I was born with wildly curly hair. Well it didn’t start off as “wild”. I remember before I was 5 my hair would fall into these perfect little ringlets that were so pretty, but as I got older the curls got less defined and just turned into a frizzy mess. I had these frizzy little baby hairs that would stick out of the side of my head every time I would style it up or in a pony-tail. Bobby pins and hair gel were really my best friends through this time. I used to hate my hair so much and never thought it was pretty even once. In fact, I would long for perfect, straight, and silky hair- which was my idea of pretty hair.
It all changed for me when I was 13 and my mom bought me my first hair straightener. I kissed my curly hair goodbye and kept my hair straight from there on out most of the time. I remember feeling prettier then I have ever felt with my new silky straight hair.
I would either wear my hair pin straight or up in a bun for years – up until this past year – so like 13 years. Even when I did feel like having my hair curly, I wouldn’t utilize my natural curls. I would blow-dry my hair straight and then use a curling iron to curl it.
It wasn’t until I started cutting my hair a little shorter this past year that I fell in love with my curls. With short hair the natural curls are less weighed down, and those pretty little ringlets started to show up again. I decided I liked my curls and was honestly just so tired of blow dying and straightening my hair all the damn time. I liked my new hair length and went to get a touch-up to maintain the length. The stylist asked me how I like to wear my hair as they usually do, and this time instead of saying straight I said I like to wear my hair naturally curly. And her response was, “You are so lucky you have such pretty curls”. She gave me a beautiful cut that suited my hair texture and natural curls, and it allowed me to start being true to my natural hair versus hiding it all the time.
It’s been a few months and I haven’t looked back since. I have actually had more free time now because my hair is such low maintenance and I am not spending hours blow-drying and straightening – ain’t nobody got time for that. For the first time in my life I feel like my curly hair is pretty. I feel like I am being myself, and it feels SO good.
I don’t like using a lot of products in my hair; I don’t find I need it, and find products leave my hair oily and weighted down after the first day. I usually only wash my hair twice a week so the more natural the better.
Here are some of my tips for low maintenance curly hair styling:
I have naturally loose curls and a heart-shaped face, so after chatting with my hair stylist about my natural texture she suggested a wavy lob. It gives me a lot of body and bounce. I do add in some curls with a curling wand, but it is relatively low maintenance. She also gave me undercut layers, which are layers cut from underneath the hair to allow for more hair movement.
Chat with your stylist about the best style for your hair depending on the texture of your hair and curls.
I use a wide tooth comb to brush my hair so the curls can stay intact, versus a brush that breaks up the curls.
When I get out of the shower I use an old T-shirt to dry my hair instead of a towel. Unlike a T-shirt, towels will absorb too much water and moisture out of the hair, which causes frizz, instead of just the excess water. The smoothness of a T-shirt will also help smooth your curls and prevent them from getting matted together and getting frizzy.
I then let my hair air dry naturally.
I only use a teeny tiny bit of coconut oil on the ends of my hair to help smooth the frizz and for extra shine white still wet. Be cautious with the amount as it could leave your hair looking greasy if you use too much.
Once my hair has air dried, I usually go in with a curling wand to define some pieces of hair – usually like 5-6 curls around the top of my head max.
Next Day Hair
Switching to a satin pillowcase will help your curls stay intact for the next day. Curls will usually stick and get knotted with a regular cotton pillowcase. However, using a satin pillowcase will allow your hair to slide over the smooth surface and keep them looking fresh for the next day.