How to Manage Naturally Curly Hair
I'm often told how lucky I am to have naturally curly hair, sometimes I'd agree but those that don't have it are unaware of how hard it can be to look after. I've never been one for beatuty regimes so for me it must be short and simple and, ideally, cheap.
There are thousands of lotions and potions on the market all claiming to give you soft and silky smooth natural curls and I've tried many of them. They range from the "not bad" to the "sets your hair like concrete" and generally cost a fortune.
Over the years I've learned many things about living with curly hair which I wished my mother had known when I was younger, that way we may have been able to avoid some of the screaming matches as she tried to drag a brush through my hair.
So if you've got a child with curly hair, or are wondering the cheapest way to tame your own goldilocks, then this is the hub for you.
All Completely Natural
Don't wash it so often.
One of the important things to understand when you're trying to style curly hair is that naturally curly hair is generally a lot drier than straight hair, I've never really known why, I just know that it is. Washing it every day will just dry your hair out more than necessary so try to cut it down to 2 - 3 times a week if you can.
If you need to wet your hair to style it/ keep it under control then try rinsing it through with water that has a good squirt of hair conditioner in it. I find it easier to keep my hair long so that I can simply tie it back when I don't have the time or energy to style it. At one stage I had it all cut short Meg Ryan style, but that just meant I had to style it every day as tying it back just wasn't an option.
The best brush by far.
I've tried all the brushes going and this is by far the best. It has its limitations, but it's still a brilliant brush.
Brush it through under running water.
When you wash your hair in the shower try brushing it through under the running water, or if you're in the bath brush it through with your hair under water, it untangles a lot more easily that way.
I'd also strongly recommend you get yourself a Tangle Teezer, it's not perfect, but it's the best brush I've ever used on my hair. It won't get through my hair when it's dry and the shiny casing wasn't their smartest idea as it makes it a little tricky to grip when your hands are wet, but other than that it does a brilliant job.
The other thing about curly hair is that you will lose a lot of hair each time you wash it, but don't be alarmed. People with straight hair lose the same amount, but their hair will naturally fall when their hair is dry, for us curly tops that doesn't happen, instead as hair sheds it just gets knotted up so has to be dealt with in a job lot each time we wash our hair.
To make sure the conditioner gets through to where it's needed (and don't even THINK about trying to deal with curly hair without conditioner), brush your hair through after the first shampoo, thus removing all "dead" hairs and giving the conditioner a fighting chance of reaching the bits it needs to.
As you know from my other hubs I'm on a budget so I don't invest in any fancy expensive shampoos. I buy decent quality shampoos and conditioners for dry hair and make sure I stock up when they're on special offer.
It needn't cost a fortune.
I find this range really suits my hair and doesn't break the bank.
Nothing fancy, just does the job - what more do you need?
My secret styling tip.
Hair driers are best avoided as they inevitably add volume. This has led to many a disagreement in many a hairdressers and has resulted in me not going near a hairdresser for well over 3 years. I simply trim the ends once a month or so which saves me loads of time, money and arguments.
The best products for styling curly hair are a lot cheaper than you think. When it comes to styling I once again shun all the expensive products and shall let you into my very low cost but effective styling tip. You know when your conditioner bottle is just about empty but still has bits of conditioner in there? Well at that stage fill the bottle 1/3 full with water and give it a good shake. This produces a light conditioning cream which can be smoothed into your hair just after it's been towel dried. I've found this controls the frizz wonderfully, leaves my hair lovely and soft and has improved its overall condition.
Knot an issue.
So there you go, a few quick and easy tips for managing naturally curly hair. I'm sure hair straghteners are on a lot of christmas wish lists this year, but I say be bold and be curly - it's a lot cheaper and far better for your hair!