by Caitlin Brody Email me
Entertainment assistant. Born-and-bred New Yorker. Gets abnormally excited over anything even tangentially related to the Olsens and drinks far too much espresso.
Tori Kelly’s been a busy girl the past few months. She released her dreamy EP, Foreword, opened for Ed Sheeran, and somehow managed to avoid a bad hair day while juggling it all. She stopped by our office to talk all about her booming music career (I’m personally addicted to the Taylor Swift cover medley she did with AJ Rafael), and she and I instantly bonded over our curly hair. Like, if anyone had overheard us, it would’ve sounded as if we were squealing over puppies. And lucky for us, she spilled the secrets to her enviable curls.
Glamour: I’m obsessed with your hair. Have you always worn it curly?
Tori Kelly: When I was younger, I was insecure about it and didn’t know how to manage it, so I would straighten it all the time. It was in the sixth grade that I thought, both of my parents had curly hair, so I must have had hair curly hair too. My mom then taught me a few tricks to work with my hair and I’ve been full-blown curly since. But if I ever feel like being somebody else for a day, I’ll straighten it.
Glamour: Girls everywhere are dying to know: What do you do to get those curls?
Tori Kelly: I’m obsessed with products and love the Davines Sea Salt Spray. I spray it all over my hair when it’s damp to dirty it up a bit and give my curls more texture. Then, I use Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream. It’s the one in the purple bottle. I also love the Garnier Fructis Style Surfer Hair products because you get a beachy curl, rather than a super tight curl. I can usually get away with using any one of those products on its own, but I like to use all of them at the same time.
Glamour: What’s your favorite hair product of all time?
Tori Kelly: I can’t remember the name, but there was a Garnier product that was like a putty that my mom and I were obsessed with. For some reason, Garnier discontinued the product, so for a while my mom and I would buy it on eBay. But we’ve had to cut the habit because now it’s so expensive—the stuff is so rare. I even tweeted at Garnier asking why they got rid of it, but I haven’t heard back!
Glamour: A lot of curly-haired girls are resistant to hair-dryers. I know I am! Do you use one?
Tori Kelly: I do, but I always use it on the lowest power. It gets too frizzy otherwise. After I shower and put in all my products, I hang out with the diffuser with my head flipped over for five to seven minutes. But before I use a hair-dryer, I’ll towel-dry my hair. Actually, drying your hair with an old T-shirt is a great trick. It helps to get all the extra water out, without bringing on frizz.
Glamour: How often do you wash your hair?
Tori Kelly: Whenever it feels dirty—usually every other day.
Glamour: Other than wearing it down, how do you like to style your hair?
Tori Kelly: I really like to rock it natural and let my hair go wild, but when I do style it, I slick all the hair over to one side with pins. It’s either that or a messy bun.
Check out Tori’s music and curls in her single “Dear No One.”
What are your curly-hair tricks? Let’s discuss!