Curls for Days // New Products
About a month ago, I posted a video and product listing for how I style my naturally curly hair. After doing so, I really started to think about my process and what I could do to improve upon it. There are always new products hitting the market and different techniques that can be used, so I thought I should give some things a try and pass along any successes to all of you.
Well, I'm happy to report that I've found a few tidbits to pass along! First up, a new leave-in conditioner. In my initial post, I mentioned that I was using Garnier Fructis smoothing milk as my anti-frizz product, but I wasn't overly impressed. I have since discovered Miss Jessie's Leave-In Condish, and I'm in love!
Target was having a sale on Miss Jessie's products a few weeks ago, so I grabbed another bottle of my all time favorite Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls and this leave-in conditioner. I was a little hesitant at first because the smell is.... interesting? It's sort of like a really strong laundry detergent, but I must say that I don't notice it at all once it's in my hair. This product has truly made a big difference in my curls. I went from straw-like, a little bit crunchy curls, to big, bouncy curls. I've been shocked. *Please Note* Do not use more than a dime sized amount unless you have super long/thick hair. This stuff is REALLY powerful, so you don't want to weigh you hair down. If you're looking for a great leave-in conditioner, I would highly recommend this product!
My other piece of advice is in regards to my actual process. If you watched my how-to video, I went step by step through the process I use to style my curls. I have since adjusted those steps slightly and am noticing some improvements in my curl quality.
- I previously brushed my hair with a paddle brush and then a pic. I have since ditched the pic all together in favor of just the paddle brush when my hair is dripping wet. My curls are much less frizzy and the leave-in conditioner helps with any stubborn knots that remain - so no need for the additional brush.
- After applying my products and going through my manual curling process around my face, I previously waited 10-20 minutes - letting my hair dry naturally. I have now switched things up a bit by letting it dry naturally for only 5 minutes and then going ahead with my diffuser lightly while my hair is still fairly wet. I don't dry the hair completely - just about 5 minutes of drying time. I then let it dry naturally for the next 10-15 minutes. I've noticed that by doing this, I'm able to encourage volume from the start without potential for frizz. I then go ahead and spray the hair with Rave Hairspray and diffuse one last time - just as shown in the video.
Hopefully these tips and tricks can come in handy for some of you, too! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!