Of course not! IT’S NATURAL!!!
I have been through every hairstyle imaginable—short, long, a-symmetrical, somewhere in-between. Right before 8th grade graduation I got my hair cut by someone who obviously wasn't used to working with curly hair. She ended up cutting it so short that it couldn’t even curl! I was so embarrassed. Throughout high school I slowly grew it out, figuring out how to define my curls better as the years went on. In college I grew it super long, so long that if I straightened it, it was longer than my sister’s
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ED: I have been through many, many products throughout the years. I think it is good to switch it up once your hair becomes too comfortable with a certain product. I used to be obsessed with Bouncy Crème by ISO. But eventually my hair became immune to it and the smell wasn't my favorite.
I have many store-bought products at home. I usually tend towards a crème based product, and tend to stay away from mousse and sprays. This is just what works for me. Currently, I am using a polymer-type product (Aloxxi by Nexxus) that I get at my hair salon, Above Ground Hair Studio in Ann Arbor. (A little goes a long way.) I get my hair cut by Cookie who is the master of curls and a curly girl, herself. She cuts my hair dry, by the way, working with the mind of the curls in their natural state. You might want to discuss this method with your stylist.
Tip: If you don’t want to air-dry your hair, blow-dry with a diffuser on cold air. My hair stylist told me that hot air damages the curls, so keep it cold!
Now that I’ve given an overview of some curly hair techniques, I am going to do a step by step tutorial of my daily hair regimen. Ready? Go:
First, when taking a shower, I use Original Moxie’s no-foam shampoo. (Every week or two I WILL use a foam shampoo if I feel there is too much build up).
Next, condition with your hair with your favorite extra hydrating conditioner. Leave it in for a few minutes and when you wash it out, don’t wash all of it away. You want your hair to have some residue to almost act as a product. (Many people use leave-in-conditioner for this purpose, but I’ve yet to experiment with that.) Sometimes I will only wash my hair with conditioner; again, it depends on what you feel your hair needs. Also be sure not to get body soap on the tips of your hair. This leads to dead ends (says my hair stylist).
When I dry my hair, I flip it forward with my head down and pat/scrunch my hair with the towel.
-Never brush your curls
-Try out a no-foam shampoo and ultra-hydrating conditioner. (Original Moxie for Shampoo, Purology for Conditioner.)
- Don’t wash all of your conditioner out of your hair
- Experiment with a good curly hair product (Bouncy Crème by Iso, Deva Curl, Bed Head, Redken.)
- Use a diffuser and use cold air, or air dry
- Massage your scalp once or twice a day
-And, perhaps most importantly, find a hair stylist who is familiar with cutting curly hair! I always trust stylists who have curly hair themselves.