Sunday, June 22, 2014
Hair Care & Styling Tips for Curly Hair!
If you've ever used #curlyhairprobs then you're gonna love this post! I always get questions about my hair, from how I get my curls to how I get it so long. Well, I'm finally going to answer! If you wanna know how I do my hair, some tips for managing natural curls, or just love all things hair, keep reading! I'm going to break my hair down by section.
TEXTURE: I have naturally curly hair. Once it's dry, I have chunky ringlets/spiral curls, with a few waves mixed in. I definitely have dry hair. It takes quite a lot to make it seem oily, which comes with the curly hair territory. That also means it can look like straw if I don't use the right conditioner :/
LENGTH: My hair is long. While dry and curly it goes down to my lower back. When it's wet and straight it's almost down to my butt!
THICKNESS: Each individual strand is actually very fine, but I have so much hair that it makes it look and feel thick - according to my hairdresser. Basically, I shed like Chewbacca.
COLOR: My hair is naturally very dark. (About a level 4.) It pulls red and looks like a dark auburn if I get lots of sun. My hair is currently ombre. It goes from my natural dark hair, to a medium brown (level 5) to a dark blonde (level 7) finally to super blonde at the tips (level 9/10). It's all pretty blended though. Ain't no one got time for skunk hair.
HAIR CARE: Don't wash every day! I wash my hair every 3 days. That might sound gross, but it actually helps keep my hair healthy. Washing your hair strips the oils from your scalp, which keeps them from moisturizing your hair. Sometimes it can cause your scalp to overproduce oil since it is suddenly lacking, making it feel like you have oily icky hair! Having naturally dry curls, I need those oils to make their way to the tips. When you first transition to washing your hair every other day or every few days, it may feel weird. Keep going. I usually just tie my hair up in a bun when I shower, and presto! Soft, healthy hair. I religiously use Pantene Flat to Volume shampoo, and for conditioner I switch between any one from the Organix line, and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner.
PRODUCTS: I don't put very much in my hair. I towel it dry after showering, and comb through it. I then just run my fingers through it, and apply a quarter size amount of Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. I run this through my hair, and then use whatever is left on my hands to gently scrunch my hair and get it back to it's normal curly self. If I want a little extra volume at my roots, I'll add some Aussie Aussome Volume mousse. I also love adding some Not Your Mothers Beat the Heat Thermal Spray, especially in the warmer months.
STYLING: Stay away from curling/straightening your hair! It totally messes with my hair texture and always takes about a week for my curls to go back to normal after. I usually let my hair air dry, or I flip it upside down and blow it dry to cut down on frizz. Sounds weird right? All I do is lightly scrunch or hold my curls for a few seconds and go around drying my hair that way. I never run my fingers or a brush through it when I blow it dry. When I first get done I look a bit like a poodle, but it settles after 15 minutes and looks fantastic.
I hope this is helpful and answers all of your questions! Let me know if there's anything else you want to know :)