Happy Tuesday! I’ll let you in on a secret: my deepest wish is to have naturally curly hair. My next deepest wish is to have naturally straight hair. Unfortunately, I have neither. I like to describe my hair as naturally crazy. If I brush it through after showering and let it air dry, it looks something like this:
Some of you understand my struggle! I used to straighten my hair almost every day, or simply put it in a huge, fluffy ponytail. But after so many years of dealing with this crazy thick, enormously puffy hair, I’ve come up with some practical ways to control it all without spending hours wrestling with the flat iron. So here’s a list of do’s and don’ts if you, like me, are blessed with naturally crazy hair.
1. DON’T DRY YOUR HAIR WITH A TOWEL. This is a big no-no. Towel-drying your hair will add frizz, fluff, and the gigantic factor that we try so hard to avoid. Try using an old tee-shirt to squeeze the water out instead.
2. Brush out the tangles with a wide-toothed comb, not a hairbrush. Using a hairbrush separates each individual strand of hair, adding massive frizz! I would also suggest combing your hair as rarely as possible. I only comb mine after my shower, or sometimes even in the shower while I’m rinsing out my conditioner. Which leads me to the next tip:
3. Use conditioner. Many people avoid conditioner because they think it makes their hair greasy. In reality, the proper use of conditioner is good for your hair. Try putting a quarter-sized amount into your palm, and finger-comb it through the ends of your hair. Do not get conditioner near your roots! Leave it in your hair for a minimum of three minutes, keeping your head out of the water.
4. Embrace your natural curl. You probably won’t believe me when I tell you that if you have naturally crazy hair, you likely have some natural curl as well that can look beautiful when well managed. Comb your hair in the shower after conditioning it, but don’t comb it again after that. Once you’re out of the shower, turn your head upside down. Make “claws” with your hands and shake out your hair from the roots. This forms your natural curl. Then, scrunch your hair from the bottom to the top. Flip right side up and scrunch some that way too. I would then recommend adding some sort of mousse or curling cream. I use Herbal Essence’s “totally twisted curl define and hold cream.” I let my hair air dry after this; however, some articles I’ve read online suggest drying your hair with a diffuser.
5. Don’t be afraid to get your hair thinned and layered. This minimizes frizz and makes your hair waaay easier to deal with. It’s worth it, believe me.
I’ve done a lot of research on this, and this is what helps with my hair. However, different things work for different people, because everybody’s hair is different! I encourage you to research and experiment with ideas for how to tame your crazy hair. It’s worth it to be able to skip the flat iron, and it’s better for your hair too! Good luck! I pray you all have an amazing week, and remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made- with whatever type of hair you have!