How To Manage Your Curly Hair

4 years ago
Does #curlyhairdontcare or #shorthairdontcare make sense to anyone? I see them all the time on Instagram and I...well, I don't know what they mean. 
Anyway, I have curly, coarse, frizzy, long hair. Good times...
Us curly headed compadres like to swap "secrets" on how to keep our mops under control, so I thought I'd publicly share what's working for me at the moment (yes, at the moment, my hair can change it's mind in the blink of an eye.)

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Before I show you how I "manage" my mane, lets clear something up....

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Ok. Glad I got that off my chest.

Although how beautiful are both of these women?! Holy moly!


// Only shampoo your hair 2-3 times per week. Well, unless you get super nasty some how. Nobody likes to smell like spit up or the gym... But we can use dry shampoo too!

// Rotate how you style your hair. Admit it, I lost you for a second with that first tip. "But I HAVE to wet my hair each and every day!" No you don't. ;) ROTATE your 'do!

I wear my hair down on day one, bun on day two and a braid, sock bun or whatever looks presentable on day three.

// Find a good stylist and keep up with your trims! Curly hair gets nasty split ends especially since it is usually coarse. The kicker is...we can't see those split ends! Just get your hair trimmed every 6 weeks like you're supposed to and for the love of God find someone who knows curly hair!

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// Conditioner is your best friend. Condition each and every time you shower and use a more stout conditioning/repair mask 1-2 times per week. I even use conditioner as my "anti-frizz" product, but more on that in a second.

// Wide tooth comb only. Run a wide tooth comb through your hair while you are conditioning in the shower. No brushes unless you are going for a Simba like look.


// one : Allow your hair to towel dry while you are getting dressed. After you are dressed take your hair out of the towel and kind of "un-mat" it using your fingers. Just give it a little shake.

It will look something like this:

// two : Allow your hair to air dry while you are doing your make up (ten minutes.) Still no products at this point.

After you finish your make up, your hair will look something like this:
// three : Apply conditioner ( I use about a quarter size ) to your hair from the nape of the neck to the ends. Top this with a few sprays of whatever "curl enhancing" product you are currently using. Now is when you either hit your hair with a diffuser or allow it to fully air dry. 
Fully dry:

// four : I don't know if it's because my hair is on the longer side, but it is a bit flat at my roots. So, I tease a bit. (gasp! Teasing curly hair?!) Don't worry, it's nothing crazy. I just grab about four sections around my crown, tease and finish with a little hair spray.



// I'm not really married to any particular conditioner, curl enhancing spray or teasing brush. I usually just purchase whatever is on sale. The conditioning mask and hair spray products I use are amazing! I don't see myself switching anytime soon. The conditioning mask is Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque and the hair spray is L'Oreal Elnett Satin.

What are some of your hair care tips and tricks?

PS. If you don't already know about Curly Hair Problems, you have to stop by their Tumblr. Too Funny!


Marry Mint

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