Confessions of a Curly Girl
How I FINALLY Learned to Love My Curls Again
I HATED my curls and have struggled managing them for 30+ years. Or at least I used too…
Over the past few months at Eufora... I have been on a journey to relentlessly research, read, watch and learn everything about curly hair. I’ve even interviewed some of the best curl experts in the industry including our Eufora International educators to learn from true professional hairdressers.
Every night I went home and committed to actually taking their advice and tested the 9 Rules to Beautiful, Frizz Free Curls.
I’ve learned a lot on this journey but most importantly... I’ve fallen in love with my curls!
I hope my story helps you on your journey.
My Curly Girl Confessions
I’ve Always Played with My Hair.
Seriously, stop touching it!
Don’t get me wrong, countless people have told me to stop playing with my hair. But I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve always felt the need to fidget with something and my hair was the biggest culprit.
Of course, this is a major NO - NO for curls. It was hard as hell to stop twirling, twisting and playing with it but the more you play, touch or mess with the curl, the frizzier your hair will get. Plus, curly hair is more susceptible to breakage and all the tugging, pulling and twisting only weakens it.
It took three Eufora curl experts to finally convince me that all the twisting and twirling was elongating, flattening, and frizzing up my curls.
The key is after you have styled your hair - JUST LEAVE IT ALONE. Simple advice, but one of the most important lessons I finally learned.
My tip for you on how I finally broke this habit: I place post-it notes everywhere (even on my computer) saying “don’t you dare touch your curls!”
I Was Still Using a Bath Towel
Don’t Underestimate the Microfiber!
I thought microfiber towels were all hype. I received one on my first day at Eufora and used it a few times. But instead, I ended up converting it into a hand towel.
Our expert educators explained to me the microfiber towel is absolutely essential. It's softer on your hair than a "terrycloth" towel and prevents frizz (shamefully, I was still using my old towels from college). After listening to them, I gave it another try and discovered the magic in how you use the towel.
Instead of holding it to your wet hair, I "scrunched" my hair to gently absorb the excess moisture. By doing this, I saw a decrease in frizz and the curls taking shape.
Best Tip: Scrunch the water out after your shower. After applying prep and style products, scrunch your style into place. This helped my hair air-dry faster but amazingly and dramatically help minimize the frizz.
I was all Out of Order!
There is Method to The Madness: PRODUCT ORDER DOES MATTER!
I learned that Eufora has all of the products you need. But, you need to use them properly and in the right order:
- After shampooing and conditioning, always start with leave-in, a moisturizing nutrient-rich product like Beautifying Elixirs ElixirOne and follow with curl enhancer, Curl'n Perfect Curl Activator.
- Apply your styling products to damp hair. I use Curl'n Defining Solution and layer it with EuforaStyle Forming Cream for added definition. Then I air dry with a final scrunch with my microfiber towel.
I Didn’t Know What to Do with 2nd Hair Day and Ended Up In a Ponytail
Drop the Dry Shampoo and Water Spritzer.
I never knew how to style my second-day curls without using either water or dry shampoo. But, I finally embraced Curl'n Perfect Curl Activator which is designed to revitalize hair, add moisturize, fight frizz and unwanted odors by bringing the spring back to your curls.
Fun Fact: Water doesn’t really do anything for your hair. In fact, it's dehydrating.
I Used to Sleep with Wet Hair
Loose Braids Keep it Behaved
As a kid, I would shower at night and go to bed with wet hair thinking it would be "easy to style" my hair in the morning. Even as an adult, I made this mistake. Your hair is the weakest and most vulnerable by sleeping with wet hair. It stretches and kinks, leaving you with a nightmare hair in the morning.
The best thing to do is wear it in loose braids while sleeping. In the morning, refresh and detangle your hair with Curl'n Perfect Curl Activator.
P.S. Keep your braids loose to avoid any indents and sleeping with a silk pillowcase makes a big difference.
I thought I could “Force” My Hair Into Place
A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
If you haven't noticed, I'm a bad listener to good advice. My entire life I've been told to be more gentle as I ripped a comb/brush through my hair. Sometimes, it's easier to keep doing what you're comfortable with.
- Wide-tooth combs are truly amazing before, during, and post shower.
- Detangle your hair before you hop in the shower. Be gentle and use a detangling spray if needed.
- Start from the ends to get the knots out and comb through as you move closer to the top of your head. If you comb / brush too hard, you can elongate the curl, stretch it out or even break it.
Especially us curly girls, giving your hair a little TLC goes a long way. Granted it’s only been a few weeks since I’ve finally taken this expert advice. But, my hair now feels way stronger than before.
I’ve spent 30+ years fighting with my hair. My hope is that you learn from my mistakes and finally learn how to embrace your curls.
I can’t thank Jeffery, Lisa, Jacob, and Anna for all of your knowledge, feedback and time in helping me love my curly hair.
I highly encourage you to give the 9 Rules to Beautiful, Frizz Free Curls a chance. Learn more about your hair type, care routines, and the right products (and order) from our experts featured in our blogs about curls, waves, and coils."