Do you have beautiful straight hair? Lucky you! As for me, I’m more on the curly side of things. Lion’s mane, if you prefer. If you have curly hair and are trying to get the hang of taking care of them, this post is for you. If you have curly hair disguised under straight hair, I really hope I can still convince you to let them be, because curls are a true gift!
But let’s take it from the top. When I was a toddler, my mum was worried that I would have really thin hair. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe but still, she would cut my hair incessantly because she thought it would make them grow stronger. And eventually, it did. Before I embraced my curly self, I went through lots of hair phases. Let me explain. My hair never behaved (until a few years back). For most of my teens, I had them bundled in a strict bun or a tight ponytail, which wasn’t much fun. And then one day, I discovered permanent hair straightening. But even that treatment was not enough to tame this wild head of hair. While drying, I had to put hair elastics all the way down to my ponytail to “make them stand like spaghetti”. Thank God there is no picture of that!
Needless to say, a few years of this bad treatment caused some serious damage including lots of split ends and hair loss. I had to stop this madness…which I did, resigned to accept my curly self. At the hairdresser, I had to cut 10cm because of the straw/hay texture my hair had taken over the years. That day, I promised myself to quit hair-harassment forever.
A few years and a lot of “trial and error” later, I have finally found what works for my curly hair and what doesn’t. I have listed my 10 curly hair tips here under and I really hope you will find your curly self back too.
- Use the right shampoo
Some shampoo help nourish the hair and the scalp, which will facilitate the hair styling afterwards. Some others with sulfate (what makes the shampoo foam) and silicone are really aggressive and dry up your hair. I personally use the organic shampoos from the brand Logona as the formulation is chemical-free. Also, I observe the quality of the tap water and see how it affects the hair. For example, since I have moved to Vancouver, I have had to use dandruff shampoo because the water is so hard.
- Give the hair some love
Stroking them is not enough 🙂 Pick up a nourishing conditioner (like the one pictured above from John Frieda) but make sure that it doesn’t weigh down the hair. If it does, you won’t have lots of volume once the hair is dry.
- Style while the iron is hot
The best timing for styling is right after the shower, when the hair is still humid. I’ve tried styling half-dry hair and it is not pretty. I also used to style with hair mousse but I always felt like my hair had this “cardboard” texture. I’ve found the perfect cream-serum that works for me. It is from the “Curvaceous” line by Redken and comes in a 150ml bottle (see the green bottle in the picture). The smell is heavenly and it doesn’t grease the hair.
- Don’t wash your hair everyday
I know this is a hard one, especially if you have oily hair. I’ve found one or two hairdos I like that do the trick and help me wait another day.
- Don’t blow-dry
I’ve been there too, using the hairdryer to speed up the drying process, but the curls were less definite and the next morning, I would wake up with a Jackson Five look (no offense to them, I love playing ABC from time to time). When curls dry naturally, the definition will be much better and the curls will last longer. I always wash my hair in the evening to give it time to dry. This is particularly helpful in the winter, as my hair takes up to 4 hours to dry completely. If it is a no go for you, maybe a diffuser could do.
- Sleep on your belly or like Sleeping Beauty
In the early days of finding my curly self back, I remember sleeping on the back and “breaking” the curls in my sleep when tossing and turning. I figured out I had to sleep on the belly to stop that. At first, it felt very uncomfortable but today, I couldn’t go back! If you can’t make this move, try the Sleeping Beauty position. All you have to do is lie down on your back and spread your hair over your head so as not to flatten them. Good luck!
- Find out your hair type and act accordingly
I found this very helpful guide on hair types here and you can see for yourself what is yours. I can only speak for my type (type 3) but I think tips 1, 2, 4 and 8 apply to all types of hair.
- Do not touch
Oh how much I love running my fingers through my curls….So much so that it turned into a bad habit. I stop it if you stop it too. Deal.
- The haircut is like the cherry on the cake
Because it takes longer to actually witness the growth of curly hair, I used to pay my hairdresser a visit only once or twice a year. I think once every 2 or 3 months is a minimum as it helps the hair grow stronger (remember what my mum did). Finding a hairdresser you can trust is like looking for a needle in a hay stack, I know that. Maybe the internet can help you? Have a look at the comments on the hair salon you’re considering or even better, ask for recommendations. By the way, do you have a good address for me in Vancouver?
- Stick to the 9 other tips
…and find your curly self back! Give it a try and let me see the result by sending me a photo!
If you have other tips for curly hair, I’d love to know about them. Use the comment section down below and share with us. That was it for today my lovely readers, I’m sending you lots of love and I’ll see you in the next post!