I have naturally curly hair, but as a kid my hair was totally straight. As if tween hormones aren’t enough, puberty waltzed on in and left me with curly hair around age 12. I didn’t know how to care for it or how to style it because no one else in my family had curly hair.
After experimenting with a variety of curly hair products (I’ve tried gel, mousse and creams for curly hair), I always come back to a few favorites. These are the items I’m using right now (affiliate links used below).
Step 1: Aveda Dry Remedy
Aveda Dry Remedy ($29) has been in my arsenal for about a year after Aveda sent it to me in a PR package last winter. I haven’t noticed a big change in my hair since I started using it, but I have really bad split ends because of all the straightening and heat styling I’ve been doing lately, so a hair oil has become part of my routine.
Step 2: Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme
My Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Creme ($24) came in a Boxycharm box recently – it’s the newest addition to my routine. It doesn’t weight down my hair at all, so I’m liking it so far!
Step 3: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Mousse
I love Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Mousse ($4) because it’s affordable and gives me just the right amount of hold. I’ve been using this for 6+ years. They have another one for curly hair (Totally Twisted) but Tousle Me Softly is where it’s at.
Step 4: Aussie Sprunch Hairspray
Aussie Sprunch Hairspray ($3) is another very affordable item. This can make your hair crunchy if you overuse it, so I just do a few spritzes.
Step 5: Blow dry
I like to diffuse my hair dry about halfway and then let my hair air dry. My air dry curls are way nicer than my blow dry curls, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Meaning, most days I blow dry my hair completely.
Using a diffuser basket has made a world of difference in my curls. Before my curls used to poof out, now I get smoother curls and nice bounce.
I use an old ConAir blowdryer, I don’t know what model it is, it’s rubbed off, but I’ve had this for 5 or 6 years, and it’s doing really well. The attachment came with my model, it’s a basket diffuser.
Step 6: Curl
After my hair is totally dry, I use the NuMe 18mm Curling Wand ($69) to spot curl just a few curls here and there. My curls often have an irregular shape, so I try to make them a little more uniform. Just adding a few curling wand curls to the mix makes a big difference in the volume and overall look.
If I have frizz or flyaways after curling, I’ll use Devacurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler ($28). Otherwise this is my go-to curl reviver on day two hair.
That’s it! I know it seems like a ton of steps (yeah.. it kind of is a lot of steps) but it doesn’t take too long, it’s second nature to me now. If you need a quick curly hair routine, skip the hair oil and heat protectant.