I wanted to change a few perceptions on what you can or can’t do as a curly, so you can start this new year with a different approach to knowing your curls!
You don’t have to co-wash your hair, if your hair is fine wavy like mine, then co-washing will weigh down your hair. Us ‘wavys’ don’t need moisture at roots of our hair, as the natural oils make their way down the hair shaft easily. Co-washing is for courser curls that find it hard to hold the moisture.
Unless you have very course afro-hair, in my experience you don’t need to worry about the porosity. Most of us have normal porosity curls, so we just need to keep the roots cleansed and moisturise the mid to ends. You can tell if your curls are low porosity by the way water just runs off when you try to wet it. In my experience, you need to use warmer water as this helps to open the cuticles. And, you need to use a lot of water before you apply the co-wash to the roots.
You can use a moisturising mask as a thick conditioner and leave some of it in the hair as a ‘leave in’. You need to use lots of water to water the product down a little, otherwise you will have white bits. I apply the mask then drizzle water over and run my fingers back through the curls, to pull the product out, then, lift the hair on top of the roots to push the product back in as not to remove too much from the ends.
If you co-wash your curls you still need to wash your hair with a non-sulphate shampoo, to remove the build up from the roots at least once a month, otherwise the dirt sticks to the hair and appears lank and heavy.
In this cold weather, you could sew some satin or silk into a wool hat to protect your curls from the harsh weather.
If your hair becomes too fluffy when drying with a diffuser or letting it dry naturally, then your hair isn’t wet enough and you didn’t use enough product in the styling process.
Water is your best friend when it comes to curly hair as hair is made of 80% of it. When applying all products, your hair needs to be soaking wet, from co-wash to conditioner, leave in and especially when styling.
On second day curls try using neat gel over the surface to tame fluff on the halo, or if you have a few unruly curls, smooth neat gel over the individual pieces.
These days we don’t scrunch curls we smooth and stroke the curls all together downwards, to set the curl into the individual ringlet. Don’t worry about the volume to start with, just let the curls set; the less you touch your hair when drying the better it will look. All scrunching does is breaks the curl pattern and roughs the hair up, making it look windswept and spindly.
So, I hope you find these points helpful and at this time of year when we are all busy making new year resolution that we don’t stick to for long (!!), make a resolution to yourself to go all out to make the most of your curls – try something different to really make your curls pop, but, above all, be proud of your beautiful natural curls.