The Secret Behind My Big Curly Hair
What I love about having curly hair is that I can style it in many ways from curly, straight, or even wavy. The style that seems to get the most attention and compliments is the big curly hair. But as India Arie says "I am not my hair." For some of you that don't know I am actually still in the transition process (well kinda sorta). I have put together a list of what my curly hair process takes, keep reading as I reveal a few beauty secrets. Oh and a disclaimer, by no means am I curly hair perfectionist, I am still learning the do's and don'ts myself.
Washing your curly hair. While some say co-washing is best for curly hair, there are still days that there is build-up and shampooing will be necessary. Make sure your shampoo does not contain any harsh chemicals and is sulfate-free.
Condition your curly hair. Moisture is key to healthy curly hair. Try making some home made treatments or those organic conditioners that you can find at specialty store such as Sally's Beauty Supply. Let the conditioner sit in your hair for 15-30 minutes to allow your curls to absorb the extra moisture.
Leave-in Conditioner. After detangling your hair with a wide-tooth comb you should apply a light leave-in conditioner to your wet hair. This will hydrate your hair as well as improve softness and elasticity.
Apply Styling Lotion. When it comes to styling, I absolutely love Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls Styling Lotion. Although that particular styling lotion is a bit pricey (but def worth every penny) a girl is going to go broke just buying hair products. So I opt for SheaMoisture Shea Butter infused with Coconut & Hibiscus. Don't add too much product at the top of your head since you want volume and don't want to weigh your hair down.
Air Dry The Hair. If I have time I prefer to air dry my hair after applying products, sleep it out, and then wake up to big hair the next day. However, when I am short on time I bring out the diffuser. If you choose to diffuse, put the blow dryer on a cool setting, flip your hair upside down and start adding air to your hair. (hey that rhymed.. well of course it did, silly me).
Defining your curls. Like I mentioned before, my hair is still in a transition phase. Meaning the texture from roots to tips goes from curly, wavy to straight. Small curly rollers or a small curling wand help to enhance your curl definition. If you are doing the no-heat strike then curly perm rods or the spiral curlers will be your best option.
How to add volume to curly hair. So here it is, my biggest curly hair secret... Although my hair already has natural volume, you should already know, the bigger the hair the better life is (Who says that? I do, that's who!) I add BELLAKURLS clip-in curly hair extensions for both length and volume. Each set comes with 226 grams or hair and yes that is a lot of hair that will give you that curly va-va-voom. There are different textures, colors, lengths to cater to all the curly hair bellas! Use promotion code LJBLOG at check out for a little discount.