Step 1: Wash

Use a gentle shampoo like Living Proof Curl Conditioning Wash ($36). It cleanses and conditions at once, ensuring that your curls stay well-defined but aren’t weighed down. It also has a patented ingredient that coats every strand so your mane stays smooth.

Step 2: Style

Apply a dollop of Tigi Bed Head Mini Small Talk ($18) on towel-dried hair to add light hold and volume, and further define curls. Then, blow-dry your locks with a diffuser. 

Step 3: Maintain Volume

Long, curly hair can look flat in our humid climate. Spritz on dry shampoo like Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Creative Express Reboost Dry Shampoo ($15.90), a no-residue spray that soaks up oil at the hair roots and gives long-lasting volume. 

REVIEWED: Aveda Thickening Tonic, $50

“This hair tonic is quickly becoming the one styling product I use on my fine and flat hair every morning. Why? It is formulated with amla, a fruit that is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and is said to make tresses look healthier over time. The hair tonic also has natural corn-derived polymers and acacia gum that coat each and every strand of hair so my mane looks fuller immediately. Another perk? It acts as a heat protectant, thanks to the wheat protein in it. I spray this on towel-dried hair before blow-drying, and even though the tonic has a thin consistency (perfect for my fine hair), it gives me all day hold without any stickiness.” – Amanda Lai, beauty writer

This story was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Her World magazine.