Don’t Touch!

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Don’t touch your curly hair as it dries!*

This is hard for me.

I love to mess with my hair as it dries.

I love to mess with my hair period.

I twirl the curls.  I feel the canopy.  I run my fingers through the roots. When I was a kid, I used to chew on it.  (There’s probably a name for that in the psychiatry bible.)

However, if you touch it while it’s drying, you will, guaranteed, create frizz.  (cue: frizzy  halo nightmare!)

Not that it’s the end of the world.  A little curl cream will take care of the occasional frizzed curl, but….

It will cost you more of your curl cream–which can be expensive–and, since you have to use more of  your product–it may cause more of the crunchy/crispy.

So, word to the wise curly girl–don’t be like me.  Don’t TOUCH!

 

 

*unless you’re putting product in it.

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Second, Third and Fourth Day Curls

It’s one thing to have beautiful curls on Day One of our Curly Girl routines, but what do we do on Day 2, 3 & 4?

I found a great YouTube tutorial today that you may want to checkout.  I had been spraying my 2-3-4 Curls with Lavender water mixed with conditioner and then scrunching them up.  After watching this video, I doused them with the same water mixture, and then styled like she does here-minus some of the twirling. (I don’t have the patience.)

Afterward, I shot some fancy photos to show off a curly girl attitude–no smiles allowed–just sheer–Love My Curls Shitzpah!

Then I smiled, because hey, I love curls.

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Recipe for Conditioning Water Mix:

The water mix for my 2-3-4 Day Curls is a spray bottle filled with water & then add 3 drops of lavender essential oil, which I purchase on Amazon for about $13.99. (It’ll last forever)  And, a few squirts of As I Am, Leave In Conditioner.  (I really like all of the As I Am products.)  I shake it up and apply generously to my hair, then run my fingers through to comb it.

Welcome to Soft & Bouncy Curls

My goal is soft, lustrous, healthy, bouncy curls.

Hi. Welcome to my Curly Girl site–Soft and Bouncy!

I’m a curly girl, and like every curly girl, most of my life, I didn’t know what to do with my hair; I brushed the curls, blew them out, and burned them out with a curling iron trying to look like “everyone else.”

Of course, I never did–look like everyone else–I just had major, uncontrollable–straightened curls–dying to get out and live free!

There was a time, as a young mom, I let them out of their box back in the BIG HAIR days of the 90’s.

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But even then, I didn’t know what I was doing. It was before Curly Girl: The Handbook, which is now right up there with the bible.  In those days, I used a brush, shampooed, used cotton towels, I even blow dried and selectively curled.  There weren’t a lot of product choices back then, but I did use Sebastian’s Potion 9–which is still around and still used by quite a few curlys.  The result, as you can see above, was big hair.

I kept my hair curly for a couple of years, but one day I decided to blow it out and straighten it–I received a few compliments–and I was back at it again.  In fact, I was pretty dedicated to it until last April when I turned 50 and decided it was time to finally be the me I was created to be.

A family member had given me Curly Girl: The Handbook, years ago, but I read it and thought, “Geez, she has no idea how crazy my curls are!  This book won’t work for me!”  Still, little by little, I found myself playing with the ideas.  If I traveled to a particularly humid climate, I’d let it go for a day or two just to see what would happen.

I started to like it.  Kinda.

When I turned 50, four months ago, I went all out curly.  I threw away the brush, iron & cotton towels. I threw away the shampoos, unhealthy oils, and flat diffusers.

In their place, I bought a t-shirt towel, a Deva hand-shaped diffuser that gets up under the canopy, Shea deep conditioning masque, Deva curl clips, Demi-Permanent Hair Color, Sachajuan Styling Cream, Balmain Curl Cream, and most recently, because Balmain is more difficult to get, Pillow Soft Curls.

I’ll review each of those items, and tell you why they’re part of my routine, in the coming posts.

The result is this.
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Each month, as my curls get healthier and their “curl memory” is brought back to life, my curls look better.  I won’t lie, some days it is not easy.  On bad curl days, I’m tempted to straighten, but it’s not my hair’s fault.  It’s the years of too much heat and chemicals, and that takes time to repair.

My goal is soft, lustrous, healthy, bouncy curls. I don’t like crunchy. I don’t like sticky. I don’t like stinky or stringy!

If you’re on the same journey, please join me and share your experiences!