Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Taming Your Curly Hair

If you don't have curly hair, you can go ahead and move along with your day. Today is all about us curly haired girls. We're the ones who spend hours with our heads flipped upside down diffusing on low. We're the ones who spend hours blowing out our hair & gripping our flat irons. Having curly hair is not easy. 

I've spent over a decade trying to tame the beast inhabits my head. Some days I whip out my flat iron & fight it. Other days, I just embrace it. With the right products, your curly hair can look stunning. Thus, I've made it my life's mission to find the best curly hair products on the market & since I just love you all so much, I'm willing to share. 

1 - Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray 

This is my go - to for every day, soft, curly hair overnight. I often shower, comb my hair, and then spritz this in right before I go to bed. I sleep on it & let it air dry. The result is perfect, soft, beachy waves. I love to do this once or twice a week so that I'm not blasting my hair with heat every. single. day. Bonus - it smells like coconuts/the beach. 

2 - Conditioner & Lots of It 

Personally, I use the Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Conditioner on my hair, every time I wash it. I know that it is often said you don't need to condition your hair every time you wash it, but if you have curly hair, that's probably not the case. The only way that I can get my fingers through my hair after washing it is to bathe it in conditioner & let it all sink in. So while I don't think the brand name of the conditioner you're using matters too much, the fact that you use it does. You'll have smoother strands, which results in a more pulled together (aka less frizzy) look. 

3 - Paul Mitchel ProTools Flat Iron 

So every curly girls wants to go straight once in awhile. I used to try to do it every day & I was ruining my hair in the process. I've learned to only do it once or twice a week & use the right tools - so the damage is minimized. The flat iron is the most important component in this process for me, because I suck at blowing out my hair. I needed a high power straightener that could handle all of my kinks. I invested in this one (yes, I believe a hair straightener is an investment!) and had it for 4 years before I had to replace it and that only happened because it took a hard fall to the floor. 

4 - Curls Rock Curl Amplifier 

This is a product that I've used for over a decade & I still love it. It gives me soft, big curls that aren't crunchy. The big difference between this & the sea salt spray is the size of the curls. The seal salt spray results in wavy hair, this gives you plump curls. Two pumps rubbed into your wet hair, flip, blow dry on low & you'll be good to go! Bonus - it smells ah-mazing! (Are you noticing a trend here? I like my hair to smell good!) 

5 - Diffuser 

The brand isn't so important on this one, as long as you're using one. If you want soft, voluminous curls, you have to flip your hair & blow dry on low using a diffuser. You can't rush it. It may take a little bit longer to dry, but the results are worth the extra time. I even blast mine with cool air at the end to set the style, a trick my stylist taught me a few years back. If I'm really in a rush, I'll leave my hair a little damp rather than cranking up the power level on the blow dryer - that just results in unwanted frizz. 

6 - Heat Protectant 

Again, the brand isn't a huge deal to me, so long as I'm using one. If I'm wearing my hair curly, I make sure to spritz this on before I diffuse my hair. If I'm straightening, I use it before I blow it out & then coat my strands again before I flat iron. I've found that the best way to fight frizzy hair is to prevent it from getting damaged, and this is the best way I've found so far. 

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