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When I was younger, my curly hair could not have been further away from what I actually wanted. I wanted pin-straight hair that looked like everyone else’s hair. As time passed, I realized that my curly hair was unique to me and that I needed to embrace what I have. Here are all of the products that I am using to embrace my naturally curly hair
Over the past few months, I have been going for the co-wash method with my hair. Lately, I have been loving the Ouidad Curl Shaper Double Duty. I find that it helps my hair retain moisture and has cut down on my frizz. At least once every few weeks I will use a gentle detox shampoo such as the Ouai Detox Shampoo to get rid of build-up or debris that may be existing in my hair.
At least once a week I will follow the washing process up with some sort of deep conditioner. My hair is EXTREMELY dry and I deal with a lot of frizz if my hair does not have the proper moisture in my hair after washing. My favorite is the Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt-Down mask and the L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair Balm which is on the more affordable side!
When finding products that work on naturally curly hair, it really depends on your specific hair type. I have a mixture of 2B, 2C, and 3A curls in my hair at any moment. Before I get into my products, I think it is important for you to know your own hair type. Just because something works for my hair, it does not necessarily mean that it is perfect for yours. On any given day, I will switch up the products that I use depending on how I am feeling.
I like to start off with a curl defining cream. You can also use a leave-in conditioner if that is what you have in your cabinet. I love to use the Not Your Mother’s Curl Defining Combing Cream. I use about a nickel-size amount and I rake it through my hair. After my cream is in, I take my Denman brush to help distribute the product and create clumps of curls in my hair.
Once my clumps are ready, I choose a gel to use to help hold and define my curls. I typically switch in-between my Ouidad Curl Shaper Volumizing Jelly, Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls, and the Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle. In my opinion, they all have different levels of hold.
From there, I scrunch my curls with a regular cotton t-shirt to get as much excess water out of my hair as I can. I will then grab a new t-shirt and plop my hair for at least ten to fifteen minutes to help set my curls. I typically let my hair air dry, but you can diffuse your hair at this point if you want to.
As far as sleeping, I have a satin bonnet that I use to protect my hair while I sleep. I just throw it on my head before bed when I have my curly hair going on. Let’s be real for a moment, it is not the most comfortable thing to wear, so I typically just rely on my silk pillowcase from Amazon which has a huge impact on how much frizz I don’t have when I wake up.