I thought it would be fun to write a post about what to do with curly hair. There are a plethora of products on the market for curly hair, and I know from personal experience how tempting it can be to reach for this gel, that mousse, and that other curl enhancing cream over there.
Let me simplify it for you with a couple basic principles.
Hair absorbs two things: water from the air, and moisture in the form of oil (conditioners, etc.) In a dry climate, like New Mexico, if you over-condition, your hair will feel dry and brittle and puffy, instead of soft and luscious. This is because your hair is so bonded to the conditioner it can’t absorb the tiny bit of water their is in the air. Don’t reach of the conditioner bottle! Instead, try just shampooing, and then, when you get out, use a leave in treatment. More on that in a bit. If you live somewhere humid though, your hair might get big, and out of control, and frizzy. It’s absorbing too much water! Extra conditioning will keep out some of that water, and help your hair calm down.
As far as shampoo, be careful what you use! A lot of shampoo contains sulfates. Sulfates produce nice suds, but they also rough up the hair shaft. For girls with ultra-fine, straight hair, that’s awesome. It adds texture. For curly girls, it’s a mess. We’ve got texture already. Untamed, lion mane texture. And not in the sexy way. NO SULFATES.
There are lots of expensive shampoos with no sulfates, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Tresemme has a line called Naturals that has very little sulfates and is awesome. Also, Organix has several different lines, all sulfate free.
Ok. So you’ve quit using sulfates, and are either using or not using a rinse out conditioner depending on where you live. What about other products? If you’re like me, a lot of leave in products leave your curls sticky, or crunchy, or just gross feeling. You need enough to calm down the pouf, but you probably still want you hair to have some movement, right? Let me tell you, oils are your best friend. Anything that says “serum” is ok (not cream or gel or mousse…those add more texture instead of silky shine) To get rid of frizz, I highly recommend Moroccan Argan Oil. It absorbs fast so your hair never feels greasy, and it doesn’t feel like there is product in your hair at all. And it only takes a dime sized amount combed through wet hair. Organix sells it the most cheaply. They also have a keratin oil that is wonderful. Either one will also work as a heat protectant. And they will reduce breakage, strengthen your hair, add shine, and help your hair grow faster. If you need a gel, use 100% pure aloe vera. You can get it anywhere, and it’s perfectly clear. It’s sticky enough to hold hair in place, but isn’t crunchy when it dries. Water will wash it right out, and it’s good for your hair.
If you’re curious, I use Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo to wash my hair, no conditioner, then I massage in some Moroccan Argan Oil, and some Keratin Oil into my wet hair and let it air dry.
Hopefully this will be helpful! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and what other hair questions you have!