For my new curly blogger series I’m interviewing curly hair bloggers to learn how they take care of their curls. I’m really excited that Sarah is the first blogger I interviewed.
She was one of the few YouTubers that were already spreading some curly love and their tips and tricks in the internet when I decided to embrace my natural curls. That’s one of the reasons why she has always been such an inspiration for me. Therefore I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading through her answers just as much as I did!
Have you always liked your curls or was there a certain moment that made you embrace your natural curls?
Prior to the beginning of high school, my hair was constantly up in a bun or a braid. I had these super frizzy edges and my hair
was a big source of insecurity for me. I was around 14 when I finally started learning how to style and care for my curly hair. Beyond getting the technique and products down, I also had to accept my hair for what it was…voluminous, temperamental, and very curly! When people started complimenting my hair it was unsettling at first because no one had done that before, but eventually I became really confident about my natural curls and learned to embrace them.
What tip, method or technique has really changed the appearance of your curls for the better?
I stumbled upon the Curly Girl method through a magazine I used to read as a teen and very quickly after checked out what would become my hair bible-AKA the Curly Girl handbook by Lorraine Massey- from the library. I also found the CurlTalk forums on naturallycurly.com which were a huge help. Ditching shampoo and replacing it with a cowash; finding natural, silicone and wax free products; and following the routine laid out in the Curly Girl handbook did a world of wonders for my hair. If you have curls and haven’t checked it out, go get the book right now, and give it a read. I know Sandra also follows the CG method as well.
Please describe your current routine
I wash and style my hair every two to three days. In the shower, I use a light conditioner to scrub my scalp and then I apply a thicker conditioner before detangling my curls. I rinse most of my conditioner out and then apply my styling products, which include a leave in, my Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, and a gel. I like to smooth and scrunch all of my products on for very clumpy curls, and I avoid combing after the shower. Lastly, I scrunch some of the water out of my hair with a cotton cloth, finger twirl unruly pieces, and then put my hair up into a t-shirt turban (aka a plop). I leave my plop on for about 15 minutes and air dry afterwards. On the days when I don’t have to bother with washing my hair, I spritz my hair with a water/leave in mixture and apply a cream or butter product. I smooth down any frizz, finger twirl some curls, and then walk out the door
What are your favorite products?
I am a total product junkie so I’ll try to keep this somewhat snappy: Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner (co-wash), Mop Top
Natural Daily Conditioner (rinse out conditioner), As I Am Leave-in Conditioner (leave-in conditioner), Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper (sealer/frizz preventer), Jessicurl Spiralicious (hard hold gel), and Original Moxie Hold Up Serum (hard hold serum/gel). They are all gold in a bottle for my low-porosity, medium thickness, and very dry hair. @:-)
What do you think is most important when it comes to curls?
Learn to love and care for your curls. Don’t compare your hair to others too much and don’t wish for something you don’t have. There’s something very freeing about accepting your natural hair. Embrace your curls, wear them proudly, and everyone will see how beautiful they are.