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My hair has given me fits for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the 90’s and early 00’s and if you did too then you remember that straight as a board hair was IN. Unfortunately for me, straight as a board hair I did NOT have (check out this post for a look at my hair throughout the years…bless my pitiful lion haired self). I have naturally curly/wavy hair and have fought it for as long as I can remember…bless my Mom because she just knew a little hair gel or mousse and a blow dryer would fix all my hair problems, I wish!! Keep in mind these were he day before flat irons and believe me when I say I have tried it all to keep my hair straight but until I got my hands on a Chi it was a never-ending battle that I always lost.
Growing my hair out long helps me tame it because the weight of it helps pull the curl/wave out but during the summer months all bets are off. Spending lots of time with a hairdryer, flat iron, curling iron or in rollers makes me sweat and then the baby hairs by my scalp curl even more…ugh. Around this time of year I either get super tired of it and chop it off or I suck it up and just go “natural”. I say “natural” because there is still some work involved in keeping it healthy and curly without looking and feeling like a frizz ball…HA!
So what helps me keep my naturally curly hair healthy during these super humid summer months? Lots of TLC and these fabulous products…
One thing I have learned about curly hair, and really any hair type, is that using a regular towel on your hair is just plain bad for it. I switched to these Turbie Twists a few years ago and have never looked back. They are made out of 100% microfiber and are super absorbent so they help to cut down dry time and less time with a blow dryer is always a good thing in my book!
My favorite shampoo and conditioner right now are Dove’s Dermacare Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Herbal Essence’s Color Me Happy Conditioner. These products both have fantastic price points and really work together to keep my hair both clean and moisturized.
I have a pretty strict shower routine and as soon as I jump in I wash my hair immediately and rinse it out really good. I follow up with my conditioner, concentrating on the ends and working my way up to my scalp, and I pile it on my top of my head in a bun while I wash my body, wash my face, shave, etc all while giving my conditioner time to soak in. The very last thing I do in the shower is rinse my hair and I always finish that with a shot of cold water to help seal in the moisture.
When I hop out of the shower I tie my hair up in a Turbie Twist while I start to get ready. When I am ready to deal with this mass of hair on my head, I take it out of the Turbie Twist and give the roots a good spray down with this blowout spray (this one is a cheaper alternative that I think works just as well). That also helps cut down on drying time! Then I grab this mousse and work it into my hair starting from the roots and working down. This helps to add volume. I finish it with this spray gel and I spray it into my palms first and then apply it to my hair starting at the ends and working up. I scrunch my hair really good and then use my blow dryer with the diffuser attachment until it’s mostly dry. I blow dry my hair with my head flipped over and when I’m done and flip my head back over I have some major volume going on!
I can usually make this style last a few days by wearing it down a couple of days and then wearing up for a few more. If needed I will give the roots a quick spray with a dry shampoo and a quick spritz of sea salt spray to the rest if it needs it.
And that, my friends, is how I keep my naturally curly hair healthy during these wickedly hot and humid summer months.
Do you have curly or wavy hair??
Do you let it “go with the flow”??
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
Your hair looks great! I’ll have to keep these in mind for my daughters hair. It’s got some curl action going on.
Joely Smith says
My mother struggles with her naturally curly hair! I have some Living Proof I could let her try! Thanks for the idea!
Claudia Krusch says
I have a natural curl to my hair that tends to go frizzy. I will have to get a Turbie Twists to try. I have heard great reviews for them.
I have naturally wavy hair and I’m with you on having straight as a board hair. I will check out these products.
Carol Cassara says
I don’t have curly hair but I do have thick wavy hair and it’s can sometimes be a pain. I think it’s really important to find products that work well with your hair type. Those towels sound awesome!
AnnMarie John says
My hair is extremely curly so a good routine is definitely a must. I think it’s awesome that you shared your routine with us. It’s nice to see how other women take care of their hair so I can get tips!
Farrah Less G. says
Love you hair so shiny and looks soft. My hair is frizzy esp. on summer. Hard to manage needs to blow dry every time that is why it dries on the tip. I will be more than happy to try this products hopefully it works.
Misty Dawn Nelson says
Thats great idea! Thankyou for sharing. I would do this to my hair.
Angela Ricardo Bethea says
Your hair looks absolutely fabulous! While our family don’t have curly hair, my best does have natural wavy/curly ones and I am sure she will find this post helpful.
Victoria Heckstall says
I totally love your gorgeous hair! I also have curly hair and I’ll have to try your routine.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I have naturally wavy hair. Sometimes they wave to the left, other days they wave to the right. LOL. Anyway, keeping my hair shiny and healthy is a must or else they’d go frizzy. I would love to try that turbie twist!
Micah @ Unabashedly Me says
My hair is a lot curlier, I think, but I use a lot of the same tricks. I shower every day, but only use conditioner on my hair. I shampoo maybe once a week. Maybe. I have been using tshirts to dry my hair but may need to look into those Turbie towels.