Curly Hair Care Tips & Tricks

Everyone wants what they can’t have. I often dreamt of having long sleek straight hair but I’ve come to terms with my mane. The more I try to make my hair straight, the more I’m frying it.  It can seem daunting to take care of curly hair. It’s frizzy, unmanageable and dry. Because of its shape, curly hair requires a lot of moisture, but your scalp can still get oily.

There are countless drugstore and professional products that cater to women with curly hair. A lot of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments contain chemicals that are doing more damage to your hair than you think. In fact, you may not be taking proper care of your hair and not even realize it. I’ve compiled a list of tips and natural alternative remedies for ladies that have curly hair.

Curly Hair Tips:

1. Don’t brush your hair when it is dry. This can damage your hair’s natural curl pattern. Instead, on wet and conditioned hair, use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to separate the strands.

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2. Avoid using shampoos that contain detergents like sulfates and parabens. These ingredients are very drying and damaging to the hair.

3. Cold water closes the hair shaft and seals in moisture, so make sure you only use cold water to rinse your hair.

4. Avoid products that contain silicones. Silicones in conditioners are especially bad because it acts as a barrier and prevents moisture from getting to your hair.

5. Sleep on a smooth silk or satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases tend to break the hair when you toss and turn at night.

6. Do NOT use styling tools on your hair. The less heat the better for your curly or wavy hair. Skip the blow dryer and use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to dab your hair gently. 

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7. Leave a deep conditioner or a coconut oil treatment in your hair overnight. Wash the product out in the morning and style as usual.

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8. Since the sun is so drying to the hair, protect your locks by wearing a hat. You can also add a little shea butter to your hair as a mild protectant.

9. Before swimming at the lake, beach or pool, rinse your hair with water and condition the ends. Curly hair can be porous, so creating a barrier can prevent damage.

10. Read the labels on all hair products and stay away from gels that have alcohol. Gels that have “extra hold” often contain high amounts of alcohol.

11. Protect your hair at night by wrapping it up in a scarf or “pineapple” your hair.

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Curly Hair DIY Recipes

Rinse

Chamomile Tea Rinse

Ingredients:

chamomile tea bag
organic honey
apple cider vinegar
Spray bottle

Directions:

Steep one teabag of chamomile for 30-45 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Let this mixture cool and then pour into a spray bottle.

Clarification/ Shampoo

Rosemary Clarifying Shampoo

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup liquid castille soap
15-25 drops of rosemary essential oils
2/3 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

In an empty shampoo bottle, combine all the ingredients.  Shake well until mixed and before each use.

Deep Conditioner

Deep Conditioner To Define Curls

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey

Directions:

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until mixed.

Detangler

Rosemary Lavender Detangler

Ingredients:

small spray bottle
2 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
filtered water

Directions:

In a small spray bottle, combine the oils and add filtered water until the bottle is filled. Shake well to mix. Spray on damp hair.

Conditioner

Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Conditioner

Ingredients:

3 tablepoons raw shea butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons raw honey
6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Directions:

In a double boiler, combine the shea butter and coconut oil. After it’s melted, removed from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir until blended well and move the mixture to an empty bottle.  Store this up to one week in the fridge.

Hairspray

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sea salt
10 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

Boil the water and dissolve sugar and salt. Remove from heat and let it cool until room temperature. Add essential oils. Transfer to spray bottle and shake well.

Serum

Jasmine Hair Oil

Ingredients:

1/4 cup jojoba oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
5 drops of jasmine essential oil
2 tablespoons avocado oil

Directions:

Combine ingredients in an empty bottle and shake to mix.

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October Drugstore Product Reviews For Frizzy Hair

Hey, gorgeous! I know how it feels to have unmanageable, frizzy hair. My kinky locks are so frizzy and fried, I look like I have an afro in the morning. I have put my hair through so much by overprocessing it with bleach and styling tools. This month, I wanted to share with you guys what I do to tame my mane. I have made it my goal to eliminate heat from my hair care routine. By the way, thanks for taking the time to read my blog! I’d love to find out what products work for your hair. Let me know what you think in the comments, where all the great conversation starts.

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Herbal EssencesBlowout Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner

First of all, this shampoo and conditioner has a heavenly floral scent. I would wear a perfume that smelled like this all day long. Even though the product claims to sustain hotter temperatures, I would still use a heat protectant if you are planning to use a blow dryer or straightener. This has been my go-to shampoo and conditioner for the past month. I do notice my hair feels softer as soon as I rinse out the conditioner. It helps to reduce the frizz and static in my hair for a sleeker, yet still voluminous look.

 

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Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioner

I did a previous blog post about this awesome leave in conditioner. I’ve used it almost every time I got out of the shower last month. The consistency of the formula is thick and creamy, so a little goes a long way. It makes my hair soft and easier to style. I highly recommend this for ladies with frizzy or curly hair.

 

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Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk

Since I’m trying my best to go “heat-less” for the rest of the year, I’ve been trying to find creams and leave-ins to put in my hair and air dry. I’m actually almost out of this smoothing milk. It controls flyaways and is lightweight, however, I wish this came in a bigger size. The downside is I have to use a lot because I have thick, coarse hair. This smoothing milk does a pretty good job at locking humidity out and sealing moisture in.

 

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L’Oreal Total Repair Extraordinary Oil

You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. I squeeze a few pumps and rub it between the palms of my hands to warm it up. Then, I put it in my ends and throughout the shaft of my hair (once while it’s damp and again when it dies). It does a great job at calming any lingering frizzies or flyaways that my leave-in condition doesn’t get. It keeps my hair moisturized and never feels greasy. This extraordinary oil is perfect for dry and brittle hair.

 

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Tresemme Tres Mousse

I have been using this lightweight mousse for like 3 months. It gives me a strong hold that lasts all day without making my locks feel heavy. It’s a little drying, so I recommend using extra hair oil if you have dry hair. I just squeeze a handful of mousse in my hair and scrunch it upwards. The result is soft, natural curls. I also like to put some in my hair before I throw it in a braid or bun. The next morning when I take my hair down I get beautiful waves.

 

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Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

I bought this texturizing spray on a whim, but I’m glad I did. I have never used a spray like this before, so I guess it’s great for beginners. Days when I don’t want to wash my hair, I just wet it with a water bottle and then spritz this bad boy on. It doesn’t make my hair feel hard or weighed down. This texturizing salt spray also has a clean scent and makes your hair look like you just walked off the beach. The best part is that it does not contain alcohol, which can be very drying to the hair. I’d buy this again for sure.

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Tresemme Tres Hair Spray

Finally, for the hairspray. This can is ridiculously large and I don’t use this product often, so it’s lasted  for 6 months (or more). If I need a little extra help taming the beast, I simply spray a tiny bit of hairspray in. It helps calm down frizz and doesn’t make my hair crunchy. It also rinses out a lot easier than most hairsprays I’ve used.

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Product Review: Garnier Fructis Leave In Conditioner

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 Product Review: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream

Garnier Fructis is a popular brand so I’ve decided to do a little research and share with you guys what is exactly in some of the products you buy on a regular basis. Not everyone will see the same results as me because I most likely have a different hair type than you. I simply wanted to share my experience with you! Let me know in the comments if you have any beauty products you like or want to try.

About My Hair

I have shoulder length curly hair, which has been over processed by heat and dye. It tangles easier than a 6-year-old girl’s hair. Not to mention it breaks A LOT. Anyone who comes in contact with me will always have a piece of me with them..because I shed worse than a dog. Having wavy or curly hair means my locks are prone to frizz.

All About The Product

This leave in conditioner claims that it locks in moisture and controls dry and unmanageable hair. It contains oils that hydrate all hair types. The directions explain to apply the conditioner to hair from roots to tips after shampooing.

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Cetearyl Alcohol – An emulsion stabilizer that is made from vegetable or synthetic material. Used to prevent the oil and water from separating. 
  • Amodimethicone – A silicone-based synthetic molecule used as a hair conditioning agent. This ingredients can also be found in some processed foods.
  • Cetyl Esters – Acts as a lubricant to the hair or skin.
  • Behentrimonium Chloride – A hair conditioning agent that conditions, softens and strengthens the hair shaft. It penetrates the hair without weighing it down and can be used as a preservative.
  • Fragrance
  • Apple Fruit Extract
  • Isopropyl Alcohol – Used to decrease the foam of the product as well as the thickness and prevents the growth of bacteria.
  • Trideceth-6
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Niacinamide – Skin-repairing ingredient that helps to brighten and improve the texture of your skin or hair.
  • Pyridoxine HCI – Water soluable vitamin that works to improve metabolism.
  • Hexyl Cinnamal – A fragrance ingredient that smells similar to jasmine. People who experience allergic reactions to fragrances and perfume should consult your doctor before trying this ingredient.
  • Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride – Odorless powder that is used to make and preserve beauty products.
  • Citric Acid
  • Cetrimonium Chloride – Conditioning agent that reduces frizz and flyaways.
  • Sugar Cane Extract
  • Benzyl Alcohol – Synthetic preservative that has been known to cause allergic reactions.
  • Linalool – Occurs naturally in flowers and plants.
  • Amyl Cinnamal – A liquid with a floral scent that is used to make beauty products.
  • Yellow 5
  • Yellow 6
  • Lemon Peel Extract
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

 

Price

$3 for 10.2 fl oz

 

Where To Buy?

Wal-mart
Target
Amazon


My Review

I use this product after I shampoo and condition my hair, then I dry my hair with a cotton t-shirt. Like I mentioned before, I have thick and curly hair so I use double the dosage. You can apply the product to wet or dry hair, but I’ve found it’s easier to work with on damp hair. I distribute two-quarter sized amounts of conditioner evenly throughout my hair with my fingers while it’s still damp.

This product has a thick texture so I recommend adding a little water to dilute the conditioner. I’ve noticed if I skip this step or use too much product, my hair feels crunchy. If you have oily to normal hair I would use this product sparingly because it could make your hair look greasy. You can also use a serum to tame flyaways and seal your split ins like argan oil. I like to create beachy waves by scrunching the product in and finishing the look with mousse. Using the leave in conditioner alone makes my hair softer and easier to manage. It helps minimize frizz and static.

 

Do I Recommend It?

I don’t recommend this product to people with thin or oily hair types because the product is so thick. However, I feel like it would be great for thick, curly, wavy or frizzy hair. Just keep in mind this product is not natural and contains ingredients like dyes and fragrances, which can be toxic to your health over time.

 

Sources Used For Research

http://www.ewg.org/
http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/
http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary
https://www.drugs.com/
http://ethicalfoods.com/citric-acid/
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/curlchemist-what-is-cetrimonium-chloride/

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