I have naturally curly hair: sometimes you'd know it, sometimes you'd never. I like that just by dunking my head underwater, I can look completely different. One day it could be wild and undone, another, sleek and pulled together. It is said that the hair on our head and all parts of our body for that matter, is an extension of our "sensitive field." Maybe that's why, when left to their own devices, my curls remain undefeated. They are like little antennae feeling out the world for me. I love the voluminous kink and carefree whimsy that comes with going natural. Not always the case, in my uneducated Jew-fro days I was a mess.
Harnessing the humidity to your advantage and opting for a bigger-is-better mentality is powerful. A billowing collective of curls inspires you to play and embrace the allure of your whirls and twirls endlessly. If you're a self-confessed curl hater, it's a pretty transformative philosophy that extends into all areas of life. Here are a few literal tips and tricks I've learned along the way that may help you with a new kind of volume this summer.
• Don't let a hairdresser near you with thinning scissors: curly hair is finer than most and thinning can make it weak and brittle. I get dry cuts so whoever cuts my hair can assess how my curls fall and where layers are needed.
• Every curly hair girl should try Rahua's Conditioner which I'm convinced should be renamed "for the spirally blessed," and then post-rinse, use the brand's Finishing Treatment mixed with a tiny bit of Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue Camellia Oil for loose and languid loops.
• La Tierra Sagrada's palo santo and ayahuasca scalp and hair treatment is the bomb. Literally. It's jam-packed with anti-humidity oils and we all know that frizz avoidance is the number-one objective for us curly gals.
• To lengthen tight curls, Aveda's Be Curly Curl Enhancer works a treat to control and dampens down any unnecessary volume.
• When in doubt, coconut oil, coconut oil, coconut oil! It's cheap, softening, smoothing, defining, smells like the Tropics, keeps your scalp supple and leaves a glossy hold.
• If you're near a beach I recommend doubling up on Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse and Caudalie Divine Oil. Put a few drops of each onto wet hair and air-dry for subtly perfumed waves that get better and better as the night goes on.
• Don't brush it. Ever. Well, just comb gently through when it's wet.