I am the proud owner of a head of crazy curly hair and as anyone with crazy curly hair knows, this means I have to wake up at least a half hour earlier then every sane person to try and wrestle it into a semi-decent hair do.

But worry no more curly headed people! I am here today to tell you how I turn my usual bed-headed rats nest into a cloud of pure fluff. With a bit of skill and a lot of luck, it should turn out like this:

Hair Post

This post will be split into two parts – styling and general care. I use a few different things, but because I’m 14 and not earning, they all tend to be fairly cheap and can be stretched to last a while.

GENERAL CARE

First of all, invest in a silk pillowcase! They are the best thing for curly hair, and while they aren’t cheap, if looked after properly they last for ages, and a white one can go with any bedspread you have. Cotton has way more static electricity then silk does, and sleeping on a cotton pillowcase will give you astronomical levels of fuzz.

Secondly, deep conditioning treatments. Every weekend, people. They make your hair “pet me” soft and will lessen the amount of conditioner you need to use in the week. Grab one of the Pantene kits of three (pictured below) and lather your hair in one of those a week and leave it in for at least three minutes! I wet my hair, put in the treatment, twist it into a shower cap and then soap and shave and everything before rinsing it. Set aside a day a week and give yourself the full treatment and you won’t regret it, believe me.

Katy Taking Care of Curly Hair

Speaking of conditioner, use that and shampoo sparingly and correctly. Shampoo should only go on your roots, and conditioner should only go on your ends. You shouldn’t need more then a ten cent pieced sized of shampoo and a small dollop of conditioner. Too much of it and you’ll strip your hair of all it’s natural elements that are far more important then anything you can put in there.

STYLING

To start with, don’t even bother trying if your hair is dry. It needs to be wet, and I mean thoroughly soaked, before you even attempt to do anything with it.

Next, buy yourself one of these. It’s a wide toothed comb and it’s the only thing that will ever work with curly hair. I don’t know why but if I use a brush I might as well rub my head with a balloon. If frizz is your problem, you need to invest in a wide toothed comb. My suggestion is to comb it in the shower when it’s wettest.

Katy Taking Care of Curly Hair 1

Now that your hair if wet and combed and all floaty around your head, it’s time for the real work. We all know that it doesn’t stay all floaty around your head for long; it’ll be fuzzy in no time.

Grab yourself some Taft Styling Mousse and Taft Styling Gel. The first thing you need to do is shake that can of mousse until you can’t hear it swirling like liquid in the can and the squirt a general amount into your palm. Then comes the fun part – smash your two hands (gently) together, and then smooth it onto your hair. Next you grab handfuls of your hair and swirl and crunch it, before repeating the process again on an untouched section of your hair.

Katy Taking Care of Curly Hair 2

Now grab the gel. Scoop up about a ten cent piece sized amount, then finger comb it through the ends of a section of your hair before scrunching it up. This will weigh down those ends and give you longer, looser curls. Repeat this until you have gone around your whole head, then flip your hair over and do the underneath.

Katy Taking Care of Curly Hair 3

For those pesky bits at the front that always seem to fluff up no matter what you do, gel is the solution! But not how you’ve usually been using it – instead of trying to use the gel like some superhuman strength glue to attach the hair to your head, gently smooth the gel down your fluff and then twirl it until you have the desired kind of curl. Tada! No more fluff.

If you need your hair to be dried in a hurry, use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer. Then scrunch a section of your hair into the diffuser and hold the hairdryer to your scalp for about 30 seconds. Repeat until you have done all the hair.

Using any kind of hairdryer for curly hair will result in frizz – it’s inevitable – but by using a diffuser you’ll certainly limit it.

A few styling tips…

Scrunchies – These things are lifesavers. Not only do they look cute, they get tangled in there way less often then a normal hair-tie and are dead simple to make.

Katy Taking Care of Curly Hair 5

Easy grips – Easy grips are easy to use and they look effortlessly elegant. It consists of two combs with beads on elastic stretched over it, and you can easily pull it over a bun or just pull back the front of your hair when it’s loose and keep it clipped in with one of these.

Katy Taking Care of Curly Hair 4

Curly hair is often a pain, but if looked after properly it’s stunning – so look after it well!

(This post was written before changes to my blog, when all posts where categorized by “sparks”. Any and all references to Katy/Everyday/Travelling/Life Sparks or Sparkszine are as a result of this)

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