Products for Natural Curly Hair and Tips to Tame Curls
I recently read a blog about a young girl who used to hate her natural curly hair and end up having her hair straightened which eventually destroyed her scalp and the natural moisture of her hair. Well, honestly, just like this girl, I also fell victim of the straight hair trend here in the Philippines. You see, the beauty standard in our country is white skin and straight hair. Curly hairs were never regarded as beautiful, in fact, you will be bullied if you have curly hair. I remember when I was young, my hair was called a bird’s nest because accordingly it is untidy and well it really looks like a bird’s nest on my head. Because of this, I started detesting my curls at a young age and vowed to have it straightened once I grow up. True enough when I went to college, I had my hair straightened and because I was still a student my allowance is limited hence, I end up choosing unreliable salons that offer hair straightening at a discounted price which eventually destroyed my scalp and my hair. I never learned my lesson and still continued having my hair straightened for years until eventually I had enough. I eventually decided to embrace my uniqueness and love whatever I am and cultivate whatever I have. So I started loving and caring for my hair.
The first thing I did is I had the remaining straight hair cut to remove all the memories of my hair straightening days. I really do not want to remember those painful moments. You see, having your hair straightened is painful, the medicine, the hair ironing and if the attendant is not careful, you might end up with a burnt scalp. Gosh! I can’t believe I did that to my lovely curls! Now, I just want to help other women to learn to love their curls and help them find products that is suitable with their hair type and give tips to maintain their beautiful curls.
In the Philippines, there are very few product advertisements for curly hair but there are bunch of advertisements for straight hair. You can really see the discrimination for the 2 hair categories. But don’t be sad, there are still products sold online or in big shopping malls for curly hair although it’s really limited. Before using any products on your hair, first you have to know your hair type as hair care routine varies depending on your curl type. There are at least 10 hair types and mine is classified under 2C-wavy and 3A-curly. To find out more about your hair type, check the video attached to this blog.
Here are some of the products I’ve used or had been using and where to buy them. So far, these products are very useful and helpful in maintaining my curls (disclaimer: I am not a product endorser and this blog is not sponsored by any of this companies, I am just sharing the products I used to help others).
1) Hair Lotion
Hair lotions are used to style and define curls it is absolutely recommended for type 3A hair as it definitely alleviates the frizz and puts consistency on the curls. It also leaves your hair soft and shiny without weighing your hair down. Hair lotions also adds volume to your hair and it is not at all sticky despite it’s called “lotion”. So far, the only hair lotion I found available in all Watson’s store is the Monea Hair Defining Hair Lotion. It is also cheap for only Php99 and you get to use it for 3-5 weeks. Another hair lotion which you can only buy online through Shoppe or Lazada is the Garnier Fructis Style Curl Calm Down Anti-Frizz Cream which is around Php280. So far both product works well for me however, I recommend the Garnier more because it has less smell unlike Monea which has a medicine like smell though Monea is more accessible since it is available in all Watsons store. They are both hair lotion anyway and serves the same purpose so why not try both and check which suites you best.
How to use: After shampooing your hair and putting conditioner, towel dry your hair then put an ample amount of hair lotion to your palm and spread evenly to your hair before combing it.
2) Hair Oil-Moisturizing oils (Coconut oil and Olive oil)
Hair oil is a must to all curly hairs. Hair oils can actually resolve almost all of your curl issues like frizz, brittle dry and even split ends. You see, the problem with curly hair is that it holds less hydration than straight hair hence, you need to moisturize it often and the best moisturizers are OILS. Unlike hair lotions, hair oils are more available either in stores or online so using it often will not be a problem.
There are 2 types of oils: sealing oils and moisturizing oils. First let’s discuss moisturizing oils. The 3 best moisturizing oils for both hair and skin is Coconut oil, Olive oil (yes, you herd it right, it’s the one used in cooking), and Avocado oil. Moisturizing oils helps to strengthen hair by preventing damage and even helps lessen hair loss. The most available and cheapest form of moisturizing oil in the country is Coconut oil and Olive oil, you can even buy them in any grocery stores while Avocado oil is quite rare and can only be bought online.
How to use: For both Coconut oil and Olive oil, the best way to use it is to leave it overnight. Here’s the step by step process, do this at night before you go to bed:
a) Comb your hair to untangle your curls;
b) Put the oil on your palm and apply it evenly to a handful of your hair;
c) Do this process until all hair strands are applied with oil;
d) After applying it to your hair, comb your hair again to spread the oil to your hair then tie it before going to bed;
e) The next morning, shampoo your hair and put some conditioner and leave it for 5 minutes;
f) Comb and style your hair with sealing oils.
You can mix the olive oil and coconut oil if you want or you can use one product at a time. I do this at least once a week and it’s like I went to the salon and had my hair steam oiled. Doing this often will soften your hair and it will even help remove your dandruff if you have some. Just make sure to shampoo your hair once you put coconut or olive oil because these are very greasy and will weigh your hair down.
3) Hair oil-sealing oils
The second type of hair oil are sealing oils, sealing oils will of course seal in moisture meaning, you have to wash your hair first with water then put conditioner before applying it in order to work, in short, it is applied after showering. Sealing oils improves elasticity of the hair and keeps hair soft and supple. It helps repair damage hair and replenish the moisture of the hair. There are different sealing oils sold in the market but be careful in choosing one because there are some that contains paraben and sulfate which makes the hair brittle dry.
I’ve used several hair oils but I can only recommend 2 which really worked well for me. First is the Naturals Argan Oil by Watsons which is only Php199 each. It’s cheap and available in all Watson’s store. It is not also greasy and does not weigh your hair down. The only downside with Naturals Argan Oil is it can’t define your curls well unlike with Hair lotions, it only gives moisture and shine but it can’t hold the tangles so much. The other sealing oil that I recommend is the Renewing+ Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil for all hair type. This one is so far the best sealing oil I’ve used, it is also available in all SM stores for around Php580. It is not greasy and sticky, it does not weigh your hair down and it keeps your hair hydrated for at least 2 days. It can also tame your tangles and somehow defines your curls.
4) Hair conditioner
For curly hair always choose hair conditioners that are sulfate and paraben free because this makes your hair dry and it can cause split ends. There are several hair conditioners available in the market but I would recommend hair conditioners that has avocado, coconut or argan oil as the main ingredient or one of the ingredients, of course for obvious reasons, these are the best oils to moisturize curly hair. I also used several products but I only recommend the 2 best products that worked well for me. First is the Silk Secrets 1 minute Hot Oil Treatment either Argan Oil or Coconut Oil which ever suites you best this is around Php199 per tube. Second is the Luxe Organix Premium Keratin Treatment 3 Minute Hair Repair either Argan or Coconut Oil this is only Php199 buy 1 take 1. Both products are available at any Watson’s store.
How to use: Shampoo your hair then remove the excess water before applying an ample amount of the conditioner to your hair. For best result, leave it to your hair for 3-5 minutes before rinsing it with water.
Additional tips for Curly hair:
1) Do not shampoo your hair everyday because it will destroy the natural oil of your hair. The oils produced on your scalp — a.k.a. sebum — are what hydrate hair, adding shine, decreasing frizz, and giving it strength. But do not go for days without shampooing your hair as it will build fungi and dandruff on your scalp, at least shampoo your hair every other day.
2) Depending on your hair type, at least invest on hair brush that will not destroy your hair. For my hair type, hair comb that are at least 1 centimeter apart are highly recommended. Check your hair type and check the hair brush that’s best suited for you.
3) Do not overdo hair products, just put ample amount to your hair and do not combine them, I mean putting hair oil and hail lotion at the same time. That will destroy your hair and will even create fungi on your scalp. For others they recommend hair mousse and hair gel, but for my hair type I don’t recommend such products because it dries my hair. Learn what’s best for your hair and stick to it. Try one product at a time and change it immediately if it won’t work for you.
4) Hair blower is a no no for curly hair, it will make your hair dry and tangled. After showering, just towel dry your hair and let it dry naturally.
5) Lastly, do not brush your hair often, brush it only after showering because it will make your hair fly in different corners.
Learn to love your curls instead of fighting it, curly hair is very manageable as long as you find the right products that is best suited for you.