Unless you just woke up from a deep slumber, you probably don't need to be told that Curly Girls are very special and have very special needs. There is so much info to be found on the interwebs, it's hard to find out the very basics, so I have compiled a list of 7 things you absolutely must have.
1. Proper Products
It all begins with the proper products. Curly Girls know that their hair desperately needs moisture, so finding a product line that is sulfate and silicone free is a must. Jessicurl, Raw Hair Organics, and DevaCurl are just a few OlyCurl-approved lines, and available at your local Curly Hair Salon.
2. Flour Sack Towel or T-Shirt
Regular terrycloth towels are no bueno. All the tiny loops in the fabric catch individual hair strands and separate them from their curl grouping, causing frizz. A flour sack towel or t-shirt is a smooth surface and will not catch and pull those hairs apart.
3. These Scrunchies
Traditional elastics are too tight and binding, especially if they have a metal band on them. These ponies are perfect and will not tear, shred, or otherwise damage your fragile curls.
4. These Clips are great for adding volume in the setting and styling process. It's kind of an old-school technique made brand new for curlies. Ask your Curly Hair Specialist how to use them! I actually gift a handful to my new curly clients to use at home.
5. These Hair Wraps are going to be a life saver for getting 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-day hair. Similar to the pineapple, it holds your hair up at night and protects it from being shredded on your pillowcase as you slumber. You can order some here, or your local Curly Hair Artist might have some available as well!
Thanks for the use of your picture, Diane of Tagi's Hair Design!
6. "Next-Day Spray" can be a curl saver! Simply mix up a batch yourself: 2/3 water and 1/3 sulfate- and silicone-free conditioner. In the morning, spritz on and lightly scrunch. Don't be afraid to play with it and see what works best for you! You might even want to add a few pumps of a CG-approved gel for extra hold if you have fragile curls or s'wavy hair!
7. A Curly Hair Specialist has had specialized training in the cutting, care and maintenance of curly hair. Members of Curly Hair Artistry all have the passion for helping men and women reach their curly goals. A website for the CHA will be launched soon so you can find one close to your area! I will keep you posted on my website for that, so make sure and follow me here and also on Facebook!
As members of CHA (Curly Hair Artistry) and your local curly hair specialists, we welcome you to learn along with us!