Hey y’all! I hope you all are having a great week so far! It is officially summer weather here in NC/VA (I live in NC but work in VA for those of you who didn’t know that!) which means humidity is in full swing. Which also means, it’s time to embrace my natural curl. Growing up I always hated my curl because it was always so frizzy. Now that I have a little more knowledge on curly hair I love my curls! So, I’ve decided to share some of that knowledge because when your hair looks good, you feel good. Over the next two weeks I will be doing a curl series that explains everything you need to know to fall in love with your curls. Today I am going to start with hair type and texture, as well as products that I recommend. There’s going to be a ton of information packed into this blog post, so get ready!
First things first, let’s talk about what kind of hair you have. You either have straight, wavy, curly, or extra curly hair. And it can be fine, medium, or coarse. To determine this let your hair air dry and see what wave pattern (if any) you have. I always say to do this with air-dried hair because when I get out of the shower my hair looks straight but it’s definitely not! To determine if you have fine, medium, or coarse hair put a single strand of hair in-between your fingers, if you can’t tell it’s there you have fine hair, if you can feel the hair it’s medium, and if it feels very thick (almost like wire) then you have coarse hair. A lot of curly hair girls have multiple wave patterns in their hair and that is completely normal. For example, the underneath of my hair is wavy while the top of my hair is curly.
Determining your hair type makes picking styling products a lot easier but before we get to styling products let’s go over something extremely important. The number one rule to curls is they need moisture! I can’t stress that enough. I typically do a deep conditioning treatment on my hair 1 to 2 times per week which helps my curls keep their shape. My favorite conditioning treatment is Eufora’s Beautifying Elixirs Moisture Masque. Another really great one is the moroccanoil hydrating masque . Another tip for curly hair is to not wash your hair everyday. I know, that sounds so strange but washing your hair everyday can actually cause your sebaceous (oil) glands to overproduce causing your hair to be weighed down. When you do wash your hair use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This can be one that’s specifically made for curly hair or one to help restore moisture.
Next, let’s talk about styling products. If you have fine curly hair you’re going to want to stay away from creams (typically). Creams can be very heavy which will cause your curls to be pulled down rather than bouncy and full. On the flip side of that, if you have coarse curly hair creams are your best friend. Coarse hair requires a little more moisture which is exactly what creams give. My personal favorite styling products that work great for all hair types is the Perfect Curl Activator and the Defining Solution. Both of those products are by Eufora and they work wonderfully. They help fight against humidity which is something I desperately need! If you are balling on a budget I also love the TRESemme Flawless Curl Mousse.
Last but not least, a diffuser. You know that thing that comes with a blowdryer that you throw under your sink and never use? Well pull that out because that is going to be your best friend. A diffuser helps define and dry your curls. You want to get your hair about 80% dry with a diffuser. Pro tip: don’t touch your hair when diffusing it. The more you touch it the more frizz you will create.
I hope you all enjoyed this post and learned a new tip! This Thursday I will be sharing a step-by-step video on how to use your curl products to achieve the look you’re going for. Stay tuned, beauty babes!