Daily Archives: August 28, 2013

My Curly Hair Product Essentials

You Pick Wednesday

If you’ve been following Loop Looks since the beginning you know that my hair went from long and straight to long and curly and is now short and curly! In that time I have slowly been creating my arsenal of curly hair product essentials.

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My hair is naturally curly but not like the tight ringlet curls that many people picture. Instead, it has a wave to it that I can coax into being curlier with help from a few products I’ve discovered. And my trusty diffuser. Seriously, if my hair dryer ever dies I’m going to have a heck of a time finding another diffuser I love.

Anyway, I’m sure what many of you are interested in (and what at least one person has asked about) is what I use to get my hair curly.

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Step 1 and 2: Wash and condition

I recently switched to L’Oreal EverCurl Shampoo and Conditioner. However, I only use the shampoo every other day. I get my hair wet and condition it every day but don’t shampoo it every time. I have what one hairdresser described as a lot of very fine hair so I’m a bit terrified of dry shampoo. So this method currently works for me.

Step 3: Add moisturizing oil

To add some shine and help keep the frizzies at bay I started using this Soy Renewal Argan Oil from Sexy Hair. I got some as a free sample at Ulta and fell in love with it. I put about a dime sized amount in my palm and run it through the ends of my wet hair after I comb it.

Step 4: Volume!

I have approximately zero volume at the roots but mousse tends to leave me hair feeling crunchy. My friend Kelsey recommended this  Aveda Volumizing Tonic and my hairdresser concurred. I hold up my hair and spritz it on my roots.

Step 5: Define the curls

I was originally using mousse for volume and to help define my curls but it was leaving my hair crunchy and dry. My hairdresser recommended curl cream and I just picked one at random off the shelf at Ulta. Turns out this Got 2b Kinkier curl cream works great! It helps define my curls without leaving them crunchy. My hairs actually curly AND soft which are two things I didn’t even realize it could be.

Step 6: Blow dry

As I mentioned earlier, my blow dryer and my diffuser are essential. I’m so glad I didn’t throw the diffuser out! I had no idea that years later I’d come to depend on it so much.

Step 7: Keep it in place

Since I don’t want to shellac my hair in place I spray some of this Dove hairspray on the roots and on my bangs to give my hair a bit more lift and keep it out of my face.  Nothing too extreme.

 

And there you go! The curly hair product essentials I keep on my bathroom counter. Believe it or not, it doesn’t take me that long to do my hair in the morning, either. Probably less time than when I wore it straight!

Have questions about my hair routine or anything else? You can always email me at looplooks at gmail dot com and I’ll answer them on a future You Pick Wednesday post!