I have the curliest, biggest, longest hair. At a young age, I realized it was a big job. I started to resent it, learned to straighten it, and put it in a bun until it was a giant ‘rat’s nest’ at the end of the day. Finally, as I got older, I started to embrace the curls. I learned how amazing and beautiful they were but it took a lot of advice from hairdressers to help me. Here are my best tips from some fabulous hairdressers from over the years:
Find a length that is suitable for your curls.
You can go short with some curls, but for me, I have chosen a longer length, which helps to weigh down my curls. It looks a bit more relaxed which I like. Basically, the shorter the hair, the curlier it gets.
Natural oil is great for your curls. Therefore, you need not shampoo every time. Unless, of course your hair tends to get super greasy or you just need that clean feeling. Adjust based on your personal needs, always. I have found that if I wash, it makes my hair poofier. So, I only wash when I feel gross and need a good clean. This means I wash every two showers usually. Again, adjust for you.
Once you are out of the shower, comb your hair with a wide toothed comb (less breakage). Use detangler if you have it. Start at the ends and work up. Then add a penny sized amount of conditioner to the ends and a bit to the bottom section of your hair.
I like to put my hair in a bun while it dries. This helps so much with getting that relaxed look once it is dry. The top section straightens a bit and the bottom is beautiful and curly.
Lastly, never brush it when it is dry. It will poof. Also, when you feel it looks terrible the next day, add oil to your hair and work your fingers through it oil it looks revived again.
EMBRACE THE CURLS BABY.