Why Curly Hair
Curly hair, straight hair, fine hair, thin hair; sounds like a doctor Seuss book doesn’t it? I am crazy about curls, Curls come in many forms; kinky curls, loose curls, twisty curls, looped curls, even curls, scattered curls. Let’s learn some curly facts; there is a lot to know about hair. If you read my blog ‘help & answers for fine, thin hair’, you read about the difference between, texture and density, thick verses fine. What about curly versus straight hair? Curly hair requires special care; but first what causes hair to curl?
Thank your DNA for your curls; the curly hair gene is a dominant one so if one of your parents or grandparents has curly hair, your chance of inheriting curly hair is pretty high. It’s all in the follicle;
Curly Prep Steps
It’s all in the moisture
If you are blessed with curly tresses feed that hair what it wants MOISTURE. I recommend usingSojourn Shampoo Moisture for the cleanse. Saturate your hair with water, do not wring your hair out, let the water run free. Use one to two pumps of Sojourn Shampoo Moisture, gently massage through your hair; this sulfate free shampoo is loaded with moisturizing benefits and oil extracts that help lock that moisture in. Leave it in for up to 2 minutes for the best results. Next up, rinse that hair until it is ‘poo’ free and gently squeeze out excess water. Conditioner is a must for curly hair and Sojourn Conditioner Moisture is a definite go to; I recommend you skip one to two days of washing and just use Sojourn Conditioner Moisture on those in between days. This helps optimize healthy frizz free curls, remember moisture is curly hairs BFF.
Prep styling in the shower
Don’t be afraid to keep those first step styling products in your shower. Start adding styling products before you put a towel through your hair, gently wring your hair with your hands and add Sojourn Leave In Detangler Spray and 2-3 pumps of Sojourn Monoi Oil. This combination of pH stabilizer in the Detangle spray and pure Coconut oil in the Monoi oil offers the final kick of thirst quenching moisture for those crazy curls.
Choose your towel wisely
Step away from the towel! Cotton cloth towels can buff up the cuticle and create frizz and a dry brittle feel we are trying to avoid. Microfiber towels are best and your hair will thank you! Microfiber towels actually promote moisture retention (which we know curls want) and leave the hair feeling soft. Remember to scrunch and squeeze excess water out of your curls, avoid that scrubbing and rubbing motion.
Control the curl
Apply styling products designed to define curl without the crunch. A lot of styling product have alcohol in them and curly hair wants moisture which alcohol removes, so stay away for those styling product that have the hooch. Luckily Sojourn styling products are alcohol free, so a combination of almost any of our styling products will be winners. Some of our favorite combinations are: Sojourn Wet/Dry volume gel used alone for soft control with a natural finish which can be used on your hair wet or dry to create the perfect definition. For more spring in those curls use Sojourn Wet/Dry volume gel mixed with Texture Molding Paste, creating bouncy pliable curls. Always apply product from ends toward scalp in a scrunching motion; this helps keep your curls true to form; if you apply from the scalp down you risk pulling the curl which can cause hair to become fluffy and lose those bouncy defined curls we want. Avoid over touching, let your curls do what they do best, curl.