Curly-haired girls–listen up. Does it ever bother you thinking about how much simpler life would be if you just had hair that would cooperate? Yeah, same. I struggle having good hair days during the work week because of how little time I have in the morning to get ready.
I’m up by 6 AM, brush my teeth, put on some light makeup, get dressed, and I’m out the door. If I want to look like a civilized human being, I prepare everything the night before, including my hair. I don’t always have the time to straighten or blow-out my hair. Sometimes I like to leave my hair the way it is and embrace my curls. Here are some pictures of my curls, as well as 5 things I do to tame my mane below that.
Air-dry your hair
My hair is hard to please. I’m sure you ladies (and gents) know what I’m talking about. One cannot simply step out of the shower and have beautifully styled hair. I find my natural hair looks best if I don’t attempt to fully dry it. That being said, I need to plan my showers ahead of time so that my hair can have ample time to air dry. I massage my usual products in and let it do its thing.
Use a diffuser
For the most part, I let my hair air-dry to minimize frizz. However, I like to also use a diffuser (only do this for a couple of minutes or else I turn into Hagrid) to achieve bouncy curls. Combined with a few styling products (mentioned below), this is how I get the perfect curls (or, as perfect as they get). I focus the diffuser only on my ends and dry in up and down motions.
Change your shampoo
I don’t use any special kind of shampoo because I’ve tried dozens designed for curly hair in the past and really didn’t see a difference in my curls. If anything, I have to switch up my shampoo every once in a while to maintain that fresh, clean feel. It’s been said that changing your shampoo doesn’t actually have any effect on your hair, but I feel a difference when I do so. It’s all about personal preference. Your haircare should also change depending on the weather and the overall texture of your hair. In the summer, my hair gets oily and frizzes up easily due to humidity. In the winter, my hair turns brittle and flat. That being said, I like to shake up my routine accordingly. Do what’s best for you!
Get a detangling hair brush
One of the most helpful products that I don’t know how I EVER lived without is a plastic detangle brush. When I first saw this tool, I thought, “No way this cheap plastic thing is going to brush through my knots”. I was wrong. Ladies- do yourself a favor and get one! This brush helps me easily brush through my hair (and I have really tangled hair) within minutes. It’s gentle, it doesn’t tear or break your ends, and it does the job quick! Before this magical discovery, brushing my hair was painful as ever.
My hair is very dry, especially my ends. I like to use a teeny bit of Moroccan argan oil for this reason. You can’t exactly mend your split ends, they’re dead. But argan oil helps to moisturize them and make them appear healthier. It also smells amazing.
Styling products for curls
I don’t like to use a lot of product on my hair. I like to keep it natural. “Scrunched” hair is definitely not in style anymore. I use products only when I need frizz control, volume, curl definition, and a glossy finish. Below are some of the hair products I’m currently using. I wouldn’t say all of them are my holy-grails, but they do the job just fine. I hope these tips help you if you’re a girl who has hair like me! Let’s face it, our beauty routine is much more difficult than your average girl’s. #CurlyHairStruggles
Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing gel for curl definition
Dyson hair dryer with diffuser head – WORTH THE SPLURGE