Curly hair is foreign territory to me. I have straight hair that won’t take a curl if its life depended on it. I’ve learned which products and styles delivered for me and I felt pretty confident about my hair management skills. Then I was gifted with a granddaughter whose curls rivaled Shirley Temple.
My usual shampoos and brushes did not work for Sophie. She did not like the sensation of barettes and elastic bands and we struggled just to keep those gorgeous curls out of her eyes. At Cosmoprof this summer in Las Vegas, I met the staff of Miss Jessie, a well known hair line of products for curly hair . While it is primarily designed for ethnic hair, the basic issues and principles for curly hair apply to all nationalities. Step by step, they walked me through instructions for curly top hair management. It was sobering to realize I had been doing it everything wrong. I would comb through after a shampoo and then blow dry with a hand held dryer. It left her with big hair that would rival a Texas beauty pageant contestant.
Miss Jessie experts recommended using three products– a mild hydrating shampoo, a curl serum and a “wet brush” . I learned that the goal was to get separation of curls, rather than to straighten things out.
The Curly Girl Shampoo Workout
1. Wet the hair throughly
2. Use a natural, hydrating shampoo hair. They usually have little or no sulfites which can dry out the hair and increase frizziness. I used Hot Tot shampoo, an all natural product designed to meet the needs of children’s hair. (And while I usually ignore fragrance in a product, Hot Tot products smell like Cabbage Patch dolls and I love it).
3. Rinse out throughly, but don’t comb through.
4. Work in a serum for curly hair. I used Hot Tot Sweet Pea Curl Serum.
5. Comb through with a wet brush which is a round rubber device with rubber tips
6. Blot hair with thick towel, but don’ rub.
7. Allow the hair to air dry, squeezing it with your hands in an upward motion to tighten the curls.