I recently got a request from the delightful Annette about how I do my curls. You curly women out there have probably, like me, read scads of books and articles about how to care for curly hair. And, like me, you’ve probably created your own routine that works with your one-of-a-kind hair (all curlies are slightly different, I think).
I often wear add-on hair for a photo shoot, as in here and here, because then the curls are completely predictable and I don’t fear the weather. For my everyday life and Instagrams (follow me) I usually go au naturel, and every day can have a different look.
I have a couple of routines I follow, and would love to hear what you other curlies do. Below is my plan for when I want well-defined curls and spirals:
Shampoo with a gentle brand. Fortunately there are now dozens of great sulfate-free shampoos to choose from, so pick your own favorite by price, brand, or scent. I’m currently loving L’Oreal Ever-Pure, but I do change them around. Full disclosure: I use a purple shampoo once a week to keep my silvers looking silver.
Add a combination of hair cream and gel. Before I comb out I put a generous blob of cream-gel (like this one) on my hair and work it though. Then I comb through with a wide-tooth hair pick.
Make a few light coils. After my hair’s about 25% dry, I use my fingers to make twists all around. My stylist taught me how to do it and here’s a useful tutorial video. This woman clearly has different hair than mine, and more of it. But the twirling technique is similar; the video starts at the 6:00 mark:
Always air dry, the slow way. I always wash my hair when I have a couple of hours before bed, or before going out. The slow dry, with no hair touching, is my “secret” to nice curls.
Now please share your curly secrets with us, and never forget the words of Frieda:
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