How Do You Care for Curly Hair?
After our Today Show appearance a few weeks ago, I got a couple of emails from viewers asking me about how I care for my curls. For many of us, curly hair feels like a strange disease for which there is no cure. We treat it, wrestle with it, and try to tame it to no avail. At least that’s how I felt for a long time.
For those of you who are new to the site you may want to go back and read why I stopped washing my hair. That hasn’t changed. So what’s my haircare routine these days? It’s actually shockingly minimal and I think that’s a testament to my natural oils at this point. I don’t even wet it every day anymore. (In the old days when I washed it and left mounds of product in there, I had to absolutely wet it every morning, sometimes twice a day if I was going out.)
When I do wet it in the shower I use only one product: a rich, clean conditioner. These days I’ve been loving the uber-luxurious one from Rare Elements. But you don’t need to use a $45 conditioner to get good results. I am just obsessed with the way it smells, and given how little I need now and that it’s the only hair product I use with regularity, it’s a treat I indulge in. I used to comb through my hair every time I showered as well—now I do that more occasionally because I find that it messes with the integrity of the curl. But every curl is different!
Because the Today Show was a special day, and because I was in New York humidity, that morning I also used a whole lot of my favorite hairspray from Intelligent Nutrients. We talk about this stuff in the book. It works amazingly well for all hair types.
And that’s it! Of course, at the studio they sprayed me down with some crazy toxic hairspray to make sure things didn’t move, which frankly was fine by me for this occasion.
So how do you care for your curls or waves?
Any excuse to use a picture from Pretty Woman