The journey to healthy, happy curls can be a long one, with lots of starts and restarts!
There’s a lot of info out in the world about how to care for natural waves & curls, and I’ve tried (and liked) quite a few of the tips and products I’ve come across, but even sorting through all of it can be confusing.
One of the consistent statements made by all “the curly people” is: stick to one protocol, one set of products, for a couple of weeks before switching to something else. Hair needs time to adjust, so unless you can tell it’s rebelling right away, just stick with one path at a time.
Following people who have the same hair type as yourself also makes the curly journey easier! Sure, the tight, bouncy, curl pattern I see in my friends and in curly Instagram accounts is SO PRETTY, but I don’t have that type of hair, and probably never will, so their protocols and products may not work as well for me as paying more attention to gals with a combination of curls and waves, which is what my head has.
I’ve purchased this course Cultivate Your Curls Course last year (post) and have worked on my hair ever since while trying not to stress about frizz or the length of time it’s taken to come this far. One thing I really appreciated from the Curls course was the minimal amount of products required (only 4!).
Since then, I have also tried rice protein & deep conditioning treatments at home, and saw even more good change in my hair (see the process here)
Last week I came across these videos How to hydrate well & Applying gel and I’m trying both methods this week, along with the 123gel method (basically, using 3 different hair gels in a row on a wash day)
It’s worth persevering through all the ups and downs that come with embracing natural curls & waves! Truly! Most of the photos of my growing up years show me with slicked-back sorta-straight-ish hair (that would always give me a halo of frizz if left to its own way) because I didn’t know any better, and I’m so glad I can leave those hair struggles behind and enjoy the bounce and freedom of where my hair is today. I don’t fight to control it anymore and it looks so healthy! If you’re on the fence about your natural waves, do leave a comment so we can chat and become curly friends! It’s helpful to have someone who really understands :)
P.S. Feel free to bookmark this post and come back to it when you need some curly care inspiration because it’s a lot to take in right off the bat :)