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?
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