It’s no surprise that I have curly hair! Last year I shared a blog post with my favorite haircare products and accessories, which gained a lot of traction with you and others on Pinterest! Since then, the products I use have changed slightly so I thought it would be a good idea to share an updated post with you!
Hair has always been an interesting topic of discussion throughout my life. Growing up as a bi-racial only child, I didn’t really have anyone who looked like or had hair like me, which sometimes proved difficult in the way that I viewed my hair. Like many people with curls, I spent many years hating my hair and trying to find ways to manage it. I remember once as a kid my mom let me get a relaxer on my hair and in high school I would straighten my hair several times a week (yikes). It was around my junior year of college (around the time I started Park Street Chic) when I finally felt comfortable in my skin (and hair) and decided to find ways to protect and keep my hair healthy and strong. And I am so thankful I did!
As I have mentioned many times, everyone’s curls, texture and length are different so it’s extremely important that you try out various products to find a combination that works for you! For example, I have found that rice amino/rice curl complex products just don’t work well in my hair and leave it feeling heavy. Thus, I try to avoid those products to maintain my natural curl pattern.
You can see a full list of the products that I use on a regular basis below, but I thought I would call out several of the products because they’re JUST THAT GOOD!
Denman brush. This brush has done wonders for my curls! I use this with my favorite conditioner in the shower to get the product evenly dispersed through my hair. I also use it out of the shower as I apply my other products. I don’t know what kinds of engineering went into the creation of this product, but there is a noticeable difference in my curls when I use this brush. They go from frizzy to spiral in no time!
Microfiber hair towel. I’ve spent most of my life using a regular towel to dry my hair. For the longest time I saw curl gurus suggest using a microfiber towel to prevent excessive frizz, but I was skeptical about how well it really worked. About a month ago I saw some on sale while at the store and decided to give them a try. Let me be clear: I was completely wrong to be skeptical about the efficacy of a microfiber towel for your hair. My hair doesn’t have nearly as much frizz when I take it out of the towel as it did before. Now I just need to buy more so I’m not constantly having to wash the two I have.
A Diffuser. I’m not kidding when I say that this diffuser is gigantic. I don’t really need to go into details as to why you need a good diffuser if you use curly hair (more details in this Byrdie article), but it’s great if you have long hair like I do! Most days I am a “wash ’n go” kind of girl, but on days where I need to quickly dry my hair or want some extra volume, this is my go-to.
That’s it for today’s post! Do you have any questions for me about managing curly hair? I’m not a professional expert, but my experiences over the years have definitely brought me some ideas on how to keep your curls strong and healthy!