Mine are between a 3A and a 3B curl. For anyone with curls, it’s important to figure out your curl type because products do not fit all curl types. http://www.naturallycurly.com/pages/hairtypes/type3
I used to have a lot of trouble with my hair. I’ve read countless tips and websites. I’ve probably tried it all. The best thing I’ve found for *MY* curl type is that the less CHEMICALS you use, the better your hair will be. This ranges from shampooing to styling.
My particular curl type, my curls are soft and bouncy. Curls in general are less hydrated than straight hair. This is why it’s important to moisturize. HOWEVER, with this curl type there’s such a thing as OVER-MOISTURIZING which will leave your hair limp and wayy too soft, unmanageable and flat.
I’ve read tips of people doing no-poo technique. Where they only wash their hair with conditioner. THIS IS A HORRIBLE IDEA FOR MY CURL TYPE, and anyone who has my curl type. I have medium-thick hair. For the love of god, shampoo your hair. Do it with a mild shampoo, preferably organic with no sulfates. If it makes a lot of lather, it’s not good for you. I do not use any fancy $20 shampoos specifically for curls. My best friend bought me this organic shampoo and conditioner from Trader Joe’s called “Tea Tree TINGLE” - Invigorate with peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus botanicals. Ok, whatever. The shampoo does not lather much. I just massage my entire scalp fairly quickly to loosen up the buildup/dirt and I rinse it out quickly. Sometimes I rub a little bit on the rest of my hair, but it usually doesn’t need it. Then I follow up with the conditioner on just my ends and mane of the hair. Leave it on for a minute or so. I don’t “deep condition” my hair. I don’t put any on my scalp. Maybe I smooth a few dots over the top of my hair if it’s too dry.
A lot of curl “experts” will tell you not to brush your hair. To just FINGER COMB your hair. I find this to be utter bullshit. I brush my hair with a comb EVERY time I wash my hair. If I didn’t my hair would be a hot mess of tangles. Always always always brush out your hair to get rid of the small tangles. If you simply finger comb your hair and don’t take care of the small strands of tangles, you will end up with a huge mess and will end up needing to literally break your strands of hair in order to remove the knot. During the minute or two that I let my hair condition, I run a wide comb from my roots to the bottom. If I have a bunch of hair that is a mess, I GENTLY section my hair and pull out small amounts of strands until the “mess” is separated Then I comb through it and gently unknot the knots with my comb. Keyword is GENTLY. Wet hair is extra fragile and can easily snap. Comb the knots from the roots to mid length, then work your way from the ends upward. That’s the best way. After I’m done, I rinse out the conditioner and I’m set. Make sure your scalp is not greasy otherwise you’ll end up with no volume.
I squeeze out excess water out of my hair. DO NOT USE A TOWEL. DO NOT USE CLOTH. I usually wait 5-10min. Then spray on a little bit of detangling spray/conditioner. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. It doesn’t matter what kind. Then I comb my hair again and part it.
Now there are a ton of techniques people have suggested. Gel, mousse, conditioner, leave in treatment, cremes, etc. Some people put a ton of gel in their hair, scrunch with a cloth (or “plop” it), put more product in, etc. Screw that! Gels make my hair crunchy. Mouse makes my hair crunchy. Argon oil over-hydrates my hair = BAD.
I recently bought this new hair creme as Sally’s in the ethnic hair section. ~$8.00
I’ve tried it for a couple days now and I’m really satisfied with the results. I basically take a little bit (about < quarter sized amount) and run it through my mid section, down. And smooth a tiny bit over the top of my head to control frizzies. I really really like it. It takes a while to dry and leaves a kind of “greasy” texture at first. But when it is 100% dry the result is great. My hair has volume and the ringlets are awesome.
I just work that creme through my hair, shake my hair a little (or scrunch once) and give it time to air dry. My hair looks good the second day as well, sometimes even better than while it’s drying lmfao. While it dries DON’T TOUCH YOUR HAIR. Otherwise it will just frizz out.
That’s it. That’s all I do. The curls dry naturally without any interference from my fingers or cloth. Once it’s dry, I just flip my hair over to ruffle my roots for a bit of volume. If I do that BEFORE it dries then my hair ends up looking messed up. So make sure you wait until the hair dries completely before doing anything to your curls.
I don’t understand girls who invest so much time and money with my curl type and come in with crunchy, over-gelled curls. You don’t need to put all that shit in your hair. You don’t need $120 worth of “curl specific” hair products from like bed head or redeken or sexycurlhair.
Also, embrace your natural curl because that’s the prettiest. Don’t try to recreate “loose” ringlets when you have kinky curls, etc. It putting more product than you need in your hair will also damage your hair quicker and make it look not so great.
The less you handle or touch your hair, the less finger time you have with your hair the better your hair will look naturally.
Also, a good haircut is very important. Stick to NO LAYERS and make sure the ends are cut across evenly. Just straight across. Otherwise you’ll end up having shorter layers flying everywhere, and your hair looking like a triangle.
I hope this helps :)