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Best way to manage naturally curly hair?

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TigerseyeMum Sun 12-May-13 20:28:26

I have naturally curly hair - in my youth I looked like a poor mans Julia Sawalha and now if I cut it short more like Alex Polizzi.

Because my hormones are up shit creek right now my mid-length brown hair has got super dry and hard to style - more Saffy from Ab Fab sadly. I am having a dilemma - do I cut it back to Polizzi levels and hope it grows back a bit healthier, or keep it and try to manage it with products?

At the moment my saviour is Moroccan Oil curl creme and cokkasta shikakai oil from Curly Girls. The CG method does not work for my scalp so I use SLS free shampoo and a DG Organics or Moroccan Oil conditioner.

Anyone know any good curl booster, moisturising products? Or should I go all Polizzi on its ass???

GlassesDontSuitMe Wed 15-May-13 10:27:07

I forgot to mention earlier, this is what I use when my hair is like sticks. It's a bit ££ but a pot lasts ages.

Pendulum Wed 15-May-13 10:56:42

Reading with interest- my poor DD's hair, usually wonderful ringletty curls, has recently gone all dry and straw like. I've tried all kinds of products on it but without much success. She is so fed up she wants it all cut off, but I'm worried she will look like a boot brush!

Her haridresser recommended Argan oil, but most of the products I've found are full of silicones, which I try to avoid on her hair, and the pure stuff is v expensive. I was thinking of trying some of my pure sweet almond oil (for my skin) on it, but am intrigued by the mayonnaise idea!

mistlethrush Wed 15-May-13 11:00:52

I love the Naked range of products for my dry, thick, curly hair - the intensive conditioner is just wonderful. It wasn't in too bad a condition before I started using it, but it has definitely improved and it generally feels softer and there are fewer straw-like bits.

VillaVillekulla Wed 15-May-13 11:12:42

Reading with interest. I tried curly girl method for first time last night. I was pleasantly surprised by what nice defined curls I got (I usually blow dry my hair straightish) but I'm also a bit intimidated by what a big mane of hair I've got now. I don't really know what to do with it.

Do any of you fellow curly MNers have any tips on how to wear long curly hair? I've tried pinning bits up but I don't really know what I'm doing. I've got so used to styling it straight I just don't know what I'm doing when it's curly.

I'm fighting the urge to just brush it all out and tie it in a tight pony tail until I next wash/blow dry it straight(ish) again.

mistlethrush Wed 15-May-13 11:34:09

My 'pony' tail results in a ball as large as my head...

Although I think that my hair may be slightly shorter than that at the moment - its still pretty impressive.

I have my hair layered, and simply clip back the front (so that I can see). Its sort of bob-ish in shape and the layering stops it from going quite so crystal tips on me. As long as I manage to condition it every weekend (and then put some styling stuff in it that refreshes when I run damp hands through it - Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt) it is very manageable and looks fairly defined into curls - these get less defined as the week goes on until it is reconditioned. I never brush it anymore, and don't ever use a hairdryer on it.

VillaVillekulla Wed 15-May-13 12:04:40

Ooh, thanks Mistlethrush. Mine is longer than yours. Ideally I'd like it to be long flowing Greek goddess hair but I fear it may be more giant frizz ball.

Off to google crystal tips....

mistlethrush Wed 15-May-13 12:10:39

Crystal Tips (I think mine can be even more sideways blush

VillaVillekulla Wed 15-May-13 12:16:59

Ah OK, mine can definitely look like that but longer (and looser curl).

mistlethrush Wed 15-May-13 12:24:47

Mine's got a tighter curl when its looking good (well, the ringlety things that it goes in are tighter and it only does a crystal tips look if I brush it.... )

So... to avoid the triangular effect, I've got good layering (this I find also keeps the hair more easily in good condition) and no brushing - relying on air drying from wet to get a good degree of curl that stays in until the next conditioning treatment (I rarely wash mine now, just condition it). And as I wouldn't be able to see with just a parting, my 'fringe' area (same length layers as the rest around there) gets scooped back gently and clipped - more curls on top. [[ not quite this effect] but not far off grin

mistlethrush Wed 15-May-13 12:25:12

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mintymellons Wed 15-May-13 13:09:41

I have very thick wavy/curly hair which is currently cut into a short graduated bob (v short at back graduating to jaw length at front). It's the easiest style I've ever had.

I do a half hearted version of the Curly Girl method using silicone free (currently Tresemme Naturals) shampoo and conditioner. I only ever comb my hair when it has conditioner in. After rinsing, I wrap it in a towel turban for ten mins or so, then apply some Bumble & Bumble Curl Defining Creme and then Mousse. This is expensive stuff but lasts well and works.

Finally I partially diffuser dry it, then smooth a little Naked Curl Serum over it, et voila.

I love these threads!

VillaVillekulla Wed 15-May-13 17:01:10

Thanks mintymelons and mistlethrush. I've clipped fringe back too because it looks awful curly. I like the sound of Naked curl serum. I'll seek that out in Boots.

TigerseyeMum Wed 15-May-13 17:34:54

I also clip
My fringe back, I have a proper heavy fringe for when i straighten my hair which helps otherwise if I clip back long length hair I get a huge wedge of hair on top my head.

Thinking about it, it may be that I don't have enough layers through mh hair - the last hairdresser I had was not that good do maybe more layers will improve the condition and create a better shape.

I am tempted by Bumble and Bumble because I've heard good things. But blimey it's expensive!

The Naked range made my hair dry sad I might try Vitapointe as a few people seem to use that.

TigerseyeMum Wed 15-May-13 17:37:02

Oh and Mistletoethrush I get nicknamed spaniel too!!!

mistlethrush Thu 16-May-13 11:49:26

In the naked range I really mainly use the rescue one which is very heavy. I've given up with the ones 'for curls' as they don't give me sufficient conditioning and - lets be honest - my curls don't actually need any help, they're quite dominant enough as they are provided they're in good condition....

I find you do really need a good hair dresser that can cut curls well...

TigerseyeMum Thu 16-May-13 16:32:49

Right. Booked an appointment with my old hairdresser who is good with curly hair. Think I might take his advice. Shorter, layers, all off, polizzi style or pixie cut...I've had them all so who knows what I will go for this time!!!

BeCool Thu 16-May-13 16:50:54

the Moroccan Hair Oil has silicones added - so not great for curly hair.

CoteDAzur Thu 16-May-13 17:51:34

What seems to be the problem with silicone?

I have been using leave-in silicone-based hair conditioning products for years and my hair is thick, long, shiny, and beautiful and I'm very modest smile

TigerseyeMum Thu 16-May-13 18:23:04

I was avoiding silicones but tbh Moroccan Oil deep conditioner is just about the only thing to make my hair look reasonable. I tried a lot of 'approved' products but they're not necessarily better. The only thing I religiously avoid is SLS because it is so bad for my hair and skin.

The theory is that cones build up on your hair and dry it further or weigh it down and create a cycle of product then stripping which keeps you reliant on hair products but I avoided them for about a year and my hair was no better for it. In fact I'm now struggling to maybe all that artificial crap really is good for you? <dunno>

CoteDAzur Thu 16-May-13 19:02:52

"The theory is that cones build up on your hair..."

There are different types but most come off whenever hair is washed. Mine definitely come off at every wash, since it is as frizzy as ever when it dries if I don't put the silicone product back on.

"... and dry it further..."

How? It coats the hair and prevents moisture from escaping, apparently. Although the "coat" isn't 100% so no need to worry about depraving the hair from oxygen etc.

" or weigh it down"

The idea is indeed that the flyaway frizzy hair is "weighed down" into defined curls & locks smile If you put too much on it, yes, your hair would look a bit heavy I suppose.

"...and create a cycle of product then stripping which keeps you reliant on hair products"

Nothing wrong with that, as long as said product works. I am equally reliant on soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, face cream, and deodorant.

dexter73 Thu 16-May-13 19:26:09

I have very curly shoulder length hair. Layers are a big no-no for me as they make my hair pouf up too much. I tried the curly method for a few months but it just made my hair very greasy and horrible. Now I wash my hair every day using any old shampoo and conditioner, then put a couple of drops of a serum through and then finish off with a blob of Boots curly creme.

TigerseyeMum Thu 16-May-13 20:27:01

I didn't say cones were bad, I was explaining the theory. As there's very little evidence base for most beauty products it remains just a theory.

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