Over the past six months or so, I have slowly discovered that I have *some* texture to my hair. I had fought time and time again to accept that it was naturally wavy. Before I really knew what I was doing, I was clueless as to how wavy hair worked on my head.
As a stylist, I could easily tell clients how to style their hair, but wavy hair on myself was a totally different beast. I was unaware as to how to style my hair, what heat tools to use or if I should even be using heat tools on it, and products that worked in my hair without weighing it down. It was a never ending struggle to figure out what to do with it and how it worked, but I feel like I finally have a stable enough routine to share with everyone!
Curly Girl.. What?
Since giving up the struggle of fighting with my hair, I decided to join some Facebook groups to help me better understand what all I should be looking for when implementing a routine for wearing my hair naturally. Some things I learned just by joining a few groups drastically changed how my waves looked for the better.
Use a 100% Cotton T-Shirt
This was a big change for me. Using a cotton t-shirt used to feel super awkward and uncomfortable but over time, I’ve definitely gotten used to it. What does it do, you may ask? Using a t-shirt that’s 100% cotton reduces the risk of frizz that towels normally bring along with them.
What the heck is a “plop?” It’s exactly what it sounds like. You plop your hair down in the t-shirt after putting in your favorite leave in conditioner and let it soak in while you let the towel absorb water and keep the heat in.
Scrunch, Scrunch, Scrunch
Scrunching plays a HUGE part in your waves and curls coming out pretty. Scrunching conditioner while you’re applying it in the shower helps hydrate your curls even more and helps them form their shape. Scrunching with products also helps the product absorb and helps the curls take shape.
Getting to the Root of It
When shampooing your hair, it’s always beneficial to focus just on the scalp and at the roots. This allows the ends of your hair to not get as dried out and allows them to not be stripped of any natural oils that they may be holding on to.
Even before I started wearing my hair naturally, I was addicted to products. Wearing it wavy made my product hoarding even worse. My hair strands are naturally thinner but I have a ton of them. This means that I have to be rather particular with heavier products because they can make my hair look insanely oily.
Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Jelly – $17.99
I’m not only obsessed with this gel because it works well, but it also smells almost good enough to eat! I enjoy using this straight out of the shower after spraying my leave in conditioner and plopping for 20-30 mins.
Out of all of the curl defining shampoos I’ve used, the NYM’s Curl Defining Shampoo has to be my favorite so far. Not only does it have a great scent to it, but it also has a lightweight consistency while still feeling like it’s cleaning your roots properly.
I just recently added this conditioner into my routine and it’s easily become my favorite. Not only is it lightweight, but it doesn’t leave my hair feeling overly conditioned either. It’s super easy to rinse out and overall a great product for a minimal price.
This leave-in is definitely a product I splurge on. After trying it back in high school, it has been a staple in my life ever since. Its delicate scent and hydrating formula got me hooked. My hair definitely doesn’t feel right when I don’t use it and I can always tell it needs this moisture when I leave it out.
To Heat or Not to Heat
Due to the fact that I’ve used heat tools pretty much my entire life, taking a step away from them was a massive change for me. Going from blow drying and straightening or wand curling my hair every day, to letting it dry naturally or using light heat with a hairdryer was a difficult transition.
Using heat tools such as a blow dryer isn’t necessarily frowned upon, but they can add frizz and take moisture out of the hair. I found the best way to dry my hair and to get the best results is to just leave it alone and let it air dry. Sometimes, I’ll even let my hair plop more after I’ve put curl gel or other products in my hair. This helps soak it up and give my hair more volume as the shirt soaks up more water.
However, sometimes drying your hair is inevitable. It’s definitely not harmful, but shouldn’t be done every wash day if you can avoid it. I’ve also found that it’s not necessarily the blow dryer that makes the difference but rather the diffuser attachment. The Devacurl Devafuser and the BioIonic Universal Diffuser are two of my all-time favorites that I’ve used thus far. They’re gentle enough on the hair to not disrupt your curls and don’t use too much direct heat on the hair.
Having wavy/curly hair is definitely a journey and it’s taken a ton of time for me to appreciate and take care of my natural hair texture. Even now, there are still some days I get super frustrated with my hair and just throw it up in a bun and call it a day. If you have wavy or curly hair, I would love to hear about your favorite products and anything you feel might be missing from my routine.