Articles By Tasha Swearingen

Looking for a great way to turn your tight coils into something softer and to give them a different texture and look? A side twist might be just what you need. Watch as vlogger lagomie shows you how to do a side twist updo that will really make your twist out pop!

What You’ll Need

Really, you’ll just need the items you normally use for a twist out. These might include moisturizers, leave-in conditioners, or setting lotions.

In addition, you’ll need several bobby pins so you can “sculpt” the hair around toward the side of your head.

Instructions

Once you have your twist out, begin on one side of your head and start pinning small sections up against your scalp while guiding your hair toward the other side of your head. Start at the bottom and on one side, working from back to front. Continue doing this until you pin down most of your hair, and then start fluffing the rest of the hair that’s free of pins. You can leave some of the top hair out if you’d like.

Finally, if necessary, you can pat down the hair you pinned, applying a small amount of gel to your hands before smoothing it down into place.

How to: Side Twist Out

By: Lagomie

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One downside to doing a wash and go is that you have no control over how much your hair naturally shrinks. You can combat this by elongating your curls during a wash and go without stretching them.

What You'll Need:

  • Water (in a spray bottle)
  • A concentrator nozzle for your blow dryer (along with the actual blow dryer)
  • Moisturizer
  • Sealant oil
  • Aloe Vera Gel (unless you have something else you prefer to use when you do a wash ‘n go)

MORE: Top 10 Curl-Defining Products

What To Do:

  1. Moisturize your dry hair with your favorite moisturizer.
  2. Apply the sealant to your hair, making sure to get full coverage, to trap in the moisture.
  3. Apply Aloe Vera Gel or a curl-defining cream of your choice.
  4. Spritz your hair with water to reset the curls as too much handling can cause frizz.
  5. Without touching your curls, shake your head of curls vigorously so they’ll fall back into place naturally.
  6. Apply a heat protectant to the roots of your hair to protect those roots against heat from the dryer.
  7. Separate a section of your hair and begin blowing your hair at the roots, gently pulling your hair to focus on that one specific area. Take your time and focus on only drying the roots.
  8. Focusing on your hair only, and avoiding your roots, spritz with water or a moisturizing spray one last time. Then give it one last good shake!

MORE: Coily Beginner’s Guide: Simple Wash and Go Hair

Stretch Your Wash and Go in 10 Minutes

By: TheStrawberriCurls

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cancer survivor

It’s common for those undergoing cancer treatments to experience chemo hair loss throughout the course of their treatment. Near the end or after finishing treatment, patients usually start re-growing their hair, though they may be surprised when the new hair that comes in is a different texture altogether. Some straighties even start to grow back curly hair due to the damage done to your hair shaft from the chemo. Finishing chemo is a joyous time for both patients and their family members. Don’t let a new hair texture get you down if you’re ready to stop wearing wigs! Instead, stay flexible and adjust your hair care routine to accommodate your re-growth.

What Are “Chemo Curls”?

When formerly-straighties start growing in a mass of curls following chemo, they start referring to their new hair as “chemo curls.” Chemo curls can be new and exciting if you’ve always wanted curly hair. They can also be a big pain if you’ve never had curls, never wanted curls and are fighting the urge to press your hair between the plates of flat iron.

So what causes you to start growing curly hair following chemo? When chemotherapy enters the body, it attacks the cancer cells as it’s intended to do. It also attacks the cells responsible for hair growth. Since chemo damages the hair shaft, most chemo patients lose hair quickly. Due to the amount of chemo that’s still in your body when you finish treatment, it takes awhile for hair to grow back. When it does, it’s usually quite different from the hair you once had because of the damage (to the cells that determine hair texture) from the chemo. Many patients do find that hair eventually returns to normal or close to it. So if you’re dealing with a completely different hair texture, know that it’s more than likely not permanent.

Curly Basics

If you’re a new curly, we have some tips for you! Even though your curls may only be temporary, they can be enjoyable if you know how to care for them properly!

  • Moisturize them! One thing you may not realize after a life with straight hair is the need to keep your curly locks moist. This involves things such as deep conditioning, using leave-in conditioners and sometimes oil treatments or hair masks.
  • Avoid brushes. Straight hair, after being windblown, can usually tolerate a quick brush-through. Curly hair, on the other hand, despises brushing! Once your hair has air-dried, leave it alone. For this reason, many curlies opt to use a gel following leave-in conditioner. Choose a lightweight gel that won’t weigh your hair down, but that will still give you the control you need throughout the day.
  • Detangle. This is something you’ll probably carry over from caring for your straight hair. However, detangling is very important in curly hair. Failing to do so can lead to immediate frizz (that culminates in a huge rat’s nest) and breakage that will ultimately damage your hair’s curl pattern.

Curly Support

Back in the days before the Internet was so big, we curlies had very few options for commiseration! Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore. From blogs dedicated to caring for curly hair to forums that address any curly hair question you could have, there’s loads of support out there!

Dealing with curly hair after chemo doesn’t have to be a crisis! Chances are good that it’s only temporary anyway.

What are some ways you’ve learned to cope with curls that didn’t turn up until after chemotherapy?

 

 


two full bottles with other ingredients in bags

You chose your current hair care products because they work great for your hair type, and reading good reviews about them beforehand didn’t hurt either. One of the things you might have been looking for was something that would add moisture to your otherwise dry locks, especially in the summer! But just what makes a good hair moisturizer, anyway? Is it something you can buy and use alone? You can actually make your own moisturizing hair masks once you figure out just what it is that moisturizes your hair so well! Here are some of the top ingredients that help to moisturize your curls.

1. Glycerin

Glycerin is an ingredient that binds water together. Naturally, this means it’s instrumental in locking in moisture in conjunction with the other ingredients in your products. You can also use glycerin to make soaps (those clear kinds of soap) and lotions. In both soaps and lotions, glycerin helps moisturize your skin. You might also see “vegetable glycerin” listed on a product label instead.

2. Aloe Vera

If you get sunburns easily, you’re probably most familiar with using aloe to soothe your skin. If you’ve ever plucked an aloe leaf, you also know that the stuff you buy in the store smells much better than a fresh aloe plant! Nonetheless, aloe (also known as aloe vera or aloe vera juice) has great moisturizing properties as well. In addition to helping your hair grow, it also helps maintain your hair’s natural sheen and luster by locking in your hair’s natural oils.

3. Avocado Oil

Avocado actually has many benefits for the body. It’s a good fat and is a great addition to a low-carb diet. Additionally, avocado is useful in trying to recover damaged hair. A few drops of avocado added to your favorite shampoo can also turn that shampoo into a very moisturizing concoction. If your scalp is itchy and needs moisturizing, you can also rub a few drops into your scalp for relief.

4. Jojoba Oil

You’ve probably already discovered that washing your hair on a daily basis isn’t a good idea — especially if you’re already dealing with dry hair. The reason for this is that your scalp produces a natural oil called sebum that keeps your scalp and hair moistened. Jojoba oil is very similar to this natural sebum. In fact, even its molecular structure is similar!

5. Shea Butter

You’ll find shea butter, a natural carrier of vitamin A, in almost any hair moisturizer  because it physically holds in moisture. For our coilies, who tend to have thick, dry hair, shea butter is often a godsend.

Final Thoughts

While these ingredients will add moisture to just about any hair type, remember that not all ingredients work the same for all hair types. You might swear by a certain ingredient while another curly can’t stand it. Remember keep in mind your hair's porosity level and thickness as well when choosing products.

Do you have something to add to the list? What are your favorite moisturizing ingredients?

 


Lady laughing and pulling her big curly hair behind her

Last week, I took my girls for a haircut with my stylist. They were excited as it was the first time I let someone other than myself cut their hair! As I sat in a chair behind my stylist, talking with her and my girls together, one of my daughters was immensely fascinated with my hair. So fascinated, in fact, that she kept trying to touch my hair. Oddly enough, my girls took turns at playing in my hair!  As they did this, I kept chastising them with “Please don’t touch my hair! You’re going to make it frizz!”

Avoiding the frizzies is one good reason you shouldn’t touch your hair too much, but it’s not the only reason. Did you know you could damage your hair by touching it too much? Having your hands in your hair too much can lead to a bad habit known as hands-in-hair-syndrome (HIHS).

Frizz Control

Probably one of the worst effects of toying with your curls is that you actually ruin their look. When my daughters had their hands in my hair, I hadn’t done anything much to it that morning besides wash it and coat it with my favorite leave-in conditioner. So it was pretty much “naked” in the sense that it wasn’t protected. As it was, it was beginning to frizz a little, but we weren’t going anywhere else so I didn’t really mind. However, the fact that it had no gel in it or anything meant it was especially susceptible to frizzing. If you don’t typically use any styling products and you have a hard time keeping your hands out of your hair, you’re practically asking for frizzies!

In addition to keeping their own hands at bay, many curlies find themselves dodging the hands of others. While it’s extremely rude for people to put their hands in your hair without even asking, some people do it anyway before you can stop them. Others have at least a twinge of decency and will ask before touching, but when you say “No,” they may act offended. Oh well, they’ll just have to be offended if that’s how they choose to feel. Of course, you’re under no obligation to explain to people why you don’t want them touching your hair.

More Harm Than Help

With your hands in your hair, it’s tempting to being playing with and twisting your curls. This may seem like a harmless habit, but it’s not! In fact, you can cause your curls to break off, with damage worse than split ends. Do you ever have your hands in your hair, twist it, and notice that you pull your hands away with a few strands wrapped around it? If so, you’ve already experienced this kind of breakage.

How to Treat HIHS

If you find yourself always touching twirling and running your hand through your curls whenever they're free, there are a few things you can do to help keep your hands from destroying your curls.

A lot of times, the danger is when you are sitting at home watching television or reading or any other activity that doesn't require two hands. You may find yourself absentmindedly twirling and tugging on your curls. One way to avoid this is to whip your curls into a loose braid or bun so that it's out of the way. You can do a hairstyle like this if you struggle with putting your hands in your hair during the day, or you can just put it up when you get home. If you pineapple your hair at night you can go ahead and do so right when you come home to avoid touching your hair before bed.

Don't be afraid to go as far as picking up a new hobby to protect your precious curls. If you are interested in DIY and crafty things, you could take up knitting or crocheting that you can work on while you need something to keep your hands busy. The result will be great homemade gifts and happy undisturbed curls!

Set aside limited time to play with your hair, try new hairstyles and bond with your texture. Seriously! Especially if you have just recently embraced your texture, your curls are something new to you, and when you put your hands in it, you're getting to know it. When you're deliberate about knowing your curls, you may still want to touch them a lot because you just like the way they feel, but they won't be so new to you. Then, when some of their "newness" is gone, you may be less likely to touch your curls so often.

Whenever you do touch your curls, however, be very gently with them. Remember that you could be damaging them if you're not careful.

Do you have a hard time keeping your hands out of your hair? Are you a reformed hands-in-hair curly? Tell us how you overcame the habit and help your fellow curlies in the process! 

 


Lady with red wavy hair laughing with her hand in her hair and her head tilted back

No matter what time of year it is, wavies need to keep their hair moisturized. However, in this sun-scorched summer heat, it's even more important. Hair dried out from the sun is not only prone to breakage, but also doesn’t look that great. Ask any wavy who has spent some time outside, only to come back inside and discover she’s got Spider Web Frizz from the heat. So is there something special you should be doing to moisturize your wavy hair during the summer?

Recently, as I was applying a touch of my leave-in conditioner to my wavy-haired daughter’s hair, she lamented how much the heat kills her hair. This is actually the reason why I was sharing my leave-in, which works nicely in my 3c and 4a hair, with her. Until now, she hasn’t needed any leave-in, but maybe it’s time. She complained that once her hair air-dries, it’s a big frizzy mess. We live in a very humid climate and humidity is no friend to curls and waves. Still, she wondered what she could do to prevent this. I told her she has got to moisturize it and then lock in the moisture with that lightweight gel I bought her (but that she refuses to use that often). Thus began a discussion about how she can moisturize her waves and here are some options I gave her.

Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning is a great way to keep your hair moisturized in between your regular conditionings. When you deep condition, you can use your usual conditioner or you can use one specially formulated for deep conditioning, such as Curl Junkie’s Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner, which gets amazing reviews from wavies, curlies and coilies.

To deep condition, shampoo your hair as usual and then apply a liberal amount of your deep conditioner to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and then wrap it with a towel to trap in the heat. The heat is what is going to help “activate” the conditioner (or help it penetrate the hair shaft). You can then either let it sit on your head for two to three hours, or blow-dry your toweled hair if you’re in a hurry.

Hair Masks

Like deep conditioning, hair masks aren’t something you’d do on a daily basis. However, you can do a hair mask in place of a deep conditioning treatment and benefit from them year-round! The process is similar, except that you’ll shampoo and condition afterward since, with a hair mask, you’ll be coating your hair in concoctions made from ingredients like avocadoes, pumpkins, honey or eggs. The good thing about hair masks is that you can easily make them in your own kitchen or bathroom and you probably have some ingredients already at home to whip together at least one homemade hair mask!

Leave-Ins

As the name suggests, leave-in conditioners are conditioners you don’t rinse out of your hair. These are great for boosting the moisturizing properties of your regular conditioner. Whether your hair is thick or thin, you’ll benefit from the extra conditioner and protection, especially from the summer heat, that a leave-in provides.

Not sure where to start? Try one of our Top Picks for Wavies, such as DevaCurl’s One Condition, which literally has hundreds of raving reviews. Follow up your leave-in with a lightweight gel, such as Jessicurl’s Gelebration, which is light enough for daily use and strong enough to get the job done.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to moisture, it’s easy to think of curlies and coilies needing to moisturize, but wavies aren’t completely in the clear. So, be sure to include some of these moisturizing practices in your wavy regimen to keep your waves happy and healthy!

What are some other ways you've been moisturizing your waves this summer?

 


Returning to middle school after a lengthy summer break is bittersweet. On the one hand, you’re probably anxious to settle back into a regular routine, catch up with friends (Facebook and Twitter can only satisfy this craving so much!), make new friends and start new classes.

On the other hand, you’ll no longer have all day to do whatever you want, nor can you spend the day in your jammies with your hair lazily scrunched up in some fashion.

Back-to-school means becoming organized both academically and fashionably! For curly girls, this means choosing the right product for your specific hair type (or types), and finding a comfortable style. Here are some curly hair tips to help you do just that!

Keep it Simple

Simplicity is key to curly success.

Considering most middle school kids get up at dawn to make it to school on time, the last thing you need is a hair product or style that will add extraordinary time to your morning routine. No matter what type of hair you have, you need products and styles that are “wash and go.”

If you have wavy hair, all you really need to do is let your hair air dry, perhaps adding a touch of product to hold the curl without giving it added weight. CurlFriends’ Seduce Pomade is perfect for this. It’s lightweight, will hold the curl, and won’t harm your hair. If you’d rather not go out with wet hair, try using a finger diffuser, such as the Luxor Professional Finger Diffuser, for a few minutes before you leave the house.

On the other hand, if you’ve got more defined curls (3, 3C, 4C hair types), you might want to use something that will give your hair moisture while holding those curls, such as Kinky-Curly’s Knot Today or Curls Soufflè.

Know It Before You Show It

Find your hairstyle before the first day.

The first day of school is not the day to figure out what works best for your hair or how you’re going to wear it. This is especially true if you’re testing out a new haircut. If you’re not feeling comfortable with your new ‘do, it’ll show. One of the best curly hair tips for trying a new style is to start at least a week before school starts.

Tween girls panic enough about how they look on that first day back from summer break, so don’t add to your anxiety by feeling uncomfortable with your hair. Furthermore, you don’t want to discover halfway through second period that that “hold and go” new hair product your trying really isn’t for your hair type after all.

Reflect on Summer Vacation

Go ahead, relive the memories!

We know, we know — you’d love to keep thinking about summer vacation! Believe it or not, this is definitely something you need to think about when choosing hair products for your hair. After spending nearly every day at the beach, is your hair color now lighter? Did all that chlorine from the pool seem to do something weird to your hair? If you didn’t follow our curly hair tips for summer, you could also be in need of some serious deep conditioning. If your hair type has changed or has evolved into a dual hair type, your choice of products should change as well.

Curly Girl Tips

  • Follow the no-poo routine for your best curls. When using conditioner, apply the conditioner like you would shampoo. The lack of shampoo will hydrate your hair, while allowing the conditioner to clean your curls.
  • When towel drying your hair, use a t-shirt rather than a towel. This will help to decrease frizz and enhance curl pattern.
  • Shop CurlMart for sulfate free shampoos, deep conditioners and oils that will produce your best curls yet!

 


Woman with wavy hair

About three months ago, I offered to help my best friend do something fun with her hair. As she pulled her super-thick waves out from their daily bun, she proceeded to brush her dry waves. Yes, BRUSH them! As she did this, she told me one reason she hated her hair so much: it poofs every time she brushes it. I think the look of shock on my face must have been obvious because she started giggling with a tinge of embarrassment. Of course, I wasn’t shocked that her waves poof when she brushes them. I was shocked that she was somehow amazed and distraught at this fact. I probably sputtered out something along the lines of, “Well of course it poofs — you’re brushing it! Dry, no less!”

“Well…you have to get through your hair!” she replied.

“Not like that, you don’t! You detangle it, yes…but you should’ve done that when you finished washing it and maybe with some conditioner still on it.”

“No one’s ever told me that before. I’ve just always hated my hair.”

“You mean...no one’s ever told you not to brush through your waves or anything about detangling it, deep conditioning it and so on?”

“Nope.”

“Oh, honey….”

Some of you are amazed she’d gone all this time without knowing how to deal with her waves, while others of you can totally relate to her responses. Did you know that curls and coils aren’t the only hair types you need to handle with care? No matter what your hair type is, you need to be careful with it! So, what’s a wavy gal to do?

1. Cleansing

Whether you’re doing without shampoo or using one on a regular basis, you need to cleanse your waves regularly. Use a lightweight, gentle shampoo that is strong enough to get rid of any product build-up but that won’t weigh down or stretch your waves. Have a look through our top 10 shampoos and choose one that gets great reviews from fellow wavies!

2. Drying

As with any type of curly hair, wavy hair is prone to frizz and damage when wet. To take some of the water off your hair, use a microfiber towel or hair glove rather than a terrycloth towel, which can be rough on your hair. For some suggestions, check out what Alyssa thought of some different brands!

Another option is to upcycle your old t-shirts and use them to dry your waves!

3. Brush vs. Comb

Not all brush types are disastrous for wavy hair, but you do have to be careful. Avoid paddle brushes as well as any with stiff bristles. Vented brushes are usually fine for waves, as long as you’re gentle and only using it when your hair is wet.

Alternatively, you can avoid brushes altogether and stick with a wide-toothed comb. These will work nicely when your hair is damp, but you may even be able to get away with delicately using it on dry hair as well without causing it to poof. In my experience, this depends on how wavy the hair is. I’ve seen and have combed wavy hair ranging from barely-there waves (2a) to practically a curly (2c) with wide-toothed combs on dry hair. Combing through seemed to have the least impact on the 2a and 2b hair types that weren’t overly thick, while the thick 2c, borderline 3a wavy hair I’ve dealt with didn’t handle it too well.

If you're hearing any of these tips for the first time, please take them to heart and put them into practice. Your wavy hair will stop being a source of frustration and become a source of swavy, curvy hair pride!

Have you been able to share some valuable textured hair care knowledge with a friend? How have you  benefited from a friend sharing their knowledge with you?

 


young woman with curly hair cutting a client's hair

Among all of your curly friends, you’re definitely the hair aficionado. You know all about curly hair, from distinguishing between different hair types to using the lingo such as no-poo, co-wash, ACV and twist-out correctly. You follow the best curly-haired blogs, and you have made a name for yourself on Facebook groups devoted to those with curly hair. Bottom line: curly hair is more than just what sits on top of your head. For you, it’s truly a passion, and you love educating and helping others with curly hair. If this describes you, try making some money from all of your knowledge!

One thing we curlies are always looking for (unless we’ve found one already) is a stylist who really KNOWS curly hair. We’re not very interested in stylists who THINK they can handle what we bring but who would turn us into a triangle head. That said, we curlies would LOVE to have more in-the-know curly hair stylists available!

A good stylist does more than just cut and shape hair, though. This means that in addition to knowing how to work curly hair, you need to be able to know — based on a woman’s personality, shape of her face, the clothing she wears, etc. — whether or not a particular style will suit her.

Unfortunately, because so many stylists simply aren’t familiar with working with curly hair, curlies (especially coilies) have to teach themselves how to care for their hair. With all that you’ve done to research how to best care for your hair, you’d be a great asset in the world of hairstyling! But how do you become a curly hair stylist yourself?

Where Do I Start?

You probably have a string of questions about how to become a stylist. A good starting place to go for the answers is the Beauty School FAQ at Beauty School Advisor. There are detailed answers to common questions you might have about Beauty School.

After getting some of your burning questions answered, you should start to research cosmetology schools in your area. To find out what schools are in your area, you can do a quick search on Beauty School Advisor. From there, you will have a good place to start in further researching each school. You can use this resource to look at what some schools have to offer and what kind of training you can get there. Does the school pride itself in offering courses on how to be a nail tech or esthetician as well as a stylist? That could be a plus if you are interesting in taking on multiple specializations. Make sure that the school offers what you want to specialize in and that it is accredited.

How Long Does it Take?

Most beauty-school programs last the length of a regular school year: nine months to a year. While this may seem like a long time if you were expecting to receive a license in a few months, keep in mind that a lot of the time spent in school will be hands-on. You won’t just sit and read from or be lectured from a textbook all that time! This is meant to prepare you to become a licensed stylist. Beauty School Advisor has a list of each state’s licensing information so that you can find out what the requirements are in your state.

What Does it Cost?

You may be concerned about how you will pay for school. The good news is that you may be able to get federal student aid if your school accepts it. You can find a list of helpful links about financial aid on that handy BeautySchool FAQ page under “How do people pay for it?” If you’re hoping to be able use Pell Grants or Stafford Loans (both very common for higher education), you’ll need to fill out a FAFSA and include your school’s code on the form.

What's Next?

Once you’ve completed training and have a license, you may need to enroll in some extra courses that offer specific training. You can do another search on Beauty School Advisor to find schools for specific specializations, such as facialist schools, esthetician schools, electrolysis and even just general continuing education schools. Keep in mind that even after you become licensed, you should to continue to build on your knowledge to give yourself a competitive edge. Attend as many hair shows, workshops and hair events as you can. Doing so will give you guidance, keep you updated on the latest products, help you learn new techniques and provide the opportunity to network which can produce some amazing job leads!

How Much Can I Make?

Typically, a stylist makes around $26,000 annually. Salaries for stylists can be greater or less than that average amount depending on several factors, including location, whether you work for yourself of for a corporation and the types or variety of services you can provide (this is where those extra classes can help). Invest in every learning opportunity to hone your craft and you will be able to make your passion into something you get to work with everyday and get paid for it!

Do you want to turn your passion for curly hair into something more?

 


Hair spritz

Many curly girls have to use something to hold their curls together, whether for a special hairstyle or just everyday wear. Gels are great for this, but for some curlies, they can weigh down their hair or hold it in clumps that won’t separate. A good alternative to this is hair spritz. Some curlies choose to use a hair spritz for moisture as well. As with any hair products, upkeep can be costly and you may have concerns about the ingredients in them. We found some tried-and-true homemade hair spritzes you can make yourself!

Sugar ‘N Style

Diane Kidman, owner of the dkMommy Spot blog, shared one of the easiest recipes on her blog. Are you ready for this? You’ll need sugar and water. Yes, that’s all you’ll need (aside from a spray bottle to hold the mixture)! Diane says to bring about ½ cup of water to a boil, turn off the heat, then stir in about 2 tsp of sugar. Let this cool before pouring it into a spray bottle. That’s all there is to it! If you want, you can also add in a few drops of essential oils for scent (this is how she prefers to make it), but you don’t have to if you don’t have any on hand. The neat thing about this recipe is that its ingredients are things you probably always have at home, which means you can easily whip this up in no time in a pinch when you’re out of your usual sprays or gels!

Moist and Mist

Rose water has good cleansing properties and can clean the pores of your skin of dirt and other oils. Since rose water is also an excellent source of hydration, especially for the skin, using it as a main ingredient in this spritz is a great choice. Stephanie of Shakara Natural Tips has a fantastic recipe for a lightweight spritz that’ll add moisture to parched hair. You’ll need 100 ml of rose water, 200 ml of aloe vera juice, and up to five drops of pure jojoba oil (you can also use lavender oil or sweet almond oil) to make the spritz.

Coating for Coilies

Many coilies like putting their hair in twists because they get a textured curl when they let out the twists. Before you set your hair in twists, you should coat it with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner or some type of setting lotion. If you’d prefer to use something natural, you can make a spritz for this yourself! KCurly with Newly Natural has developed a recipe for a spritz that’s perfect for coilies who like to put their hair in twists. She mixes together equal parts (usually one cup each) of aloe vera gel and water, and then adds in a few drops of jojoba oil and essential oils. If your hair doesn’t respond well to the oils she uses, feel free to substitute the jojoba with almond oil or coconut oil. Spritz this on your hair before twisting it or finger curling, and see if it helps keep your hair moist!

Final Thoughts

As with anything you buy in bulk to make from scratch, homemade hair spritz might cost a little more than a premade version upfront, but your investment will be worth it!

What other recipes for homemade spritzes have you tried and loved?

 



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