(Closed) Natural Curly Hair- Advice!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Have you gone to http://www.naturallycurly.com/ ?

The best thing I ever did for my curly hair was use that website to find a salon. I now have the best stylist who completely understands my hair and how to manage it. She has given me the best haircuts I’ve ever had, as well as good advice on how to keep my hair looking great. My hair has never been healthier, in my opinion! We have not discussed wedding day hair – that consultation will be in two weeks and I’m so excited!

For reference, here is my hair now. It’s also in an “in between” zone, expect mine’s between wavy and very curly. Depends on the day, as I’m sure you know!

 

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

As far as finding inspiration, I learned about my hair type on the above website and then tried to find actresses with hair that somewhat resembled mine. From there I just browsed google images, haha. I landed on Emmy Rossum. She is my hair inspiration πŸ™‚

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hi OP! First, just want to say your dress is AMAZING! Second, you are gorgeous and your hair is lovely… especially in the first picture πŸ™‚

I know you said you want to look like yourself but I have curly hair and it is SO unpredictable! It all depends on the humidity/how it dries/the mood its in etc….! I’m kidding but you get the point and if your hair is like mine I am sure you can relate. If I wore it naturally curly I would be freaking out and worried about how it would turn out. It can be beautiful princess looking curly hair or a complete frizz ball. My suggestion would be to have a hair stylist blow is out straight and then curl your hair with a curling iron. I know this is not exactly the look you are going for but it would definitely give me piece of mind. You could wear it curled and down but this way it’ll be more set and predictable. 

Post # 7
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Newbee

OMG, girlfriend your hair is gorgeous!!!  I’m also a naturally curly girl and have had the same issues finding bridal hair inspiration.  Typing in “naturally curly hairstyles” into Google search comes up with hardly any actual naturally curly ‘dos, so I feel your pain! Right now I’m kind of loving this one, though, as my current inspiration:

Anna-Lynn McCord actually has naturally curly hair, although in this photo it seems like her hair has been curled.  Other naturally curly girls are Keri Russell and the medical examiner from Law and Order:  SVU (I don’t remember her name!)  Maybe you can find some photo inspiration from them?

Anyway, I’m not getting my hair done by a pro, either, because like you said, these people seem to not know anything about how naturally curly hair works!  I dread getting mine cut because 75 percent of the time they cut it too short and don’t take into consideration the fact that naturally curly hair shrinks up A LOT when it dries. -_-  I don’t want to sound like a snobby know-it-all who’s trying to tell them how to do there job, but sometimes I feel like I have to remind them of the whole shrinkage factor!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Miss Armadillo:  I wish I could pick you and OP up one day and take y’all to my salon. The first thing my stylist does when I say how much I want cut is show me where my hair will shrink to!

If that website doesn’t show any salons in your area, do research yourself. Call around and ask for stylists who are confident with naturally curly hair.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Miss Armadillo: Keri Russell has gorgeous hair πŸ™‚ Thanks for bringing her up! I forgot she was a naturally curly girl.

 

Here is a photo of my hair as described above, straightened then curled.   

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I feel you OP.  My hair is ringlets but not as tight as yours.  My hair’s also blonde so it’s reminisent of Goldilocks. *sigh*. I personally love my hair after it’s been professionally blow-dryed with styling product.  Curly hair has enough “life” on it’s own, so I say wear it down. πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Looking at your pictures, you’ve got 3B curls. I feel you – mine are 3A most days and you just never know what you’re going to get… Your curls are lovely, but I feel you on not wanting to go to a salon, because even the ones who SAY they know what they’re doing often don’t. I’ve had my best luck at salons specialising in African American hair – my texture is different, but typically stylists working with AA hair are familiar on how to cut and style a curl without straightening it first.

This might give you some inspiration (I just put it for weddings/3A/3B hair, but you can make different selections). With your length and the shape of your curls, you really have lots of options πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I know it’s a movie and not real life, but in the lord of the rings at the hobbit wedding the bride has hair similar to yours.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I tried salons. I really did. I had three trials which were all disastrous. Curls are so misunderstood! At the same time, I’ve been practicing loving and accepting my hair, because it really is most beautiful when allowed to be itself. So that’s what I did on my wedding day.

My main concern was that my hair is fine, so it doesn’t look good if it goes flat. So I did a little twisty thing on top to hide any lack of volume. And there you have it:

@FallingUp:  Your hair is what women pay hundreds of dollars to get! There’s nothing you could do to make it more gorgeous than it is. I would just try some routines with products to see if you can get a somewhat consistent result. It’s always great to have one less service to pay for. πŸ™‚

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