Okay I am going to be debunking everything you thought you knew about curly hair. Please hang on tight because everything your momma told you is going right out the window! Here we go ;)
First off, I have to explain a little about my hurr. I have had wild, curly hair my whole life. I didn't grow up with wavy hair and it got curlier as I got older. I never knew what grease was because I didn't have pin straight hair. I had a head full of ringlets my whole life. When I was in middle school--forget it. In a bun and away from my face. I fried it with my straightener or always had it up. I did not want my hair. I always wanted what other kids had and had no idea what a gold mine I had on top of my head until high school.
As I felt a little more comfortable with myself, I started to let my hair down more. It's funny now that I look back on it because, I have always been self conscious and when I felt my most vulnerable (high school age) I had my hair down ALL the time. I think that was because I was trying to hide behind it. But needless to say, I started to embrace my hair anyway. I always got compliments on it but I just said 'thank you' and kept on moving. Never realized what I was working with.
Holy crap!!!! Look at that hair! HAHA wait, look at that phone! Can we say prehistoric!? Oh my gosh, this is literally cracking me up. Okay back to business.
At this point, I was washing my hair EVERYDAY, brushing the crap out of it with a regular ol' brush you get at the drugstore and slapping fist fulls of LA Looks gel in that baby. (Side note: I should have named the title of this post "Way Back Wednesday: Things Kids who Grew up during Y2K Did/Had") I was not careful with my hair at all. Oh and I was twisting and shoving it up in a towel. Go me. NOT.
If you haven't already guessed, what I used to do to my hair is NOT what you should be doing to get the most perfect, bouncy curls of yo' LIFE. Here is what you NEED to do and you will not regret it!
1. DO NOT wash your hair every day. Let's get that out of the way. Curly hair does not retain moisture and when you wash your hair every day, you are literally stripping it of any life it has and washing the natural oils that help your curls bounce (just think of what happens when Sponge Bob goes to Sandy's house..he shrivels up because he has no water. Don't be like dried up Sponge Bob).
2. Here is where you might think I'm a little whacky...DO NOT brush your hair. STOP IT. Sorry if I sound mean, but I gotta give it to ya. When I was in the store with my friend she mentioned getting a new brush. I was like "Oh I haven't brushed my hair since March." (It was like September at that point). I swear when I said that and looked at her, she looked like she saw a friggin' ghost. And she has curly hair too! She's like "Um whaaaaaa???" But honestly, curls do not need it! You are literally breaking your pretty ringlets apart! They don't want to be broken, they want to be tightly wound, hugging the other ringlets and being BFFS..okay sorry that was way too much. Just don't brush your hair, k? Keep reading...
3. DO NOT use a towel. "So what would you like me to use, Hair Police?" Well, funny you should ask because you should be using an old cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel. Either of these will soak up a lot of the excess water left but won't FRIZZ your beautiful curls. Frizz and curls should not be in the same sentence.
4. Using the right products. Invest in items that are for curly hair, that have nourishing ingredients and that are cleansing. You need to make sure you clean your hair, not just wash it, if that makes any sense. Avoid products that have ingredients like alcohol, any sulfate, and chlorine. Your hair does not need it and it should not be put on your body so find a product (stay tuned, my faves are coming up) that is free of these and you should be golden.
5. Okay this might be the hardest tip...don't play with or touch your luscious locks. The more you touch your hair, the more dirty oil you put in it, the more you disturb the natural curl of the hair and the frizzier it gets. This is so hard for me because my fingers are literally magnets to my hair but trust me, it's for the best.
As if this post isn't long enough...I am going to give you my favorite products to use for the best curls evaaaa.
5. Moroccan Curl Perfection Defining Cream (Drugstore)
I use the shampoo and conditioner just like I would with any other shampoo/conditioner. Although with the conditioner, I rinse just a little bit out and leave the rest in and it acts as a leave in conditioner--score! Then I just flip my head over, squeeze out the water with the old t-shirt or microfiber cloth. I do not twist it up on top of my head, nor do I rub it all around. Just squeeze.
Then I flip my head back over, and with a few pumps of the Deva Curl warmed up in my palms, I put my fingers in my hair, scrunch, scrunch, scrunch and take them out. Be sure not to run your fingers through your curls (as if you were brushing the hair with your fingers). I try to get as close to the root as possible with the product so that it gives it lift and body. And then I air dry. I do not apply heat to dry my hair...EVER. I never use a hair dryer or a diffuser. You may want to test it out but I have never used one so I never started with this new routine. Then, I flip my head back over, give it a shimmy-shake and BOOM done. Perfect, bouncy, full luscious curls. If the next day you need a little pick me up--try the Botanical Boost Spray. It wakes them up and eliminates any odor that may have gotten trapped (if you went out last night for fajitas and got fajita smell in your hair ... I know you know what I am talking about).
Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. ;)
Ladies, if you are like me and have super, wild curly hair, or just want to amp up your hair routine to get the most out of your locks, try this and let me know in the comments how it worked for you! Every curl is different, so if it doesn't pan out and your way works better--then rock it! But give this a try--you may never go back!