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How do you get my curls to be really defined?
This is one of the most common questions that I get asked about caring for naturally curly/unrelaxed hair.
Here are 3 ways to get amazing curl definition.
And don’t worry, you won’t need to spend hours on your hair to get really defined curls.
Keep your hair clean through conditioning (co-washing) and not through excessive shampooing.
Over shampooing dries out naturally curly hair and therefore it’s best to shampoo your hair approximately once every 2 weeks or once a week at most.
Instead of shampooing all the time, wash your hair with a silicone free conditioner that does not contain parabens or synthetic oils. A great conditioner will transform your hair so it’s therefore best to be selective about which conditioner you use and don’t be afraid to do these two things:
- Read the ingredients on the label of your conditioner
- Invest in a high quality conditioner
Sometimes people think that the cheapest conditioner is the best but that isn’t always the case. It’s therefore wise to spend more money on a conditioner that is filled with high quality ingredients and is therefore slightly higher in price. I always tell customers that an investment in good hair products is an investment in the health of your hair. Think about it, what’s your hair worth?
Play around with twist-outs and braid-outs.
These hair styles can give you incredible curl definition and they work on almost any hair texture. One thing I like to do is to braid or twist my hair at night and then unravel in the morning. That way, I end up with gorgeous curls almost every day. Plus, creating twist-outs and braid-outs isn’t time consuming. Try it!
Keep your hair super moisturised.
Curly and afro hair are the driest hair types and that means that our hair needs to be moisturised a lot. To get gorgeously soft and well-defined hair, moisturise once in the morning and once at night. If your hair is wavy or only slightly curly then only moisturise once in the day. As a rule of thumb: the curlier your hair, the more moisture it needs.
Follow these three steps and your hair should be more defined, softer and shinier.
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The Top Six Hair Tips And Tricks That Actually Work
From family friends to hairstylists, you may have heard some advice about your strands that doesn’t seem quite right. Well, now you can try these seven tips and tricks that actually work.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Unless your hair is incredibly oily, you really do not need to wash it every day. In fact, using shampoo on your hair every day can strip it of natural oils. Once you start with this new hair-washing routine, you might start to notice that your hair feels softer. You may wish to consider conditioning your strands each day still. Talk to your stylist about what is best for your locks.
Use Lotion to Tame Frizz
When your strands are filled with frizz, you’ve probably tried numerous ways to bid it adieu. The next time your hair is misbehaving, run some body lotion or hand lotion over your hair. Generally, you want to avoid doing this near your scalp so that your hair doesn’t look greasy, but it can tame frizz elsewhere. Make sure it is already rubbed in your hands so a minimal amount gets on your hair. A little goes a long way with this method.
Low Ponytail to Reduce Frizz
Perhaps you can’t imagine a hairstyle made for sports and quiet nights at home as being one of your biggest styling tools. After you get out of the shower and once your hair is brushed, put it into a low ponytail. This trick can help to get rid of frizz and flyaways so that you have beautiful hair when you take it out.
Don’t Brush Your Hair
As unusual as it sounds, you should try not brushing your hair, particularly if you have curly strands. When you brush curly hair, you are often bringing frizz to the surface and ruining the natural definition of your locks. Use a wide-toothed comb to go through knots and detangle your hair instead.
Wearing your hair as it is might sound like your biggest nightmare, but it can actually turn out to be the best decision that you ever made. There’s nothing wrong with showing off your natural hair color and texture. Throw in a little gel or hair spray if you need to, and you’ll have a sassy style that displays your true personality.
Turn off the Heat
Even if you want to use some products to style your hair and get a certain look, you don’t always need to use heat to do so. Straighteners, curling irons and blowdryers are great for those big nights out, but constantly putting too much heat on your hair can really damage it in the long run.
Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box a little bit and try some ideas that might have previously sounded strange when it comes to your hair.
This is a guest post written by writing expert Anita Ginsburg.Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about fashion, health, beauty and family. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. When it comes to her hair, she personally recommends remy hair extensions to add length and keep your hair looking healthy.
Ever catch yourself look at girls with enviable poker straight hair and wonder what a ball of fuzz your curly hair is? Fret not! Hereís a detailed guide on how to unlock those dread locks and transform into a goddess with a curly and bouncy gorgeous mane and ingredients to use to pamper your lustrous locks.
Oiling your hair before washing it has proved to be a great conditioner. Curly hair responds very well to jojoba and olive oil.
Deep conditioning always helps cases of unmanageable frizzy hair. In emergency situations, when you have to head out for a hot date or that fancy evening soiree, the best thing to do to control your curly hair would be deep conditioning. Find a protein conditioner that suits you and apply a dime size dollop into your hands and massage into your scalp. This keeps it soft and shiny for the rest of the day and also adds an extra texture to your mane. Natural conditioners like shea butter are very safe to use.
Most curly haired girls are conscious about their texture and often resort to styling methods to straighten out their hair and hide that uneven curly and wavy texture. These methods involve heating tools such as flat irons and clampers. You might want to ditch them as heating your curly hair will only make it weak from the roots and brittle in texture, thereby making your hair look like a frizzy mess.
In a hot weather, it is best to use mild shampoos and not ones that have strong chemicals that damage your hair. In case of too much humidity, when you sweat and you feel like washing your hair every day after a long day at work, use baby shampoo. The strong chemicals in regular shampoo makes curly hair all the more difficult to maintain stripping it from its natural oils from the scalp and with an extra frizz added to your hair. Using a mild shampoo for everyday use or in cases when you want to wash your hair more than the regular thrice a week regime, will make it soft and moisturized.
Split with the dead ends. Going to a hair salon and getting a short trim and cutting your split ends will enable your curly hair to grow stronger and make it look luscious and bouncy rather than rough and erratic.
Always use a wide toothed comb. This is not the eighties. You do not want an afro on your head and you know you have to detangle your hair ASAP! But how will you, with your hair getting stuck in those tiny bristles of that comb? So unless you want to indulge in an arm wrestle by yanking your brush out of your hair, detangle your hair with your fingers and a wide toothed comb and use this comb every day to brush your hair.
Applying salon products like hair serums and hair mousse while proving to be helpful could be very tricky to use. You do not want your hair dripping with greasiness for someone to be able soak it with a paper towel. Use hair products with great care and always scrunch them into your curls. Do not layer it all over your hair into a greasy lump. Honey with a tea spoon of milk gives a nice bounce just like a hair product would
And last but not the least, love yourself including those curls. Being confident is the best gift you could give your hair and yourself. You are unique and beautiful that way. Stay gorgeous.
Can you believe that Christmas is just over a week away?
Neither can I!
This year has just zoomed by.
In the middle of wrapping presents, mixing up products and buying gifts, I realised that I had no idea how I’d wear my hair for Christmas.
Whilst on the hunt for simple but totally gorgeous hairstyle ideas, I found some gems and I wanted to share them with you.
I personally love Thandie Newton’s side-swept fringe and Glee star Amber Riley’s tossled curls.
If you’re not sure how you’ll wear your curls this Christmas, take a peak at the hairstyles and leave a comment letting me know which one you like the most.
Wishing you a fabulous week.
During the winter months many curly girls and naturalists chose to wear their hair in braided styles.
Braids are excellent for several reasons. Firstly, they can provide your hair with great protection from the harshness that’s caused by the cold.
Secondly, they provide versatility by allowing you to create multiple hairstyles and looks without having to constantly manipulate your real hair and they also prevent you from putting heat on your natural hair. When used correctly, braids can be amazing!
The problem with braids however is that many women simply don’t know how to look after them and this can cause breakage, damage and even traction alopecia.
So how do you look after your hair when it’s in braids?
Here are some tips to help.
Keep them clean.
Your scalp can get particularly dirty when your hair is in braids and this can clog up your follicles and restrict hair growth.
To keep your scalp clean shampoo your hair every 2 weeks and use a sulphate and silicone free shampoo.
Another way to keep your scalp clean is to use a toothbrush. It sounds crazy but one of the best ways to get a clean scalp while your hair is in braids is to put some of your favourite shampoo on a toothbrush and use the brush to clean your scalp. This little trick does wonders and it really cleans out the parts of your scalp that you might otherwise miss. Of course make sure you rinse out the shampoo after washing your hair.
Keep it moisturised.
Keeping your hair moisturised prevents dryness and breakage and it will massively help to keep your hair in top-notch shape whilst it’s in braids. To keep it moisturised, do two things:
- Firstly, use a hair spray or hair mist that’s enriched with oils like jojoba and olive oil. This will add moisture to your hair and scalp.
- Secondly, apply oil directly to your scalp so that it doesn’t dry out.
Watch those edges.
Finally, make sure that you re-do the edges of your hair every 2 weeks so that you significantly reduce hair breakage whilst also ensuring that your hair looks great whilst it’s in braids. By edges, we mean the parts of your hair that are closest to your face. The edges just so happen to be the most delicate part of your hair and they’re prone to breakage and damage.
Are you rocking braids this winter? Leave a comment below telling us what type of look you’re sporting.
Have a wonderful week!
With the autumn weather being extremely temperamental it’s incredibly important to keep your hair protected.
One of our favourite styles for protecting natural hair during the cold weather months is braids! Braids are amazing and we love them because you can create incredibly unique looks that are suitable for all types of occasions.
Take for instance, Hollywood actress (and star of hit TV show, True Blood) Rutina Wesley who rocked braided tresses on the red carpet.
And she looked nothing short of divine!
Take a look at some of our favourite celebrity braid hairstyles and test them out on your own hair.
In the comments section below tell us which look you love the most and why.
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The Curl Smoothie is by far our biggest selling and most popular product and what never ceases to amaze me is the rather unique ways our customers use this product.
When I came up with the Curl Smoothie I was looking for a soft, creamy moisturising lotion that would help to soften my hair.
I, like many naturals, felt as if there were no hair lotions that really moisturised without making my curls feel greasy and icky. I was therefore determined to create a lotion that was super moisturising but that didn’t weigh my hair down. After much experimentation, I came up with a recipe that made a tremendous difference to my hair.
Here are 3 unique ways to use the Curl Smoothie, some of these might surprise you. Read on!
Way # 1
As a scalp lotion. Yes, the Smoothie was designed to be a hair lotion but a number of our customers use it as a scalp lotion as well. To do this, it’s best to start with freshly washed hair, part it into sections and apply the Smoothie directly to your scalp in small-medium sized sections. Apply it to your whole scalp and your hair as well. To finish off, massage your scalp as this will help to stimulate it.
As a split end preventer. Split ends are the bane of most curly girls existence. We all hate them!
Split ends are often caused by dryness and neglect. Sometimes you might neglect your hair without realising that you’re doing so. This is exactly why it’s important to remember that the ends of your hair are so important because once they begin to break, split or tear, there’s no way to repair them. To prevent splits from happening it’s a really good idea to apply the Curl Smoothie to the tips of your hair and finish off with a dose of olive oil. Keep the ends of your hair constantly moisturised and you’ll be far less likely to get splits.
As a body lotion. A customer recently emailed me to say that she’s been using the Curl Smoothie as a body and hair lotion! I was pleasantly surprised but then I realised that its moisturising properties make it an excellent lotion for your hair and skin. However, it’s always a good idea to test whether it would work for you by applying a small amount to your skin before using it as a regular moisturiser.
Have you used the Curl Smoothie before? Have you discovered a unique way to use it? Share it by leaving a comment below.
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Last year, I wrote an article called back to school hairstyle ideas. It ended up being THE most viewed article on our blog and a favourite amongst our newsletter subscribers.
When I discovered that our blog is being read in over 93 countries, I was in complete shock. So thank you to the thousands of you who’ve read, shared and supported this blog over the past year 🙂
Since summer is officially over and we’re now in autumn, it seemed only natural to talk about topics that are bugging curly girls like you. So, to start the autumn season off, today’s post is part 2 of back to school hairstyle ideas. If you have kids, nieces or cousins, this post is for you. I hope it’s a god-send to all of the mums out there who are bracing themselves to get everything ready for the start of a new school year.
The first back to school hairstyle ideas collage consists of ideas for little tots including babies and young children. The styles can of course be adapted to suit children of almost any age.
The second set of hairstyles is perfect for you to see if you have children ages 10+ who are at that age where they’re self-conscious and are trying to find hairstyles that suit them.
Once again, it’s a great idea to take inspiration from the hairstyles and adapt them to suit your needs. For instance, I found that one of the kids hairstyle ideas (the one with the braid) was perfect for me so I’m rocking a braided style today.
What looks can you come up with? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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Wishing you a wonderful day and complete back to school bliss!
Founder, My Curls
Whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly or kinky, nothing is more important than hair texture when it comes to choosing your best hairstyle. Good, thick and shiny hair is every woman’s dream and whether your hair’s texture is fine, medium or thick; your hair is indeed your crowning glory and has a direct impact in making your personality stylish and trendy.
The healthier the life you lead, the better your hair will look. Your hair condition is directly dependent on proper nutrition. Eat good food and include a lot of vitamins to grow strong glowing hair. Eating quality foods and minimizing stress go a long way in ensuring that your hair is flawless. If you are not taking in the right amounts of nutrients from foods, then you can take multivitamins and supplements instead. Water is also important as it is transported from the roots of your hair to the tips. The roots soak up the water inside your skin and hydrates the rest of your hair. The healthier your hair, the faster it will grow.
Washing your hair every day can rob your hair of the essential oils that are necessary to make hair stand out. Daily shampooing can lead to more troubles than it’s worth. Washing your hair less often will also help regain your hair’s natural body and luster. Conditioning is also important, use a natural conditioner once a week to have that bouncy and youthful hair mane. Condition the hair only on the ends so you are not weighing your hair down. Drying of your hair and scalp are not exactly a recipe for great hair days, not to mention that your color will fade faster.
Give natural products a try for your hair care needs. Natural hair products not only improve the health of your hair making it look beautiful, but they enhance your overall health as well. Avoid opting for synthetic based products because chemicals damage your hair in a disastrous way. Products with ingredients like coconut, olive and avocado have greater absorption rates adding shine and bounce to your hair.
To add to your hair’s shine, rub a bit of olive oil after drying it. The olive oil is like a moisturizer that smoothens your hair and gives it a great shine, just a few drops will do the trick so be sure not to overdo it. It has been known to preserve the moisture in the hair and scalp, keeping them from drying out. This creates a good look that is uniquely you. Oils can also be applied as deep conditioners because they penetrate the follicles. Avocado and coconut oils naturally do this.
Do not blindly copy the hair care systems of others; be wise in selecting hair products or you will be disappointed in the end. Gain a strong understanding of which techniques help your hair thrive and put down the straightening creams, flat irons, and blow dryers. Don’t fight the texture but instead embrace it!
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