Ever feel like your curls are not as defined as they could be or should be? I’m not really talking about frizz. Frizz is a temporary condition easily fixed by re-hydrating the hair.
What I’m talking about is curls that appear to be limp, loose or lack luster (say that three times!). It may be caused by product build up, an imbalance of moisture/protein or even a little heat
OK OK. Let’s take a little side bar for a moment. It’s been said that if your curls are heat damaged, there’s no fix but to cut the hair. I wholeheartedly disagree. Why? Not because I’m some licensed professional and this is what I was taught and have experienced by doing heads (Get your mind out the gutter….heads of hair 🙂 ). I can only speak about my own hair and what I’ve personally experienced.
Many moons ago when my curls were loosened and straightened in some areas, I opted not to make cutting them a first response. Instead, I started a strict hair regimen of regularly applying protein and moisture. Over time (a LONG time), my hair began to re-curl again. I had to have patience and be diligent but it did happen.
Eventually I got a professional hair cut to shape it but the regular application of protein and moisture helped revive the curls tremendously.
Anyway enough of the side bar. Back to our regularly scheduled programming…
I’ve discovered that there are 5 products that have aided in awaken “sleeping” curls. Here they are:
Clay Washes (Bentonite/Rhassoul)
Washing natural hair with bentonite clay or rhassoul clay helps clarify the hair and revive limp curls. When mixed properly, clay washes will help to pH balance the hair. This will result in curls that pop pop pop!
A super herb, zizyphus brings new life to curly hair. I experienced this after just once use. Read about my zizyphus experience here. The only downside is it can be a real chore to rinse out. After the results, you have to decide if it’s worth continued use.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (via a rinse) will seal th cuticles after washing your hair. This helps to seal in moisture which is critical to beautiful pH balanced curls. Simply, allow it to sit on freshly washed hair for 3-5 mins before rinsing it out with cool water.
Aloe Vera Gel/Juice
Aloe Vera juice or pure gel creates a reaction very similar to ACV rinses. It helps with pH balancing the hair. I sometimes mix my clay washes with it instead of with apple cider vinegar.
Aubrey Organics GPB
Remember that side bar I took earlier? Well, Aubrey Organics GPB was the protein/moisture balancing product instrumental in helping to revive my curls. It’s all natural and so I regularly used it as a pre-poo mixed with coconut oil (and continue to do so). As I mentioned, my curls became more uniform over time and those straightened pieces began to curl again. #Rebirth
Naturally curly hair can be fickle. If you are just starting your natural journey or just haven’t really seen your curls come in to their own, one of these natural products may help.