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3D Curls Are Taking Over in 2022

Over the past few years, women have embraced their texture more than ever, and that won’t be slowing down. In fact, 3D curls are set to be one of 2022’s biggest hair trends.

Unlike other trending hair styles like hair contouring or the boy bob, 3D curls aren’t a cut or a color. First and foremost, the trend is about a mindset. “3D curls are all about embracing the multidimensional beauty of curly hair,” says Tom Smith, hairstylist and the European creative director of Evo Hair. It’s all about working with your hair, and enhancing the gorgeous, springy texture you were born with.

To make curls pop and look as dimensional as possible—hence the 3D moniker—Smith recommends a specific technique. “Using a strong-hold gel or balm to define the curls will initially create a crunchy ‘cast,’ but this should be encouraged and left alone until the hair is 100% dry,” he says. “You then ‘break the cast’ of the curls by gently massaging—never run your fingers through the curls or be tempted to brush them. 3D curls look best when they are glossy and shiny, so choose products that have a moisturizing factor as well as strong holding ability, and consider finishing with a shine spray or gently scrunching through a few drops of shine serum. Remember, curly hair can handle much more product than straight-hair types, so don’t be afraid to load up the product to give definition and shine.”

“Ask your stylist to recommend a strong-hold product that will define your curls,” he continues. “Apply a thick layer of it, scrunch and shape your curls, and then leave them alone until 100% dry, or use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer on low speed and high heat. Do not touch your curls with the diffuser or your hands as they dry. Then massage out the cast once cool and dry.”

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