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How to Loosen Curls Permanently

Elsie Goycoolea
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Loosen Curls Permanently

Curls will add volume and movement to your hairstyle. If you have naturally curly hair, there are many ways that you can style your locks in a breezily and luxurious manner. However, getting to that point can be an arduous struggle as curly hair is often much more prone to tangling and frizzing up. Whether it is to be able to work through curly hair more quickly or be able to switch up your hairstyle into a sleek and elegant do, you may want to learn how you can elongate your hair and loosen up your curls.

In this oneHOWTO article we go over how to loosen curls permanently.

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  1. Coconut milk and honey
  2. Relaxers
  3. Banding and plaiting

Coconut milk and honey

Coconut has become the one-for-all product these days. Coconut has been given an image revamp and is now recommended as part of a healthy diet and a natural beauty regime.

When it comes to hair health, coconut milk is argued to help loosen up curls in a gentle and non-harming way. Beauty gurus use a mixture of coconut milk, honey, coconut oil and a few other ingredients to create a paste. The key is to let it work for at least 30 minutes after you have washed your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Then, rinse it out with cool water and wash again if needed.

These ingredients are potent moisturizers that will help reduce the amount of frizz and bounce back of your curls. Make sure that you apply this treatment at least once a week. Keeping your hair moisturized will result in longer lasting silky hair.

How to Loosen Curls Permanently - Coconut milk and honey


One of the most common options for women seeking a solution to curly hair is relaxers. Relaxers are cream based products specifically designed to help loosen curls by chemically modifying the structure of the hair follicles. The active compounds tend to be sodium hydroxide and calcium hydroxide. Other options include henna relaxers.

It is argued to be very effective in stretching out frizzy hair; yet some women may be sensitive to the ingredients in many relaxer products. Other concerns are excessive dry hair. Many professionals will first test a few strands of your hair to determine whether your hair is suitable for this treatment.

How to Loosen Curls Permanently - Relaxers

Banding and plaiting

If you are looking to avoid harsh chemicals or trying to reduce the amount of heat you apply to your scalp, you may want to try banding or plaiting your hair. These methods have a long history of helping women stretch out their curls.

You want to start with freshly washed hair and by applying some moisturizer on your hair. Then, looking in a mirror start sectioning your hair into small strands. Grab a ponytail band and start wrapping it around the hair strand from top to bottom. Make sure that you wrap it tight and cover the whole strand by pushing downwards.

Remember, it will be easier to work with humid hair and with smaller strands. The more carefully you make your way, the longer the time your curls will stay stretched out without having to repeat this process so often.

How to Loosen Curls Permanently - Banding and plaiting

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