Raise your hand if you have curly hair! Now raise your hand if you have curly hair that you brush, blow dry and straighten until it literally obeys what you want it to do. I have naturally curly hair which also happens to be naturally frizzy as well and have been in denial about this for many years. I have spent more hours then I can count searching Pinterest and Google for how to make my hair look good without the use of torture devices, I mean heat and styling tools, since we all know heat is terrible for your hair. Yet I continue to blow dry and straighten my hair into submission more days then not. I guess you can say I have not embraced my curls yet and on the days I do embrace them it feels like it is a bad hair day.
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The key to letting your curls dry naturally is really good product that works for your hair type. I can’t stress that enough, it needs to be products that work for your hair type. I have yet to find the perfect combination of products to make my hair look fabulous au naturale but I have found hundreds of products that don’t work for my hair at all. Curly haired girls know this dilemma all too well; you see or read about how wonderful a product is to enhance your curls and reduce frizz only to discover that the product does not agree with your hair one bit. The product then gets thrown among the others in what I like to call the hair product graveyard (or a basket in my linen closest).
There are two products that I have found time and time again to make my hair look semi decent when allowed to air dry naturally as well as a good silicone free shampoo and conditioner. I also don’t wash my hair everyday but have found that for my hair, I absolutely need to condition it everyday. I have found that the Nexxus brand has a lightweight hydrating shampoo and conditioner line that works for my hair when I want to leave it curly. Lately I have also been using the Biolage Hydrasoure Shampoo and conditioner as well.
The two styling products that work for my hair are the John Frieda leave in conditioner spray, used first, and then the Garnier Fructis curl construct mousse which I scrunch into my wet hair. After the products are in, I absolutely cannot touch my hair until it is about 90 % dry. Sometimes at the end I will spray more leave in conditioner in or the It’s a 10.
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These are the only ones I have found that slightly enhance my hair. Maybe someday I will fully embrace my own natural curl since I generally the only time I leave it curly is when I’m either too lazy to style it in the morning or it’s summer time and too hot to use heat. For now, I will invest in a really good heat protector to potentially reduce the damage I am doing to my hair by constantly styling it.
Let me know all your curly girl tips! I love trying out new products and seeing if they can tame this mane.