I once heard someone say that a woman’s hair is her pride. I am not sure what context the comment was made in however I know that it has always stuck with me, especially as I have learned to embrace and love my curls. Growing up I used to hate to get my hair brushed. I just couldn’t stand the pain caused by the tangles. I now know it’s best to brush starting from the bottom and working your way up, compared to brushing from the root to the tip. Such a simple trick that yields two totally different levels of pain.
I should let you know that I am not a trained professional. I am just a curly girl who has who has studied curls and products in an effort to learn how to take better care of my hair. Around 2011/2012 I noticed my hair was starting to thin out, it constantly felt dry and brittle and my curl pattern was never consistent. Through lots of research I learned that this was due to two major factors; my diet/nutrition and the products I was using.
I went to the doctor and had all types of test ran, only to learn that outside of my weight I was perfectly healthy. I am not sure who told me I need to clean up my diet but I remember looking on google to see how diet effects hair loss. I was so shocked to learn that how you fuel your body can be a contributing factor to how your hair grows, or doesn’t grow in my case. At this time I was also embarking on a new chapter to get lose weight and healthier. Through those efforts I was actually eating way below any recommended calorie count, and before that I was eating lots of junky food and drinking lots of diet soda, coffee and a splash of water. So my poor organs and hormones went from one extreme to another. Over the years I have learned how important properly fueling & hydrating my body (with water) is not only good for my fitness goals but also my curly goals.
There are literally hundreds of curl friendly products these days, so it is important to figure out what works best for you. Curly hair was not as popular back then, and there were not a lot of affordable product options. Popular culture dedicated that straight hair was professional, clean and pretty; while curly hair was seen as messy, unruly and ‘bushy'. I am so happy the times have changed and so has that mindset! There are so many different products to cater to the different curly types, patterns and textures. There are also different price ranges on curly products, from $28 to $4 for a bottle of shampoo. However not all curl products are as curly friendly as they may lead you to believe they are. The key things are finding a non-lathering, or low lathering, shampoo and moisturizing conditioner and good styling creams or gels. You want to make sure your products are free of sulfate, silicone and parabens. Those chemicals can leave your curls dry and brittle and eventually cause long term damage; for example hair loss like I experience. So it is important to read the ingredients labels on products before you spend your hard earned money on them.
I know it can be scary seeing the money add up as you put curly products in your cart, especially on products you’ve never used before. One of my favorite things to do is to try out travel size bottles products before investing in big bottles. This way if the product doesn’t work for my curl I have completely used the products and nothing will go to waste.
Have you tried out some curly products that just didn’t work for you? What did you do with them? I usually share them my a curly friend. If it is a good product but you don’t love your results why not pass it on and let someone else try it out.
What are your favorite curly products right now?