A few friends asked me to talk about my curly hair routine, but before we get into that I want to take a second to address the lack of curly haired celebrities. It seems very few celebs rock their natural curls but there were several over the years we could count on; Julianna Margulies, Keri Russell, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Debra Messing, Taylor Swift. It seems after a couple years in the spotlight most women choose to go straight, or wear blown out curls that are anything but authentic. Its difficult for the curly-haired girls out there to find a hair role model and the message received is straight=best. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good blowout but its just not realistic for me on a regular basis. Here’s my curly hair process, I hope it helps you too!
I will preface my hair routine with the fact that I have actual CURLS, not waves. But I highly suggest everyone take the time to experiment with the natural texture of your hair. Just like very few people have Keri Russell curls, very few people have stick-straight hair that requires minimum styling. This is about making the most of what you’ve got!
It all starts with shampoo and conditioner. There are a TON of “curly” products out there but I think moisturizing products produce the same, if not better, results. I highly suggest buying salon-grade shampoo and conditioner. Because curly hair should not be washed everyday (or even every other day, if you can help it) your products should last for a long time. I go about six months before needing to repurchase shampoo and conditioner. Whatever you choose, be sure to switch to a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates are detergents that strip the oils from hair. A no-no for the frizz-prone. My top pick is the Davines Minu Shampoo and Davines Minu Conditioner. It is formulated for color treated hair, my stylist recommended it after I talked to her about how dry my highlights looked, but I’ve been using it for about two years now and won’t be switching any time soon. I wash my hair as soon as I get in the shower. I like to leave the conditioner in throughout my shower and rinse right before I get out. When you dry your hair, DO NOT rub your towel all over your hair to dry it. SQUEEZE the water out with an old tshirt or microfiber towel (not your bath towel!) and scrunch upward toward the root. Get a dime sized amount of curl enhancing cream (lots of choices, but thats what I use) on your fingers and run the product through wet hair. Then flip your head upside down and scrunch up towards the root again. I prefer showering at night and sleeping on damp hair. I spread my hair across my pillow and get some sleep! I recommend trying sleeping with it wet, letting it air dry, and blow drying with a diffuser to see what works best for your hair type. My favorite is sleeping on it wet because its not being pulled down by the weight of itself (and gravity) which helps to fight frizz and results in extra bounce. I wake up with rounder and larger curls, particularly at the root.
Alright you wake up with perfect hair, right? Sleeping on my hair often means the hair closest to my neck is rather straight and the hair closest to my face can be a little fizzy. Some days are better than others! To fluff everything back out, I section my hair into four quadrants and use a Curling Wand to curl any pieces that are flat or frizzy.
You can do this to as many pieces as you feel necessary. If you want a more “beachy” or wavy look, don’t wrap the hair as tight and don’t wrap the ends so they stay reasonably straight. Sometimes I have curls that are too tight or the ends curl up. Those days I take my flat iron and tap-tap-tap down the hair strand. This will turn my curls into waves. When you’re done, finish with hairspray. I LOVE this one, my friend Allyson turned me on to it about a year ago. It smells divine and it practically disappears, never leaving that crunchy feeling. If you feel like the “fake” curls are too tight, wait until they have cooled and you have applied hairspray then run your fingers gently through them. If you have trouble keeping your curls as the day goes on, invest in a curl enhancing spray, which will reinvigorate your curls, also a good choice for day two hair. TONS of options for curl enhancers are out there just browse for your needs. I prefer a spray like this one but it has sea salt which can be drying so I don’t use it daily. I hope this helps you ladies! Go embrace your inner-curly girl!