It took me years to learn the optimum way of styling my curly hair. Part of that was finally finding a stylist who knew how to cut curly hair. I CANNOT STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT PART. Find someone you like who knows how to cut curly hair. I can’t tell you the number of times I came home from getting a hair cut in tears. My mother started to dread my haircuts!
There are so many more resources out there for people with curly hair than there were when I first permed my hair and went crying to my aunt who had years of perm experience. (As this would suggest, I always wanted curly hair. I think I had my first perm at 13. And then 1 or 2 more perms, and puberty hit, and voila! Forevermore curly!) But there are entire web sites to curly hair tips and products, such as CurlMart and NaturallyCurly.
I know I’m opening myself up to criticism, but I do NOT follow the Curly Girl Method, which prescribes no shampoo/sulfate-free shampoo only, no silicone products, and no heat drying. Among some other rules. They’re all set down in the book, Curly Girl: The NEW Handbook by Lorraine Massey (founder of Devachan Salon and the DevaCurl line) and Michelle Bender. It works for many people, but I’ve chosen another route.
Mostly because my stylist showed me the way that I use now to style my hair, finger curling, and it just works for my hair. But you decide what works best for you!
My current shampoo and conditioner loves: The Love line by Davines.
I did actually try the sulfate-free shampoo route for a while, mostly because my scalp gets dry and flakes. (It’s different from dandruff. I’ve been wondering about Aesop’s Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment or Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Masque—has anyone tried them?) But I did have the same problem, even with sulfate-free shampoo.
I kept hopping around because I couldn’t find one that smelled good AND made my hair look good (some made it look downright awful). For a nice long while, I was using Lush’s Curly Wurly shampoo, and I ADORED it, but one day my hair just stopped looking good with it. It’s a shame, because I really did love it and it smells HEAVENLY.
Then Davines walked into my life. I have only bought the travel-sized bottles, just in case they stop working too, but so far so good. I started off using the Love Curl Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner. Then I got a sample of the Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner in my Birchbox, and I just adored the way it smelled and my hair came out even better. But I still throw the Curl Enhancing in there sometimes. (I do only shampoo once, because they are not sulfate free. And somewhere in my head, I still equate it with bad. 🙂 ) I comb the conditioner through my hair in the shower with a wide-tooth comb.
My aresenal! From left to right: Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment, AG Re:Coil Curl Activator, Kiehl’s “Weightless” Curl-Defining Spray
As soon as I get out of the shower, Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment goes straight onto my hair. (This was the miracle product my aunt introduced my then 13-year-old self to, and I’ve been using it ever since.) Then I immeditately use a little bit of AG Re:Coil Curl Activator on my Infusium-wet hair, and comb both of them through with my wide-tooth comb (top one). I do sometimes sub out the Re:Coil for other styling/curl creams, to experiment, and I do like some others, but this is the one I’ve been using for about 2 years.
As mentioned, my Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray
Then I spray some Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray onto my roots. This is what I’m currently using. Basically, my hair is fine and always lacks volume, so I’m always experimenting with volumizing products. Especially ones that don’t make my scalp oily after a day.
Next, I spray in my beloved Kiehl’s “Weightless” Curl-Defining Spray. You know how you find your holy grail product, AND THEN THEY GO AND DISCONTINUE IT?! Yes, well, this is discontinued. I have one bottle and one extra that I bought off of eBay. I have a search for any time it comes up. This stuff is magic, and I’m sorry that I am taunting you with its wonderfulness when you can’t try it yourself. I promise to share what I find to replace it once I run out. I dread the day. (If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears!)
I don’t spray too much of this on, since I don’t want to get crunchy (not that this makes your hair crunchy, anyway). Then I use my other comb (front) to party my hair and smooth it down.
Now comes the complicated part: the styling. Which is why I made a video. I figured a demonstration is best! To sum it up, I section it off and finger curl all my hair before blow drying it with a diffuser (both standing up and with my hair flipped over for volume).
(You know I like you guys when I let you see me like this. Don’t tell anyone how bad I look! But I figured out how to do some editing, aren’t you proud?!)
And that’s how I style my hair curly. There is really only one rule that you should follow, no matter what route you choose for styling your curly hair: NEVER, AND I MEAN NEVER RUN A BRUSH THROUGH IT. Seriously. Brushes and curls are pretty much nemeses.
I am basically incapable of blowing out my own hair, though I do infrequently use a straight iron. So it’s good I’ve got it down pat this way. 🙂
I hope this was helpful to some of you. Any questions? Do you have any curly product recommendations? How do you style your hair? I’d love to hear!
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