You might be surprised to know that a good percentage of people who email me write me because of… my hair.
That’s right. My hair.
Sometimes, I feel like Elizabeth Hunter’s Hair ought to have its own twitter account.
When you have curly hair, you often feel like it has its own personality. You can ask it to behave, but there’s no guarantee it will actually do it. (It’s kind of like a toddler.)
I often have people asking what I use on my hair. So to simplify things, I’m going to give you my (pretty simple) routine for hair care and the products I use.
What I’ve found after 38 years of having very curly hair is that it’s all about the products you use. Some of this is trial and error. But here are a few good places to start.
My favorite shampoo bar. Great for oilier hair, so this may not work if your hair is dry, but Lush has different shampoo bars for different hair types and they’re worth trying out.
Hands down, the best conditioner I have ever used for curly hair. Truly unknots with a very small amount. I’d recommend this for everyone with curly hair. You can use it as a wash out or a leave in. (I use it as a leave in.) GREAT for kids with curly hair when you want to avoid the tears.
Again, this is the curl creme that works best for me, but I’m a fan of all of Miss Jessie’s products. Look around and find the right one. If you’re just starting to wear your curly hair natural again, their website has a lot of resources to get you on the right track.
I wash. I condition. I use curl creme. And then I use a diffuser or air dry it if it’s warm enough outside. And… that’s about it! It really is a lot about finding and using the right products.
If I could give curly haired people one word of advice overall, it would be to not over-wash. I usually only wash my hair three to four times a week. If you really feel like you need to wash your hair every day, then make sure to condition well and try to let it air-dry.
As for my color, it’s called Oilslick hair, and it’s created by layering various shades of blue, teal, green, and purple. I most definitely do NOT color it myself. I have an amazing colorist and she uses Pravana Vivids colors to create the layered color effect. Find a good colorist and ask for his or her advice.