I’m a redhead with somewhat wavy and curly hair. Through the years, I’ve done my fair share of damage to my natural curls with straighteners, curling irons, etc. But, one of my goals this year is to embrace my natural red curls. With that goal in mind, I have researched, tried several different products, and I am here to tell you that I have found some new ‘Redhead-Friendly’ approved favorites!
Most redheads with curly hair are probably already aware that one of the best things you can do for your curls is to wash them less. This is sometimes referred to as the “No Poo” (or no shampoo) method. The idea is to use less shampoo which can strip your curls of the natural oils they need. However, when you do wash your hair, it is important to find shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate-free and formulated to work with curls not against them. Bumble and Bumble products are a bit pricey, but this shampoo and conditioner are ideal for curl hydration and definition, and they can be found in your local drugstore.
New product alert! (For me, at least). My husband bought me this range for Christmas, and I am truly pleased with how these products have interacted with my curls. The souffle gives my curls definition without rendering them crunchy and untouchable. And the re-activator is just that! It brings those day two or day three curls back to life! These products are all-natural and smell amazing! I am definitely a satisfied customer and will be looking into what else Curlsmith has to offer.
When your curls start feeling a bit dry or frazzled between washes, give them a boost with lavender oil. I mix 7 or 8 drops of pure lavender oil in a liter (about 4 cups) distilled water. This makes a great spray for curls between washes. Lavender not only makes red hair smell great, but it conditions the hair as well. Or, try a few drops of pure lavender oil for a scalp massage to relieve itching or irritation.
If your red curls are especially dry and brittle this winter, you might try a moisturizing hair mask. I recently came across this mask made specifically for curls. It contains all-natural ingredients like yogurt protein, probiotics, and quinoa. This mask is specifically formulated to help improve bounce, manageability and curl elasticity. It is sulfate-free and can be easily purchased via Amazon.
Microfiber towels are one of the best solutions for eliminating frizziness and breakage in your red curls. Regular cotton towels take out more moisture than necessary from the hair. They also have a coarse texture, which can cause friction and frizziness, making breakage and split ends worse. But you don’t need to rub a microfiber towel around your strands to wick out the excess moisture. This means minimal friction and less breakage. The Devatowel is a curly girl favorite and can be found on Amazon or at most beauty supply stores.
If you’ve been in the curly hair game for long, you’ve probably heard of Ouidad. They call themselves the curly hair experts, and they have created products and salons specifically for treating curly hair. If you’ve never had your hair cut by a curly-hair specialist, you might look into treating yourself to an Ouidad cut. These beauticians are trained to cut your curls in a way that will bring them to life. It won’t be the cheapest haircut you’ve ever had, but it might just be the most successful. There are Ouidad certified salons around the country, and you can search here for your nearest salon on their website.
Let’s embrace our red curls this year! Give these products a try, and let us know what you think!
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