Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#thestruggle Of Curly Hair

This post is sponsored and affiliated with Ulta Beauty. The products sent by them have " * " next to them. All of the thoughts, opinions, comments, and pictures are that of my own. These are all products I have used prior to Ulta Beauty contacting me.


 #sotrue. 

So let me just tell you, I was adopted when I was three days old by the sweetest but whitest little couple around. I had this big 'ol afro and my poor momma tried everything to tame it down. It caused her to cry. It tangled itself up. It was always a hotmess. It was my hair. 



For the majority of my middle school/high school career, I went from stylist to stylist begging them to fry my hair. I straightened it every day, had 50+ relaxers put in it..I just wanted straight hair. 

Once I left for college, I started to embrace my curly nap and well, I kinda like it now. 

#girlswithcurlz


if you have dealt with even half of the struggles I have with curly hair, you will know that the products that really work, are not cheap! I have a mix of higher end/higher priced items and more reasonably priced products.

Alas: my curly hair saviors:
 Products
1. Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo&Conditioner  $18/$26 *
2. Marc Anthony Kinky Girls Shampoo&Conditioner $7.99*
3. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner $10.99*
4. Ouidad Climate Control Gel $26*
5. Marc Anthony Kinky Girls Oil Treatment $7.99*
6. Ouidad Hydrafrusion Styling Cream $26*
Wide tooth comb $1+

*my hair has been classified as "type 3C" hair and this is what has worked best for me*

What I Do:
Due to the price difference, I limit myself to using the Ouidad shampoo and conditioner only when my hair is extra dry or unruly. 
-So, I wash my hair with shampoo 1-2 times a week. The other days, I just condition. While in the shower, I finger detangle my hair and use the wide tooth come to get out any little tangles. 
-Once out of the shower, before putting anything in my hair, I again run the wide tooth comb through. Then, I start with the Shea Moisture Leave In Conditioner. I am pretty heavy handed with this. I use about 1/4 of a cup. Working it into the ends and scalp especially. 
-I then go in with the Marc Anthony Kinky Curls Oil Treatment-I use 2 pumps (about a quarter size) for my whole head, again focusing on the scalp and ends. 
-I then work the Ouidad Hydrafusion Styling Cream in. I use again about a quarter sized amount. 
-I will then use a little over a quarter amount of the Ouidad Climate Control Gel I really focus this on the little hairs framing my face and the center of the back of my head. 
-I will occasionally use a diffusor on a low heat and high blow for 10 minutes near my scalp but I more commonly let my hair air dry. 


But...then there are those days when I need straight hair so...
#suchagoodhairday

Products:
1. Suave Moroccan Infusion Shampoo&Conditioner $9.99
2. Aveda Smooth Infusions $19.99
3. Herbal Essences Moroccan Oil $5.99
4. Herbal Essences Heat Protectant Spray $3.99
5. Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo $4.99
Conair 1" Flat Iron
What I Do:
-When I know I am going to straighten my hair, I will wash and condition it with the Suave Moroccan Infusions shampoo&conditioner combo. 
-As soon as I am out of the shower, I will use a tangle-free brush and get out all of the tangles. I then make a little "cocktail" of a quarter sized amount of the Aveda Smooth Infusions and two pumps of the Herbal Essences Morroccan Oil. I work that all through my hair from roots to tips. Finally, I will spray it all over with the Herbal Essences Heat Protectant spray. 
-I then use my blowdryer and dry it completely. Finally, I section it all off and straighten 2in sections at a time! 

Do you have any curly or straight hair tips? What do you use for your hair?


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3 comments :

  1. Ahh so interesting. My hair is as kinky as they come, so I loc'ed my hair up end of high school after I had done everything else.

    Side note - I was a social worker and we had this issue with one particular trans racial adoption where a white woman had adopted three black children. The poor little girl had chunks of hair breaking off because they were trying to wash her hair every day! We finally had to go in and give her some resources to help her with. One of those things I suppose you don't think about when you think about adoption!

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  2. I have curly hair too that's extremely damaged from my alopecia areata that I had in middle school. I'm 25 now and still struggle with it. Thanks for listing out the products you use... there are sooo many out there that sometimes I don't even know where to start.

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  3. I have long (although right now short), THICK, curly, red hair. It took me FOREVER to learn how to make it do what I wanted it to do and it was so hard because I lived in VA, and even when I straightened it, the humidity caused it to frizz and curl back within a few hours! I understand! I love using Aussie's Awesome Volume mousse and hairspray--it controls my curls but still lets them have life!

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