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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”??