How To Make Curls More Defined And Tighter

May 09, 2024

How To Make Curls More Defined And Tighter

Welcome back to The ARKIVEs by ARKIVE Headcare, your go-to source for all things hair, hacks and Headcare for you, yours & theirs! 

Here at ARKIVE, we understand the struggle that many of you face in maintaining your curly hair's definition and bounce. That's why we're excited to introduce you to our solution: THE GOOD CALMER CUSHIONING MOISTURE CREAM & THE *NEW* HEADLINER MODERN DEFINITION GEL

These are so much more than just hair products; it's a game-changer for those seeking defined, frizz-free curls. These unique formulas are specially formulated to provide deep hydration, protection, and smoothing benefits, leaving your curls lightweight, glossy, and resilient.

We’re about to uncover the steps to transform your curls, boost their definition, unlock endless styling opportunities and say goodbye to frizz. 

Let's dive in!

Why Curly Hair Goes Flat Quickly

First things first, Curly hair, while stunningly beautiful, often presents unique challenges that can leave curls looking limp and lifeless. Those gorgeous spirals seemingly have a mind of their own and the unfortunate tendency to go flat faster than we’d like.

Curly hair has its quirks. Whether it’s gravity, humidity, or the weight and structure of those curls themselves, curly hair makes it more susceptible to losing its shape and volume throughout the day. Our curly hair pals are drier than straight strands, which means they're prone to frizz and lose their shape quicker.

This is often exacerbated by the use of traditional styling products that weigh down the hair or strip it of its natural oils. If this sounds like you, you may have found yourself stuck in a cycle of trying to revive your curls with products that provide temporary volume but ultimately leave your hair feeling heavy and coated.

The Ingredients for Voluminous Defined Curls

Alright, let's get down to business and talk about what makes our ARKIVE products truly exceptional for achieving those voluminous, defined curls you've been dreaming of. Here's a breakdown of the superstar ingredients packed into our most valuable curl enhancers:


  • Baobab Protein: This ingredient is all about giving your hair some serious strength and resilience. Say goodbye to weak, lifeless curls and hello to locks that bring the bounce!
  • Baobab Oil: Hydration? Check. Frizz control? Double check! Baobab Oil not only quenches your hair's thirst but also tames that unruly frizz, leaving you with a mane that's sleek and shiny.
  • Sunflower Extract & Vitamin E: Lock in that moisture without weighing down your curls. This combo swoops in to rescue rescue dry, brittle hair, leaving your curls feeling nourished and looking their absolute best.


  • Aloe Vera: Soothe your scalp, repair damage, and hydrate your locks with the soothing power of Aloe Vera. It's like a spa day for your curls, giving them the love and care they deserve.
  • Panthenol & Linseed Extract: Get ready for some serious moisture and thickness! These two ingredients not only hydrates your hair but also adds some extra volume and shine, giving your curls that va-va-voom factor.
  • Chia Seed Oil: Strengthen and shine, anyone? Chia Seed Oil is packed with micronutrients that promote overall hair health, leaving your curls looking fierce and fabulous.
  • Caprylic Acid: Repair, retain, repeat! Caprylic Acid works wonders on damaged hair working with Aloe Vera to help lock in moisture.

Your Application Guide:

Mastering the art of applying your chosen curl companion is key to achieving the stunning, defined curls you've been dreaming of. The way you apply these products can significantly impact the outcome, from the level of definition to the longevity of your style. 

Sadly it’s not just about slapping products and hoping for the best. Proper application ensures that the product coats each strand evenly, allowing for maximum definition and hold. It's a precise process that requires attention to detail and a bit of finesse. The way you distribute the product, whether on wet or dry hair, can make all the difference in how your curls turn out.

Here, we'll guide you through the step-by-step process of applying ARKIVE’s hair definition gel and cream, whether you're starting with wet or dry hair. By following these techniques, you'll be able to achieve salon-worthy curls from home.

How To Style Wet Hair

Applying your HEADLINER GEL or GOOD CALMER to wet hair sets the foundation for beautifully defined and moisturised curls. Here's how to do it right:

  • Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  • Gently towel-dry your hair to remove excess moisture, leaving it damp but not dripping wet.
  • Take a small amount of your chosen ARKIVE curl companion in your palms.
  • Rub your hands together to emulsify the product and spread evenly.
  • Starting from the roots, work the product through your hair, ensuring even distribution from root to tip.
  • Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to define your curls further.
  • Allow your hair to air dry naturally or use a diffuser on a low heat setting for added volume and definition.

How To Style Dry Hair

In a rush or need a quick refresh? Applying your HEADLINER GEL or GOOD CALMER to dry hair can give your curls that extra boost. Here's how:

  • Start with dry, brushed hair that’s free from tangles and knots.
  • Take a small amount of your chosen ARKIVE product in your palms.
  • Rub your hands together to warm up the product and spread evenly.
  • Gently smooth the product over your hair, focusing on areas that need extra definition or control.
  • Use your fingers to twist into shape or a brush to style your curls as desired, adding volume and shape.
  • Allow your hair to air dry naturally or use a blow dryer on a low heat setting for quicker results. Bonus points for using a diffuser attachment! 

Hair Care For Long Lasting Definition:

Now that you've got the application down and achieved those stunning curls, it's time to ensure they last all day long. Here's how to integrate them into your long-term hair care routine:

  • Consistency is key! Make sure to use your ARKIVE curl essentials regularly to maintain your defined curls.
  • Consider pairing your new curl routine with THE VEIL HAIRSPRAY for touchable hold and added style protection.
  • Stick to a gentle cleansing routine (our favourite is the ALL DAY EVERYDAY range) to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils.
  • Embrace protective hairstyles, such as braids or twists, to preserve your curls overnight.
  • Avoid excessive heat styling and opt for air drying whenever possible to minimise damage.

Common Curl FAQs:

As you embark on your journey to achieving beautifully defined and tight curls, you might have some burning questions along the way. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get at The ARKIVEs:

Can I use gel everyday?

Absolutely! THE HEADLINER MODERN DEFINITION GEL is formulated to be gentle enough for daily use. Incorporating it into your daily styling routine can help maintain the definition and hold of your curls, keeping them looking fresh and fabulous day after day.

Why won’t my curls stay defined?

Several factors can affect the definition of your curls, including humidity, product buildup, and improper application techniques. Ensure you're using the right products for your hair type, applying them correctly, and avoiding heavy products that can weigh down your curls. You could consider using a clarifying shampoo periodically to remove any product buildup that may be inhibiting your curl definition.

Why is my naturally curly hair going straight?

If your naturally curly hair is losing its curl pattern and appearing straighter over time, it could be due to a variety of factors, including heat damage, chemical processing, or even hormonal changes. Avoid excessive heat styling, use heat protection when heat styling is necessary, and opt for gentle hair care products that nourish and protect your curls whenever possible. 

Why Choose ARKIVE:

At ARKIVE, we're not just another hair care brand – we're a movement. With our effective formulas, vegan-friendly ethos, and commitment to affordable luxury, we're revolutionising the way you care for your hair. Our expertise and dedication to community ensure that when you choose ARKIVE, you're joining a family who share your passion for beautiful, healthy hair (and heads). Each product is meticulously crafted to deliver salon-worthy results at home. So why settle for anything less? Choose ARKIVE and experience the power of head-turning hair every day.

Click [here] to learn more about our ARKIVE curl companions and make sure to act fast -  they never stay in stock for long… 

Don’t walk. Run! 

With love and great curls,