Hair Tips From A Curly Girl

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I am by no means a curly hair professional, but I have tried dozens of products, a variety of techniques, and a couple different cuts. I didn’t fall in immense like with my curly hair until about high school, but since then I think it’s a marvelous distinctive part of my being. A distinctive part that sometimes has a mind of its own. Here is my curly hair consensus:

1. Trade your towel for a t-shirt

Scrunching your hair with a t-shirt helps get out a good bit of residual shower water and reduces frizz.

2. Less is more

This depends on your type of curly hair, but for curly girls it’s more important how much product you use as opposed to which kind of product. Check out this handy guide for more info.

Extra tip: Always apply product when hair is T-shirt dried but still mostly wet.

3. Start from the bottom

When you’re washing your hair, condition starting at the bottom of your hair and move up. Same goes for combing.

4. Get rid of the brushes

This is one I often don’t do because combing takes extra minutes, and I’m usually in a hurry because I value my sleep. Brushing tends to pull hair further, doing more damage than a comb does. I will even finger-comb my hair before I get out of the shower, which works wonders.

5. Diffuser is king

Usually only about half way and then let the rest air dry. My curls are relaxed, and heavy, so a diffuser is my #1 go-to for making them spring up. In contrast to a regular hair dryer, a diffuser equally distributes the heat and reduces the chance for frizz.

6. Know your ingredients

Silicates, Silicones, Sulphates… there are lots of hair product terms that get thrown around without people really knowing what they mean. To learn more, read here.

7. Leave your curls alone

The more you manhandle curly hair, the more frizz will occur. I try not to interrupt them after my initial scrunching.

8. Boost your roots!

I flip my hair over and diffuse it. Hello, volume! Also, the crown of my head tends to straighten if I’m in need of a haircut, so I use a clip to lift up the hair at the roots while it’s still wet. Doing this releases the weight, helping my hair dry curly.

9. Don’t wash it everyday

I try to go two days per wash, something about my hair’s natural oils that do a lot of great curling (so I read). Sometimes I even go every other other day.

10. Trims every 6-8 weeks

Knowing my particular hair, I acknowledge that a trim every few weeks is mega-important for my curls to rock. It looks healthier, fresher, and more fun to style.

Curly girls, do you have an tips or tricks?

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  • Britney

    These are some great tips. I always wondered if that T-shirt thing worked, i will have to try that out.

    03/04/2015 at 2:17 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Yes! Britney, it works wonders.

      03/04/2015 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Norkor

    YES. Especially the towel one! and LOL SAY NO TO BRUSHES! My super curly / afro needs MOISTURE on the daily! Not sure if that applies to other curly haired ladies but yea!

    03/05/2015 at 5:11 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Haha, extra moisture is definitely a must.

      03/06/2015 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Angie

    This is great! I had heard of the T shirt thing too, I need to try it! I guess there is some “curly girl” method or something which pretty much takes out shampoos etc. I’ve been meaning to look into it, but I really enjoyed your post. Thank you!

    03/05/2015 at 11:32 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Thanks, Angie, I’m so glad! There’s a “Curly Girl Manual” that was a really cool read for me.

      03/06/2015 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Being a fellow curly-haired girl, I can vouch for every one of these tips! My hair used to be more wavy but turned curly when I was about 20. At first I didn’t know how to handle it, and it was frizzy and didn’t look good. I got fed up with that pretty quick, so I started doing my research. The t-shirt trick is one of my favorites! It really makes such a difference. I also watch the ingredients and don’t wash my hair everyday.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing this post with Hump Day Happenings!

    03/06/2015 at 8:19 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Jenna, I was super happy to have found that link-up. Fun stuff. :) Thanks for coming to visit!

      03/06/2015 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Brandy

    I haven’t tried the T-shirt! I’ll have to check that out!

    03/08/2015 at 7:09 pm Reply
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  • Leslie

    I need a diffuser, I have thick curly hair too. Sometimes it is so hard to manage. Haha, When it rains – forget about trying to fix it. Hah. I’m a new follower from the Humpday blog hop. Nice to meet you!

    03/11/2015 at 6:24 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Nice to meet YOU, Leslie! We are curly hair sisters. (and yes, the diffuser can definitely be a time-saver) :)

      03/11/2015 at 6:25 pm Reply
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