posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
7 posts

Bump. Fellow curly haired bee who could use ideas too!

Post # 3
858 posts
Busy bee

I have curly hair… I’d say its a combination 3a/3b curl. I would honestly start researching your hair. Start here by looking at these:




And then go from there. I would also look into Deva Curl products because they are awesome. 

Another thing that would help is cutting off the dead parts of your hair. If you’ve straightened your hair for as long as you say its probably frizzy from all the dead ends. Look for someone who knows how to cut curly hair:



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Post # 4
7189 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Definitely agree with the PP who said to be sure to trim! Also, it takes some time to get to know your hair- even if you’ve worn it curly in the past- is it high or low porosity? Does it take a long time to dry? Is it thick (as in do you have a lot of hairs on your head) or just full (where the hairs you have take up a lot of space)? Is your hair coarse or fine? Coils or curls? Shaped like an S or a Z?

I started learning how to care for my curls a looooong time ago and I’m still constantly learning. I’ve found that watching YouTube videos of people with similar textures and length have been really helpful to find good products and get inspired (and reinspired). Also, layering products (the right products in the right order) goes a long way.

Also- whether or not you’re African American or biracial- check out the videos of people who do natural hair care for those demos. I’ve got a good friend who is a white woman with super curly hair and said she never knew what do to with it until she started seeing a stylist that specialized in African American hair- it made a big difference to her hair care routine.

Post # 5
1462 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate

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chrissybee :  agree with this completely. I have 3a ish curls and it does take quite some time to learn how to handle curly hair- it can be done! If you google DevaCurl- See if you have any DevaCurl certified salons near you. It’s essentially a hair stylists who has been trained on how to cut curly hair so that the cut is flattering- as opposed to say, a triangle cut 😳 – I use Deva Curl product as well. I also use Ouidad. They are both pricey but hey, curly hair is freakin’ difficult and if I find a product that works…..then yes, i will pay.

This is what I do:

“shampoo” with No-poo deva-curl

condition with deva-curl or ouidad

rinse, brush with wide tooth comb in the shower. I ring out my hair upside-down with my

hands while still in shower. 

Then I rake through my hair with my fingers with a butt load of Ouidad Climate COntrol Heat and Humidity Gel. disperse throughout your hair evenly. gently shake you head while still upside down. then use your hands to cup and scrunch your hair up to your roots. 

the gently flip your head over AND DO * NOT * TOUCH* 





let it air dry. its basically magic.


Edit to add- Yes the Ouidad product is expensive, but it’s the best thing on the market IMO and very worth it. Maybe buy it, try 1-3 times and if you hate it , then return it. Also I HIGHLY recommended watched, Ouidad/Deva-curl youtube videos. 

Post # 6
969 posts
Busy bee

My mom has curly hair and finally started to love it after she found “Devacurl”. It’s a product line but they also certify stylists in a special way to cut curly hair. Going to a Devacurl hairstylist and using the products has made all the difference for her.

The stylist also taught her how to dry her hair. She uses a big diffuser and scrunches and kind of coils each curl around her finger to separate, then lets it air dry to finish.


Post # 7
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

For my daytime wear, I get my hair soaking wet and scrunch in Kinky Curly Curling Custard. It’s a miracle product for me.

For fancy wear (aka my wedding and probably never again) my stylist curled my hair (did not straighten it first) with a tapered barrel curler. It was amazing. I don’t have the arm strength to do it myself though, I have a TONNNNN of hair. 

Post # 8
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I have 3a/3b curls so I understand your pain haha. I second deva curl curl cream and scrunching. You should visit the naturally curly sub Reddit as well! Tons of inspiration and tips for different curl types.

For your wedding, however, I would advise having your stylist straighten it then curl it with different sized irons to create the illusion of natural curls if you want curls. That’s how they do it for most curly haired celebs when they appear on TV or in movies (I.e. Debra Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker). Both have beautiful natural curls, but all had their curls straightened then recreated to look polished. Even when it looked big and natural it was done that way. This ensures your curls will be controlled predictable frizz free and glossy.

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