I have had wildly curly hair for my whole life. While it fell in pretty ringlets when I was young, both the texture and curls have changed over time. I have spent my life in a love/hate relationship with my curls. I have tried ironing, straitening and blowing it out but nothing suits my personality or my hair better than wearing it curly. So as I have gotten older, I have learned to embrace my curls. I have to admit, now that I have learned the “tricks of the trade,” I constantly get compliments on my hair. In fact, I am proud to be a curly girl!
Learn my must do tricks to have the perfect naturally curly hair that you have always wanted.
Limit the Shampoo
I have learned that shampoo dries your hair out which leads to frizz. As any curly girl know, frizz is her greatest nemesis. Even though I wash my hair every other day, I only shampoo once a week. Enough to clean my scalp and remove any product residue. Shampooing less frequently helps my curls to cooperate. I am also a big fan of sulfate free shampoos.
Here are a few of my recommendations.
Condition, Condition, Condition
Curly hair is thirsty hair. It will be less frizzy and be more likely to cooperate with you if you condition well. In fact, I don’t think that you can over condition. I personally use two different conditioners every time I wash. I use a regular conditioner and a deep conditioning mask. In fact, the Kerastase Hair Masque is probably the most significant product that I use on my hair.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Become a Mixologist
I have an entire graveyard of products that I have tried over the year with varying success. I will have to say curly girls have to find the right mix of products for their climate and their water type. In humid South Florida I use 4 different products on my hair. First, I comb through my wet hair with a broad tooth comb. For products, I start with a serum.
Here are my favorites:
After I use about a quarter size dollop of serum, I move to a curling crème. I will have to say that I have a clear favorite for this step. I have tried dozens of curing cremes over the years and I always go back to Be Curly by Aveda. In my opinion, there is none better.
After the first two steps, I comb through my hair again. I then use two different mousses. I like the oil of the Moroccan Mousse then the definition of a stronger mousse. Two mousses may seem like overkill but the combination not only helps to define your curls but it also protects the curls from humidity. It also allows me to go two to three days between washing. If I stopped at the crème, my hair would look good for a couple of hours but then it would begin to get limp and frizzy. The mousse is a must have in my arsenal.
(Extra Tip: After I apply the mousse, I curl a couple of ringlets around my face using my finger. This helps to give those curls a little extra definition).
Here are my favorites for mousse:
Dry With Care
Drying your curls may be the most important step. If you skimp on this step, then your curls will be wild and frizzy. My hair actually does the best if I wash it then let it air dry for an hour or so naturally. Then I dry it using a dryer with a finger diffuser. I have found that it is worth paying a bit more for a nice dryer. You can tell a huge difference in the way your hair dries with a professional grade dryer. They are worth the investment. Also make sure that you buy the diffuser that comes with the dryer. Don’t try to use a universal diffuser, they never do as well.
When I dry, I turn my hear upside down and dry the roots. When I flip over, I scrunch the sides lightly into the finger diffuser. I never dry my hair completely. I dry it until it is damp and then I let it air dry completely. I have found the more you touch and manipulate your hair when wet, the less defined your curls will be.
Here are the two dryers that I have owned:
Again, touch your hair as little as possible when it is wet. The more you touch it the more frizz there will be. After I dry my hair, I finish with a little bit of hairspray. Again, I have tried many varieties of hairspray but I love Control Force the best. It is a little pricey but worth every penny! It is actually a moisture protectant so it KEEPS YOUR HAIR FROM FRIZZING! I use a very light coat just to seal my hair so one bottle actually lasts me several months.
I hope that you have gained a little knowledge from my article. All of the products listed here are products that I use on a regular basis. All opinions are my own and I get no commission from referring Aveda products. I just really love them. I do make a minuscule amount from my recommendations on Amazon. However, all of those products may be purchased at any drug store.
May you learn to embrace your curly girl side. Wishing you happy and beautifully curly hair!