She had begun telling me that she wishes she had straight hair. My heart fell as I always hoped that she will embrace her curls and learn to love them.
So I figured it’s time to get serious about using the right products to maintain and enhance what she’s got. Especially noticeable and bothersome to her was the light layer of frizz on top her head once her hair dried. Having no experience with curly hair other then some light mousse usage on myself, I immersed myself in research on everything curls.
I figured I will share this with others looking for tried and true products. Of course product results differ on individuals, depending on specific hair type and preferences.
Hair styling begins as the shower gets turned off. A light squeeze of the hair to get majority of the water out is step one. Then, instead of using a traditional terry towel to wipe the hair, it was recommended I use one made of cotton. Terry towels have small fibers sticking out and those cause friction and creates frizz. Some people use a basic cotton T but I wanted my daughter to feel more special so I purchased The Curls Like Us Cloth from Curl Mart. They are cotton cloths that have pretty edging and absorb the perfect amount of moisture. Leaving the hair too dry will cause frizz as well. She has been using it for a few weeks now and it definitely helps.
Another important step I learned is to use a leave in conditioner while the hair is still wet. This leaves the hair hydrated and healthy looking. This also dramatically decreased her frizz. After trying a few we decided on one called Kinky Curly Knot Today. I purchased it at Target, although they are available on Amazon as well as many websites geared for the curly haired.
As for products, we tried many gels and mousses and decided on using gels, as they gave a better hold. Initially I was nervous about the gels because she’s so young I did not want her to have a “producty” head of hair. In my mind I imagined hard, crunchy, frozen curls. I was totally wrong. I don’t use too much on her and they look great. The couple that we use are LA Looks, Herbal Essence and Kinky Curly custard.
While her hair is drying wearing a stretchy headband further helps flatten the top. In the morning, I wet it a drop, mix some gel with water and rub the top of her head and the curls gently, and the curl definition is superb.
I hope this helps and feel free to message me with any tips or questions!