Drying and Styling Long Curly Hair

It’s important to take special care when maintaining a curly hair system to help avoid frizz and ensure the curls look their best. Once you’ve learned how to properly shampoo and condition your curly hair, use the information here to keep your curls intact when drying and styling.


  • Sulfate-free spray gel
  • Alligator hair clips
  • Butterfly hair clips
  • Hair dryer

Additional items you may need

Styrofoam head or block with T-pins

Step 1: Apply spray gel

Hold your hair system by the the base with the hair hanging down, just as you did while conditioning. Spray a sulfate-free spray gel through the hair and scrunch it with your fingers. If you're wearing your hair system, lean over and spray and scrunch while your hair hangs down.

Step 2: Clip up hair in front

If you're not wearing your hair system, place it on a Styrofoam head or block and insert T-pins around the front, sides, and back to hold it in place.

Gather small sections of the hair framing your face, scrunch them into small bundles, and secure with alligator clips. This will create some lift and body as well as prevent the hair from drying flat against your head.

Step 3: Clip up hair on crown

Essentially, you’re going to do the same thing you did in the last step, but at the top of your head. Gather small sections of hair at the crown and secure them with butterfly clips. By doing so, you create lift and body at the top of your system.

Why use two different kinds of clips?
Butterfly clips are great for holding bundles of hair on top of your head, and help create a more significant amount of volume. Alligator clips work well for the hair around your face, because they help create curl without too much lift and volume.

Step 4: Dry the hair

With the clips still in the hair system, very carefully flip your head or the Styrofoam head upside down. Put your blow dryer on the medium setting, and dry the hair to remove as much moisture as you can.

Step 5: Remove the clips

It’s important to remove the clips carefully to keep the curl family together. To remove them properly, pinch the top of the clip to open it and carefully lift it up and out of the hair.

More curly hair tips

Avoid over-manipulating the hair in your system. Try to keep your fingers off the hair as much as possible, even when it’s dry and styled.

Silk or satin pillowcases cut down friction on your curly hair and help keep the curls intact. Give it a try!