I have fought the good fight with this hair of mine. My mom doesn’t have these locks (thanks, Dad) so growing up she would brush it. All my fellow curlies are definitely cringing at the thought of brushing through dry, curly hair. In the end you look like Ludacris on the cover of his Word of Mouf CD holding the angry pit bull. As I grew old enough to do my own hair and buy my own products, I had to learn how to handle this situation on my own.
Don’t get it twisted, I was in straight denial that my hair was curly and would straighten it every single day for years and years. Even colored it blonde which was terrible for my already dry, brittle strands. It wasn’t until 2016 that I finally embraced my inner afro. I’m telling you it was a long road to figure out how to style and what was right for me, but to date my hair is the healthiest it’s been since I was a toddler and it’s only getting better with the right routine and products.
Why going natural is the best route (for me):
- I no longer have to apply heat to my hair on a daily basis
- I can get my hair wet at the beach or a pool and not live in fear of how it’s going to dry
- My morning routine is cut in half
- Literally never have to wash my hair
- Even a top knot looks good with a crown of curls
Now here are the rules when you’re dealing with a head of curls. Not all curls are the same, but the rules remain consistent across the board:
- Use sulfate free hair products and only wash once or twice a week.
- When you are not shampooing you can still use your conditioner in your bathing routine. Don’t rinse out all of the conditioner. You need all the moisture you can get.
- Do not use a bath towel to dry your hair, use a microfiber towel or a cotton T shirt.
- Comb, never brush, while wet (always while wet). Like I said, you mess with dried curls they’re just going to retaliate *cough Ludacris*.
- Sleep with a silk wrap around your head (LOL I am so serious). Replace your pillow case with a silk one. This prevents rubbing and frizzing while you toss throughout the night.
- Always use a diffuser while blow-drying, if you even are blow-drying. Heat settings on low and cold or else, Luda.
- Whenever you can, hair mask it up. I use one when I work out, when I clean the house and every Sunday when I don’t have to leave the house.
- Add some rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree to all of your hair products. This has worked wonders on my locks.
- Use a curl cream concoction (whichever works best for you) I love my MoroccanOil Curl Cream and a little of Mirah Lustrous hair oil from Young Living.
Oily Products and DIYS to bring your mane back.
- Mirah Lustrah Hair Oil. Add it when wet and apply to ends when dry.
- Make this spray: 20 drops of lavender + 20 drops of cedarwood + 20 rosemary + 15 clary sage + 15 peppermint + 15 thyme + witch hazel + distilled water in a spray bottle. Add this to your hair wet or dry. Watch it grow wider and longer. SO GOOD FOR YOUR LOCKS
- Leave-in Serum: so the once a week you wash your hair, apply this serum all over your bean head. The recipe is your spray in previous bullet with jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. From scalp to ends baby.
Now go out there and rock that fro baby. Do not give up on your curls!