For the past few months I’ve been digging ( yes I said digging) having my natural curly hair more and more. I mean, my curls/waves since my hair is literally half super curly at the top and wavy to straight at the ends. This was not due to relaxers or hair straightening treatments but rather do to using the flatiron over the years. When used frequently the heat from the flatiron takes away the natural curl of the hair which that was exactly what it did to mine.
I never disliked my curls, I actually always love them but when I used to live in NYC straight hair was way easier for me to manage. I mean I would do my hair curly from time to time but for most of the time I kept my hair straight. For one, I do like how my hair looks straight but for most of the time I did it because it was just easier for me to maintain. You see I physically can’t do my own hair and depend on others to do it for me. In this case it used to be my homecare attendants. It wasn’t often that I would get a personal care attendant that knew how to do hair and when I did get one that knew how to do hair let me tell you, I usually felt like there were heaven sent. No joke.
Unfortunately, most of the time they didn’t know much (which was okay since they weren’t there to be my personal hairstylist. I just saw it as a big plus.) so keeping my hair straight just made life simpler for both the aid and myself.
Now that I live in Florida you can say that I have a little bit more flexibility on how I can have my hair thanks to my mother’s help. She is not an expert in hair but does understand mine a bit more so with her help I want to reclaim my curls back. I also just want to give my hair a break from the heat and allow it to rest for a bit. Not that I was constantly applying heat to it since once a week is really not that much compared to others who use the flatiron way more frequent than I do. Nevertheless, the heat that I applied once a week over time was enough to take away those bouncy curls I once had.
Humidity is another reason why I feel like embracing my natural curls more and more. I mean, let’s be real, if you have naturally curly hair and live in Florida curly is just sometimes the way to go. Seriously you guys, every time I do my hair I am afraid to walk outside and run the risk of looking like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. The moment I roll my wheels outside I can just feel my hair puff up from the humidity and you know what, that’s not a good feeling. At least not for me. And don’t even get me started on those random surprise rain showers that pop up out of nowhere. Yeah, not a fan of those either. LOL
Anyway, I’ll let you guys know how it goes and if I stay completely loyal to my transition. And yes I said “if” because if there’s one thing I know about myself is that I get bored easily and do enjoy the fact that I can switch things up with my hair and have that flexibility. So I’m not making any promises that I won’t do the occasional blowout but I do promise to stick to curly hair 90% of the time.
By the way, with any hair transition new products come into play… At least for me they do. I already had a few curling creams and sprays to curl my hair but I wanted to go the more natural route when it came to the ingredients in the product . So, a few weeks ago after talking to my sister-in-law (who is also embracing her curls) she recommended I watch Alba Ramos, a.k.a. SunKissAlba , a beautiful YouTuber who shares lots of great tips for curly hair girls. After watching a few of her videos and seeing her beautiful curls I went ahead and got myself a few of the products she uses and recommends which was exactly what I was looking for. Easily accessible products (I got mine at Walmart), with all natural ingredients and without a hefty price tag. Which is very much my style. 🙂
So far I have only tried the coconut and hibiscus curling cream and spray but I have yet to try the shampoo and conditioner which I can’t wait to try. As for the curling cream and spray I can tell you guys that I love them! They have definitely enhance my curls and that’s even including the hair that’s not as curly anymore (I know right?! Amazing!!)
No build up, no crunchy curls and best of all they smell delicious! A product that makes my hair smells good is always a big plus for me. I just love it.
Well, as I mentioned before, I’ll keep you guys posted on how this curly thing goes. If you guys have any recommendations on products for me to try let me know which ones are your favorites! Would love to hear them!