High maintenance hair:

How I care for my curly hair & the chemistry behind it


Let’s briefly go over the chemistry of all the curly hair types. You were either born with them or they magically appeared on you head over night after having straight hair all your life(like me). The amount of curl, wave, or whatever you have, is dependent on the number of disulfide bonds between hair proteins found in the hair shaft; the greater the number of links, the curlier the hair, and the fewer the number of links, the straighter the hair. I know, I know this is a beauty post not a chemistry forum but you have to admit its nice to know these things sometimes!(;

Curly hair types:

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Okay so there are TONS of curly hair types and by looking at the chart and having already been told by my stylist I am aware that I fall in the blue zone. My hair looks a lot like 3b. As seen the same, like the picture of me above. (When I am having a good hair day, which isn’t all the time.) Sometimes its sorta wavy if I don’t wash it correctly, and curlier if I put a certain product in it. Thats pretty weird huh? I am going to tell you have I care for it and the goals I have to achieve if I want it to look picture perfect.

Steps: How I care for my curly hair

please note: I DON’T WASH MY HAIR EVERYDAY! I WASH IT EVERY 3 DAYS! Can you imagine doing this everyday? Now my technique takes around 30 minutes to complete. I am not trying to tell you how to wash your hair, or tell you that it will work perfectly for your hair. I just wanted to share how I deal with my hair.(-:

  1. First I get in the shower and put my conditioner in. I don’t have super thick hair but I have big curly hair so I have to put a decent amount. I use the Moroccan oil curl cleansing conditioner. (this bottle will last me maybe 2/3 months) It is so wonderful. LEAVE IT IN THE WHOLE TIME YOU ARE IN THE SHOWER/BATHING, it will make it softer and easier to comb through!!!!
  2. No I don’t personally buy/use shampoo, but when I do, I go to my stylist. Shampoo can strip the natural oils of your hair.Screen Shot 2016-11-09 at 12.12.54 PM.png She will wash it for me like every 6 weeks and give me a deep conditioning treatment. Of course thats not necessary, but I just find it makes my hair very soft.
  3. I used to keep a wide tooth comb in my shower but recently I have found combing my fingers through my hair works just fine.
  4. After I rinse it out I will get out of the shower and either wrap my hair up in a t-shirt or a terry cloth towel for example I use a Turbie Twist. I’ll leave it in there as get dressed.
  5. After I take it out of the wrap it is still moderately wet. I will put  John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir in my hand and distribute it. Putting about 60% on the ends and the rest everywhere else. (This one and the sun bum: shine on oil are my faves.)
  6. I use Curly Girl gel in my hair, and follow the steps below. 

    “Suggested Usage for Curly girl gel:

    -Rub gel between palms.
    -Tilt head forward then scrunch gel all over very wet curls in an upward motion. Use the DevaTowel (not included) to soak up excess water and speed up air-drying time.
    -Once curls are completely dry, shake at the root and gently scrunch upward again to soften the firm cast.”

  7. Then I put a little bit of leave in conditioner
  8. Usually I’ll just stop after that and let it hair dry but if I am a hurry I use use my diffuser that I bought a while back. (It is so wonderful, I have had it for 5 years and it still works perfectly.)
  9. ****Just incase it isn’t way I want it after it dries I will add more oil or add some curl re-energizing spray.  Then I am done for the day!
  10. Usually I won’t add anything but oil in it for the following two days!(-:

Thank you for reading this and I hope you found it helpful! Be sure to leave any comments or tips that you use when you deal with your hair! Let me know if you used any of my steps and how they worked for you! & don’t forget to follow me on my blog and social media sites listed below!!!!♡♡♡

                                                                                                  xo Elle





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