I went to get my hair “done” today…after months and months of leaving it be. And as luck would have it, I found this on another blog – Curly Hair Type Guide for Ethnic Hair Types, Biracial and Black Hair.
Looks like the Universe agrees that it is time to pay attention to my hair!
OK, so I am not biracial and not black…and I still have curly hair. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ethnic). I had no idea that my hair was a rebel in following my “ethnic” hair structure!!
Anyhow, so I went to the Avantgarde salon across the street, and as I mentioned, I havent gotten my hair done in a very very long time. So when I finally set up an appointment with a well reviewed salon, I hoped to come out looking completely different and have at least my hair looking like a model’s hair. No go.the girl there told me to get my hair trimmed and leave it alone. She said it was pretty and healthy and no “styling” was ever going to suit it. I liked the pretty and healthy part, but I was disappointed that I wasn’t going to look in the mirror and find a stylish me with a funky new hairstyle….it was going to be the same ol’ me staring back after all!
The one good thing that did come out of the whole appointment was that I learned to curl my hair without a curling iron. In fact, with nothing but my fingers. I used to try wrapping my hair around a finger to curl it. That , however, only produces horizontal spirals- not pretty.
So this is how you create perfect curls:
Apply some kind of leave-in conditioner. I tried Aveda’s be curly http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlproducts/view/944/aveda-aveda-be-curly-curl-enhancing-lotion
gather a portion of hair, depending on the desired thickness of your curl and twist it like you would twist a single rope to look like this- like so:
So a single curl (and this is pretty messy but you get the idea) will look something like this when it dries ( it doesnt look very pretty till it dries, but since you dont have to do anything for that, you can twist your hair and forget about it while it air-dries):
Repeat it on the rest of your hair, taking more hair for each twist if you want bigger curls. Let it air dry and voila! you have perfect “yesteryear movie star” style curls!
Now, my hair is pretty frizzy, so any kind of control is good. After a very long day at work, this is how my hair looks. Note: I put my hair up in a ponytail and took it down for this pic, so that messed it up a bit also 🙂
And the best part? I did all my curls in 10 minutes (I have waist length hair, so styling is never a short process) while I took my dogs out and made my morning shake. For a lazy girl like me, this was a thumbs up style 🙂
A little more attention to the job, and you can avoid those stray strands too!
Let me know if this works for you!