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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Real Texture Talk: Naturally Curly

When I was in California for Lucky FABB, I met the adorable Cassidy from TextureMedia.  Upon finding out I have naturally curly hair, she twisted my arm encouraged me to be a part of their Real Texture Talk series on Naturally Curly.  Since I've never shown this side of myself here on the blog, I decided it was about time!  And I do tend to straighten my hair much less in the summer months - mainly due to the humidity & heat, but also to give my hair a break from the blowdryer/flat iron/curling iron process.  At the risk of embarassing myself, I just had to share this picture with you:


I think I was about 10 years old here...clearly, this was before they had mastered the correct formula for anti-frizz products.  Frankly, I'm a little upset my mom let me walk around looking this way.  But, this proves that I wasn't born with the most manageable hair to begin with.  Thankfully, after two pregnancies it has relaxed a little and I've learned the best way to handle my curls. 

The key for me is letting it air dry and touching it as little as possible.  For this reason, I always shower at night so that I can allow it to dry naturally & then I'm ready to go in the morning.  I should also mention that my hair looks much better when I have long layers cut into it (the curls lay nicer and my head looks less "mushroom-shaped").  Here's my step-by-step process:


When I get out of the shower, I spray on a leave-in conditioner & detangle with a wide tooth comb.  Next, I work anti-frizz cream through my hair and make my part.  I then take 1/2-inch sections and twirl the hair around my finger, making a ringlet & twisting away from my face (my stylist taught me this trick - it helps with curl definition & separation).  I continue until all my hair is done and then I let it air dry completely.


Once my hair is dry (usually by the time I wake up in the morning), I carefully separate the ringlets with my fingers, taking care to not "rake" through them.  Then, I fluff the hair slightly at the roots to create a little lift and use my favorite texture spray to gently scrunch my curls.  Here's the finished product:


If I'm wanting to create looser waves, I use the same products mentioned above, but instead of twisting into ringlets, I'll wrap all my hair (while wet) up in a high bun & secure with an elastic before bed.  Then, I just take it out in the morning & the result is more beachy-type waves.  I'd love to hear from my naturally curly readers - what items do you swear by and how do you style your curls? 

You can read the full interview & learn more about my favorite products over at Naturally Curly
Thanks to Cassidy & the rest of their team for having me!


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47 comments :

Natali said...

Gorgeous curls!! I gotta try to them with my hair :)

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Kat said...

Wow your hair is beautiful! I've always had straight hair with a semi-wave (if that counts) with non-blow dried hair. You always want what you don't have, right? I've tried to perm and it just doesn't work out :T

kat
aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

AWWWWWW-i LOVE that pic of you when you were little!!! i can't believe how perfect your curls come out just from wrapping your hair around your finger like that! i REALLY want to try it. loved this post!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

The Guilt Letter said...

My hair is naturally curly with an unreasonable amount of volume and my go to products are from Frederic Fekkai. I like my curls to look undone and beachy so I rarely use more than one or 2 products. And to keep it healthy I use Moroccan oil at the tips and soy tri-wheat leave-in condition. I'm in the hunt for a new shampoo and conditioner...any suggestions?

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Styleclouds said...

Wow, I totally had you in for straight hair. :-) You look so lovely with curls. Since my hair is so staight and heavy every try to get it even wavy takes hours of preparation and it stays in for half an hour. :-) So I am out of the curly hair discussion. :-) xo, Christina

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Puppies and Purses said...

Love the curls. This is so easy and the results are great! I'll def. be experimenting with my waves too.

I bun my hair when straight out of shower and have the pictures in my latest post!

http://www.puppiesnpurses.com/

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

thank you SO much for sharing that first photo! you were the cutest girl ever! and love your tips for curling hair ;)

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

Fash Boulevard said...

I wish I had naturally curly hair. Looking forward to reading some of the comments. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my new maxi. xo

www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

A J said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I love your hair!!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

Maria DaintyandDecadent said...

That is the cutest picture! I always think your hair looks amazing!

Maria
www.daintyanddecadent.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

My hair is super wavy and unmanageable naturally....your hair looks so cute naturally!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl said...

Love this! You're hair looks so pretty all curly like that!

xoxo
Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

http://poorlittleitgirl.com

Tina said...

Like a young jodi foster in the first picture!

Tiffany M* said...

I LOVE that photo of you when you were younger! So adorable! I also love your hair when it's curly. Why don't you wear it this way on the blog more often? It's stunning!
beijos,
Tiffany
www.beijostiffany.com

girlavantgarde said...

You look adorable! I wish my curly, stanky, frizzy stupid hair looked like that when I air dried it.

Kim said...

I'm definitely trying the finger trick this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

Kim
http://six-2-eleven.blogspot.com/

Jenny said...

I have naturally curly hair too, but don't wear it that way too often as it always turns frizzy by the end of the day! I do the same thing as you sometimes, or I will put in some mousse, scrunch the curls, and blow dry my curly hair until it is dry :) Thanks for posting your tips!

Joy Shana said...

cute hair, nice blog hun
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Christinah715 said...

I would have never guessed that you have naturally curly hair unless you posted this! Your hair always looks amazing, and I think it looks great curly. Having naturally curly hair, I've tried almost every product out there. Oddly enough, some of my favorite styling products are the inexpensive ones - Suave Captivating Curls Cream Mousse and Sleek Anti Frizz Cream, and Ulta Defining Curl Enhancer. I don't stick to one type of shampoo or conditioner, and air drying is a must! :)

Lindsay Patrick said...

It looks great in the morning! I tend to sleep a little crazy...rubbing my head all over my pillow so I think mine would look a hot mess in the morning, haha!

Lindsay @
LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

Nuha said...

aghhh curly hair! it is basically the most stressful thing ever. I use a lot of Moroccan hair oil/ leave in oil treatments to help decrease the frizz. Other then that I don't feel like much else works (product wise). But one thing I have noticed, is that if I shower at night and leave my hair to dry overnight (fanned out above my head) I have less frizz the next day. Hope that helps!

Edyta said...

I have naturally straight hair and curl it almost every single day. My friends with curly hair straighten their every single day. It's a crazy world!

Having said that, your hair looks amazing :)

Samantha Tananbaum said...

I love that you embrace your curls and wear your hair natural! My hair is not quite as curly, but I tend to do the same thing. Thanks for sharing your routine!

xo
Sam
Le Petite Pear

Mary said...

I LOVE that first picture! Love the throw back :)

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

I totally have the same hair as you, except when I was a kid my hair was much shorter and super blonde - it was like a crazy fuzz ball on my head! Yikes!
Great technique on your hair, I must try that out!
xx







The Urban Umbrella

xoxo



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dana said...

Never would have guessed you had curly hair! Mine is very thick and curly. When i was a teen my neighbor would french braid it and could keep it that way 4 days! I no longer do that! Thanks for sharing! Btw i haved tried so many products but keep going back to aveda brillint line. Now im in my late 40's and it keepsgetting drier.....

Lela said...

Your hair looks so polished! My curls have a mind of their own, haha.

Claire said...

Love, love, love the curls! From one curly gal to another - try Deva Curl (the products, the cut and the method...http://www.mydevacurl.com). It's life changing, seriously :)

Claire said...

Love, love, love the curls! From one curly gal to another - try Deva Curl (the cut, the products, the method http://www.mydevacurl.com). It's life changing, seriously :)

gai said...

Wow---people pay a fortune to get body/curl like you have naturally. It's gorgeous! How great that you can do the curly or straight thing, depending on weather. Enjoy your "summer hair"!

Jinna Boo said...

GORGEOUS! your make up in the last pic is amazing too. please post the lipstick!
xx
Jinna
http://greaseandglamour.com

Natalyas Closet said...

Awww, I love this post! I have naturally curly hair that I mask with straightening tools too, so maybe I'll give this a try sometime too :)

You look gorgeous here!

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Lisa said...

I have..or should I say had, naturally curly hair. It is also fine textured and prone to frizz.
As a teen in the late 1970's, I grew up in the ear of Marcia Brady hair (Brady Bunch); pin straight and parted in the middle. I had unruly curly hair.
I hated it! Everyday was a struggle to get my hair to behave.
Worse yet, when I was in grade school, my Mom used to cut it short and it would stick out on the sides like curly Bozo hair!
After three kids, my hair is now wavy, rather than curly...but still curly in places...like my bangs...
On a rainy day...they curl into ringlets. Frizz continues to be an issue.
Now I blow dry my bangs so they don't look like they don't belong to the rest of my hair; I used Redken curly hair products. I let the rest air dry and then use a curl iron to touch up the frizzy spots.
I used to have a postcard that said "Life is a turbulent and frustrating struggle...but eventually you find a hairstyle you like" I'm still looking...


http://www.waltzerl.blogspot.com

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

and here I thought you had straight hair! I'm glad we're both on the 'curly' bus..

Xo Megan

My Dressy Ways said...

I don't have curly hair *pout* and just pretty recently found a 'process' that lets me have curly hair and keep it for the day. My stick straight hair can't hold a curl at all. Oh the things we wish we'd known how to do back in the day, right? There are so many tricks you learn as you get older!

silvergirl said...

love this look on you
i don't have curly hair, but very wavy, i love doing the curl around the finger when wet trick
brett

secretivestyle.com said...

stunning!! I wish my hair would stay curled - super straight isn't all it's cracked up to be!! x

Jessica Howells said...

Love the curls! I have naturally curly hair but it is only curly on the bottom and straight on the top so whenever I try to make it curly, it ends up in a ponytail, but this might work for me!

Rachel said...

I have naturally curly hair as well, although it's turned more "wavy" as I've gotten older. I'm amazed you can sleep on your hair and your curls are still in tact and non-frizzy- mine never turn out that way!

Life Unsweetened

smartandsavvystyle said...

Such a cool post! Hair is a sore spot for me, so I always appreciate hearing how other people style their hair. I think I may try the bun trick! Hope you're having a great week!
- Heather

Bex said...

How do you not mess up those ringlets while you are sleeping?

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing!

Fashion By Alicia said...

I love your hair curly! You need to wear it that way more often on the blog. I wish I could style mine the night before but if I did I would have an afro by morning.

styleonthecouch.com said...

Oh goodness I think between us we could write an essay. For me it's about not overstyling. Too much heat in the styling process results in a lot of frizz. For me longer layers like you say works, I find using a large brush to help define the curl works well too.

I sometimes use heated rollers to get a bigger curl, and if all else fails, get thee to the blow dry salon :-)

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ps I think I have a very similar picture of me when I was the same age lol

The Budget Babe said...

wow i LOVE your curls! even when you were little.

Vic said...

your hair is so pretty!!!
i wish i've had curls too :(

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vic

miriam said...

I have naturally curly hair and throughout my entire childhood-until I reached my senior year of highschool, i tried creams and mousse and serums that neevr worked. Now, I have it down pat! I swear by the blue L.A Looks sport gel with 10+ strength. My curls always come out so defined and never crunchy!

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