Dear Curly Haired Beauty,
I understand your frustration; the blessing and the curse that is curly hair. If you’ve ever stared in envy at those who can put their hair up in a pony AND let it down without showering again then this post is for you. If you’ve spent hundreds on products only to find that they don’t really work for you, then this post is for you. If you’ve considered chemically straightening your hair or shaving your head bald, then this post is for you!
DO– Use mousse. Gels and curl creams always left my hair crunchy or oily. I’ve found that mousse is the lightest option while still giving you enough hold to manage your curls and frizz. I have been using this mousse for years and love it!
DON’T– Shampoo often. Curly hair is usually the driest of all hair types and shampoo doesn’t help it’s cause. I usually shampoo my hair once, maybe twice, a week. However, I do use conditioner every time I shower! Currently, I’m using this brand of shampoo and conditioner.
DO– Find a stylist that knows how to cut curly hair. Not all hair should be cut the same! And not every stylist knows how to manage curly hair. I didn’t realize how much of a difference this made until I came across a stylist that knew what she was doing. It changed the way that my hair laid and grew. Thus, no more triangle head or pulling my hair half-up-half-down to manage the madness.
DON’T– Towel dry your hair. The only thing I use a towel for is to gently squeeze the water out of my hair. When I do anything more than that, it seems to make my hair frizzy or separate my curls.
DO– Take advantage of water. Curly hair has a super power that other hair types don’t really have; it takes on different forms when wet. So if you are unhappy with a few of your curls once they start to dry, take a spray bottle to your hair or dip your curl under the faucet to start over!
DON’T– Skip out on deep conditioning. I usually deep condition overnight one to two times per week with a product like this one to help keep my curls manageable and soft.
DO– Change up your routine until you find the one that works for you. Don’t give up on your curls… They may be stubborn and unpredictable, but they’re yours and they’re beautiful! You just have to find what works best for you. For example, I know a lot of fellow curly haired friends that put their hair up in a bun at night and the next morning they have beautiful curls… This never really worked for me, but it may for you! Curly hair is all about trial and error.
DON’T– Be misinformed about what certain things will do to your hair. I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say “I used to have curls like yours until I…”. It usually ends with colored my hair or straightened it too much. Not that you can’t experiment with your curls by trying different colors or styles, just know that your curls may react to the chemicals or heat in an undesirable way.
DO– Love on your curls. Curly hair makes you unique! Instead ofwishing away your curls, embrace them! People would kill for your luscious locks.