If you have thick, frizz-prone, naturally wavy/curly hair like myself, then you know it's what bad hair days and the most volatile love-hate relationships are made of.
My hair and I love each other right now (I’ll explain how this came to be in a bit), but believe me when I say that there are days when I long for straight, silky hair so I can simply get up and go in the mornings without having to deal with the Chewbacca-Medusa lovechild that decided to make its home atop my head overnight.
I can’t say that I don’t get a little jealous when I watch tutorial vids on achieving perfect Victoria’s Secret Angel hair or those gorgeous brushed-out waves, but only because it requires having somewhat straight hair to work with. My initial thought is always: “Ugh, I have to straighten my hair first? Sew. Much. Werk.” Yeah, lazy people with curly hair problems, I know. Sigh.
But listen, you CAN be lazy low-maintenance and still have beautiful hair with minimal effort.
One of the advantages of having natural waves and curls is that you already have them. It’s just a matter of taming and embracing those badboys and figuring out what products work for you.
Here are a few tips that I’ve found have helped my love-hate relationship with my hair.
1. Condition, condition, condition!
I can’t stress enough how important conditioner is for curly hair.
Curly hair tends to be drier than other hair types and needs a bit more TLC for this reason. When you’re showering, make sure to leave the conditioner in for at least three to five minutes and try to deep-condition your hair at least once a week.
For everyday, I’m currently using Dove Damage Therapy Shine Boost Conditioner (and for deep-conditioning It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask (above) is the bomb dot com.
2. Use an old cotton T-shirt to dry your hair.
Using a towel to dry your hair after a shower = no bueno.
A towel is the number one enemy of nice, smooth hair; the texture of a towel just creates more friction between your strands.
I’ve recently discovered the wonders of using an old cotton T-shirt to dry my hair and I don’t see myself ever going back to using a towel. It makes a huge difference—the natural curls stay intact and there is less frizzage going on.
Make sure to squeeze the excess water out of your hair after your shower and wrap your hair in the T-shirt to dry in the same way you would make a towel-turban. Just make sure you DON'T rub!
3. Find your Life Product.
You know how Michelle talks about finding your Life Cut? Well, my curly-haired friends... you need to find your Life Product.
Personally, once I find a product that works on my hair and makes it look good day-in and day-out, I am fiercely loyal and will stick with it until the day it is—God forbid—discontinued.
And this is why my hair and I are BFFs right now. I have found my Life Product of the moment in a bottle ofJohn Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray.
This stuff is amaze-in-a-bottle. After running Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Relaxing Balm through damp hair to get rid of the frizzies and spraying the Dream Curls all over, I leave it to air dry and ta-da... I’m ready to go. See the importance of finding a Life Product? It just makes life easier.
Now, I know that all hair is not created equal and there are different types of curls. My hair is more wavy-curly (I’m a 3A/B if you know the hair classification system), so this product may not necessarily work for you. However, there are a few products that I haven’t tried myself, but have heard rave reviews about.
Obviously, anything Moroccanoil.
Yes, I am aware I may be one of the few people with curly hair that has yet to try anything from this line, but I will eventually. Like I said... once I find a Life Product, that’s it.
Shea Moisture Curl Soufflé and Curl & Style Milk.
These will probably work better if you have kinkier hair—type 4, if we’re getting technical—but I believe this is only available in the US. I’ve watched a few video reviews on it and it’s definitely on my “to-try” list.
4. Air is your friend.
If you have the time, let your hair air-dry as much as possible.
If you must (or if your hair doesn’t have as much volume as you’d like), then you could use a diffuser, but otherwise, I am very pro-air-drying.