This post is specifically for the readers with curls. Sorry to be exclusive, but Samantha will have to write the book on straight hair-care.
I have curly, curly hair. For much of my life, I dealt with this by either cutting it so short it couldn’t get into trouble, or strapping it down into dreadlocks. I had been traumatized by a youth spent fruitlessly trying to brush it into submission, flat iron it, or pull it back into ponytails. No matter what I did, the frizz would outsmart me and find a way out. Only now have I discovered the truth: it doesn’t have to be that way. And fixing it is relatively easy.
So, for those of you who, like me, were raised by straight-haired mothers or for one reason or another were never taught the Secrets of Curl, here are the basics, based on the “Curly Girl Method”. You can find LOTS more about it online- in fact, the followers are sometimes a bit cultish in their love of and adherence to it.
– If you are still using one, THROW OUT YOUR BRUSH. Just get rid of it. Immediately. No good can come of it. Detangle your hair in the shower, using conditioner and your fingers.
-Terrycloth towels cause frizz. It’s true. Use a microfiber towel, or just an old T-shirt if you must towel dry your hair. Try not to. Plunk instead (see below).
-Switch to a sulfate-free shampoo, and don’t shampoo more than once a week. In between, just rinse well and condition. (My combo: Bed Head Foxy Curls Shampoo and Conditioner)
-When you get out of the shower, don’t towel your hair. Squeeze out the excess water by hand. Then apply your leave-in conditioner to your sopping wet head, along with your choice of product (gel or mousse). Then…
-Plunk (see video). It looks stupid for 20 minutes, but it works: