How to Tame your Curly Head

This has been a one-woman mission for me – trying to get my hair to go back to its original curl pattern. After years and years of straightening, bleaching and not being too kind to my curls, I was left with a pile of frizz, that pretty much lacked anything worth salvaging.

When I was around 13, I chopped all my hair off. I used to have super long, relatively straight hair, and after chopping it, it sprung up in all directions. I really wasn’t used to this and knowing that I looked like I was standing on all ends at all time, I just straightened the hell out of my hair.

Looking back, I kind of cringe at the thought. My hair was ringlets, and it was really beautiful, but I wanted to be like the popular girls who all had pin straight hair. And when everyone started bleaching their hair, I shortly followed in pursuit. And the result? Severely damaged hair.

So recently, I have been on a mission to take my hair and revive it. This means no dying, this means little to no heat, and this means defined curls. And where I know that my curl pattern will never be what it once was, (RIP my ultra-curly hair,) but I think I’ve finally perfected the curly hair method and found products that genuinely have transformed my hair from a frizzy dry mess, to defined, frizz free waves that I can go out with instead of hiding from.

Now I’m not saying this will work for type 4 hair, or black hair, as those curl patterns conform to their own set of rules. But I can kind of guarantee that these methods have worked for my white hair.

  1. Invest in Shampoo and Conditioner

So drug-store shampoos and conditioners aren’t going to be doing any good to your hair. Invest in products that will give you the additional help you need. Many drugstore shampoos aren’t paraben and sulphate free, meaning that they can cause damage, and strip your hair of the essential oils it needs to avoid frizz. Sulphates are known to be the key ingredient that although does clean and wipe your scalp, damage your hair so it’s best to avoid.

If you are on a budget, lots of baby shampoos at the supermarket are free from these toxic chemicals and are always relatively cheap. But if you do want to splash out, there are so many good brands such as the duo from Umberto Giovanni, which I can’t recommend enough.

A must is a leave in conditioner. I have the Cantu one, and honestly a little drop goes a long way. I’ve had mine for months now, and I can’t tell you how much it has transformed my curls and left them super moisturised. You’ll see a difference in the frizz almost immediately when using a leave in conditioner I can guarantee it.

2. Only use cotton t-shirts to dry

Did you know that your towel maybe doing more harm then good to your hair? Using a regular t-shirt instead will dry your strands and remove the excess water, without disturbing your curl pattern.

After washing your hair, use a t-shirt to wrap up and remove excess water before you do your other routines. And afterwards to prevent frizz as it begins to dry, plop it using the t-shirt. Honestly, I wasn’t sure this would work for me, but the volume, the definition, even after only 30 minutes of wearing a t-shirt, is revolutionary. If you don’t know about plopping, watch a quick YouTube video and it’ll show you exactly how to work it around your schedule.

3. Oil, spray and gel

So after your hair is dry, you might notice that there is a little frizz and that’s ok, not everyday is a good hair day, so whip a light oil on there and you’ll see the fly-aways become tame. If you are still struggling, try a spray. I have the comeback curl activator spray from Cantu, and this stuff works like a dream. Really great if one of your curls isn’t playing up that day,

And sometimes people to really get high definition, will use a gel to improve their patterns. This didn’t work out for me, I found that it made my hair look greasy and feel sticky, but I know for a lot of curly haired people this has been a dream. The scrunching jelly by Umberto Giovanni is a type of gel that you only need a drop to go such a long way and can add definition to your life in more ways than one.

4. Form curls with your fingers that you know maybe lacklustre

So the back of my head, I found was no were near as tightly curled as the front, but when its wet you can actually form curls using your fingers and scrunching. Honestly this has been a lifesaver on hairs that I know just aren’t going to play around that day, or that I can already see their curl pattern isn’t exactly what I want it to be.

Published by Heather Dalgleish

21-year-old journalism student. Author and illustrator for In Full Bloom Magazine

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