I have fine, naturally curly hair, and I live in a very humid environment. I love my curls, but they definitely “need help” to look good. The alternative is flat roots, frizzy ends. I think ages 13 â€“ 22 were pretty much all bad hair days.
What happened when I was 22? Either companies started inventing products for curly girls, or I discovered they existed. Nevermind the steps it took me to get there, but for several years I was happily using John Frieda’s Curl Around Shampoo and Conditioner. I was happy… until one day they changed the scent, and I just couldn’t live with the new fragrance.
Someone recommended I try L’Oreal’s Vive Pro Nutri Gloss for Hair that’s Curly/Wavy, and I was really happy with that. Â But when I went to buy my second bottles of shampoo and conditioner, I discovered that product had been discontinued.
What to do?
Almost a year ago, a friend of mine started working for Fekkai, and pretty much since she started, she’s been trying to convert me. I’ve resisted, because once upon a time I tried some Fekkai product (couldn’t even tell you what it was) and I didn’t like it. Also I figured I spend enough on makeup, do I really need to get onto boutique hair care products?
But since I was out of ideas and my hair was dirty, I took the plunge with Fekkai’s Luscious Curls Shampoo and Conditioner.
Dammit, she was right.
If my hair had looked good after the first wash, I would have chalked it up to the “new shampoo” phenomenon. But I’ve washed my hair about 10 times now, and I’m getting awesome curls every time. (Part of the credit obviously goes to the genius who cuts my hair, but the products have won me over.)
Luscious Curls Shampoo and Conditioner are each $23 for 8 oz. They smell rather deliciously like a grown-up creamsicle — orange and honey, if I had to guess.
My full regimen — and I’m not saying you have to follow it step-by-step:
- I wash my hair at night. Squeeze dry with a towel (but minimize rubbing), then brush through. I only ever brush my hair when it’s wet; brushing while dry = frizz and straightening.
- Flip hair upside down, tousle, fluff, then go to bed. I air-dry my hair, because using a blow dryer (even with a diffuser, even on a cold setting) seems to straighten it, and result in less defined curl. Letting it dry horizontally gives me more volume at the roots. I warned you I was crazy.
- In the morning, it’s going to look stupid. But at that point, I flip it upside down, and from back to front, spritz in John Frieda’s Spiral Style, a curl-promoting, sea-spray-style, soft-hold gel. (I also liked GHD’s Sea Spray for Matte Waves, but Spiral Style is cheaper.)
- I wash my hair every other day, and on the off-days I do nothing but fluff it up a bit.
If you have hair like mine, and you have a miracle product that you swear by, I definitely want to hear about it!