Post # 1
So even though my wedding isn’t til almost a year away, I’m worried about how my hair will act on the big day. I’m getting married on the west coast (Vancouver) and when ever I go there my hair is frizz city. It doesn’t curl, it just gets big and fluffy no matter what I use in it. I (stupidly) have flat ironed it there as well, and when I do this it pretty much just goes back to its natural state the minute I go anywhere. I am planning on letting it grow out so I can wear it down, which is my dream, because 99 percent of the time I wear it up. It wouldn’t feel special up and would just go frizzy anyways.
What did other curly bees do on their day or are planning to do? What products did you use as well!?!? This is probably the issue that concerns me the most as I’m very sensitive about my hair and feel like it could really put a damper on my day.
Post # 3
Have you ever tried the Curly Girl method? It comes from this book: http://www.amazon.com/Curly-Girl-Lorraine-Massey/dp/0761123008/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283856812&sr=8-1
It’s probably been about 5 years since I stopped using shampoo, and it helps a lot. I still have frizz problems, but nothing like they were.
Also, a good cut makes all the difference in the world. Find a stylist that cuts curly hair and will cut your hair dry.
I’m currently using the Kinky Curly line of products, and I love love love the “Curling Custard.” I could take or leave the conditioner, but the curling custard is awesome. It’s a bit pricey (I paid $30 for a big tub of it at Whole Foods, but the tub lasts me 4 months).
You may also want to check out naturallycurly.com for good tips on products/styles.
Post # 4
Here is how I took my curls from being the bane of my high school and college existence to something I actually like about myself:
1) Found a good stylist. You’ll know because it will grow out well. Follow them everywhere. Never cheat on them.
— I found mine under the Salon Reviews on NaturallyCurly.com
2) Never fought the curl. If needed, comb through product (gel, goop, go on naturally curly and pick ones with good reviews) and then twist curls around your fingers. Pin if necessary. Let air dry (never use a dryer without a diffuser on curly hair)
Fave products (I haven’t had the guts to try the Curly Girl method yet):
— Bumble and Bumble leave-in (rinse out) conditioner
— Tiare Pommade for hair & body
— Organix coconut milk serum
3) Pinned the curls away from my face. Often those are the ones that make your hair look undone instead of styled.
4) Lookout for flyaways and frizz. For really bad flyaways, try wetting your hands and then running a small amt of gel over the top, or coat your hands with hairspray and gently smooth it down. Both come in travel sizes for your bag.
5) Threw away the iron/hairdryer. Both damage hair and discourages a curl.
These are my personal bests, but naturallycurly.com has SO much info! Good luck! If you can visit a climate similar to your wedding climate for a few days once you have a curly routine in place, you can adjust accordingly. It’s a “hair trial” for the curly girl!
Post # 5
You’ve gotten some good advice, I just want to second Miss Sequoia’s suggestion of Naturallycurly.com. I found that site about 7 years ago when I was looking for haircut ideas I learned so much about my hair.
Post # 6
I wash my curly hair with sulfate-free shampoo whenever I deep condition. Then I dry my hair with a t-shirt (learned about that method from YouTube and it seems to be successful in minimizing frizz). I use a leave-in sometimes and coconut oil (right from the supermarket) other times.
I have tossed my flat irons and hair dryers too. My SO has looser curls than I do and when he cares to do anything with his hair he uses Giovanni mousse and that works well.
Check curlynikki.com or maneandchic.com for information about curly hair and I believe they have links for curly brides.
Post # 7
I love the bumble and bumble line for curly hair. And the defrizz. Oh how I love the defrizz.
I completely agree with the need to find a good stylist. I drive nearly 45 mins out of my way and pay a ridiculous amount of money to get my hair cut, but for the first time in my life, ever since I started going there and using the bumble and bumble, I love my hair.
Post # 8
Thank you so much my curly bees .
I used to be addicted to naturallycurly.com (since about the year 2000 or so, yipes) and have the curly girl book, I used to follow the routine religiously but have since then fallen off the wagon (and hard).
I guess this was a wake up call to get back on it. I’m going to find the book and check if there are any concoctions for repelling humidity. My hair is 3a to 3c and a mix of extremely fine and extremely coarse strands. Not to leave out that it’s so porous I need to use so much product and conditioner. I’m truly blessed with hair that has a mind of it’s own.
I’m hoping that since I have close to a year to grow it out, (with a few trims in between) the extra length and weight will help it somewhat. I’m going to check out the Bumble and Bumble line and look for a stylist in Vancouver so that when I get there I am in capable hands.
Post # 9
@raangoli: what defrizz product do you use? I need a good one.