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How to Embrace Your Natural Hair Texture
So many of us have fought our natural hair texture for so long that we don't quite remember what to do with it, and whenever we try to put away our heat tools we are left with a mess that ends up in the ponytail. We all know the one. Here are some changes you can make that will help to enhance and control your hair so you can look great without the damaging heat.
This is me before and after starting this method. My hair looks even better now than when I first started. As you can see, in the first photo my hair is a frizz ball and in the second I have defined, frizz free curls/waves.
The Curly Girl Method:
This is a method in which you get rid of sulfate and silicone in your hair items.
Sulfates: are the same thing that's in dish soap and detergent. It's in almost every shampoo on the market. It's super drying
Silicones: coat your hair and hide split ends, but also prevent your hair from getting any moisture and cause severe build up.
The brand that I use is Shea Moisture. It's only a couple dollars more than regular shampoo and is organic. Of course there are many other brands to choose from. All you have to do is Google it.
What you will need to start:
A silicone free shampoo. This one will have to have sulfates. You'll need it to get rid of all the built up silicone on your hair. But after this one use, you will most likely never need it again.
Sulfate and silicone free shampoo. You will use this as your shampoo from now on in your shower. It doesn't suds up like normal shampoo but it keeps your hair clean without drying it.
Silicone free conditioner. This will moisturize your hair without build up.
And styling products that are also sulfate + silicone free.
Last but definitely not least, is once a week use a deep treatment mask. It can be homemade or a store bought one (just make sure it is silicone free). You should also do a protein treatment once a month to help your curls stay strong and bouncy. These can be purchased at Sally's Beauty Supply.
Ditch the heat styling tools. If you need to blow-dry to get out the door faster, use the cool setting on low and a diffuser. There are tutorials on how to do this everywhere.
You should also never use a regular towel on your hair. Use an old cotton t shirt instead. And don't rub your hair to dry it, gently squeeze/scrunch it out with the t shirt.
You can also 'plop' overnight. So after you shower and apply your products (always apply products immediately after shower) you can 'plop' your hair in a t shirt and sleep with it on your head. In the morning take it off and you will have slightly damp, but otherwise dry curls. You can air dry from here or diffuse. There are many plopping tutorials on YouTube.
I promise you that this method works and even keeps died hair healthy. I'll put a couple of hair colors I've had. This method has kept my hair healthy through bleaching, color removing, and many different colors
Anyone who's had black hair knows that it's horrible to get out without damage. I used a color remover that only took out half the dye. I had to bleach it the rest of the way out.
It bleached to this color. It was very close to my natural hair color so I was very happy about it. As you can see my hair is still healthy here.
It was more pink in person, but I got bored of the being close to my natural color so I died it to this. Still going strong. Now I'm mostly my natural color but I have green tips.