I have recently gotten out of a bad relationship with my natural curly hair. From the time I was little I never wanted it and always wished I could of been lucky enough to of been born with naturally strait hair. I always slicked my hair in wet buns because I had no clue how to manage it. If I tried wearing my hair curly I would get called a Hansen Brother, Tarzan or my favorite a wild coyote.
So why do I like my natural curly hair now?
Because after a lifetime of fighting it and hating it I have come to accept and love it. It started when I fell in love with my sons curls.
I remember when I was pregnant with Hudson praying that he would get strait hair, silly I know. When he was around a year old and his curls came in I was obsessed with them. I still micromanage every haircuts making sure he still has curls every time.
Thank heavens for unanswered prayers and that I was “lucky” enough to be born with curly hair. The first thing my husband noticed about me was my big natural curly hair at a pool party.
With the help of my family and a good hairdresser I have really come to accept and love my hair for what it is and I hope some of my tips will help you love yours too.
Here are my top 12 tips for loving your naturally curly hair.
- Get a good hairdresser. I always choose one that has naturally curly hair and understands the nature of the beast. Someone that will not mistake the coarse texture of my hair as dead hair and just whack the whole thing off
- Good products. Get shampoos and conditioners that made specifically for curly coarse hair
- Don’t brush wet hair, even if you are planning on straitening it. Blow-dry it when it is 95% dry and then apply strainers to it. -brushing will snap off your hair when pulling on it. Imagine pulling on a roman noodle. If your hair needs to be brushed use a plastic comb
- After washing hair gently towel dry and blot, don’t rub your hair with your towel. Rubbing wet hair with a towel causes damage and frizz
- When applying products start at ends and work up towards scalp
- Try to go as long as possible without having to wash your hair (I try to go a week)
- If you have to blow-dry your hair in a time crunch use a diffuser, it’s less brutal on your hair
- Always use a heat protectant
- Greasy scalp? Use dry shampoo – I use Aveda, when I use it all up I put baby powder in the empty container, it really is an amazing container, it poufs out like a cloud and distributes amazingly
- Always use scrunchies, or ouchless elastics
- Sleep on silk pillowcases, you have to style your hair less often when you do
- Make sure if you are coloring your hair your hairdresser uses olaplex – It’s pretty much like having insurance on your hair. It protects your hair and us curly heads could use all the “insurance” we can get 🙂