I don't think I've ever mentioned it before, but I often have trouble sleeping. One night last weekend when I couldn't sleep, I ended up doing a massive google research to see if there were any tips I could find to deal with my hair.
My hair has been bugging me for the last few years. It's always been naturally wavy, but even more so since perimenopause. When it's wet, it hangs in long, loose, pretty curls. But as soon as it dries, it ends up in a frizzy, poofy mess!
Well, after that hair-research marathon, I ended up ordering the book Curly Girl. I read it this week and today was my first day of trying out the method. I'll outline below what I did, but first let me say I am very pleased for a first trial. Check out my hair:
|My hair is dry!!|
Another resource I found is the website NaturallyCurly.com - there's a little test there you can take to find out what kind of curl or wave you have, which will influence what kind of care you need. I'm a 2B - Wavy Curvy.
One of the problems I've had with my hair aside from the frizziness is that the curls and waves are not uniform across my head. Apparently this is pretty common for my type of hair. One of the reasons I'm so pleased today is that the waves look consistent for the first time.
So here's what I learned:
* Use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Really - I had no idea. I knew that my "moisturizing" shampoo and conditioner were drying out my hair, but didn't know there was another way. And it was expensive salon stuff too! I ended up buying Nature's Gate Hemp Shampoo and Conditioner from the health food store for 1/3 the price of my salon brand, and it works SO much better!
* Do not use combs or brushes. The only detangling I did was with my fingers while it was wet.
* Do not dry the hair with a regular bath towel - they are too textured and end up producing frizz. I dried my hair by gently scrunching out the moisture with an old tee shirt.
* After washing and conditioning, scrunch gel or mousse into the hair and then DON'T TOUCH IT until it's dry. This was really hard for me. I'm so used to pulling it back into a ponytail or bun after combing it out. But I hung in there, and I'm really pleased with the result. Again, no need for an expensive salon product: I used Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse (recommended on NaturallyCurly) which I picked up at Target for about $3. Once the hair is dry, scrunch it again to release the stiffness from the gel or mousse.
* Avoid products with the following ingredients: sulfates, silicone, any other chemical ending in "cone" like dimethicone, alcohol.
So - really off topic from what I usually post about it, but I was super excited about this so I couldn't resist sharing! I'm very curious to see how it looks tomorrow after I sleep on it. But I may not sleep - I may just sit up all night admiring my hair!
Do any of you ladies have wavy or curly hair frustration? I'm hoping this is helpful to someone else out there, but there's a good chance that all this is common knowledge and I'm late to the party yet again!