I love this picture because this is pretty much how I operate:
My newest obsession is making my hair pretty. See, I have fine but wavy hair. Too many products and my hair becomes flat. Too few products and my hair becomes frizzy and pouffy. My whole life I’ve vacillated back and forth between blow drying my hair every day and attempted to wear my hair curly/wavy. I’ve never been entirely happy with either.
After spending 20 minutes last Sunday blow drying my hair and feeling increasingly frustrated by the the results, I decided to do a little googling. What does one do with fine but wavy/curly hair?
The basic premises of Curly Girl: The Handbook, is that most products are damaging and drying for curly hair. She argues that for beautiful, moisturized, and well-defined curls:
1. Shampoo should always be SULFATE FREE. Sulfates are really drying and can be found in the ingredient list under sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and sodium laureth. Depending on how oily your hair is, you will only want to shampoo from 1-3 times a week. Many people with curly hair move to “no-poo” or not shampooing at all. While you may not shampoo, persay, you still want to massage your scalp every time you shower to release dirt.
She also outlines steps to increase bounce and curl. Mostly, a lot of scrunching in and out of the shower. After a week of following the curly girl steps outlined in the book (with a few changes for my fine hair like using mousse instead of gel), I was pretty disappointed by the results. I had more volume but a lot of frizz.
So, I decided to get a devacurl consultation with a local hair dresser who specializes in curly hair. She walked me through the hair care steps and made a few tweaks to the hair care steps I was following.
I learned you should put all products in your hair before you dry it. And, even for someone like me, with fine hair, gel is a must. However, I should only use a quarter sized amount! Lastly she told me that I was better off using a good moisturizing conditioner then buying a volumizing one for fine hair. She also showed me how to clip my hair and run my fingers through it.
Look at the difference those few tweaks made… crazy.
I hope I am able to get the same results on my own! The one negative I noticed is that my scalp and hair felt cleaner using the volumizing conditioner. My scalp is a bit itchy with all the product and no shampoo. I heard itching for a few days when switching over to ‘no-poo’ is normal, so I’m hopeful it will stop.