My hair is kind of my signature thing. I get questions about my hair a couple of times a week on the reg, guys, and I must say I don't hate it. For someone that doesn't have the best body confidence, having awesome hair is a plus.
Growing up with my hair type was a source of insecurity for me for most of my adolescence. My hair was different from everyone else's sleek and straight hair and therefore did not consider curly hair to be "beautiful". It got tangled easily, it was frizzy, and things got stuck in it a lot: candy, handheld fans, a locust one time. I tried getting it chemically straightened once and for a few years in middle school I spent too much time and money straightening my hair almost every day. I grew tired of getting up early and being afraid of rain, sweat, and humidity. I decided to try a lot of different methods in letting my curls show through until I came across the combination of products I use today.
Now I absolutely love my curly hair and hear a lot, "You have beautiful hair, but you probably hate it/ want straight hair." and my reply is always, "nope! I love it!" I know that many people with curly hair do wish they had straight hair, but it's only because they don't know how to work with it. They think their hair is hard to manage, but let me tell you, once you learn how to work with it, it is actually easier! The truth is, curly haired girls try to treat their hair like girls with straight hair do, but it is completely different!
I get asked about my hair routine all of the time so I thought I would share my secrets with you.
These are my hair care go to products-
-Garnier Fructise Leave in Conditioner
-Garnier Fructise Conditioner
-Moroccan Argan Oil
-A wide tooth comb
All of these products are available at walmart, dollar general, walgreens, most drug stores easily accessible to you (and obviously, amazon)! The hardest to find is the moroccan argan oil, but if it isn't available the garnier fructis sleak and shine oil is a good substitute.
You don't need fancy curly-specified salon products, you don't need gel or mousse, you don't need to buy ANY shampoo, and you should never ever ever ever EVER brush your hair.
My hair care regime is this: every couple of nights I start my shower by completely covering my hair in conditioner (I buy the big bottle with the pump). I do my other shower business and finish by using my wide toothed comb while I rinse the conditioner out. I then ring the water out of my hair with my hands and apply the leave in conditioner. I never use a towel to dry my hair due to more possible damage and breakage the friction can cause. I sleep with wet hair and in the mornings I use about a quarter-size of the oil to tame it by running my fingers through it with my head upside down. Sometimes if my morning hair is a little too crazy I can re-wet it and re-apply the leave in conditioner in the morning.
I know what some of you might be thinking. You don't wash you're hair every day? gross! Nope, I sure don't! I do wet it every night in the shower and apply the leave in conditioner every night and no my hair never feels greasy. Curly hair is naturally brittle, dry, and coarse. Any time you use shampoo it will simply dry out your hair and I feel is unnecessary to the cleaning process. I also never comb my hair unless it is wet with conditioner in it. I also don't always comb it whenever I deep condition it. Any time you brush or comb your curls you are combing out the curls. The less you comb, the more tight and defined your curls will be.
I know a lot of curly girls use the mousse/ diffusing hair dryer method. I went that route for a while but I stopped for two reasons. One is that any time you are applying direct heat to your hair, you are again drying it out and causing potential breakage and damage. I don't like mousse or gel because I don't like my hair to feel crunchy. The leave in conditioner and oil lets my natural curls keep hold all day while still feeling soft.
In terms of cutting my hair, I do it myself. This isn't the best option, I know, but I absoluly HATE going to get my hair cut. Hairdressers tend to try to cut my hair like it is straight. They also always try to either style it by staightening it or applying lots of yucky gel. I've come home from many a haircut in tears because it ended up being so much shorter than I wanted. I hear there are beauticians who have obtained specific curly hair-cutting license/certifications in the big OKC, but have yet to try it. I'm a little scared and I don't live in OKC. If I ever do end up trying it I will let you all know how it goes.
Like I said, I have tried a lot over the years, but these are what I always come back to. You may have found some products that work better for you and that's great! Just like curls are different from straight hair, there are many different types of curly hair! All I can say is, don't be one of those betrayors that straighten their hair everyday and no one believes when they say they have curly hair. Don't give up on finding some hair routine to work for your curls. Curly hair is AWESOME and I pray every day that my children get my curl genes. My curly hair is one of the features that makes me unique and dare I say, special! (hehe).
In His hug,
P.S.- For you fellow curlies, check out this post for hair accessory ideas.