Taming the Curly Beast
I so remember when my niece discovered her natural hair. My brother's girlfriend was trying to be helpful and did her hair for him. Let's just say she wasn't ready! My baby's hair was a tangled mess of oil and little black rubber bands. Her little face was so sad. All she could say was, " Auntie, please don't ever let her touch me again!" I re-did her hair and she lived through it. With all her hair too. I recently realized that a lot of your little ladies are having very similar experiences as my niece and you guys are unaware of it.
My brother's girlfriend thought she did a great job. Let's call her Ann. To Ann's defense, she did as best as she could. Unaware of the fact that my niece's spongy hair is a beast of another kind. It's awesome when it's wet. It has pretty curl patterns and looks real shinny. But, after that drying time passes; all the natural kink bust out and kills a style. Let's collectively say, HOT MESS!!!!!!!!!!! By the time I saw it there was no taming it. All you natural beauties know what I'm talking about. No product or accessory will help it out, either. You have 1 or 2 options. Start again from scratch or put on a hat and try again tomorrow.
I have put together a list of products, tools and styles that mom's can use on that naturally curly, semi-straight in the back, edges too dry and not growing, could us a trim, hair.
Want great hair? Get the right products! Curly girls have to worry about everything from shape to frizz control. Believe me if you don't follow a very specific regimen you will be someone's meme for the day or next few days depending on how bad it goes. Following are a few of the products that I love and what I use them for.
There are thousands of products directed towards naturals and curly girls. There is a difference, but that is a beast of another kind. The goal here is to use products that your hair responds to in a positive way. If you are not in love with the products that you are currently using try weeding them out by chucking your least favorite ones and trying some of the ones that I have suggested. And if you are just getting started, use these products as a base point. Scalp issues, length, and lifestyle will cause you to make very drastic changes in which case I suggest you schedule an appointment with me.
Tear Free Styling Guide
STEP 5 Let twist SET/DRY completely. If you have a hooded dryer that's awesome. But you're probably doing this at home. So, complete the twist 2-3 hours before your child is going to bed. Then cover with at satin bonnet or scarf while she sleeps to maintain the edges and reduce frizz. If you do this properly, her twist will have a shiny coat to them and should hold up for 1-2 weeks.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR STYLE LAST 4 WEEKS
HINT, this style can be taken down in sections to reveal other styles.
1st style Leave TWISTED 1-2 weeks.
2nd style SECURE the twist into buns, pony's, and other pinned up styles last 1 week. Caution!!! Too much handling of the twist will make them frizzy.
3rd style UNTWIST just the back and leave the front twisted like a headband. This style can last 1-5 days and may require retwisting the back every couple days.
4th style TWISTOUT! The longer you leave your twist in the more definition they will have. After you have ran the course with the headband twist in the front, reset the back twist and let dry 100%. Untwist the twist and rock whatever afro you have created with your twist pattern. Go ahead add accessories. Little girls can rock barrettes, headband, and clips to change their afros daily. After 1 week STEP 1 AGAIN.
Happy daughter, one less chore for mom this week. You're Welcome!
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