Posts Tagged ‘naturally curly’

REFRESHING CURLY HAIR

post: Micha Brown photos/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Lately we’ve noticed a rise in the number of girls wearing their hair with a more natural curly texture. The reason seems to be different for everyone– curly hair trends, rainy weather or just giving the hair a break from heat styling and working with the beauty of natural curl. Either way, we’re into it! Most curly girls sporting a natural texture (whether it’s their own or not) don’t wash their hair every day in order to preserve the hair’s natural oils. Some of you jump in the shower and re-wet the hair by just running water and/or conditioner through, which is totally fine if that works for you, but some of us don’t neccessarily want to get our scalp wet. Here’s how I go about refreshing my curls if I feel like they’ve gotten too out of control…

  1. This is pretty much what my hair looks like in the morning when I wake up if I haven’t worn a satin sleep cap (which you can see in picture #8). First thing I want to do is detangle it.
  2. A) DON’T start at the top when detangling. Since curly hair already lacks moisture naturally, we don’t want to add anymore stress to it because it can cause breakage. B)DO start at the bottom working your way to the middle and then up to the top/root.
  3. My favorite thing to do is to mix 1/2 water with 1/2 leave-in conditioner. I use THIS ONE by Sexy Hair. I don’t like to use just leave-in because I feel like it can weigh the hair down after a day or so, but when I dilute it with water I never have any issues with that.
  4. Take sections of hair and spray. You don’t want to soak it, but you don’t want to lightly mist it either. Go somewhere in between. Since I can’t see you, and because each head of hair will absorb product differently, use your best judgment. Start with less and add more if you need to.
  5. Now comb through using a wide-tooth comb. I like to use a wide-tooth comb because as you can see in the photo, the hair tends to “group up” after it slides through the wide teeth of the comb.
  6. After you’ve used the wide-tooth comb, you should only use your hands. No more brushing and no more combing as it dries. The hair will start to lock back up into it’s original ringlets.
  7. If you come across an extra stubborn section that wants to frizz no matter what, just wet your hand with your leave-in & water spray and spin that piece around your finger to encourage the curl. Make sure to spin it the way it wants to go so you’re not fighting the natural pattern.
  8. This is the satin sleep cap that every curly girl should own. I know you feel stupid wearing it but to be honest I don’t even think about that! Anything that minimizes my beauty routine in the morning is FINE. BY. ME.

CURLY GIRLS: PRESERVING A BLOW OUT

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

For those of you who have curly hair but like to wear it either straight or wavy, you know how gold medal it feels when you manage to convince your blow out to stay smooth overnight. There are lots of tricks in the book– dry shampoo, shower caps, buns with scrunchies, etc… and all of these are awesome. But the one that I rely on the most is twisting your hair at night before bed. I’m that girl with red, shiny, slightly wavy or straight hair, but in real life my hair is a curly mess and I know how frustrating it can be to spend all that time on it and then wake up to “the poof” (particularly in the warmer months). Here’s my favorite way to avoid that:

  1. Apply whatever styling aid you like. I like to use this weightless leave-in conditioner by Sexy Hair because it promotes shine, restores ph balance and helps close the cuticle. Then it disappears completely.
  2. Always blow hair out using a nozzle and point it downward as much as possible in order to really smooth the cuticle. If you don’t have a good blowdryer, I strongly suggest you save up and invest. It makes ALL the difference in the world for a girl with curls. Once you’re done drying, you can add some simple waves to your hair if you want. Note: Some people may ask “Why would you blow out curls just to put them back in?” But girls with curls know there is a huge difference between natural curls and curling iron waves. If you’d rather wear it straight the next day, just continue these steps without curling.
  3. Find a good anti-humectant. I’ve always loved Brilliant Anti-Humectant by Aveda. It’s not too heavy and you just need a tiny bit to keep the moisture out.
  4. Warm it up in the palm of your hands and distribute through evenly, beginning with the area that tends to be the most unruly (aka: the part that usually gets curly again first.)
  5. Now twist the hair like a rope. The best way I can explain how to do this part is to divide the hair in two and hold one piece in place while you hand the other one over. The hair will automatically twist itself and you won’t have to worry about that part. Hold one piece still, pass the other one over. Hold one piece still, pass the other one over. Hold one piece still, pass the other one over…. keep going!
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Your braids should look like this. Not too loose + not too tight. It’s totally fine if some of your layers fall out, just try and tuck them in if possible.
  8. Now sleep! ZzzzzZzzzZZzzzzZzzzzzzzz….

When you wake up in the morning, unravel the rope braids. You will find soft subtle waves. Either add a teeny bit more Aveda Anti-Humectant or try using a soft, shiny beach spray like Oribe’s Apres Beach if you want a more messy look. Add a little more curl if desired! If you’re looking to wear it pin-straight, you’ll definitely get a soft wave and have to go over it with the flat iron, but  the point of this is to minimize frizz in the day(s) after your blow out.

If you have super-fine curly hair and want to try this to minimize the poof, try just doing one rope twist.

Good luck, curly girls!

BOUNCE WITH ME

photos:photos: refinery29.com, mona hanson-kay, olsentwinsaddict.blogspot.com, fashionprose.wordpress.com, vogue.uk.com, chloe, sonia rykiel post designed by kristin ess

Over the years, I’ve heard so many stories from women who were tortured by their curls growing up. Little girls with little halos of frizz and no clue on how to deal with it. Luckily today we have so much information readily available to guide us in the beauty department. When you’re armed with knowledge and you’re willing to put some time into trying things out, you can become the boss of unruly curl in no time. Here are some of my favorite steps for these very different types of curls…

KINKY CURLY- letting it be. your goal is to minimize frizz and retain natural oils.

- use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to avoid stripping natural oils from the inside of the hair shaft.

- comb your hair out while in the shower as you rinse conditioner through.

- swap out your towel for a t-shirt. this is the best trick. the smoothness of the t-shirt vs. the roughness of a towel minimizes frizz!

- my favorite products for kinky curly hair are coconut oil and jojoba oil because they moisturize and enhance shine but don’t feel oily. “curl stretch cream” is great for lengthening coils if your hair tends to shrink up.

- always apply product when hair is t-shirt dried, but still thoroughly wet.

- refine curls by twisting individual locks together with your fingers, then scrunch again with the t-shirt to remove excess water or product.

- anyone with kinky curly hair shouldn’t even own a brush! only a wide-tooth comb. brushes will pull curls apart causing frizz.

- air drying is best, but if you need to dry it in a hurry or want a little lift at the root, make sure to use a diffuser.

***if you want to refine this natural curl with a curling iron, try a 3/8″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

VERY CURLY – keeping it down. Your goal is to tame curls and keep your medium/coarse texture hair from getting too wide.

- shampoo using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

- wash hair every 2-4 days to avoid stripping hair of its natural oils.

- use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to detangle.

- avoid combing or brushing this hair after you get out of the shower. the more you break up the curl’s natural locks, the more frizz will haunt you.

- swap out your towel for a t-shirt. this is the best trick. the smoothness of the t-shirt vs. the roughness of a towel minimizes frizz!

- this hair naturally lacks moisture so avoid using anything with an alcohol base. I like mixing a styling cream with coconut oil. smells amazing and it gives it the extra “moisture weight” it needs.

- next day, mist hair with water and re-apply the same product.

***if you want to refine this natural curl with a curling iron, try a 3/4″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

NATURAL WAVE – keep it simple. your goal is to hold it together and not break the pattern of the wave by brushing too much.

- shampoo and condition as normal, but comb hair out using a wide tooth comb in the shower.

- towel dry when you get out of the shower. no more brushing.

- shake hair to unlock the wave pattern. comb with your fingers.

- flip hair over and scrunch with the towel again.

- apply a lightweight curl enhancing cream from roots to ends. ask your stylist if you aren’t sure what that is.

- use a diffuser to dry 50% of the way. air dry the other 50 %.

- use a small amout of argon oil or anti-frizz serum to lock ends together using a twisting motion.

***if you want to refine this natural wave with a curling iron, try a 1″ or 1 1/4″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

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xxkristin