Articles By Kim L. Kirsch

Summer is here, and for most wavies out there, it should be a time of great summer hair that doesn't take much prep before hitting the town. After all, we love the look of beachy waves and when we naturally have them, many consider us blessed. However, some of us have wavy hair, but yet we have a few strands that are straight. Often we need to deal with frizz or the look just doesn't look as "beachy" as we would like.

The good news is that there are a few little tricks that we can pull out of our sleeves that don't take much effort and will spice up our waves. No longer do we have to deal with the few straight strands that really shouldn't be there, or the frizz that just makes us look like we don't care.

My summertime regimen is to wash and condition as normal with Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner. Then I apply mousse while scrunching up the waves. On days when I'm in a hurry, I will blow dry with a diffuser after applying heat protection spray. Most often, though, I just let it air dry. As you can see, this is not much different than everyone else.

Once my waves are dry; I will finger comb and fluff it a little — only a little because I do have the tendency to frizz out easily. Even though I have scrunched and moussed, I still find a few straight strands and they simply drive me nuts! This is where my Yogi Wand is useful. Within a few seconds, those strands are falling in line with the rest.

Perhaps my most beloved summertime product is Agadir Argon Oil. Now this oil is no secret, but I've found that for beachy summer waves, this is a must have. I apply only a tiny amount underneath my hair first, very lightly of course, before moving to the top layer. The shine and smoothness of my waves really impressed me the first time I used it. In fact, I don't think I can ever go without it again.

Depending on where I'm going, I may apply some light hairspray, but more often than not, I just let the waves fall. Yes, we wavies are very blessed to have some truly versatile hair. We can straighten it if we ever wanted to, or curl it up a lot. One thing that we can all agree on, however, is that we wouldn't change it for the world.

What's your summertime routine?


From time to time we want more information on products and techniques for our natural hair. For a lot of type 4 curlies, the transition to natural has been a long journey. Or maybe you have always been natural and now just want some great information concerning styles. Curlies have personalities that light up a room whenever they enter, and reading up on some of these blogs that we at NaturallyCurly love can offer more than just opinions on hair.

Newly Natural

Offering a fantastic line-up of styles, products, all things natural; www.newlynatural.com blog offers some of the most insightful and inspirational writing that you can find; especially if you are looking for something a little different. In fact you can spend a great amount of time perusing this site and chances are, you will find the answers to your natural hair questions.

This blog contains product information on what their favorites are in an extremely detailed manner. And we can’t forget the styles. Natural hair has a vast amount of great styles to check out and Newly Natural will help those making the transition learn how to do them and when to wear them, because after all, not every style is good for every occasion.

CurlyNikki

If you are into a blog that offers some fantastic advice on henna as well as some outstanding photographs then head over to see what www.curlynikki.com has to offer. The attention to detail and the many things to do at her blog site makes this one of our favorites.

Nikki will take you from just beginning your natural journey to all of the latest products, styles, and fashions to go along with it. Natural hair is something to behold, that is for sure, and with people who have gone through all the ups and downs of the transition guiding you, there is no way that you can go wrong.

In addition to offering one of the greatest blogs out there, Nikki also offers a forum where you can get in on the action to ask questions and maybe even answer a few along the way.

K is for Kinky

Whenever a website offers more than just the expected you will definitely want to bookmark it. Natural hair is more than just kinky or curly hair; it’s a lifestyle. In fact, www.kisforkinky.com will bring you news, clothing styles, make-up fashions and all things beautiful.

K is for Kinky will bring you daily inspirations and help you with your transition as well. You will also find music at this site to keep you entertained while you spend hours reading up on all that your natural hair and your fun personality can offer.

Final Thoughts

There are so many blogs on the Internet and sometimes it is rather difficult to find the right ones. We all want the best information that is available. The blogs listed above are a great place to start.

Which natural hair blogs do you like to follow?

 


It is a pretty safe assumption that most curlies have had their share of nightmares when visiting a stylist. I have been there, but now, I love my stylist and would never consider trading her in. It took a long while to get to this place because, my wavy hair and my own picky behavior have rendered finding the right stylist nearly impossible. Sure, some may think that wavy hair is easy, but the truth is, sometimes it can be unruly and rather difficult.

I love my stylist because she listens and she remembers where I part my hair. This may sound like a trivial thing, but honestly, I have been to many who have had their own ideas on where that silly part should be. Of course, during those times I quickly went home, stopping nowhere else along the way, to quickly redo what had been styled.

Not only does my stylist listen to what I want and remember my precious part, she takes the time to explain to me the products she is using, why she is using them, and where I can get them. I love my stylist because she points me in the right direction on the cost of these wavy hair products as well. She is probably more in tune with my finances than I am because she directs me to a comparable product if any of the products she is using is out of my reach.

After all these years, I finally found a stylist who “gets me” and most importantly, gets my desire to change it up often.

Something tells me that there are more curlies and wavies out there that are searching for the perfect stylist. Here are some tips to find your hair’s best friend.

She Listens

Make sure the stylist is going to listen but most importantly be honest (not everyone can have hair like they see in a magazine).

She Shows

You will love your stylist if she takes the time to show you how to achieve the same wonderful look yourself.

She's Attentive

Your stylist should never seem like he/she is in a hurry making you feel as if you are not the most important person at that very moment.

She's Considerate

Even though most stylists are charged with the responsibility of selling their salon’s products, they will not push the issue or make you feel obligated, especially if your wallet is screaming “Don’t do it!”

She Gets to Know You

Of course your stylist should be open to discuss any concerns that you might have and take the time to get to know you so that he/she might be able to make more style suggestions according to your lifestyle or personal taste.

I love my stylist because she is all the above. After all these years, I finally found a stylist who “gets me” and my desire to change it up often — you know, just to keep ‘em guessing. We can often get frustrated when trying to find a stylist, but it’s good to know that there are some real gems out there.

Do you love your stylist or are you still searching?


There is a misconception out in the curly world of exactly what conditioning and strengthening hair really means. Many people assume that they are one and the same. The truth of the matter is that they are very different. Here are some curly hair care tips for keeping your locks both strong and conditioned.

Hair Strengthening

Creating Healthy Hair

Strong curls will break less during styling. When you strengthen hair, you are really creating healthy hair. This “style resistant” hair is created by infusing vitamins into the hair cuticles. This process nourishes the hair roots, prevents breakage and hair loss, and will improve circulation. Unfortunately, curlies should keep in mind that these products only work temporarily, so it is important to repeat your favorite hair strengthening routine once per week so that the strength can continue.

  • Products - There are many curly hair care products available in the form of creams, oils, and even some products specifically developed for all curl types. One of the best products for curly hair strengthening is a deep conditioner. Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment is a great option. If you don’t have the time for a deep conditioning treatment, you may opt for hair strengthening shampoos and conditioners. Try CurlJunkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner in place of your normal conditioner and watch the healthy hair appear! Want to put the strength on as a finishing touch? All you need is a spray or cream that is designed to strengthen either wet or dry curls. Spiral Solutions Leave-in Protein Spray will strengthen your locks and provide shine.
  • Diet - The food we eat plays a very important role in hair strengthening. A diet rich in calcium, phytoestrogens (found in soy products) and vitamin C can work wonders in terms of strengthening those fabulous curly locks.

Hair Conditioning

It's all about moisture

Many of us use lotion, drink a lot of water, and use similar methods to moisturize our skin every day. Our curls need this same type of curly hair care in the form of conditioning.

Unlike strengthening, which keeps hair from breaking, conditioning adds moisture to our curls, and should be part of our healthy hair regimen. In all honesty, a good conditioner can mean the difference between a head of beautifully flowing locks and a head-full of frizz.

  • Rinse-out Conditioners - There are many choices when it comes to conditioners you can use and rinse out after shampooing. Read the labels carefully to determine if the specific conditioner is right for your type of hair. It's best to leave the conditioner in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing it out. This will allow it to penetrate your curls and add the moisture that you seek. If possible, up to 30 minutes is desirable.
  • Leave-in Conditioner - In addition to adding moisture to your curls with a rinse out conditioner, you can opt for a leave-in conditioner. After washing and towel drying your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair and then style as normal. Leave-in conditioners allow your hair to soak up the moisture on a continuous basis, adding a soft feel and shiny look throughout the day. Be careful not to use too much, however, because if there is one thing that we curlies hate, it’s that greasy look.

Strengthen or Condition?

  • The strength of your curly hair comes mostly from within, and depends on your diet and overall health.
  • Curly hair care involves a lot of conditioning to help your curls stay moist and frizz-free.
  • Deep condition regularly, eat right, and use leave-in conditioners daily, and you will be well on your way to hair beauty!

Want More?

Make your own deep conditioning treatments using these recipes that are good enough to eat!

 


These days, nobody likes to get set in one certain style, no matter what their plans are. This is where women with wavy hair have power. They have just enough curl to wash and go, but they can easily change up their look. There are many wavy hair styles to choose from, but in order to take full advantage this versatile texture, you only need a few weapons in your arsenal to create any number of styles.

Straightened Tresses

Not always bad!

We know, this is a website about curly hair! But for type 2 women, straightening isn’t a huge no-no. Wavy hair can easily be straightened for a quick change of pace. We aren’t saying that you should straighten everyday, but if your hair gives you versatility, use it girlfriend!

For those that love to change from wavy to straight hair, a blow dryer and round brush can be your best friends. While these work to give a straight style, they are best used on hair that has a fine texture since a straightener can be a little too harsh on these types of waves.

Pumped Up Curls

More volume, the better!

Wavy hair is called wavy for a reason: it isn’t exactly curly! In fact, many wavies wouldn’t even consider their natural texture a true curl, or maybe not even a true wave. Pumping up the textured volume and putting some curl in those waves can enhance the curly look. Also, because wavy hair is textured, it can easily hold a curl pattern. By contrast, our straighter-tressed sisters would lose all shape by noon.

If you love the versatility of  wavy hairstyles, you can also use moose or gel to add fullness and bounce to your hair. For those who really want to add curl, these products work great with a curling iron or rollers. Waves seem to hold curl better, so these styles will look amazing and give you a different look.

Beach Waves

Not always bad!

Perhaps what most wavies appreciate their hair for is the wash and go versatility that being a type 2 offers. We can get up two hours early and straighten or curl our locks, or we can get up 30 minutes early, spray in some sea salt, add some mousse and rock some beach waves all day long.

To get the look, simply t-shirt dry your hair, towels will only cause more frizz, add a light frizz fighting product and some mousse or gel, whichever your prefer. Then, diffuse if you like, but letting the hair air-dry will increase wavy definition and add to the overall beachy look.

Updos for Special Events

Off the neck, but framing the face.

If you are headed out for a night on the town, or if you are attending a gala event, tese wavy hairstyles are both elegant and versatile. Try a simple updo with just a few strands of your waves cascading around your face. This is a classic and glamorous look, not to mention romantic.

Not looking to be romantic or glamorous? Simply style your hair in a ponytail with waves hanging just in front of your ears, for a casual day or evening at home.

Rock the Wavy Hair Power

  • No matter how you look at it, wavy hair styles are versatile, quick and easy.
  • There is nothing more satisfying than looking at a photo of some fabulous waves, curls, or straight 'dos and saying, “Yeah, I can do that!”
  • Enjoy the great wavy locks that you were blessed with, and try out some different styles and cuts.
  • With wavy hair, the world is at your feet and you can have some amazing choices to make.

Want More?

Learn all about the particular wavy hair issues that type 2s experience, and how to address them!

 


Curlies with perms and those who use relaxers often find that committing to the big chop is a worthwhile solution to going natural. The big chop can be done in two different ways. One being an immediate ridding of all chemically treated strands, and the other being a process of growth. Both options have their pros and cons, but either way, the big chop is all about cutting off all your hair that has been treated with chemicals and allowing your natural hair to grow out.

While there are a couple of different methods for getting a big chop, you should know that this is a real commitment. The grow out period may take some getting used to, but in the end, the natural, thick, and full head of hair that you will wind up with will turn heads and expose your natural beauty.

Cutting It All Off

Literally, THE Big Chop

Curlies who wish to go all natural immediately choose to big chop by cutting all the chemically treated hair off at once. This is done by cutting the hair within a couple inches of the scalp, leaving only the natural hair behind. Depending upon how much natural hair you have, you can either cut it or shave it. This is a very drastic change, and and you should think it out carefully before making this leap.

You can either cut your hair yourself, or have a stylist do it for you. Either way, the results will be immediate and will last a while, giving you ample opportunity to play around with short, curly hairstyles as the grow-out process begins.

Transitioning to Natural Hair

Slow & Steady

For those curlies with perms or relaxers who don't want to make such a drastic or immediate change, there is the transition method. Growing your hair out without adding more chemicals will allow you to perform the big chop without losing as much hair all at once.

This method will allow for longer hair, but you may have hair that has a very different texture on the top than it does on the bottom. However, as with anything else we curlies decide to do, there are ways to solve this problem. Headbands, braids and ponytails can be used to mask the differing styles of our hair.

Some people who choose transitioning to natural hair will then do the big chop when their hair is long enough for comfort. Some will go for a shorter style in order to rid themselves of the chemically treated hair sooner, while others will wait until their hair is longer before deciding to cut the chemically treated strands off. All in all, it completely depends on your comfort level with shorter strands.

Are You Ready?

  • The thing to remember about the big chop is that it's all about your personal style.
  • Give careful thought to this while weighing the pros of saving money at the salon, time in front of the mirror, and an overall sense of freedom with the cons of having shorter hair for a time or having to cover up a two-tiered style.
  • Have you already transitioned or done the big chop? Tell us about your experience, and why you chose the method you did!

Want More?

Check out our Curl Stories From the Street and hear how women just like you have learned how to embrace their waves, curls and kinks!

 


Bun

Some of the most frequently sought-after hairstyles by women with straight, wavy, or even curly hair are, well, curly hairstyles! Just because your hair might be naturally curly doesn’t mean that you don't want a different style occasionally. It also doesn’t mean that you will never have issues with fly-aways, or maybe a little frizz that might need to be tamed. In addition, there are always occasions when everyday hairstyles just won’t do, like weddings, anniversaries or holidays.

In fact, curlies love to experiment and find various ‘dos to style-up their beautiful locks. This is why even the curliest of curlies may invest in a curling iron to help tame or boost their natural curly hair.

Many curlies spend a great amount of time in front of the mirror creating that perfect look and most often it is a chore worth investing time in. But, what about when it’s time to travel, or when life gets too busy to spend a lot of time on your hair? Shouldn’t you still be able to get the best curls, no matter where you are?

The FHI Heat GO Curling Rod comes with a GO glove that protects your hands and fingers from any heat damage.

If you are on the go quite often, or if you only travel once in a while, then you will love the FHI Heat GO Curling Rod. Launched in July 2011, the Go Curling Rod is not your ordinary curling iron. This heated styling tool offers a 1-inch barrel that allows curls to occur up to 50 percent faster than other curling irons.

FHI Heat is known for its styling power, and this is even more evident in the GO Curling Rod, which contains an advanced heater that heats up quickly and maintains a constant temperature.

The barrel is coated with ceramic tourmaline, which seals in moisture, giving you that seamless curl, along with abundant shine. It does all this in the blink of an eye, too! So even if you don’t travel, you will enjoy this little gem that will certainly become your new heat styling best friend.

The barrel and the quick heating of the GO Curling Rod allows for any type of curl that you desire, from big bouncy waves to springy ringlets. And  for those who are on the go often, this little beauty goes features dual voltage technology (110-220V) providing the freedom to style and create no matter where you are.

As an added little bonus, this must-have comes with a thermal-resistant glove. No more burning your fingers while you are curling your hair.

FHI Heat began in 2003 by partnering with leading manufacturers of professional hair care products. Their mission was to create the world’s greatest, safest, and most beneficial flat irons, blow dryers, and curling irons. The GO Curling Rod is their latest, and is sure to be a favorite of many a curly around the world.

Want More?

Get professional tips on using a curling iron, the best products to use and how to prevent damage.

Final thoughts

Always remember that when heat styling, you need to protect your curls! Be sure to use plenty of conditioner, as well as heat protecting products.

Using heat styling on your natural tresses should be done as rarely as possible.


Bun

Heading out on the town or preparing for a special event doesn’t have to present drama or a dilemma for those with wavy, curly, or kinky hair. In fact, some of the most popular glamorous hairstyles come in the form of a classic quiff. Many curlies don’t even realize that this look can work for them, as well.

A quiff is a style that is easy to obtain for curly hair of any length or texture. Better known as “rock-chic,” a quiff is easy to obtain and the instruments needed are few. Perhaps the greatest thing about a quiff is that is a rather versatile style that can be worn on the top of your head or on the side. So, if you have wavy, curly or kinky hair, try out a quiff hairstyle for your next special night out.

What ever your style, what ever your hair type, the quiff will get you the look you want.

Get the Elegant Quiff Look

What You'll Need

  1. Backcomb your curls. In order to maintain this style and enjoy a hair care free evening, you will want to apply more than a generous  amount of your favorite hairspray. Use clips or bobby pins to hold hair back on the sides, pinning where you see the hair needs to be held down. Your eyes and personal style will define the look, so be sure you pin down where you see fit.
  2. Create a higher style. To obtain a higher bouffant style, you can use hot rollers. Doing so will keep your curls from suddenly or gradually falling in your face throughout the night. Roll your hair backwards on to the hot rollers, and then leave them in for 15 minutes. Afterward, you can roll tresses to the back or to the side depending upon which look you are going for.
  3. Finish it up. Utilize some bobby pins to keep the quiff in the area of the head you want it to stay. Most women who sport this style want it to have a shine, which adds to the “get noticed” appeal of a quiff. To do this, simply add more hairspray. Be careful not to add too much, or your ‘do will look over-done or fake. After all, the point is to get some attention with a glamorous look, not to be a conversation piece.

Want more hairstyles?

We've got them! Check out this how to article on three different twist styles. 

Final thoughts

If you have never done a quiff before, or if you are somewhat nervous about it, take a couple practice runs at it before hitting the club scene or the main event of the year. We all know that practice makes perfect, and a quiff is no different.

 


We all know how it goes. You hop in your car and head off to the local shop to pick up the curly hair products that have been keeping you looking spiffy, shiny, and radiant for years. Then the horror sets in as you find that your beloved essentials have been discontinued!

Not only can this ruin your day, but it can also send you on a wild tangent looking for comparable products to use a replacements. Unfortunately, these “new” products may never live up to the fabulousness of those items we have known and loved for years. As curlies, we know how difficult it is to find that miracle product, if we even ever find it. It's like looking for the Holy Grail, only much, much harder.

While the shock and horror of this reality may bring a tear to your eye, there's no need to stress about the situation. In this day and age, technology has swooped in like a magical Price Charming to bring your favorite curly hair products back into your reach, just in the nick of time!

StocknGo

Discontinued products galore!

Notable brands all over the world have been making their products available at StocknGo. Who knew we could get the products that we thought were gone forever at this “best kept secret” website? In addition to offering our necessities, these websites also offers them at huge savings, making both your curly locks happy, as well as your pocketbook.

Discontinued Beauty Supply

Making sure your favorites are never out of style.

If you can’t find your favorite curly hair products at a discontinued product site, you can request them at Discontinued Beauty Supply. Just send them an email telling them what you're looking for and they'll find it for you. Not only do they offer  go-to essentials for your curls, they can also provide you with your favorite lipsticks, mascara, and other make-up items that you thought were gone forever.

Bizrate

Hair products and then some!

Whether it is household products, electronics, or clothing, Bizrate offers great deals on many items. With their wide range of product offerings, you may never have thought that they would offer discontinued hair care products, but they do! Here, you can save a great deal of money on your favorites. Your essential, can’t-live-without hair care needs may be right there on the front page!

Why Discontinued Products are a Good Thing!

  • Before you let the depression of discontinued products set in, do some research and see where your products are hiding.
  • Perhaps the greatest thing about these sites is that your products can be purchased at sometimes very deep discounts.
  • In the end, seeing your products discontinued can actually be a good thing!
  • When you know where to look for them, you can stop paying department store prices and spend more money on other things that matter — like that new pair of shoes.

Shop CurlMart!

Looking for curly hair product advice by type? Look for further! Head over to CurlMart and find the right products for your hair type.

 


Does it ever seem like your curly hair care products are working fabulously in your hometown, but then, when you travel, they mysteriously stop working in their usual miraculous way? The answer lies simply in the word "humidity."

Some say that it’s the heat, and not the humidity. The truth is, when it comes to our curly locks, humidity has much more to do with whether our curls are tight and bouncy, or just kind of hanging out. Here are a few curly hair products and tips to keep your hair looking great no matter where you go.

Anti-Humectants

Water, water, go away!

Location recommendation: Humid, low lying areas
Anti-humectants can be found in many skin care and curly hair products. Anti-humectants work well in humid areas because they pull out the moisture from the air that your hair is taking in. Try products like, AG Hair Cosmetics Curl Trigger Curl Defining Spray. Avoid anti-humectants in dry areas, however, or during dry seasons of the year.

Anti-humectants can be either your best friend or your worst enemy depending on you need. Ignorance may be bliss, but in this case, not knowing about humectants can leave you either frizzy or flat.

Conditioners

Thick and rich or thick and rich?

Location recommendation: All areas
The time of year, your location, the temperature, and the humidity level all determine how often, which type, and how much conditioner you should use. If you're in an area that's dry and cold, or traveling during the winter, you will need a thicker and richer conditioner than you would use in sunny California or humid parts of the country.

Florida is especially known for hair changes due to the humidity. In fact, just going from the inland cities to the beach can change the look and feel of your curls before your eyes.

Keep in mind that over-conditioning can give your curls a greasy feel, but not conditioning enough can make your hair retain a lot of static causing poof and frizz.

Leave-in Conditioners

For some an option  for others a necessity!

Location recommendation: Dry areas, or during winter months
If you live in a humid area, you probably do not use a leave-in conditioner, which is completely fine for curlies in those areas. However, if you travel or live in a dry area, a leave-in is necessary, preferably one without humectants.

The key to keeping your curls looking great all the time, no matter where you travel, is to learn about the curly hair products that you are using. Some are going to work well in one area and not in another, due to the humidity levels and whether or not they contain humectants.

Quick Tips

  • Always pay attention to the ingredients list! Anti-humectants and humectants do two very different things.
  • Be sure to always condition, but definitely deep condition often in colder climates.
  • Leave-ins are great for daily use, just be sure to find one that isn't too heavy for your curls.

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