Finally after um...about 40+ years I figured out what to do with my naturally curly hair! I know all you straight hairs think we just wake up and have the fabulous locks with little work! My hair is even more challenging because it is so fine, thin and now thinning in spots! With the dark hair and white roots I can look very "scalpy" and even scary! Some of you may think my hair is only wavy but when it grows out, I get medium sized cork screws; it just is straighter when short which is typical of 3A type curly hair.
|My absolute favorite clay cleanser is Terressentials Lavender|
Poo or no poo? I'm sure you all have heard or even tried the no shampoo conditioner washing method. It works great for a lot but for some of us, it can make our fine hair feel finer and LIMP! If this is your hair, you can try a non-sulfate "no-poo" "shampoo". I stumbled across my favorite by mistake....don't laugh but it is my dog's shampoo! I love Earthbath Pet Shampoo for my hair! The conditioner is perfect too, the ingredients are all pure and natural; more natural than the "natural" ones from the health store! I also like mud... well clay, as in Rhassoul clay for cleansing. It adds a lot of body to my hair. I just mix a teaspoon in a little water, gently scrub the curls, rinse well and condition! I get my clay from Garden of Wisdom. They have lots of cool ingredients for making your own products and also some great finished products! I find alternating products helps the look and texture also. I use Terressentials lavender hair cleanser for a real treat! I also love the ancient Shikakai powder for body and lots of shine; I just mix it like the clay or add it to the clay.
For conditioning, I find staying away from oils especially shea butter will help prevent frizz. A good read by Jonathan Torch: The Truth Behind Oils. I like a little almond oil or coconut oil at times. No need to waste your money on the argon oil craze; the real stuff stinks and doesn't do anything more special! For styling I love a seaweed based gel product called Seamollient (also from Garden of Wisdom) and Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste, I get at Target. I make my own curl refreshing spray with rosewater and a teaspoon of glycerin from the drugstore mixed in.
I first scrunch in 1/2 tsp Curls Paste with a lot of water so it is really drippy ( Rudeechick's super soaker method) and then blot upside down with a Curls Like Us Towel ( or old t-shirt will work!) . Then I take just a 1/2 tsp Seamollient and scrunch that in, arranging the curls and even clipping into place. I let air dry for a half hour then finish off drying with a diffuser. Sounds like a lot of work but really it isn't, I know of curly heads that will spend 20 minutes a day on just straightening...yikes! Finally I want to mention color. I know the chemical dyes make me lose hair; I try to use pure henna and indigo as much as possible. The henna will add a ton of body also.
The Vintage Inspired Passionista has a different routine for her gorgeous golden curly locks be sure to check it out! Here she is with the hair sticks I make; the perfect gift for the thicker haired curlies:
Find my colorful hair sticks and jewelry in my Etsy shop, BluKatDesign. Follow my Pinterest board for more hair styling ideas
If you have curly hair and want to share a tip please feel free to comment!