What are Botticelli curls?
Botticelli curls show a definite loopy “S” pattern that is well defined and usually springy. Usually with a lot of body and easily styled in its natural state this hair type is more prone to frizz and losing definition. The texture of Botticelli curls can vary, it is usual to have a mix of textures, from fine to coarse.
Lorraine Massey describes Botticelli curls as:
- Curls that vary in size and shape. Underneath you may have hermit curls that you can shrink to half the length of those on the outside (This is another reason not to cut your hair wet).
- Curls that tend to be looser, in the shape of soft S’s, combined with those that are tight.
- Curls that have a ropier appearance.
- Hair that seems to wilt if it gets too long. (This is because the weight of the top layer weighs the hair down).
- Curls that are looser during some seasons and tighter during others.
- A spring factor of 5 to 8 inches.
How to look after Botticelli curls
The porosity of Botticelli curls is generally high which means it is easy to get moisture into the hair. See more on porosity here. Choose gentle cleansing shampoos or co-washes to cleanse Botticelli curls
- Do not brush or comb on when your curls are dry as this will result in frizz.
- Cleanse once or twice a week. Over washing will dry out the curls.
- Comb and detangle while conditioning.
- Botticelli curls will benefit from leave-in conditioners, choose a lightweight leave-in so the curls do not get weighed down, losing their definition and bounce.
- Apply more conditioner at the roots if this area is looking looser than those at the bottom. This can mean that the roots are drier and need more hydration.
Sealing with an oil or pomade, before you apply stylers can help lock in moisture and control frizz. After you have applied your styler, gently scrunch your hair upwards toward the scalp or twirl small sections of curls around your finger while hair is still damp to encourage curl definition. Try using Use duckbill clips on the crown of your head to lift the top canopy curls.