This probably won’t come as a shock to anyone who has ever gone to the beach with me. Or the pool. Or seen my hair after a bit of rain touched it. But I have wavy-curly hair. However, if you have ever seen me beyond the confines of water-related places, maybe you don’t know. Lord knows, I don’t ever wear it curly. I’ve been straightening my hair for most of my life.
But the crazy-weird-unusual part is that I didn’t know I had wavy-curly hair until … well, let’s just say I didn’t know. My mom always dried my hair until I got a wild curly perm at age 16. Then my hair was curly for awhile. I chopped it off finally to take away the curls. But they didn’t leave. I thought the perm had done something weird to my head (what? logic? huh?). Fast forward 15 years and it finally dawned on me … my hair was already wavy-curly.
Still it wasn’t until recently that I stated to give the curls a chance. It freaks my kids out a bit, since they are so used to straight haired me. And my daughter, who was also born with wavy-curly hair, refuses to try curls on herself.
Eh, c’est la vie.
But the thing about being a 32-year-old with wavy-curly hair who never wore her hair as wavy-curly? I am decades behind on practicing how to style my hair. I have no idea what to do to gently encourage the curls, beyond not brushing it.
Probably should have figured this all out a decade or two ago, right?
So, I decided to turn to an expert for some advice on nurturing the natural curl. Bryan Doyle of Sine Qua Non Salons offered these tips:
- Don’t rub your hair with a towel after you take a shower. Squeeze the water out. The wetter the better especially when it comes to frizzy curly. Once you’ve gotten it towel dried a leave in conditioner is great then add your curl product.
- The product depends on how you like your curls to feel. If you like a good hold that’s has high shine “a wet look” go for Bumble & bumbles Gel. It’s alcohol free so it won’t dry your hair out and be crunchy.
- For softer curls, Bumble and bumble’s Curl Conscious Defining Creme is a great light & soft hold.
- You can add Bumble & bumble’s Hair Dressers Oil or Defrizz after you add your product to seal your hair and keep humidity out. But be careful! Both are super concentrated and a little goes a long way
Are you a curly haired girl? Now that I have accepted my curls, I am wearing them a little more often … but I still really like my hair straight too. I guess it’s okay to do both, right?