Adulting / February 22, 2017

Let’s Talk Curls


Let's Talk About Curly Hair

I have bonded with more than one person about curly hair. It’s just such a specific and fascinating topic — How do you dry it? What shampoo do you use? How often do you wash it? The questions can literally go on for days.

I was talking to one of my coworkers about hair, and I mentioned that I use different products depending on the day. She was like, “So it’s basically like you have a buffet!”

Yes. That is exactly what it’s like.

So today, I thought I’d share what I use on my hair. (And for the most part, you can get this stuff at Target. Always a win for me.)

The shampoo and conditioner I use for my (very) curly hair

Shampoo and Conditioner

Redkin Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner: It took my hair stylist a while to convince me that I needed to buy nice shampoo, but once I switched, I was sold. Even though these aren’t specific curl products, I feel like they make my hair curl better and frizz less. My one complaint is that I don’t feel like they hydrate my hair very well. Which is why I still keep other products in the shower! {I usually buy it at ULTA or on Amazon.}

Treseme Flawless Curls Shampoo and Conditioner: This was my go-to combo for a while, but now I mostly just use it when my hair is feeling dry. {I usually buy it at Walmart or Target.}

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner: I really can’t say if I’ve ever used the shampoo of this set, but I love the conditioner because it really does hydrate my hair. This is the one I choose when my hair feels like straw. {I usually buy it at Walmart or Target.}

The hair products I swear by (and I have very curly hair)

Styling Products

TIGI Catwalk Curls Amplifier (the packaging also looks like this sometimes): This is by far my favorite product to use on wet/damp hair. It has a weird consistency (it looks like it’s going to be mousse, but it never expands), but whatever it is that makes it different also makes it work. {I usually buy it at Walmart or Target, but I’ve also gotten it from the grocery store.}

Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Gel: I randomly got some of this for free when I was in high school, and I’ve been using it off and on ever since. It defines my curls really well, and when I have shorter hair, it keeps it from poofing out. The downside is that I think it makes my hair somewhat crunchy. {I usually get it at CVS or on Amazon.}

Pantene Curl Shaping Gel: This is great for dry hair, and when I travel, this is usually the stuff I bring. The downside is that it doesn’t do much to combat humidity, which leads to some big hair days in the summer. {I usually get it at Walmart or Target, but I’ve gotten it at the grocery store, too.}

Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Frizz Defy: I put this in my hair when it’s feeling dry and/or frizzy. {This is actually discontinued, but I got it at Walmart.}

**I use the last three products (the two gels and the oil) together on days I don’t wash my hair.**

Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner: I don’t necessarily notice a difference on days I forget about leave-in conditioner, but it makes me feel better to know I’m doing what I can to keep my hair from getting dry. (See a pattern here?? 🙂 ) {I usually buy it at Walmart or Target}

Aussie Mega Hairspray: I spray this on my hair when it’s damp, and it keeps my hair from getting frizzy. And since it’s a flexible hold hairspray, it doesn’t make my hair stiff or crunchy. {I usually buy it at Walmart or Target.}

P.S. I only wash my hair every four days. I highly recommend it.

If you have products you love, let me know! I’m always looking for recommendations.

Thanks for reading!

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