This month’s Ask Alison is all about curly hair. In my world, August is curly hair month. After a summer of sun and chlorine, my hair can start to look pretty fried. It’s not very enticing to spend 40 minutes blow drying and flat ironing (a.k.a. “taming the beast”), just to have it frizz in the humidity. No thanks! So today I’m sharing my favorite products and styling tips for managing curly hair.
Alison, like you, I have naturally curly hair that I wear straight most of the time. But in the summer months, I don’t want to mess with it so I let it go curly. What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for styling your hair curly? – Anna P.
Hey Anna! I’m glad you asked this question. In late summer, I try to cut back to blow drying just once a week and style my hair curly the rest of the time. It’s so much easier, I just apply my favorite curly hair products and let it air dry. Here’s my exact curly hair styling routine.
1. Shampoo – Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo
Normally I use a frizz control or smoothing shampoo but when I wear my hair curly, Ouidad offers the gold standard in curly hair products. Their Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo really does hydrate well and helps my curls hold their form better than my regular shampoo. I don’t mind spending a little more for it because I don’t use it as often.
2. Hair Mask – WEN Sweet Almond Mint Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment
An intensive hair mask is a MUST if you have curly hair. When Shay did this awesome hair mask post, I immediately ordered her top pick, WEN Sweet Almond Mint Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment. When I say that it’s transformative, I mean it. My curls looks healthy, shiny and bouncy after using this. Just be careful to use it on the lower part of our hair only, it can get a little greasy if you apply it near your scalp.
3. Styling Product – Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Cream
This has been my go-to curly hair styling product for years. It gives my curls great definition and frizz control without being crunchy. I just scrunch it into my curls while my hair is still wet.
4. Air Dry
My secret to great curls is letting my hair air dry and keeping my fingers off. After I apply my styling product, I don’t touch my hair until it’s completely dry. Touching it just makes it frizzy and separates the curls.
5. Shine and Smooth – Macademia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment
After my hair is completely dry, I rub a dime-sized amount of Macademia Natural Oil between my palms and apply it to the ends. I then use what’s left on my hands to smooth any frizz around my face.
That’s it. A simple routine for healthy, bouncy curls that takes about five minutes to do. Makes me wonder why I don’t wear my hair curly more often!
It’s Your Turn: How does your hair routine change in the summer? Tell me your tips and tricks in the comments.