Manage Your Curls Girls
I know it can be difficult for a lot of biracial women to keep their curls tamed and frizz free.
The task of keeping curly hair nice and neat throughout the entire day can be a feat within itself. It’s no wonder a lot of women go to gels, flat irons, and wigs to save themselves from the struggles their hair can cause them.
I must admit, though, that this is the perfect time for you to let your hair do its thing. Naturally, curly hair is hair goals for a lot of women, so I’m going to share with you some maintenance, product, and style tips I know will help you. After this, your curls will be popping!
I have to tell you my inspiration for this article is the Princess herself, Meghan Markle. My family members who are biracial know the struggle and it is real sometimes. I am sure this is going to be an article that will help you fall in love with your hair all over again.
You know it’s always a party here at Private Label Extensions. So, let’s get it started with some Lil Wayne!
Curly Hair Tips
Detangle your hair on a regular basis. The best tool is a wide-toothed comb because it’s easier to manage and does not cause as much damage as a brush. Always detangle hair while it’s still damp to prevent damage.
Find you a great leave-in conditioner because curly hair tends to be a little bit dryer. Use a leave-in conditioner to add back in moisture to your hair and help it not look dry.
Read the labels on your on products your purchase.
If you haven’t heard about the controversy around some well-known brands that produce natural hair products, then you can search for those on YouTube. I will tell you that the biggest issue with the product on store shelves today is that a lot of them are using alcohol in their products.
So if you’re purchasing a leave-in moisturizer or conditioner and it has all alcohol in it then what’s going to happen and maybe an hour or two after you apply the product to your hair? Alcohol is a drying agent, so when you put it on your hair regardless of if it’s a leave-in conditioner or not after a period it’s going to dry out, and your hair is going to look dryer.
Don’t over wash your curly hair the reason is again that your curly hair needs moisture to keep it looking healthy so when you remove it you’re stripping it of valuable oils that it already needs
Get regular trims as you transition your hair.
If you are done with relaxers and heat and decide you want to transition your hair into its’ natural state, then you will need to trim off the old hair as your natural hair grows out. Using this process, you will need regular trims.
After transitioning, you won’t need to trim your hair as often.
Don’t remove all of the moisture from your hair after shampooing. It’s best to apply products while your hair is still damp.
If you color your hair make sure you use products that will add protein to the hair
Avoid heat! I know it can be appealing to get your hair straightened, but it’s damaging to your hair.
Regardless of whether you blow dry it or flat iron if you want to ease up on the frequent use of heat because it can weaken your hair and cause breakage. Good alternatives are roller sets, pin curls and air drying.
Product Recommendations for Curly Hair
Below are product recommendations for curly hair. If you have tried any of them, please feel free to leave feedback in the comment section to help others make a purchasing decision.
- Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner
This conditioner is a great product to use when detangling your hair. It’s a thicker product and covers the hair very well.
- Aussie Moist Conditioner
This product is inexpensive and easy to find at your local Walmart. The consistency is perfect for applying to your hair.
- Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
This product is budget-friendly which is always a plus. It has a peppermint smell and tingles when you use it. I love products with an invigorating scent.
- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
If you are looking for a line of products, try out Shea Moisture. The shampoo has apple cider vinegar in it and lathers well. You don’t have to use a lot of it to get your hair clean and detangled,
- African Black Soap
This liquid product has a great lather and is easy to pour because of its thin consistency. A little goes a long way. Some people say it tends to dry their hair out so test it on your hair first.
- TGIN Moisture Rich Shampoo
This shampoo has a very light consistency. It has a nice smell and leaves your hair clean without it feeling stripped of essential oils.
- Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Shampoo
This product is a bit pricey but is a top favorite for many women. It contains castor oil and sweet ginger. Its consistency is creamy, so it goes on the hair well without having to use a lot of the product.
- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
A great product to use with other products. It’s excellent for adding moisture and volume. You also get a right amount, so it lasts a long time.
This conditioner has a little film, but it isn’t too heavy. Although it’s a conditioner, it can be used as a leave-in conditioner as well.
- Camille Rose Natural Curl Love Moisture Milk
An excellent leave-in but be careful with this product. If you use too much, it may weigh your hair down. Use it sparingly if your hair is already oily, but it’s excellent for hair that is dry and in need of some extra moisture.
- Mixed Chicks
This is a good one to have as the primary product or as a backup. You can use it by itself and get excellent results from it.
- Cantu Shea Butter
Inexpensive but make sure you pay attention to the amount you use in your hair. I mentioned some issues people had with Cantu’s leave-in conditioner so research their opinions before you purchase it.
- Devacurl “B’Leave-In”
Excellent for adding volume and moisture to your hair
Wash and Go Styling for Curly Hair
A wash and go style is one of the easiest and quickest ways to style curly hair with minimal manipulation. It’s a natural go-to hairstyle when your hair just isn’t behaving.
Rinse hair with warm water
Shampoo with Pantene curl perfection shampoo
Rinse the shampoo out
Detangle with a wide-toothed comb
Rinse your hair
Apply a styling cream
Flip your head over
Scrunch your hair with your hands
Allow your hair to air dry
Once dry use Carol’s Daughter hair milk and scrunch hair
Use a diffuser on med heat to dry your hair
Use a wide-toothed comb or pick to get volume
I love inspiring you! I chose three amazing women to show you how you can embrace your curly hair and style it just like these celebrities. Don’t forget to tag us in your recreations of these hairstyles!
My first favorite celebrity is the always beautiful, talented, and funny Zendaya.
She got her start modeling and acting, but I think most of us know her from her time on the Disney channel. Her interests also led her to record her self-titled debut album in 2013. It’s obvious she understands how to rock her style because she wrote a book based on helping young girls find their style and confidence. Zendaya’s mother is of German and Scottish ancestry, and her father is African-American.
One of her favorite styles is wearing her hair curly. Here’s how you can create her look with minimal tools while saving a lot of time. I like this style because it’s appropriate for any age.
If you have been struggling to style your daughter’s hair, this is a great way to get it under control and looking healthy.
Follow the steps below:
Shampoo and condition your hair with any of the products listed above
Use a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles in your hair
Squeeze out Miss Jessie’s Multi-Cultural Curl Creme in the palm of your hand
Apply it throughout your hair using your fingers to distribute the product
Use your micro-fiber towel to dry your hair
Dry your hair with a diffuser making sure to dry your roots thoroughly as well as the rest of your hair
Don’t forget to scrunch your hair while you dry it
If you desire to have more volume and length for your curly style, you can add in Private Label Extensions. Below, I am going to help you blend your extensions with your naturally curly hair. It will look so real people won’t believe it’s not yours and you don’t have to tell them it isn’t.
To add volume and length to your naturally curly tresses go ahead and style your hair as I mentioned above. Then grab your pre-curled extensions and apply them wherever you want to add more volume and length.
To pre-curl your extensions, follow these few simple steps:
Shampoo and condition your extensions
Comb through your extensions to remove any tangles
You can either allow your extensions to air-dry or dry them with a blow dryer
Once your extensions are dry, section them in small sections
Apply a heat protectant to the section
Using your curling wand, create curls that are similar to your natural hair’s curl pattern
Strategically install your extensions and blend with your natural hair
You can install your extensions in different ways, but I suggest you purchase Private Label Extensions tape-in or clip-in extensions to make styling easier.
It’s that simple to get Zendaya’s naturally wavy hair! I love that this style using minimal manipulation of the hair and allows the curls to pop.
Yaya Dacosta is recognizable to a lot of people from the hit show “America’s Next Top Model.”
However, this beauty has established herself as more than just a model over the past few years. What most may not know is that she is of Brazilian, West African, Native American/Cherokee, and Irish descent.
She rocks braids well and usually wears her natural hair out and proud. A wash and go style for her naturally curly hair is a bit different from the one above mainly because her curl pattern is tighter so her curls will behave differently.
Check out our article on how to get the perfect wash and go to style yours just as correctly as Yaya does.
Logan’s mother is Caucasian, and her father is African-American. Logan is a refreshing voice for so many people her age.
The tendency to ignore the concerns of our younger generation is not tolerated because individuals like her use their platforms to support, uplift, and amplify messages. She started out on Nickelodeon and as a Bratz doll. Now, her top-rated show “Dear White People” on Netflix is a hit!
Her hair choices are a hit as well. She didn’t stop getting relaxers until she was in college and it’s so lovely to see her loving her natural texture and curls. She talks openly about her love for her curly hair as well as Deva Curl products.
Logan loves wearing her curly hair just as it is and lets it do its thing. By adding in a few kinky clip-ins and channel your inner boss! Check out how easy it can be to re-create her favorite style!
To use the natural hair clip-ins properly make sure your shampoo and condition them first to remove any residue.
Wet your hair and saturate with conditioner
Rub the conditioner into the hair
Use your Denman brush to brush your curls out beginning at the end and moving up to the roots.
Brush gently until you can run the brush through the hair from top to bottom
Rinse out the conditioner
Brush through your hair again
Your clip-ins should be dry
Run your fingers through the clip-in curls to loosen them so they will blend with your natural hair
Section your hair off and place your clip-ins
Don’t forget to take care of your edges
Logan does well with her style switch up by wearing her hair in a low ponytail. I love this low ponytail because it such an effortless style to create and it really can go from day to night. Plus it’s so chic!
To pull off Logan’s low ponytail follow the steps below:
Wet your hair with water
Part your hair from ear to ear
Detangle your hair to make it easier to manage by combing through with a wide-toothed comb
Add gel to the back section of your hair. Use a right amount of gel to get your ponytail slick.
Brush your hair thoroughly and use a ponytail holder to gather hair into a ponytail
You can add a part in the front if you desire
Use gel to smooth down the top section of the hair
Make sure you add gel to the ends of your hair as well
Sleek your hair back into a low pony
Apply eco-style to give your clip-ins a wet look to match your hair
Wrap your clip-ins around the base of your ponytail
Take a section of your clip-in to wrap around the base of your ponytail to conceal the clips
Pin underneath the ponytail with a bobby pin
Use about three wefts for fullness
I know you have worked hard to get your curls just right. So, I want to share with you how you can keep your curls just right even while you sleep. Here’s a comfortable routine you can follow:
Bend over and pull your hair into a high ponytail
Your hair should hang onto your forehead (if it’s longer)
Secure your ponytail with an elastic
Flip the hair that’s hanging over your forehead, flip the ponytail towards the back and clip in place with an alligator clip
An alternative to this method is to repeat step 1
Twist the hair, so you are stretching the curls out to get them longer
Then repeat step #4
Use a jumbo clip to keep the hair in place
Slip a silk bonnet over your ponytail and pull down in the back
Your Curls Will Be Popping All Summer ’18
If you have been hesitant to show off your curls or don’t know how to make your hair behave, I hope this article helps you.
Your hair is gorgeous, and you should feel empowered to wear it in its natural state. It can be difficult to change when you are used to relaxers and straightening your hair but trust me you’ll love it!
Embracing your natural hair is about more than just your hair. There’s a sense of renewed freedom in not being bound to heat and styling products. For most of us, we have never seen our hair in its natural state. I challenge you to embrace your natural hair and give your curls the love they have been waiting for!
Don’t leave us out of your transition and cute curly looks! We want to be a part of your natural journey so tag Private Label Extensions in your pictures.
Also, we’re taking a poll for future projects. Respond below with one of the following answers:
if you are still relaxing your hair
if you did the big chop
if you are thinking about going natural
if you are transitioning
Thanks so much, #PLEbabes! We want to find out more so we can continue to give you fantastic content.