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Taking Care Of Curly Hair
Having a Curl-Positive Attitude
Repeat the following to yourself:
I love my curly hair.
I love my curly hair.
I love my curly hair.
The first step to taking care of curly hair is to get over all the anti-curl stigma that seems to exist in the world of hair care. Whether it's in advertisements, movies or even the attitude you get from your stylist, the world puts out a message that straight hair is better, easier and prettier. However, those of us born with curly hair don't have to spend our lives hating our curls or trying to get rid of them.
When I was a little girl, my mother kept my hair short as I didn't like having it fussed over, and she liked how it curled (mom's got utterly straight hair herself). Then in junior high and high school, I hit the "girly" phase of my life and spent countless mornings agonizing over trying to not have curly hair. In college I became somewhat resigned and indifferent. Finally, when I was in my thirties, I got some great curly hair advice and found that I could not only love my hair, but make it super-easy to care for and healthier too.
Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey
This book talks about different types of curls, debunks curly hair myths, includes homemade recipes for great hair care/repair products and offers lots of support and stories from dozens of other curly-haired women
The Book That Changed My Life (& My Hair)
I never would have guessed that I'd find a book on curly hair and have a life-changing experience... but I did! I was in my mid-30s, I'd just left a corporate job and was having a lot of "I'd really rather have my life be like..." moments. One of those was wishing to find a way to not only like my curly hair, but find someway of taking care of it really easily. More like a no-care routine.
The book I found is called CURLY GIRL and it was written by Lorraine Massey, a hair stylist who has a salon in NY. She's got super-curly hair and has made her career focus on the cutting, care and styling of hair that is not straight. I saw the book on Amazon.com, read a few reviews and bought it, which is not how I usually buy books. Within days I changed how I was taking care of my hair and in just a few weeks I actually had friends and family complimenting me on my hair and asking what I was doing differently.
The main and immediate benefits I got were that my hair looks thicker, it's in better condition (less frizz) and the curls have better definition. The long-term benefits have been that the amount of time I spend on fussing with my hair is almost nothing and the amount of hair care products I use are about 1/10th of what it used to be, which means I'm saving both time and money.
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- How to Care for Naturally Curly or Wavy Thick Hair - wikiHow
Are you tired of looking like you just stuck your finger in an electrical socket? Here's how to change your frizzy curls into everyday compliments!
- A CURLY GIRL'S GUIDE TO LOVING YOUR LOCKS
A curly-haired girls guide to caring for and styling curly hair based on tips she learned from Lorraine Massey, co-owner of New York City Devachan Salon
Curly Hair Care Tips
Ease up on detergents, add more conditioner - Curly hair has a different structure than straight hair and it needs more oils to stay strong and less frizzy. I stopped using any and all shampoos in the spring of 2003 and my hair doesn't look or feel greasy at all. Since I'm not removing all of the natural oils that my own hair makes, I don't have to do all sorts of actions to repair it or replace them afterwards.
Use a natural conditioner - I've switched over to using organic conditioners to moisturize and condition my hair. I condition it every time I shower. By using natural products, I'm not accumulating a layer of synthetic chemicals on my hair that need to be scrubbed off.
Wean yourself off that hair dryer - One of the best things I ever did for my hair was stop using a hair dryer. My curls actually come out better formed and with more spring by not blow-drying them, and my hair is a lot less frizzy too!
Get a curl-educated stylist - For years, I had stylists who would cut and style my hair to make it be straight and I'd only be happy for a day, until I showered and had to deal with it myself. Having a hairdresser who understands and has experience with cutting curly hair is the best way to not wind up with styles that you fight with once you get home.
Styling Curly Hair
Battling the "Frizzies"
Fixing or preventing frizzy hair is one of the biggest battles a curly girl will face. However, stopping the frizzies is a lot easier than you think!
Get a haircut - Seriously. Get damaged and dry ends trimmed off. Split-ends are the result of hair strands that are just too old or dry, and the ends of the hairs do literally split, making for a very fuzzy appearance. Often women with naturally curly hair that's long resist getting regular trims, but in the end, your hair looks better and grows better with those super-dead ends gone.
Condition, Condition, Condition - Keeping hair moisturized is one of the best ways to avoid looking frizzy. In addition to always using a good hair conditioner, it helps to limit use of heated styling tools (dryers, curlers) especially the longer your hair is.
Protect Your Hair - Outside elements like the sun, wind and chlorine in water will all also dry out the hair. If you're serious about limiting the frizzies, make sure to take care of your hair if you're outdoors a lot. For long hair, consider wrapping it up or tying it back when outside to help protect it more.