• Tue, Aug 28 2012

Curly Hair Care 101: My Mostly-Natural, Frizz-Free Routine

I hope you think my hair looks good

Curly-haired women often turn to hair products with harsh chemicals in order to tame their curls and frizz. But in my experience, natural is by far the best way to go. It’s taken me years to figure out how to take care of my thick, crazy, naturally curly hair, but I think I’ve finally gotten it down to a science.

At the risk of sounding like I have a big head (although actually, I do. Curly hair is big hair, and big hair equals big head!), I’ll tell you that I constantly get compliments on my curls. The reason why? I don’t fight them, I work with them.

Here’s how I take care of my curly hair, using mostly all-natural products.

Photo: Carrie Murphy

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  • Lauren

    Dig your style! Cute necklace and horizontal striped top (wearing one right now, actually)

  • Gina

    Your hair looks amazing! Gotta try these tips on my hair now :)

  • Rebecca

    Have you tried doing nothing at all? I quit using shampoo, conditioner, products, and heat completely ten weeks ago and my curls are simply amazing. In the beginning, when my hair was getting used to having its natural oils, I would rinse with apple cider vinegar once a week to remove some of the excess, but after about six or seven weeks, the oils have balanced out. No longer over-producing oil because its used to having chemicals strip it away, my hair produces just enough to make my hair soft and frizz free. I workout four times a week, but a good scalp massage under some warm water cleans it well. I rinse with cold water to further prevent frizz.

    So if you’re looking for other things to try for curls, try doing nothing for a few months!

  • Shellie B

    Great tips – I’m always giving curly hair styling tips! Coffee shop, market, drug store…Once I’m done in the shower, I throw my head upside down & shake it like a dog to get h2o out. I squeeze a mix of curl definer & frizz fighter in, then blow dry with a diffuser with my head upside down.

  • Vivien

    Your curls do look lovely! Mine are like that, though it’s smoother at the roots. I only use natural products too, things like Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil because all the sulfates and silicons were really irritating my hair. Thanks for the tips!

  • Maggie

    This is awesome! Okay, this might be a silly question, but do you have any tips for using a diffuser? I have one and can’t for the life of me use it properly. It just blows my hair all over the place and makes it more frizzy :(

    • fig

      Here are some tips:
      1) be prepared for it to take a while – its a much gentler blow-dry than a typical blow dry.
      2) You may need some product. My hair is wavy, and I find that bumble and bumbles curl creme does the trick. Once my hair is a little dry and holding the wave, I add some hair spray.
      3) Point up at, not across, your curls.
      4) Use a lower setting on your hair dryer.

  • fig

    Your curls look great! And thanks for the plopping technique!

    My biggest struggle with my wave has been how to get the top & front to be as wavy as the undersides & back when I want to wear it wavy. I knew I had to towel and air dry, but the front never held curl. I figured I had ruined them by flat ironing and blowdrying my hair straight most of the time. But… my first time plopping… Success! All over wave! I’m so excited!

    Thanks!

  • Monique

    I use another good product to get rid of the frizz, it’s pro naturals moroccan argan oil which keeps my hair pretty, soft, shiny and healthy. :D

  • Moroccanoil

    Thanks to share nice information…….

  • Nada Haroun

    Lush’s godiva has TONS of sulfates though…