Where are all my curly girls at!!?
I know this post isn’t going to be for everyone but after I wrote this post on how to grow your hair, I started receiving afew emails from young girls asking me how I style my hair and what products I use so I thought I should just write another blog post about it. Curly hair is a funny thing, throughout your life you develop a love/hate relationship with it going from one extreme to the other, usually as you get older you fall in love with your curls when you realise you have the best of both worlds. When I was a teenager I used to polish off an entire tube of hair gel within a couple of days trying to plaster down my unruly, frizzy hair with the hopes of it looking vaguely socially exceptable. The reality was my hair looked like the dodgy guy from the movie, Coming to America, “Let your sooooooouuuuullll gloooooo!!!!!”
Example below for any younger people who are yet to see this movie….
Yep….don’t let this be you
Thank God my styling techniques and knowledge of general hair-care improved! So if you’re a teenager/adult/granny (hey it’s never too late!) who wants to get clued up on your general haircare hopefully this article will help alittle.
Oh and before we go any further I’m not claiming to be any type of hair expert, this is just what works for me and afew tips and tricks that I’ve learnt along the way that I believe is every womans duty to share
Ok I think the first thing we all need to understand is that all curls are different, it took me years to realise this (I’m a slow learner) Think of curly hair like a pair of boobs no two pairs are the same. Just because your curly haired friend uses and loves Dr Miracles hair care products it doesn’t mean your hair will love it too, I discovered this the hard way. One girl could have thick, dry, mixed hair and another could have very fine, dry, mixed hair. Then you may come across a girl who has shiny, bouncy, thick, strong, long hair with super defined curls finishing just above her butt whose hair is just perfect! Lets all throw stones at her!!! I’m joking!!!! I used to hate my hair too but now I actually quite like it and you will too if you start to take extra special care of it! Ok let’s go!
What hair type are you?
So firstly lets figure out your hair type, there are afew great websites online that can help you with this, a particulary good one is “Blackgirllonghair.com“ it feature’s advice for anyone with curly hair so whether your white/black/yellow or purple is irrelevant.
Our hair type is marked into four categories from 1 to 4, check out the hair types below to identify your own..
extremely tight coils, very wiry and kinky, very,very fragile
Has a “Z” pattern, Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter “Z”; has a cotton-like feel
Tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an “S” pattern, much like curly hair
The hair has tight curls in corkscrews,curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together
Medium amount of curl, from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews
Curls are loose defined ringlets
Thick and coarse and more resistant to styling and will frizz easily
Medium-textured and a little resistant to styling; has a tendency to frizz
Fine, thin and very easy to handle; easily straightened or curled
Straight hair, with no wave or curl pattern, does not frizz in humidty, gets oil quickly and seem to handle heat from styling products well.
Ok so now you’ve indentified your own hair type you need to distinguish whether your hair is fine, combination or coarse as this will make a huge difference to the products that will be beneficial for your hair.
I found a great chart online which explains this all perfectly…
Courtesy Of BlackHairInformation.com
For example my hair type is 3B and I have fine hair (when it’s curly I can manipulate my hair to look alot thicker then it actually is) so I can’t use anything too heavy on my hair as it will weigh it down and cause it to become greasy too quickly. When I was younger I used to just think that all girls who were mixed race could use the same products, this is not the case, you have to match your styling products to your own hair texture!
My pet hate is when I see girls walking around with their hair packed full of grease from root to tip looking like they’ve stuck their head into a chip fryer because they believe all the thick oils or heavy shea butter creams on their hair are giving it the much needed moisture it craves. The truth is it’s not letting the hair breathe, which prevents it from growing. It’s also clogging up the pores, causing spots around the hair line and just generally looks like a hot mess! Hey listen I’m not claiming to be Halle Berry myself I just know that soft, clean, hydrated hair looks far better and healthier then greased down heavy looking hair everytime. So if you’re guilty of plonking a load of oil on your barnet stop it now please!
Styling my curly hair
Taking all of the above into account I always make sure I use light, hydrating products on my hair. About once a month I also use a protein treatment such as this aswell to make sure my hair doesn’t become brittle or weak. I also use coconut oil daily as I mentioned in my previous post on how to grow your hair, in the evenings I add this to the ends of my hair to prevent them from drying out. Coconut oil is a light oil which is easily absorbed by the hair, just make sure you dampen your hair first before you apply the coconut oil as remember oils seal in the moisture which is already in your own hair so if the coconut oil is applied to dry hair it will just end up blocking any moisture coming to your hair.
My morning routine
If I’m washing my hair I usually wash it with either one of these two shampoos and conditioners below, I tend to mix it up every so often though, as I’m a product junkie so I like to try out new brands. I only ever use sulphate free shampoo’s and conditioners too, which the below products both are. Sulphate is extremely drying for the hair and I need all the moisture I can get so make sure you check the back of your shampoo bottle’s the next time you go shopping if you’d like to avoid it too.
Once my hair is washed I then use this product, Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender. I cannot recommend this product enough, it’s amazing, lightweight, moisturing and seals in those ends….
Next I let my hair air dry for as long as I possibly can, then I use a diffuser to finish off drying my hair which really defines my curls and gives my hair some serious volume. I just take my hair section by section and lay it on top of the diffuser then I hold the diffuser up to my head and leave it for five seconds or so then I repeat with the next section, the whole process takes about five minutes.
A great tip for when wearing your hair curly if you want to add a litle bit more length I take the very bottom section of my hair and and go over just the roots with a quick blast from my hairdryer to straighten it, then I take my hair straighteners and quickly go over it just a couple of times at the roots and this all adds about an inch of length to your final hair look. Sneaky.
If I haven’t washed my hair and my curls look abit dreary and I don’t have time to wet it I use my Nicky Clarke slim barrell hair tong I bought mine in Superdrug but I’ve just seen it online at Argos for £17.99 here . I do about 8 to 10 random curls sporadically placed throughout the top section of my hair then I just run my fingers through it and all my curls kind of blend in to one another and look revived. Yay!! I always make sure I spray a heat protector spray all over my hair before I use them though!
How to deal with humid, frizzy summer hair
Ok, there’s a couple of products I use to tame the mane in the summer time, I’ve listed them below…
Apply both of these products to wet hair and then style as usual, they may not be miracle workers but they definitely lend a helping hand.
Ok wait, I feel I need to keep it real on this blog because at times (summertime) my hair isn’t completely natural and there is one product I use that gives me a little “helping hand” now and again, don’t judge meeeee natural ladies at least I’m being honest here. It’s called a Brazilian blowdry or a Keratin treatment. A brazilian blowdry is not as harsh as a relaxer or a texturiser and only lasts between 1 to 3 months in your hair before it washes out. You can apply it over relaxed, coloured or seriously damaged hair and basically what this product does is coat the hair with Keratin (which is what our hair is made up of) leaving your hair silky and more manageable. Brazilian blowdries became all the rave in London around three years ago when finally it was claimed there was a product that could temporarily tame your frizz and leave you with smooth, silky hair. At first afew hair salons refused to stock the product as some brands contained a harmful chemical called formaldehyde which can be highly dangerous. Nowadays all Brazilian blowdrys come formaldehyde free although it’s always best to double check and ask before you have one done. The first time I had this product applied to my hair I was completely blown away, it didn’t straighten my hair, it just loosened the curl ever so slightly leaving my hair looking super shiny, soft and frizz free. The treatment can be quite pricey though with most salons charging between £150 to £300 for the treatment. A friend of mine actually found a DIY brand online which she said worked just aswell (ok maybe 85% just as well) I’ve tried this paricular one myself and I must admit for the price it was actually pretty good you can buy it online from Amazon here
So there you have it, embrace your curls ladies! I feel for any young readers who are in high school and currently hate their hair because they want to look like a particular celebrity in a magazine. Remember their hair will have been styled and blown out to perfection by professionals and they’re most probably wearing hair extensions for the photoshoot too. Believe me when I tell you their hair does not look like this everyday, even if they’re sporting naturally curly hair on the cover of a magazine and the curls look perfectly defined, even then they will have had a curling tong taken through their entire head of hair to define each of the curls individually, they didn’t wake up wih their hair looking like that, to keep your curls defined takes styling and abit of effort. Hopefully the advice I gave above will help you alittle.Whether you’re thirteen or thirty-eight it’s never too late to start really caring for your hair.
Oh and did you know that girls with naturally curly hair are secretly deemed Gods special children who will go on to live a life filled with love, prosperity and success!!!
(Ok thats a blatant lie but then again maybe it isn’t!) Shut up Rebecca, seriously just stop typing…
Right I’m off to enjoy the sunshine and I hope you are too!