Do you have naturally curly or wavy hair? Maybe you are one of those people that hates it and straightens it daily because it never “looks good”. Curly hair can be a challenge! To say the least! Well, you are in luck! Because today I am giving you 5 everyday tips for curly girls that might make your life a little easier!
For as long as I can remember my hair was straight as a board! When I was younger, I couldn’t even get it to hold a curl or take a perm. That’s right a perm! Lol! But our hair can change with age or after a traumatic event. After going through menopause my hair now has a wave and almost even a curl to it if I let it air dry. My daughter’s hair was straight and when she went through puberty her hair changed and turned wavy. My mom had straight hair most of her life until she had chemo and after her hair grew back it was wavy.
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My mom used to tell my sisters and me to “train our hair”. We used to laugh at her! We thought she was crazy, turned out she knew what she was talking about! Does your hair have some wave or curl to it when it’s wet or when you let it air dry? You just might be able to curl-train it! That’s right! With time and using some of the tips below you might be able to have some beautiful curls!
The products that you use do matter. Using naturally based, free from sulfates, and silicones will give you better results. If you would like help choosing the products that are best for your hair I would love to help! Click here to start!
1. Final Rinse
Let’s face it, curly girls do things differently than the rest of us. It’s just a fact! Starting with rinsing the conditioner out of your hair, your final rinse. Believe it or not, your curls will look their best if you turn your head upside down and rinse. That’s right! Let the water run from the crown of your head to the tips of your hair. And yes, it will get in your face. You will also want to scrunch your hair as you go.
Cool water is also best with the final rinse. Using cool water helps to lay the hair cuticle down helping to add shine and decrease frizz.
2. Applying Products
I typically recommend that you wrap your hair up in a microfiber towel to get out as much water as possible before applying your styling products. With curly hair it is different. You do not want to wrap it up, you want your hair to remain wet when applying your products. Curly hair tends to be on the drier, less hydrated side. So, we want your hair to soak in those products and the hydration they offer.
The order that you apply your products does matter. I did a blog post a while back called, The Art of Layering Hair Products. You can read that here. When applying your styling products, you also want to scrunch as you go. Work those products into the hair. Gently but scrunch away!
3. Day 2 Hair
Next-day hair is always difficult no matter whether you have curly hair or not! When you find what works for your hair you have life made! To refresh your curls I recommend you spritz with water and scrunch in some Monat Moxie Mousse. (Or one of your choosing) Then use your diffuser for a few minutes and you should be good to go!
If it has been several days or if you have an oily scalp, I recommend you use a dry shampoo 1st before doing the above. My favorite is The Champ because it uses micro-fine rice starch and doesn’t have any butane or propane. Which means it’s not flammable. You might want to check your bottle! I did a blog post on dry shampoo that you might want to check out, 3 Tips to Get the Best Results from Your Dry Shampoo. You can read that here.
4. Sleeping on Your Curls
Have you ever gone to bed with great hair only to wake up with the worst bedhead? To help those curls out I recommend you don’t sleep on them. If you do it will flatten them and make it even more difficult to refresh them. Gently place them as high as possible on top of your head with a silk scrunchie. Then wrap a silk/satin headband or wrap around your head to keep it all together all night. Just be sure not to wrap your hair too tight or it can cause breakage. Also using a silk/satin scrunchie also helps to prevent breakage.
5. Be Consistent
Today’s final tip is to be consistent! If you decide to curl train your hair you will need to be consistent and have patience with the process. It takes time. Using good products along with good techniques and consistency you will end up with some amazing curls in no time!
Our world is a “now” society, but most things take time. So, give these tips a try and let me know how they work for you! If you have some waves or curls when your hair airdries you just might have some underlying curls that you didn’t know were there!
Did any of these 5 everyday tips for curly girls help you? Are you thinking about giving curl training a try? If you have any questions for me, please send me a message. And If you want help with products for your curls, please start here! If you have any tips to share with us, please leave them in the comments below!