I've always had curly hair from the start, though when I was a toddler, my curls were better then they are now.
Theres only one other person in my family (on both sides) that share the same curly hair I have, but growing up my mother and I had no idea how to maintain my frizzy curls.
It wasn't until I got older and discovered people's tips for curly hair, to which I tried out myself. So I'm here today to spread the world if you have the same issues as I.
Now, I hate spending a ton of money on products. Growing up, we didn't have much money to begin with, and now that I actually have a job with income coming in, I still don't want to spend money on things (I'm good with saving).
1. STOP BRUSHING YOUR HAIR!
You may ask why, well, when you brush your hair, you're messing up the curls & thats when you create the frizz. The best time to brush your hair to get the knots out is in the shower with conditioner, or rake your fingers through your locks when you're putting in leave in conditioner.
2. LEAVE IN CONDITIONER.
This is essential guys! You must have leave in conditioner. I didn't start using it until I was in high school, and saw the dramatic difference. Leave in conditioner moisturizers your curls. Us curly haired peeps have naturally dry hair. We can't do anything about it but try and hydrate it daily . Leave in conditioner is also a tool I use to style my hair (I'll get into that further down the line in this post, so stay tuned)
I used to use a tresemme leave in conditioner that was like $4, and it worked really well! Well, one day I walked into the store and they didn't have any. This continued on for EVERY drug store in my neighborhood and then some, even my fiancee was looking around for me. I think they stopped producing it, which was sad, cause it smelt so good, but I currently now use Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine, which is around the same price. I almost had a heart attack when I couldn't find it the other day but realized they changed the look of the bottle.
I also like to use tresemme's split remedy for my dead ends, especially when I do my hair or put it in a braid. I dont know about you guys, but my ends are the worst, even when I do get a cut.
3. Don't shampoo your hair all the time!
Seriously, don't. It'll dry your hair out even more.
I now only shampoo my hair like once a week or once every other week, depending.
I use Tresemme Flawless Curls, which is about $5, but most of the time I get the 2/$7 deal at stop and shop so its all good.
The shampoo doesn't weigh your hair down and makes it smell really good! For the conditioner I usually use the conditioner that is partnered with the shampoo, Flawless Curls
4. Coconut Oil!
Ya'll should know about this trick already, and if you don't, you need to get out from under that rock you live in.
I try and do a coconut oil treatment on my hair at least once a week, when its usually time to shampoo my hair. It's quick, it's simply and its a great product. You put the oil in you hair, you can even heat it up in you'd like. You can also add things to it, avocado, olive oil.. an egg. All up to you. Each one will give you a benefit for your hair and cheaper than a hair mask you'd buy at the store. I usually keep it simple and just put it in my hair as is, let it sit for about an hour then wash it out. Sometimes you have to shampoo twice to get the oil out so you're not greasy.
After I shampoo the oil out, I usually use the Aussie five minute miracle. It's like $3 at most stores and is literally a staple in my bathroom. Smells like heaven!
I actually have been using Aussie's Moist conditioner as well this month, mostly cause it was on sale, and I almost forgot how amazing their products are and for a budget friendly gal.
STAY AWAY FROM HEAT!
STOP FLAT IRONING YOUR HAIR!
Yes, once in a VERY blue moon, I'll straighten my hair for the general purpose of being lazy. When I get my ends trimmed, they usually straighten my hair and that'll last for a few days. Its easy and I enjoy not getting up to see the major bird nest on top of my head. But, it's not good for your hair.
Everyone raves and ask how I get my curls. And its simple, I twirl them with my finger. Takes about 10 minutes to do, not saying it'll work for everyone, but it works for me. I've been doing this for about two years now (maybe three, I ain't counting).
After I shower, I immediately put in the leave in conditioner, (sometimes a frizz oil that I get from ipsy) then I proceed with the gel. I've used mousse, but I find it generally makes my hair VERY dry, so I switched to Loreal Paris Studio Melting Gel. My fiancee was using it so when day I decided to try it. That was like six months ago, and I've seen a dramatic difference between the products. You dont need a lot! You dont need to saturate your hair with styling products. Your hair will be all crispy and yuck, I hate that. Just put a small amount and put it in. Then I separate my hair into parts and just take small amount in my fingers and start twirling. Sometimes it takes two swirls if my hair feels a bit dry. Then I add in hairspray, and voila! I let it be for a while and then I pull the locks apart gently to make it look fuller instead of having a bunch of curled locks.
Like I said, it may not work for everyone, but try it and see.
I think I pretty much covered it.
Don't brush your hair, use leave in conditioner everyday, don't always shampoo your hair, coconut oil.. I don't think I'm missing anything.
If you have any recommendations, let me know! I always like to try new products (like that gel,)
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