How-To Tuesday -- Tips for Dealing with Curly Hair

I had wanted to use a picture of my hair all brushed out and enormous, but unfortunately, my computer crash of last week took that picture with it and so far I haven't had any luck getting my pictures (or the 55 pages of my next manuscript) recovered. The big, frizzy picture would have made your Tuesday a little better, either because of how comical it looked or because of the relief you felt that you don't have to deal hair like this. Either way, it would have made you feel good, and that, in turn, would have made me feel good. A classic win/win!

After many, many years of dealing with this hair, I've learned a few things. One thing I've learned is that I'm immensely grateful for hair product. We didn't have good hair products for curly hair when I was a teenager, so unfortunately, I was often called Frizzhead and was told that my hair doesn't get longer, it gets bigger.

But enough of reliving my childhood trauma. Let's talk curly hair.

Remember that one size doesn't fit all. Some of this might work for you, some of it might not. Take what works and discard the rest.

Tip 1: Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Curly hair tends to be dry hair, especially on the ends.

Tip 2: Don't overwork the hair. I comb my hair once every two days and that's in the shower, while I have conditioner in the hair. I use a wide-tooth comb that I keep in the shower. I comb my hair there, then towel dry it, put in product and don't comb it again for about 48 hours.

Tip 3: Make your own hair cocktail. Mousse and gel make my hair too stiff. Creams leave it too soft and with frizzy fly-aways. I mix the two together in my hands, apply to hair, finger comb and let it air dry.

Tip 4: Air dry whenever possible. If I'm in a hurry, I'll use a diffuser to partly dry my hair, but it goes much better if it air dries. Air drying makes the curls more defined and helps eliminate damage. I like to let it air dry and then use my fingers to separate the curls. Then I hardly touch it again for two days.

Tip 5: If the hair looks a little unruly on the second day, I spray it with water and a little spray gel, then a little arranging with my fingers and then leave it alone. The more you touch it and mess with it, the bigger it gets.

I hope these help. I didn't include any products, because I change products constantly.

Good luck with your curls and if you have any pointers I could learn from, please feel free to share with me.


Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Love that you have tackled your curly hair product in this blog. I too, have curly hair and will add a blog one day soon.

Thelma said...

Fellow curly head: These are good suggestions. My "cocktail" is mousse and anti-frizz serum. I also spray Biolage leave in conditioner. I'll have to try combing my hair with conditioner on it.

Karren said...

Isn't curly hair the best???...that was sarcasm. I concur with all your tips. I do almost all of them as well. Sad thing is that I have passed on the unruly hair to my daughters...such a curse!

Suzanne said...

Great tips! I don't have curly hair. Or straight hair. My hair has a kind of wave that doesn't look good at all, so I'm a straightener kind of girl. But I have had perms, and could have used these tips when I did! I love that your hair looks amazing and you don't have to spend hours in front of the mirror. =)

Christie said...

My hair is curly, but not enough to wear it that way. I am jealous.

Shanda said...

My 2 yo daughter is the only child of my four to be blessed with gorgeous curly red hair. We all love it (though I know she will hate it when she's older). I make a point of asking everyone I come across with naturally curly hair for pointers since I basically know nothing about how to care for her curls. Thanks so much for sharing these!

Suzanne said...

very interesting to a hair stylist (if i can still call myself that) and I agree with all of it...including when I did other people's hair as well as when I had a perm on my own hair

Leslie said...

:) i wish i could have seen the photo of it all brushed out and huge. :)

Laura H said...

Like Shanda my daughters hair is super curly. I think I've followed all your suggestions so far. She is only 6 but already hates her curly hair and wants it to be "flat hair" She has cut it 2 times trying to get it flat. Thanks for the tips , I need all the help I can get.