Bouncy, wavy, frizzy, twisted into a clip, pulled back into a tail or straightened into submission- my curls have seen it all- thoughts from a curl guru and beauty blogger in training:
I get a lot of comments and questions about my hair on social media- so I thought that today I would share with you dear readers my hair routine and products for success, as well as how I eventually came to love my hair. Ever since I was little I've had hair with a mind of its own- at one point I could have been Shirley Temple’s stunt double with my ringlets. Much to the chagrin of my mother who permed her silky straight hair for the better part of ten years, I did not come of age in the 80s. In addition to having rambunctious curls, my hair is very thick and takes the better part of an hour to an hour and a half to make into the sleek waterfall so popular when I was in school. Given my love of sleep and athletic activities (cross country and softball if you’re curious) my hair was mostly pinned back in some manner. Trips to the salon or particularly patient friends were the only time my hair was truly straight and yet I was never fully comfortable with my natural hair. We lived in an uneasy ceasefire, my curls and I- never sure of what the other would do on a given day.
Luckily in recent years I've discovered how to rock my curls from just washed to day three. Switching to non-sulfate and hydrating products was a godsend- I like to alternate Deva Curl’s No Poo and One Condition and OXG Coconut Curls. My Mason Pearson brush has firmly been reserved for dry hair states and I untangle my hair with a wide tooth comb or my fingers while I let the conditioner do its magic. Thanks to the advice of curly hair gurus whose hair is even more impressive than mine like LipstickNCurls I ditched towel turbans for the soft cotton of an old oversized t-shirt. Bumble and Bumble Curl Defining Creme lets my hair air dry into beautiful bouncy ringlets. Up my hair goes into a top knot before my head hits the pillow. MoroccanOil's signature treatment helps me deal with frizz and I use Batise's brunette dry shampoo to soak up any oil in my roots on day three. It’s been a long road but now my curls and I are more or less on the same page (on occasion they still like to surprise me but hey, it makes life interesting). If every once and awhile I feel like rocking a sleek blowout or contemplate what I’d look like with darker hair (mine is naturally a chocolate color & varies according to the season) that's fine. After all a woman’s hair is her prerogative and no one else’s.