Curly, Defined Hair Without The…. Frizz (Gasp)!

Curly hair can never seem to look right without the honourary halo of frizz so I’ve learned to just accept it. Frizz isn’t all that bad but when you want a polished look, frizz isn’t your friend so what do you do? Frizz-Ease, despite it being everyone else’s choice has never really worked for me but Paul Mitchell’s Liquid Curl Definer in the Express Style range keeps my locks defined, the frizz at bay and smooth, smooth, smooth! Although it doesn’t keep the frizz away entirely (the only thing I’ve found to keep frizz away is straightening my hair), there’s a significant reduction in the frizziness that happens to find itself on my hair. Also, I’ve noticed it keeps my hair down rather than going outwards which is quite a problem for a lot of curly haired ladies.

EVERY CURLY GIRL NEEDS THIS BECAUSE

It smells great – it smells like something in between sweets and shampoo so your hair smells fresh and clean!

Curls are super defined but not crunchy unlike many other styling products for curly hair.

It stays for hours and even days!

It contains castor oil which is one of the best oils for curly hair. Curly hair + castor oil = hydrated curls = happy curls = happy you!

MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask + Amla Oil = A Happy Head of Locks!

I’ve been seriously neglecting my hair lately and every now and then, it’s time to pull out the big guns and give my hair a drink in the form of MoroccanOil’s Intense Hydrating Mask (which is intense) and amla oil, an amazing oil I came across through a friend of mine. I now smuggle a tonne of bottles back to the UK on my trips to Saudi Arabia because it’s a lot cheaper there than in the UK. Amla oil comes from Indian gooseberries and thank God for whoever picked those gooseberries and did whatever it took to create this oil because my hair is like a miracle right now.

Normally I use Amla on its own after washing my hair and leaving it in until I wash my hair the next time but after wanting to use MoroccanOil’s Intense Hydrating Mask and getting a little worried that I might use a bit too much, I diluted it with the oil and et viola; my hair’s hasn’t felt this good in a very long time!

Have you found any unexpected concoctions that have changed your hair?

The Mixstress Workshop | Curly Wurly Deep Treatment Butter

It’s been a little while since I gave you ladies a recipe so, I decided to give you yet another butter but this time, it’s a deep treatment for your curly locks. This super hydrating butter contains Avocado, Mango and Shea butters alongside Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Aloe Vera Juice and Amla Oil. I’d suggest it for all you curly ladies because it is quite moisturising and may leave other hair types too greasy and we certainly don’t want greasy ‘I’ve just rolled around in chip fat’ kinda hair now, do we?

Use it as a deep conditioning treatment by slathering it all over your hair, leaving it in for at least an hour then washing it out. Another suggestion would be to melt it then mix it with hair conditioner. The results I’ve had with this butter are amazing so of course I was going to impart this wonderful thing to you!

You’ll Need:

2 tablespoons each of Avocado Butter, Shea Butter and Mango Butter.

2 tablespoons of Amla Oil

2 tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil

1 tablespoon of Argan Oil

2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice

1 teaspoon of Glycerine

3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Not included in the picture but, 1 tablespoon of Orange Water and 1 teaspoon of Polysorbate 20 (an emulsifier to mix together the oils and the Orange Water and Aloe Vera Juice.

What to Do:

Boil water in a large pot until it’s simmering and place a metal bowl over the pot. Add the butters into the bowl and wait for them to melt, once they’ve melted, add the oils, Orange Water and Aloe Vera Juice. Mix well. You’ll see that the Orange Water and Aloe Vera Juice is separated and here comes the magical bit! Add the Polysorbate 20 into the mixture and stir. Voila! The mixture isn’t separated anymore. Pour the mix into a container then leave it in the freezer for around 1-2 hours or until it’s solid.

Looking After Curls

Source The Color is Black

Curly hair is so incredibly beautiful but if you don’t treat it right, styling it can be a nightmare. Contrary to what most people believe, curly hair is generally softer and more fragile than other hair types. This means that it needs a lot more TLC than just a wash and brush!

A regular regimen is key to taming your curls, preventing frizz and creating beautiful curls. Curly hair is susceptible to dryness which leads to breaking so regular moisture is vital, so oils, butters and conditioners are your best friend. Looking at the ideal regimen below, you’ll see that moisture is all over!

  1. Wash your hair only once a week. It seems like a pretty dirty thing to do but those with curly hair don’t need to wash their hair every day like others with wavy or straight hair. Washing the hair too often will only ruin your hair. When washing, make sure you use a shampoo that’s moisturising. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo is a great shampoo for curly hair.
  2. In between shampooing, co-washing is a great idea. Washing the hair with conditioner cleans the hair without the harsh chemicals in shampoo and moisturises it too. If you’re going to the gym regularly or don’t like the idea of only washing your hair once a week, co-washing is most definitely something you should consider.
  3. Deep conditioning your hair is a life saver! It’s what differentiates curly hair from being blah to super soft and hydrated. You should fit in a regular time to deep condition your hair; it could be once a week, a month or even twice a week. Buy a deep conditioning treatment such as Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment or you can make your own. Mix hair conditioner with an oil of your choice and leave it in for at least 30 minutes.
  4. When you’ve washed or co-washed your hair, what you do next is important. Using a leave-in conditioner will give your hair much needed moisture. Apply something like Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Spray Conditioner to damp hair. It’ll leave your hair moisturised and sweet smelling. If you want, make your own with water, conditioner and olive oil.
  5. Using a leave-in conditioner isn’t enough though; you’ll need to seal that moisture from the leave-in conditioner with something like Coconut Oil or Shea Butter.
  6. Style your hair however you want, leave it to dry, braid it, twist it.. whatever!
Follow a regular routine, and you’ll have beautiful, curls to be proud of!
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