For long, curly and natural African-American hairstyles, press and curl the hair using a flat iron. Then restructure the curls by twisting them or braiding the hair and sleeping on it overnight. Or, apply a light gel and braid the hair, then unbraid when set. Use rods on long hair for a curly, carefree look, changing the amount of curl depending on the size of the rods. Tightly curled styles can last up to several days.
If your hair is long and relaxed, you can wear a style that is straight or softly curled. Relaxing the hair loosens the curl and reduces the frizz, but straightening chemicals are strong and damage the hair with repeated use. If you relax your hair, do so only every six weeks or so to touch up the new growth. Process the hair according to the package directions until it is as straight as desired, and then neutralize to stop the process. Use a light gel or setting lotion to help hold a long, straight style.