I've had curly/wavy hair all my life. I haven't always loved it and I, definitely, haven't always known what to do with it! In fact, like most curly girls, I've fought against it at times. For several years now, I've decided to go with the curl, but I got relaxers to smooth out the frizz around my face.
A few months ago I decided, "No More!" Not only are relaxers harsh on your hair, they're toxic...very unhealthy as they seep into your skin! And, well, as we all know, I'm on a health quest. So, all natural it is for me!
Here's what I did...
Oh, before we go any further, I must tell you: I am NOT a hair stylist. I am NOT an expert. I do NOT get paid to say anything kind about any product. And my hair does not look like this every day. Some days I make more effort than others. So if you know me in real life, don't expect my hair to look good every time you see me. HA! :) I'm not stuck on myself and I don't think I have the perfect hair. I am just a curly haired girl who wants to help out other curly girls like myself. These are just things I've learned and personal opinions. And you are responsible to form your own as well. :) Okay...
Step #1: Find a stylist that knows how to do curly hair. The average American stylist washes your hair, then cuts it wet. This is not the best thing for a curly top like me, or the other 40-60% of the population that has some curl in their hair. Since the consistency of our curls tend not to be the same all over our heads, we get an uneven cut when it's cut wet. I recommend you follow the link above to find a stylist who has been trained to cut curly hair. They call it a Deva Cut. Or, at least, find someone who understands curly hair. :)
A few years ago I read "Curly Girl: The Handbook" by Lorraine Massey (this link is to the updated version). Lorraine is a genius curly haired stylist who (among other things) set up a school to train other stylists to do curly hair. A team now travels across the country visiting salons to train stylists in these simple, yet fab methods.
I had my first Deva Cut a few months ago. My new stylist cut my hair dry, showed me how to style it (much differently than anyone ever had...and I'm going to tell you in just a few moments!) and hooked me up with a couple of Deva Curl products. Products that actually work! That leads me to tip #2...
Step #2: Get products that work. Here's what I (now) use: DevaCurl
Simple. Shampoo (sometimes Conditioner) and Gel. Not only do they work, they're 100% Sulfate, Paraben and Silicone Free! Which enriches my healthier lifestyle. Sweet!
Step #3: Learn how to style what you've got! Why fight it?! Be happy with, or at least accept, what God gave you and go with it. :)
I will tell you the basics of what my stylist told me and then I'll share my own observations at the end. BUT I recommend you go get a Deva Cut for yourself. It's worth the cost involved!
1. Gently wash your curls. Try to disturb them as little as possible.
2. Flip you head over, shake your head like a dog! This is not so easy for people like me with neck issues, but...
3. Use your hand to scrunch up your hair (not disturbing the curls, but going with them) and squeeze out more moisture.
4. With head still flipped down and hair still wet work in gel (DevaCurl Arc AnGEL). A lot of it! A whole palm full. Do not disturb curls, go with them by scrunching up and not running fingers through them. Start at the base and work down.
5. Use a microfiber towel to dry a little more, using the same method above.
6. Flip up...or is it flip out?! Okay, I mean, stand up straight. :) Now, for more lift, use small clips to gently pin your locks at the base (around your part).
7. Let air dry. If you must use a hair dryer, use one with a large diffuser. But air drying is best!
|Hair clips for lift|
|RARE pic of me with no makeup|
I have clips in my hair for lift!
*I like DevaCurl No-Poo. I know, they say all curly hair is dry. Mine isn't. When I use conditioner everyday (any conditioner) my hair gets so soft, fluffy and uncontrollable that it drives me crazy. So, I only use conditioner about once or twice a week. This probably isn't right for your hair. The stylist recommended using the conditioner every time and leaving a little of it in when rinsing.
*I also really like DevaCurl Arc AnGEL. I've used a lot of gels throughout the years, folks. This one actually does what it says it will do, a rarity! Although it's a little pricier than the stuff I used before, it actually saves me money because I only have to buy ONE product! I like that a lot!!
*I actually like to use the microfiber towel (I use Norwex) throughout the whole drying process.
*The Deva Cut costs a little more than I was use to paying for a cut before. And, honestly, I was a little disappointed with it at first. But my stylist told me that I would be! She said give it a month to get use to the new styling method, etc. She was right. Both I and my hair had to adjust! :) The best part: my stylist said I need only come in every 3 to 5 months for a cut!
*I only wash my hair every 2 to 3 days. Between washes, I just spritz my hair with water and scrunch with my hands to revive my bed head curls. This also keeps my hair and scalp from drying out.
My curls are soft and bouncy, more spiral than before. I like that.
I like being NATURAL!
|Don't ya just love silly self |
portraits in the mirror?! Here
my hair was still damp
|I'm really not stuck on myself...|
|I'm just coming to terms with|
my inner curl! :)
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14
Are you a girl with curls? Tell me your best tip. I'd love to learn from YOU!
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