I think it’s time for me to be straight with you about my very unstraight, naturally wavy hair. You see, my hair is quite the high maintenance sort. It is far, far from naturally straight and if left to its own twisted devices, it will forever remain a contently frizzy, ever so annoying, “I just got out of bed” appearance. My hair would enjoy going wild regardless of my consumption of enough healthy omega-3 fatty acids and no amount of greens will tackle the challenge of taming my wavelicious locks. I really do not know what I would do if I lived in the middle ages or let’s be real, the 1980s, before all of the products below were formulated. I don’t want to think about not having them in my life! I almost had a daymare for a moment. Daymare, get it?! I am writing this during the day and not at night, after all.
These products are listed in order of usage with Aveda Be Curly used first. Do you know what I do?! I apply products in my hair while I am in the shower! I’m telling you, it’s a really good idea. When you style your hair when its sopping wet, you will be able to prevent frizz and the stiff, sticky feeling that occurs when you apply products out of the bath or shower. I apply Aveda Be Curly and Aveda Pomade in the shower (and occasionally a morning bath)!
1) Aveda Be Curly Enhancer~ I liberally scrunch about 2 tablespoons worth of this glorious stuff first. 2) Aveda (for men!) Pure Formance Liquid Pomade~ Next I scrunch in about 1 tablespoon of my reliable pom. Don’t be scared that it’s marketed for men. It’s my secret frizz taming weapon! I was recommended the Pom by an expert Aveda stylist at a popular Aveda salon in Soho, New York City. I was sold on this stuff ever since. 3) Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel~ Next comes about 1 tablespoon of this stuff applied on my still damp hair. It’s the last product I use on my wet locks. 4) John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Cream~ I apply a bit of this on any spots still frizzy once my hair is all dry. It works wonders!
I wash my hair with sulfate-free (and cruelty-free!) shampoo just three times per week. Kevin Murphy, Keune and DevaCurl are all cruelty-free brands that work wonderfully! As written in an Allure Mag article,
“The best way to wash curly hair is with a 100 percent sulfate-free shampoo (like DevaCurl No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser). Sodium lauryl sulfate, the key ingredient in most traditional shampoos, is both a salt and a detergent—an effective cleanser that’s too harsh for most curls.”
I condition every day with Wen Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean. Wen products are not tested on animals either. Woohoo!
I avoid hair spray like the plague because it’s high in alcohol, which sucks up moisture and will result in crunchy, dry-looking hair.
So there you have it. This is my current curly/wavy hair routine, but it is subject to change as new products are tested and discovered. I will update this list if/when my hair routine changes. My hair is always a fun work in progress and your hair should be too! Have fun testing products and let me know what your current favorites are in the comments!