Let’s talk curls.
I’ve recently been thinking about my own hair journey a lot. A little over 3 years ago, my hair barely touched my shoulders, today, it stretches out to the middle of my back, past my bra strap. What changed?
Up until then, I was constantly blow drying my hair straight. That continuous heat, combined with using the round brush over and over again, and applying direct heat with my curling iron not only killed my curls (if you could even call them curls at the time,) it also caused my hair to break off, reducing my beautiful long hair to almost a bob. It definitely affected my confidence, and I decided to reduce the amount of blow drying that I was doing. My goal was to grow my hair as long as possible and bring back my curls, and a huge part of that involves hair length retention.
At first, I would only straighten my hair once a month, then once every two months, and now, it’s been over a year since I’ve worn my hair straight. And it’s healthier than ever. I started using some amazing sulfate and paraben-free products that worked with – not against – my curls. The SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus collection were among the first products I used that were specifically designed for my kind of curls that didn’t weigh down my hair or make me look like a wet dog, and it’s still in my arsenal to this day. I’ve since toyed around with many other brands and products – some good and some bad. Some of my favorite brands include DevaCurl, Jane Carter Solution, and Twisted Sista. Let me know if you’d like me to review my favorite (and not so favorite) products.
I’m going to share some videos talking more about my hair journey, my easy haircare routine, and tips and best practices to take back your curls and retain length, but in the meantime, let me tell you you will achieve longer, healthier hair. I promise you. Do your research and some trial and error like me – I’ve learned so much about my hair that will *hopefully* help me get to waist-length hair by next year.
If you’re at the beginning of your curly hair journey, hang in there. It takes time, patience, and a lot of learning, but you’ll get there