How can I make my curly hair fabulous for cheap (and how do I embrace it)?
May 26, 2011 6:59 PM Subscribe
Hair Filter: Help a grad student living frugally to make her curly hair fabulous. Moral support for going curly would also be appreciated!
posted by sunnychef88 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (41 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 20-something Caucasian girl with very long dark brown hair, and have been taming my curls since I was about 14. I've blown out, flat-ironed, and slathered biosilk on my hair for the past four years, or just put it in a frizzy ponytail with tons of bobby pins. It's very soft, thick hair that coils into narrow spiral ringlets (not waves) when I do nothing to it, with the bottom layers being a lot less curly unless I use a diffuser. When wearing my hair curly, I'll use a Frizz-Ease serum and run mousse through it after combing it out. I'll scrunch it a few times and it'll air dry into its flatter-on-top formation, with fine short frizz emerging as it dries. Any way I dry it, I have this "halo" of fine flyaway frizz that floats (so many "f"s!) around my head, which makes my hair look messy. I cannot love my curls because of this.
Fellow curly Metafi-ites, give me your feedback on whether it's worth it to keep spending an hour every day wrestling it into unnatural smoothness. At least that would be free (for now), since I have all kinds of straightening balms and smoothing serums.
Alternatively, I could read the "Curly Girl" book, buy a bunch of salon products ($$), and go to this expert curly hair stylist in town and get what must be the Rolls Royce of haircuts for $50+. Honestly, I got to SuperCuts for $15 trims usually. Is all of this necessary (the book, the co-washing, low-pooing, rinse out conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and styling gel and creme, AG:Recoil, the plopping/pineapple-ing/duck clips for volume) to have great curly hair? I'm trying to save up the money I have left from a previous lab job, but if this stuff will save me time in the morning, I'll go all out and make the investment. Please advise me in this respect!
1. Is taking care of curls just as time consuming as blowing out my hair, and is it even more expensive? If not, give me reasonably-priced products and basic steps, please!
2. I look awesome with straight hair. I get good reactions from men, and a part of me is afraid that I wouldn't be maximizing my potential with the curls. I don't personally find that straight hair is any more/less beautiful or polished, but admittedly, I feel like my curls don't look as sexy or even as "professional" and well-groomed as curly hair. How do I learn to love these locks, ladies (and gentlemen)?