Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Let's Talk About... Giving Your Hair a Break

Confession time!

As shameful as it is to admit, while in pursuit of the style and color that I'm striving for, I have a tendency to overlook what my hair needs to stay healthy and nourished. This dismissive and destructive behavior often leads to breakage, earning me a stern talking to by my stylist once the time comes for a trim and root touch-up. While there really is no excuse for this conduct toward my tresses, I will say that it's nearly impossible to keep up with the style that I think works best for me without a combination of hot tools and styling products that often leave my hair parched and in need of some serious care.

This is why every week or so, especially in the summer, I have taken to giving my hair a kind of styling vacation; a much needed chance to soak up some products enriched with natural oils and curl enhancing properties. I may not love my hair in it's curly state as much as I do when it's just undergone the flat-iron-treatment, but I'm trying to take advantage of tutorials like this one (which I have adapted in my style below) in order to feel a bit more comfortable while I'm trying to do right by my stubborn locks. 

Here are some of the products that I have found help a lot with simultaneously treating and managing my curls. They all contain natural ingredients, which I love, and they can ALL be found at Target at affordable prices!

Clockwise from Top-Left:
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo (cleans all of the crap out of my hair without robbing it of much needed moisture, plus it smells great!) - $9.99
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner - (as a companion the the amazing shampoo, this defines curls like nobody's business, before I even step out of the shower) - $11.99
Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner (helps to both detangle and strengthen hair, both of which are crucial when dealing with curls) - $11.00
Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Pure Hair Oil (I like to apply this beautifully scented oil right after the leave-in conditioner to add even more moisture and shine) - $10.00
Carol's Daughter Hair Milk - Styling Pudding (I use this to both define and hold my curls in place lest frizz comes in and ruins everything; a little bit goes a long way) - $12.00
Carol's Daughter Hair Milk - Refresher Spray (for the next day when my hair needs a pep talk, this handy spray brings it back to life without the need to wash and repeat the whole process) - $11.00

I'm sure that while reading this, you may have noticed a common theme: Carol's Daughter, but I really am so appreciative of their products! I had such a hard time finding the right products for my hair type growing up, that I often felt a bit cheated when it seemed like no companies were willing to make products specifically for girls like me. I only wish lines like Carol's Daughter (and Shea Moisture, and Mixed Chicks) were around back then; it would have probably made my (and my Mom's) life a heck of a lot easier!

Curls? Tamed. Hair? Looking shiny and feeling healthy, even in it's natural state.

Of course until the next time I force it through the dreaded Ultra Chi...the cycle continues.



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