Hi gal pals, this post is a little different but I get quite a few questions about my curly hair and I wanted to put all of those answers in one place and give anyone interested a place to find answers to those questions all in one place. I’m definitely no hair expert but I’ve been searching for the perfect curly hair products and cut for years so I’m happy to share my personal experience!
A Complete Guide to Styling Curly Hair
I mentioned in my 15 Tidbits About Me that it took me a long time to embrace my curls. For years I wished for straight hair. I wanted to be like everyone else. I wanted to have beach waves not spiral curls with a touch of frizz. It took me many years to realize all the perks of having curly hair and now I can’t imagine anything else. My hair feels like my signature in many ways but more than that, it’s so easy to manage. I can be ready in 15 minutes most days because I don’t have to blow dry, straighten, curl, then style my hair. I get to wash it, put some product in it, and let it air dry. Not to mention it stays much healthier than if I were to blow dry and straighten it regularly.
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There are a few things to take note of if you have naturally curly hair.
One is that you need a good stylist. If you have a good stylist, your hair will be in good hands. Whenever we move and I have to find a new stylist, I immediately search for “curly hair stylist” online. I learned years ago that not every stylist can cut curly hair. If your stylist has to straighten your hair to cut it, then you’ll probably not getting the best cut possible. In fact, if they wash your hair before cutting it, then you’re probably not getting the best possible cut. The game was changed for my curly hair about three years ago when I discovered a local salon that is certified by Devacurl. The Devacurl technique doesn’t just cut your hair straight on, it treats each curl separately and will cut your curls according to their curl pattern. This technique gives you a haircut that you’ll wake up the next day loving because your curls are cut according to how they fall naturally. If you cut curls the same way you cut straight hair, then you’re not taking into account the way the curls fall naturally so your cut can appear uneven even though it’s absolutely straight. That being said, if you are one to wear your hair straight sometimes and curly others, then a Devacurl cut probably wouldn’t work for you because you’ll want it to appear even when straightened.
If you’re looking for a salon certified in Devacurl you can find one here. If you’re local to Jacksonville, I have an amazing stylist I can recommend! By the way, this is not sponsored in any way, I just genuinely love Devacurl 🙂
Don’t use a comb or brush on your hair. Okay, that sounds odd, doesn’t it? Brushing your hair, even when wet breaks up your natural curl pattern making your hair frizz more easily. Instead of brushing your hair, use your fingers while you’re in the shower to break up any tangles. I will say, with the products I use, my hair is never tangly. Simply conditioning it, then running through it with my fingers easily gets any tangles out.
Use good products on your curly hair. I’ve used dozens of products on my hair and I haven’t found anything as good as what I use now. I use all Devacurl products which are paraben and sulfate free. Here’s the list of products I use daily:
My morning hair routine
One thing about curly hair is that you almost have to wet it every day. Unlike our straight-haired friends, running through it with dry shampoo and a brush won’t do it to give you a renewed look. I have noticed when I have a fresh cut, I can usually get away with just spraying my hair with water and reapplying the curl defining gel on the second day but usually, I’m required to wash or at least condition my hair every day. To do my hair in the mornings, I wash and condition it with my Devacurl products (this little tester kit comes with all of the products I use daily) and make sure to rinse it completely. Then, with my hands, I ring out as much water as I can. I never dry my hair with a towel, you don’t want to wrestle your hair too much because you want the curls to stay intact as much as possible to reduce frizz. Instead of using a towel, I lightly scrunch my hair with a t-shirt. While it’s still fairly wet, I add the product. First I use one pump (a very small amount – probably less than a dime) of the curl cream, around the crown of my head to reduce the frizz. This is usually the frizziest area on my hair. You’ll apply it when you usually frizz the most, for some, that’s at the ends of the hair. Next, I use 2-3 pumps of light defining gel (about the size of a quarter), I run this through all of my hair, scrunching at the ends. I try not to break up the curls during this application. After the products have been applied, I go about my typical morning routine and allow my hair to air dry. If it’s still dripping wet, I’ll wring out any excess liquid with the t-shirt. My hair usually dries within 45 minutes to 1-hour. One it’s dry I take my fingers and break up the curls a little bit to give myself a little more volume and that’s it, my hair’s done! If I have to get out of the house sooner than the 45 minutes it takes for my hair to dry, I’ll go out with wet hair then break up my curls a little once it’s dry while I’m out and about. Since I never apply any hairspray or anything, that’s not a problem. I will often go out with wet hair. It’s not ideal but it’s necessary a lot of times!
Other products I’ve used and liked. There are other products I’ve used and liked in the past although, none compare quite to the Devacurl products just in case you are interested in some other options, here are a few worth trying:
Okay, I know that was a lot but I feel passionate about curly hair! If you have curls and haven’t quite learned to love them, give my routine a try and let me know what you think! Or if you have curly hair and use other products, I’d love to hear what works for you! Let me know in the comments!