Why Pink? Well, because who doesn’t love a pop of color. And if color can liven up an outfit, curly hair can certainly liven up a look!
If I could, I would go curly all day everyday. It truly has become a super easy wash and go style for me.
When I was a kid, there was nothing I wanted more than straight hair. I won’t blame that on anything other than–we tend to want what we don’t have–especially as children. I had ringlet curls, and let’s just say, “hello swollen hair”… the very second I stepped foot outside. For a little girl–prissy in her pigtails and bows–that was not fun. I did everything I could to make my locks more manageable and less “out there.”
The perception of big hair has changed. Many women of color are now embracing their natural texture and doing away with the process of straightening. And for many of us that means, the bigger the hair…the better.
It’s been about 5 years since I stopped using a chemical straightener. And to be honest, there wasn’t a real conscious decision behind that…I just stopped doing it. About a year ago, I developed a hair routine. I realized, that my curls had been straightened so much over the years, that I struggled to achieve the natural curl that I once thought was so uncool. As an adult, I wanted that big curly hair, but it became clear, I would have to re-train my curls.
In today’s day and age, you can learn just about anything on Pinterest and Youtube. With research, I gathered all the tips and tricks I could, to come up with something that works for me. The key is–it works for me. Everyone’s hair is different…everyone’s preferences are based on their personal liking.
One of the first changes I made, was to limit the amount of heat I put on my hair. This seems like a given, and it truly is one of the easiest adjustments to make. I run and workout quite a bit, so I wash my hair a lot. But I am selective as to when I blow dry and when I air dry.
I have tried a wide range of hair products. The really expensive ones for natural hair, and the Walmart/Target (drugstore) products. For me and my hair, I prefer the drugstore products–my hair responds better to them.
Here’s the routine I perform once a week…generally on weekends because of the time it takes:
- Wash and Condition Hair as Normal: I use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
- Deep Condition With Essential Oils: Again, I use a sulfate-free deep conditioner. In a bowl, I mix in 3 different essential oils (Lavender, Lemon Grass, Peppermint)
- Saturate Hair: In really small sections, I massage the mixture from root to tip…focusing on the scalp. The Peppermint is literally like a spa for your scalp–it feels amazing!
- Rinse With Cold Water: After about 30 minutes, I rinse the conditioner…allowing the final rinse to be cold water (it closes the hair cuticle and locks in all the goodness you just applied).
This process has truly changed my hair. My curls are slowly getting more defined…starting at the root….proof, that locking in that moisture is allowing my hair to grow a lot more hydrated.
Who knows if I’ll ever achieve the thick youthful ringlets of old? But for now, it’s promising to see the improvements, and fun to wear a splash of pink!