One of the things I really love about myself is my long, thick, curly hair. I was in denial about it for years, and flattened it to no end since high school. In my late 20s, I got tired of fighting who I was and learned to love and embrace it. Here’s what I learned in the past 3 or 4 years about keeping curly hair looking good.
1. An amazing haircut is essential. Go to someone that specializes in curly haircuts and has them on the list of services at the salon, a Deva trained stylist is even better. You really need the proper layers to help those curls have optimal bounce.
2. Sulfate free shampoo followed by a great shampoo. I used to use all Deva products, but in an effort to cut down on costs, I found Shea Moisture Curl & Shine sulfate free shampoo at the drugstore. The one thing I won’t scrimp on is quality conditioner, which is why I have the DevaCurl One Condition pictured. My hair loves this conditioner, and plenty of it. This is also the part that I use my fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle. Outside of this, I never brush or comb my hair.
3. After the shower and before even reaching for a towel, I distribute a healthy amount of alcohol free gel to my hair, bend over, and scrunch it in. This prevents that crispy crunch thing that can happen with gel when you put it in when the hair is too dry. I also like to put some styling creme in after this step. I really like Living Proof’s Styling Creme. Expensive, but it helps with the frizz and it lasts a really long time.
4. Do not use the terry towel that you dry yourself off on your hair! That creates a whole lot of frizz and mess. Bending over again, scrunch with a microfiber towel. In a pinch, I will use a T shirt for this step. In the summer, this will be the last step for me, and I will just air dry. If I need to dry it in a hurry or it’s cold outside, I’ll use a dryer with a diffuser. Thick hair requires an investment in a hair dryer that packs a punch. You’ll be surprised how much quicker your hair will dry with the right tool, plus they last for years. I love the Twin Turbo series of dryers.
Here I am pretending to sail, curls to the wind