Oh I bet it's easier to do that in NYC, but in the Midwest (where I am from, hence my username), people are expected to be more homogeneous. It sucks because I'd rather just be myself but there are times where I'm willing to make a compromise.
I haven't read this whole thread yet, but I'm also Indian and I live in California. I am still trying to figure out which products to use in my hair and how to get my hair frizz-free and feeling good. I have type 3B curls....I'm going to Mumbai this summer (during monsoon also) and
I want to find a way to make my curls look decent during monsoon season...but im worried that this will be impossible lol. I also dont know where to buy curly hair products in mumbai....does anyone have ideas?
Another curly haired woman of South Indian origin. Most of my family are curly haired and sadly straighten their hair. I'm glad to read so many other women's hair tips and experiences. I normally resort to advice for mixed race hair and have been on the hunt for advice for curly Indian hair. I hope some of the products mentioned are available in Europe. I've just joined and I think I'm a 3A, not quite sure.
Ah I know how you feel, Korean with naturally curly hair and it doesn't look like one of those professional silky soft styled one's either. My dad was the one who got me to originally get it chemically straightened at some Korean salon in Atlanta.
I know if this thead is probably dead, but I only just discovered it. 3a with fine hair here who lives in Bangalore and I've been finding it hard to get products that work for me, still searching for something I can stick to. I was underwhelmed by the TBS Rainforest range, don't feel like it did much for me, also they're way over-priced. If anyone has suggestions for silicone free conditioners especially that I can get here and aren't too pricey I would love to hear them. Thanks
Oh how I remember as a child that feeling of my mom combing out the tangles in my super, duper curly/kinky/nappy hair, before oiling and braiding it. It hurt her arms, it hurt my head, it just hurt. so much. The reason I'm "sorta" type 3C is that the individual strands of my hair don't stay together. I never wore it loose until I reached junior high, and shortly after that I discovered the curling iron-- which I still use to this day to straighten my hair. I don't wear my naturally curly hair outside the house, ever. I hope one day I can feel confident and comfortable enough to do that.
Oh wow. I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread! I was born in India but I've lived in the US/UK since I was two years old. Honestly, we are from South India and everyone used to oil their hair, and I bet half of them had textured hair, but the standard of beauty was smooth, braided hair. Even now, smooth thick lustrous Bollywood hair is the standard of beauty. Add some silky waves - even better - but forget curls or ringlets! I think keralites seem to understand curls better as they do tend to wear it curly, but I have seen more than my fair share of huge bushy poufs in a ponytail holder. You know what I'm talking about.. I have an urge to tell them about the CG method For folks in India, if you can't find appropriate cleanser and conditioner, you could try using baking soda and vinegar and so on, assuming they are readily available. I don't know! I use apple cider vinegar as a clarifier once in a while, and it works well. My hair doesn't do well with coconut oil, but I imagine you could use some sort of oil (not too much lol) as a leave-in. My hair needs gel to avoid frizzing up, but I wonder if you could use aloe vera or something like that. I've never done this, but I've read about it.
I had curly hair as a baby and my mom used to oil it, but it still looked curly. It straightened out somewhat during childhood but had a tendency for frizz. My poor mom had no idea how to manage it so I spent my childhood with oiled hair put up in a half pony tail. I always resented her for doing that to me, especially as I look back at old photos, but I realize now that she had no clue how to manage textured hair! On shampoo days my hair got so big and poufy (think Sai Baba) that we didn't know what to do with it! I remember crying as my mom tried to comb out all the knots and calm it down.
My hair became silky (though it used to puff up after a shampoo) in high school and I actually used curlers to add loose curls. Not only that, in college I got perms! I had no idea I already HAD curly hair - it was just frizzy lol
I WISH we had know about the curly girl method. It has been liberating to work with my hair instead of straightening it daily, and now I love it! I truly had NO idea I had curls. All I saw was frizz with some random curls on certain days. Now I have overall curl. The best part? I welcome humidity! Bring it on. My hair looks BETTER in humid environments now. I no longer dread rainy days. Who would have guessed?
For anyone who is afraid to take the plunge, just do it. It might take some time to adjust and figure out what works for you, so don't give up easily. Once you figure it out, it's easy. Best of all is self acceptance. I really do love it! I'm passing this message on to my daughter, who is fortunate to have beachy waves, though they have been getting frizzier. I'm trying to convert her to the CG method, but she doesn't want to do all the steps yet