Curls, Natural Hair, Uncategorized

Curly Hair Routine

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It took me FOREVER to figure out what works for my curl pattern. Needless to say, what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Something I’ve learned about my hair is that sometimes we need to invest in certain products to see if it will tame our lion manes. At this point, when I walk into certain stores it seems like I work in the hair essentials aisle because I am always there (ni siquiera estoy exagerando, true story). I imagine that many of you can relate.

Let’s get started ladies and gents. First, let me emphasize that I only wash my hair once a week. Some people say it’s personal preference and some experts say it can take the natural oils from your hair and make it brittle and unhealthy. I stick to once a week, not only to keep my hair healthy, but also, not overspend on products (spending can go from 0 to 100 real quick in the hair department, ahorremos lo cualto).

Step 1 

I use the Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil shampoo and conditioner (smells amazing). I’m not sure how long they’ve been around, but I just started using them. Long story short, my brother bought it, I stole it, fell in love and match made in heaven. I wash my hair 2-3 times with the shampoo, making sure it lathers. When you wash your hair – steer away from making the Mr. Conehead look at the top of your head, I’ve learned that this promotes frizzy hair. I lightly massage my scalp and work my way down.

Step 2

Once my hair is squeaky clean, I take a generous amount of conditioner and make sure to smooth it into every strand of hair. Once this is complete, I take a wide toothed comb to detangle. Some curly folks also recommend using your fingers to detangle. Your preference. Once your hair is detangled, rinse the majority of the conditioner out. I like to leave some in my hair as well to act as a leave-in.

Step 3

Then I dab some aloe vera gel into my hands and massage it into my hair. This adds extra moisture to my curls. I’d recommend researching aloe vera benefits! You can use it for so many things in your everyday life. I’ve seen a huge difference in the frizziness of my hair since I began using it.

Step 4

I then use the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco. This also helps with frizziness and restoring damaged and brittle hair. The saying “a little goes a long way” couldn’t be any truer. If you put too much in your hair, you’ll get that oily and super heavy feeling.

Step 5

Lastly, I use the OGX Curling Perfection Defining Cream. Side note: This cream was available in every store at one point and then I saw it slowly disappearing. The only place I know that stocks up is Wal-Mart. When I see 1, I buy all (como una lambona). Ok, back to business -don’t be shy here. I like to part my hair in 4 and smooth the cream into each part. Once I feel a good amount in there, I scrunch the hair to create volume. Repeat until every part is complete. You can then either let it air dry or diffuse.

You’re all done and ready to conquer the world! I hope you enjoyed my curly hair routine. Till’ next time curly queens.

Curls, Uncategorized

Can’t Commit?

Hello my curly queens. Today’s topic is whether you can or cannot commit to the BIG CHOP! You were probably reading this headline and asking why I’m focusing on commitment issues, but let’s be real – we have relationships with our hair. I want to be clear, I couldn’t commit, however, I continuously cut my ends to slowly get rid of some of that heat damaged hair y por fin (finally), the struggle ended up being rewarding. I’ve been seeing a lot of rave on curly cuts and I decided that it wasn’t my thing.

Why it wasn’t for me you say? Well here it goes: I’ve seen countless videos on YouTube where the stylist cuts the hair dry or curly, shaping their clients’ face. It looks amazing, but my fear is that I enjoy having blow dried hair once in a while. What if it didn’t look good straight as it did curly? This was of course haunting me. To calm my nerves, because clearly this caused a major issue in my life (que dram√°tica, I know), I decided to cut my hair in a lot of layers with “long bangs”. This layered look resulted in that curly, all around the face look. I was more than satisfied. I may even go a little wild next time and shorten my bangs further. At the end of the day, getting the perfect hair requires a little trial and error.