Ask Me Anything
November's Ask Me Anything goes out to all my curly girls! I get asked all the time what I use in my hair, if these are my natural curls and I even get asked if this is my real hair! The answer is yes and because a beautiful reader and fellow curly girl asked, here are my secrets.
This may seem like a superficial question, but we have the same curly hair and I'd love to know what you do to keep it looking so in control and nice. Cut, products, and drying/styling tips would be much appreciated.
Thank you so much for your question. It's not superficial at all! Curly hair is a big thing and us curly girls need to stick together!
The truth is, there are no two curls alike but the care for them is essentiallythe same. Moisture, moisture, moisture!!! I have searched high and low and tried every cut, every product, and every tool under the sun and it all comes back to one little secret: simplicity. The less you fuss the happier your curls will be.
Cut: The key is to find someone you trust who knows about curly hair and more specifically your curly hair. It takes time to build a relationship and it's important to find someone who listens. Curly hair gets shorter as it dries. I always go in and ask for a little trim and then I say what ever you think a trim would be take even less than that. I know what it's like to walk out with half your hair gone because someone went a little too scissor happy. The Curly Hair Institute is a great salon in Toronto and they understand how to custom cut hair differently for every curl. (Better still, ask to book your appointment during happy hour and if you pay cash you save 20%! Woot!!)
Style: I shampoo my hair only 1-2 times per week (or once every 6-10 days) to keep the moisture in my curls. When I shower I usually put conditioner on my ends, the minerals in our water are enough to cleanse and rinse hair daily. Afterwards, I comb my hair with a wide tooth comb. I put a couple pumps of serum and dry my hair upside down with a diffuser. For extra styling and a more glamorous curl on special occasions and fancier days I have a curling iron that matches the size of my natural curl and I’ll go over some of the curls around my face and throughout the top layer just to add a bit of polish (I learned that little trick from a hairstylist on the set of a commercial I shot a few years back). Best rule of thumb is to leave curls alone and let them go where they want to go. They will anyway so why stress over an untamed tress? Curly hair is wild, embrace the crazy ;0)
A great book that I think all girls with curls should own is Curly Girl. My mom gave it to me as a giftand it changed the way I care for my curls. It goes through each different curl as well as the cut and care for each kind of curl.
Wishing you luck and thank you for your question!!