I haven't always had naturally curly hair. Actually, maybe I did, but maybe I always fought against it with a blow dryer, straightening iron, gel, spray, yadda yadda...
But I have always had BIG hair. I slept in those hard rollers every night in high school so I could puff my hair up really big every day. When I was little, my mom would roll my hair in those pink sponge curlers every Saturday night for Sunday morning church.
I learned this at a salon at a hotel in Charlotte last year. I had just started wearing my hair curly and didn't really know how to do it properly, so a lady at the salon gave me great tips that I still use today.
Scrunch and Twirl:
1. The number one rule to remember to keep natural curl is to touch your hair as little as possible. That means brushing, blowing and product.
2. I use conditioner once a week. This keeps my hair healthy, but not weighed-down. My hair is a little oily so I've never used conditioner a lot. It's up to you as to whether you want to use conditioner every day.
3. I comb my hair with a fine-tooth comb in the shower, but never brush it once I get out or it goes completely limp and messy straight.
3. Once I get out of the shower, I wrap hair in towel for about 5 minutes to towel dry. Don't air dry because the weight of the water on your hair will actually pull the curl out. Evidently, a curl is a very fragile thing! ;-)
4. Then, I take off the towel, brush only my bangs in front out and apply a curl boost mousse. I use different kinds, nothing expensive.Right now I'm using Tresemme Flawless Curls Boost and it works great.
This will take the frizz off the curls. Just don't use a gel because that's when it can get crunchy. And we don't want crunchy hair.
5. Now comes the curl. For Christmas one year I ask for a professional hair dryer from my mom. They are pricey, but SOOOOO worth the money, and mine has a diffuser. That diffuser is the key to good curls - because the hard fast blow without it just makes my curls fall right out. What you basically do here is flip your hair, then twirl your hair loosely into/on top of the diffuser and dry. This technique is hard to describe, but there are lots of videos on youtube.com that show how to do this.
6. Then I set my bangs with some spray and I'm done!
So, that's the steps I take each morning. Sometimes I dry all over, sometimes I just dry my bangs and sides and the back air-drys on the way to work. It sounds like a lot of time, but the whole process really doesn't take more than 10-15 minutes. So that's it. I'm certainly not an expert! Let me know if you have anymore questions and/tips of your own!