I’m not saying every day is a good hair day for me (ha!), but I’ve tried almost every product with “curly” on the bottle, and I’ve got a routine that I’m really happy with. So, as a firm believer in the importance of sharing information, here’s what works for me.
I have fine curly hair. That means:
- My hair is very sensitive to humidity. The drier the weather, the straighter my hair. But if I can wash my hair when it’s raining? Glorious!
- Using a hair dryer — even with a diffuser, even on a cold setting — seems to make my hair more straight.
- My hair really needs the right products to turn soft, undefined, 70s style fluffiness into curls.
My shampoo trials have been a long and difficult road. A lot of “curly” products seem designed for thicker curls, and as a result they seem to weigh me down. I am now firmly committed to Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Shampoo and Conditioner ($23 each). The price is a little scary after years of drugstore purchases, but I’ve discovered that you need a comically tiny amount to get the job done — like, maybe 1/4 tsp. This stuff lathers like you wouldn’t believe. (I wish I’d figured this out a little sooner.)
After I wash, I squeeze dry with a towel (don’t rub!), and brush through with a soft-bristled vented brush. I’ve tried finger combing, I’ve tried not brushing at all… and I like my brush. After it’s brushed, I flip my hair over and tousle (to give the curls a chance to separate). Then I go back to bed.
I admit, this is a ridiculous step, but I seem to get the best volume and curl if my hair air-dries in a horizontal position. So I get up earlier than I want to, wash, then go back to bed. When I get up “for real,” I finish the process with a curl-promoting spray.
These sprays basically act like a soft-hold hairspray. They define curls (keeping my hair from getting too soft) and maintain shape until the next wash. They’re not as crunchy as hairspray used to be. I use $5-6 John Frieda Spiral Style. Another excellent option is GHD’s Sea Spray for Matte Waves ($18, last I checked).
I hope this post wasn’t too random, and I hope some of what works for me also works for you ladies. And if YOU know of a miracle product, dish!