I've got a set of methods. They're constantly changing, nothing is nailed down or written in stone. When I look at where I started, I'm happy to see things have come a long way. My hope is that method posts like these offer you encouragement in the processes you've started or are interested in. Take them, adapt them, and celebrate the progress as it happens along the way!
For years (13?) I tired to fight it, hide it, straighten it and perfect it but there is no denying it, my hair is naturally curly. I've spent more than enough money on hair products I've seen on commercials that make curls softer, stronger, healthier, and better. I've spent hours searching for pictures in magazines, blog posts, and Pinterest pins of hair that was like mine, fine and curly, in hopes there would be some answers for how to manage my hair. In the end, like most things in life, I had to adopt my own methods. So I am here to share them with you, the select you who might have curly hair that seems unmanageable or unlikable.
Here is my trick, rarely do them. I wash my hair 2 or 3 times a week depending on how crazy it gets or what things I have going on in my week. I do my best to not towel dry my hair, because it becomes more frizzy when the fibers of the towel move around my curls. I do my best not to blow dry it because I want the curls to be as moisturized as I can. If I must dry it because I am going somewhere, I wait until the very last second, and apply heat just on the roots for less than a minute.
Products Day to Day
In high school and most of college I seriously bought every kind of mousse, gel, hairspray, shampoo, and conditioner I that said it was good for curls. I didn't love them, any of them, they smelled to perfumey, they left my hair too crunchy or worse, frizzy. They dried my hair out and just left me hating my curls so I mostly resorted to straightening my hair (an easy way out because it straightens nicely, and all the girls in magazines had straight hair, so I should too.) I know some people who don't have to go through this, whose curls are completely find to just air dry even on humid days. It turns out products play a huge role in my curls life.
When I finally gave into buying all Aveda products for my hair, I was so grateful for the results. It's not to say I've given up hunting, I would love to use more simple products on my hair but I've been busy experimenting with products for my skin. I use these, when I wash my hair, in this order,
Treating Once a Week or Less
Every once in awhile my hair needs a little more care, a little more attention. So these are the treats I use and how often I use them.
Aveda Be Curly Intensive Detangling Mask (about once a week)
Coconut Oil (once a month)
Apple Cider Vinegar (every 6 months)
Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil (on my ends when I straighten my hair)
If I wash my hair on a Tuesday and I want the curls to hold up over night for Wednesday, I use a headscarf to put my hair up in a beehive on top of my head. This helps keep the curls in on spot as my head moves around on my pillowcase. Softer fabrics, like silk and rayon, are better than terry cloth and even some cottons.
When In Doubt
If my hair is a little frizzy and needs tightened up, I splash some water on it. I've been known to wash my hands and dry them on my hair. I also wipe excess coconut oil from my face moisturizer on my ends. I am a firm believer in water drinking, the more you do it the better. Lastly, I can't back this up with any evidence but I've been drinking collagen a few times+ a week and I think it's really strengthening my nails and hair.
ENJOY YOUR CURLS! If you happen to wash your hair with baking soda, I wanna hear all about it . . . maybe it will be another experiment. Also, this song may or may not have impacted my life a little bit . . . actually a huge bit.
p.s. if you are in Fort Wayne Indiana, go to the Aveda Experience Center in Jefferson Pointe. Find Alicia, tell her I sent you, and have a blast! I still buy my products from her even living in Michigan.