I’m going to start this off with a fun fact. I went to a family party about a year or so ago and my cousin came up to me and said ‘Omg, I LOVE your hair! How did you curl it like that?”
Well, I didn’t. I have naturally curly hair, and up until about a year or so ago, I have not had the confidence to rock my natural curls to places like work, parties or family events. Every day I straightened my hair for whatever event was in the cards.
I just genuinely hated my curls. I envied people with naturally straight hair. How lucky are they, that they just wake up looking like what I wish my hair always looked like.
So, back to my little fun fact. I was shocked when she said that. I couldn’t believe I seriously never let myself be seen by my own family with my natural hair for 23 years of my life! 23 years!
It took me that long to warm up to my curls and embrace them for what they are. So, if you’re like me and hate the frizz and curls on your head, I’m going to hopefully give you a few pointers on how to curl your hair in a way that you will learn to love it. Seriously, straightening my hair every day had taken its toll on my hair.
Before I get any further, though, the main ingredient to rocking your natural curls is confidence. I wouldn’t be wearing my curls on an almost daily basis if I did not just say ‘fuck it’ and go for it–and not look back. Don’t get me wrong, I still straighten my hair from time to time, but I’m not a slave to the straightener anymore. I can go on vacation without it. I can go to the beach without it. All things that I couldn’t do before I learned to love my curls.
One more naturally curly hair caveat to keep in mind–there will be bad days. There will totally be days that your hair frizzes up no matter how much product is in there. I have learned to accept it and move on. That’s what hats are for.
^^Hey, that’s me and my curls on what I call a good day. I like those curls.
So how do you get to a good curl day?
Step one starts in the shower. Use a deep conditioner in place of a regular conditioner on days you want curls. I usually use L’Oreal’s Oleo Therapy Deep Conditioning Mask. I throw it in my hair after shampooing and just let it sit there until the end of the shower before rinsing it out.
When I don’t use the L’Oreal mask, I use OGX’s Coconut Curls Curling Butter. The description says leave-in or rinse-out. I always rinse out at least 80% of the product out of my hair. It’s a greasy nightmare if I ‘leave-in’ too much of that coconut goodness. Seriously, it smells delicious.
I use THIS wide tooth comb to comb out my hair before leaving the shower. Once it’s combed out and detangled, I flip my head over and scrunch out some curls while adding a little more water to them. Sometimes the comb makes for thinner curls, buy re-scrunching with water, it adds more definition to the little curl loops.
See that log of paper towels? That is your curly-hair-hero. Do not towel dry your curls. I repeat: do not towel dry your curls. Flip your hair over, and scrunch them with paper towel. It is scientifically proven (I think I’m making that up) to reduce frizz. Some people in the past have suggested using a t-shirt in place of paper towels, I found that it did not work as effectively. #teampapertowels
Finally, we move onto products. Here’s the deal. I feel like I need to switch things up on my hair otherwise after time, a product does not work as well. For example, I’ve been using the Curly Sexy Hair all summer long, but just made the switch to Not Your Mother’s curl cream, because I felt the Curly Sexy Hair just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I don’t know if this is the same for everyone, but I have had great curl luck with switching up my routine frequently.
That’s not to say that Curly Sexy Hair doesn’t work well or work anymore, it just means I’ll come back to it in a few months. Rotation.
So, after years and years and years of trial and tribulation. And after experimenting with every curl cream, gel, spray and what have you, here is my hand list of things that work for me. I switch it up as I go. Today I used Not Your Mother’s, tomorrow I may use something different.
Links to these products from left to right:
YMMV with these products. I guess my long, dragged out point here with products is you need to find what works best for you. (Though I swear by the paper towel and leave-in conditioners, so maybe try that for sure.) Find what works best for you and run with it! Never let go! Gather up your confidence and rock those curls!
If you have made it all the way to the end of this post, bless you. Thank you so much for reading along. As always, I really appreciate you sticking around, and stay tuned for my next beauty related ramble!