How Do You Spike Curly Hair?

Wash the hair first with shampoo and conditioner, then pat dry with a towel. With the hair still moist, untangle the hair strands using a wide-toothed comb. Apply some gel or wax to the hair, then run your fingers through the hair upward from the scalp to create spikes. Let the hair dry completely using a hairdryer.

  1. Prepare your curly hair

    When washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner, use products that have no creamy contents in order to give the curly hair a lighter feel and straighter strands. Let your hair dry slightly, keeping it moist. Run a wide-toothed comb or hairbrush through your hair to untangle any knots and remove frizz.

  2. Apply gel or wax to hair

    Spread some gel or wax evenly through each section of moist hair. Use a product that is designed for thick and curly hair. Use gel if you're aiming for a wet look. Use wax if you're aiming for a matte appearance. Do not use too much product, as excessive amounts give your hair a rigid look.

  3. Spike your hair

    Before the gel or the wax dries, run your fingers through your locks, starting from the roots upward to create small spikes. Use a wide-toothed comb in the same motion to create more natural-looking spikes. Control the size of the spikes by controlling the thickness of each section of hair that you spike.

  4. Dry your hair gently

    Use a hairdryer on a low setting to dry your spiked hair.