hair!
Voila! My big, curly hair!

Want Big, Curly Hair?

Do you want a big, bouncy mane? Do you have curly hair and want to define your curls? Do you have wavy or straight hair and want to try something different? The diffuser is your best friend.

I have curly hair, and usually, when I put mousse in it, I scrunch it a little then let it air dry. I don't know about some of you other curly-haired gals, but sometimes when my hair air-dries I end up looking like a poodle! Not cute.

I know there have been times when I've wanted straight hair because I never knew how to manage my curly hair. Don't fret, and don't be ashamed of your natural tresses. Own them with this super-easy way to manage your mane. Good luck!

Note: I'm not trying to promote a certain brand over another. These brands just happen to work on my hair. Also, there are many methods you can try to get big, curly hair. This one is my favorite.

What You Need:

  • T-Shirt
  • Comb
  • Leave-In Conditioner (It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product)
  • Curl-Enhancing Mousse (Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Mousse)
  • Heat Protectant Spray (TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray)
  • Hair Dryer With a Diffuser Attachment

Me using a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry my hair.
Me using a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry my hair. | Source

Step 1: Don't Towel Dry, T-Shirt Dry

After your shower, use an old T-shirt to dry your hair. It will create less frizz than if you use a regular towel. Remember to squeeze the water out of your hair rather than rub the t-shirt on your head.

This is a great example of the type of wide-toothed comb you need for curly hair.
This is a great example of the type of wide-toothed comb you need for curly hair. | Source

Step 2: Detangle

Use a wide-toothed comb to gently get out any knots.

It's a 10 is my favorite leave-in conditioner.
It's a 10 is my favorite leave-in conditioner. | Source

Step 3: Condition

Take a quarter-sized amount of leave-in conditioner, rub it together between your palms, and work it through your hair from root to tip. Your hair will thank you later. This is especially important for you curly-haired gals.

This is the curl-enhancing mousse that works well on my hair.
This is the curl-enhancing mousse that works well on my hair. | Source

Step 4: Use Curl-Enhancing Mousse

  1. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of curl-enhancing mousse into the palm of your hand.
  2. Rub your hands together, then run it through your hair making sure to scrunch along the way, especially at the ends.
  3. Flip your hair over and do the same thing. This will ensure the mousse is evenly distributed.
  4. Make sure you get it all over your hair.

This is my favorite heat protector spray.
This is my favorite heat protector spray. | Source

Step 5: Apply Heat Protection

Make sure you use a heat protectant spray before using any kind of heat on your hair. You don't want to damage it!

Use a diffuser to gently blow dry your hair, without straightening it.
Use a diffuser to gently blow dry your hair, without straightening it. | Source

Step 6: Use a Diffuser

  1. Turn on the diffuser to a low setting and flip your hair over.
  2. Grab a section of hair, and hold the nozzle end of the diffuser under your hair for about 15 seconds. You can also scrunch your hair while holding it on the nozzle.
  3. Take another section of hair and do the same thing.
  4. Continue until all of your hair is dry.

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Beyonce's effortless curls!YouTube sensation Tori Kelly!Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw!Shakira!Annalynne McCord!
Beyonce's effortless curls!
Beyonce's effortless curls! | Source
YouTube sensation Tori Kelly!
YouTube sensation Tori Kelly! | Source
Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw!
Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw! | Source
Shakira! | Source
Annalynne McCord!
Annalynne McCord!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        8 months ago

        I just started embracing my curls and I love it! The defuser is my best friend! I have been doing things all wrong with my curls it’s been a year now and I am learning more on how to care for them. I use Deva Curl products and love them.

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        14 months ago

        My diffuser is my best tool!! It’s the only thing that actually dries all my curls with out making a mess out of them.

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        Crystal zozaya 

        2 years ago

        I love the leave in I have wavy hair so it helps to curl it up a bit

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        2 years ago

        I have natural curls but sometimes i have those days when my hair hates me but im going to buy a diffuser and see how it works *crosses fingers

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        3 years ago

        I have always straighten my hair I have curly wavy hair and now i have started rocking my curls. Love them i have put a lot of money buying products to get my hair back in shape but I'm worth it and have enjoyed every penny I have spent , I have turned more to the deva curl line .I also like curl keeper and many other products . I have also spent hours watching tutorials and have learned a lot,

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        6 years ago

        I have a feeling this won't work on my straight hair but I'll try it someday for sure.


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