Is your hair poofy, puffy, fluffy, or frizzy? Do you straighten it every day only to have it poof back out as soon as you step outside? Do you wish your hair would just decide whether it wants to be curly or straight?
Chances are, your hair poofs because it is actually wavy.
Wavy hair has more in common with curls than with straight hair. For it to be all it can be, you have to treat it right.
Your hair can do more than you think. Look at what making a few changes has done for me.
If you want to tame your poofy, frizzy hair, stop doing these five things.
1. Stop Brushing Your Hair
You should never brush wavy or curly hair, or even comb it, once it’s dry. That leads to a poofy, frizzy mess. Instead, detangle your hair in the shower with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb while it’s lubricated with lots of conditioner. This will prevent you from snagging on the knots and causing breakage to your hair. Bonus: try it upside down and scrunch it with water to rinsethe conditioner out. Don’t run your fingers or a comb through it again after this
2. Stop Drying Your Hair with a Towel
Do you wring your hair out with a towel after you shower and then wrap the towel around your head? Stop that! Rubbing your hair with something as abrasive as terrycloth will make it frizz and poof out for sure. Try scrunching your hair dry with a t-shirt or a microfiber towel instead.
3. Stop Blow-Drying Your Hair
Blasting your wavy or curly hair straight on with a blow-dryer is probably the best way to get poofy, frizzy hair. Unless you plan to straighten it, blowing it dry is doing the same thing as the terrycloth towel, but worse! You’re blowing all your waves or curls apart. Try air-drying or using a diffuser.
4. Stop Shampooing Your Hair
I know, I was skeptical, too. It took me a long time to finally try this, but it has made an immense difference in my hair.
When I say stop shampooing, I don’t mean don’t clean your hair. I mean stop washing with the kind of shampoo you’ve probably been using most of your life.
Most shampoos have harsh chemicals called sulfates, such as sodium laurel sulfate, that dry your hair out. If the back of your shampoo bottle lists that ingredient, your shampoo could be doing a lot of harm to your hair.
If your hair is wavy or curly, it needs more moisture than straight hair. You need to at least switch to a sulfate-free shampoo, but many girls with wavy or curly hair opt to wash with silicone-free conditioner. Here is a list of ways to wash your hair more gently.
5. Stop Using Products that Contain Silicone
This is where things get tricky, but do not do step 4 unless you also follow this step. Silicones, which are unfortunately in most hair products, are not water soluble. You need those harsh chemicals in your shampoo to wash them out. You can’t stop using those chemicals unless you also ditch the silicones and other water-insoluble ingredients, or your hair will be limp and greasy-looking in no time. There’s a big difference between doing this wrong and doing it right.
Using silicones creates a vicious cycle: dry your hair out with shampoo, slather it with silicone to make it look healthy again, and then dry it out with more shampoo.
Switching to silicone-free will take some research and a small investment—you probably have to buy a lot of new products. You’re in luck, though, because The Wavy Library has compiled a nice list of good product resources. The natural hair section of Target has some wonderful, cost effective options, too.
Oh, and if you’re not convinced, silicones do a lot of other bad things to your hair, too.
Step 4 and 5 describe two elements of something called the ” Curly Girl Method.” If you want to know more, I suggest you pick up Curly Girl, by Lorraine Massey.
I posted steps 4 and 5 last because you can improve your hair without following the “Curly Girl Method” right away. Even if the cost of switching to Curly Girl friendly products is prohibitive, there are a lot of things you can start doing (and stop doing) now to tame your poofy hair and bring out your natural waves. (I’ll be posting about them soon!)
Check out the blogs in my blogroll below, too, which have posted extensively on the Curly Girl Method and curly and wavy hair-care.
What do you think? Are you sold?