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Guide to Managing Curly Hair
Beauty
Published Thursday Oct 31, 2019 by Sara Lesher

Taming the Mane: My Guide to Managing Curly Hair

Beauty
Personal Growth
Motivation

If you have curly or wavy hair, you understand the struggles of battling weather, frizz, product overload, and unpredictability of your look. For years, I have tried tons of different methods, products, and tools for controlling my mane. I always looked at my straight-haired friends with envy as they effortlessly tossed up a beautifully sleek pony or walked in the rain without fear of the frizz

Wasn’t there an easier way I could embrace my natural curls instead of trying to flatten them? That’s when I began my research and discovered the Curly Girl Method, a list of dos and don’ts that help restore your natural curl pattern to its healthiest form. Sounds simple, right? Not really.

 

"Frizz is just a curl waiting to happen."

- Lorraine Massey

 

I learned that if I were to fully embrace this method, I would have to give up heat, shampoo, and color. I was ready to embrace my natural curls, but I still wanted to use styling tools on special occasions and couldn’t fathom cutting out shampoo in my active, sweaty lifestyle. So I decided to start small, with all of the things that seemed doable for me.

 

Here's what I did...

Swapped my pillowcase

I have always used a traditional cotton pillowcase. I never realized that when I move around in my sleep, I’m rubbing my head against it and causing frizz and breakage. Switching to a silk pillowcase is much more gentle on my hair. When I toss and turn, my hair glides over the material rather than breaking into small strands. Plus, it makes me feel like royalty

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Swapped my pillowcase

I have always used a traditional cotton pillowcase. I never realized that when I move around in my sleep, I’m rubbing my head against it and causing frizz and breakage. Switching to a silk pillowcase is much more gentle on my hair. When I toss and turn, my hair glides over the material rather than breaking into small strands. Plus, it makes me feel like royalty

Tossed my hairbrush

If you have curly hair, you know brushing turns your locks into one giant poof that engulfs your entire face. However, I did brush it while it was wet. I gave up brushing outside the shower and purchased a Vitagoods scalp massager/shampoo brush, and let me tell you, I love this thing. This vibrating tool fits in the palm of your hand and makes for an amazing scalp massage, stimulating hair growth and removing any dryness or dead skin from your scalp (gross).

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Tossed my hairbrush

If you have curly hair, you know brushing turns your locks into one giant poof that engulfs your entire face. However, I did brush it while it was wet. I gave up brushing outside the shower and purchased a Vitagoods scalp massager/shampoo brush, and let me tell you, I love this thing. This vibrating tool fits in the palm of your hand and makes for an amazing scalp massage, stimulating hair growth and removing any dryness or dead skin from your scalp (gross).

Quit towel drying

I used to wrap my hair up in a bath towel to dry it, as many people do. But just like the pillowcase, the material of towels leads to breakage and frizz, especially if you wrap it tightly on top of your head. I stopped towel drying altogether and begun scrunching my hair dry with a cotton T-shirt—or you can use a microfiber hair towel. I immediately noticed a difference in the way my hair looked! It was smooth and shiny with much less frizz than before. 

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Quit towel drying

I used to wrap my hair up in a bath towel to dry it, as many people do. But just like the pillowcase, the material of towels leads to breakage and frizz, especially if you wrap it tightly on top of your head. I stopped towel drying altogether and begun scrunching my hair dry with a cotton T-shirt—or you can use a microfiber hair towel. I immediately noticed a difference in the way my hair looked! It was smooth and shiny with much less frizz than before. 

Said goodbye to chemicals

When I began to read about sulfates, silicones, and parabens, I was mortified by what I had been putting in my hair! Obviously, my hair will look damaged if I consistently cover it in toxic chemicals. It is so easy to read the ingredients of products before you buy them to check for those three things. Many shampoos and conditioners will say right on the bottle if they are free of these chemicals, so be sure to read before you buy (plus, it’s better for the environment!).

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Said goodbye to chemicals

When I began to read about sulfates, silicones, and parabens, I was mortified by what I had been putting in my hair! Obviously, my hair will look damaged if I consistently cover it in toxic chemicals. It is so easy to read the ingredients of products before you buy them to check for those three things. Many shampoos and conditioners will say right on the bottle if they are free of these chemicals, so be sure to read before you buy (plus, it’s better for the environment!).

Cut down on washing

Although I wasn’t ready to quit washing completely, I knew I should cut back. Hair is not supposed to be cleaned every day, and doing so makes it look dry and lifeless. I thought I had to wash my hair every time I worked out! Wrong!  I cut back on shampoo and started using As I Am’s Coconut Cowash. This, combined with my daily scalp massage, left my hair feeling clean—even after sweating. Although I noticed a little extra grease at first, my hair quickly adjusted to the new routine, and now it looks better than ever.

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Cut down on washing

Although I wasn’t ready to quit washing completely, I knew I should cut back. Hair is not supposed to be cleaned every day, and doing so makes it look dry and lifeless. I thought I had to wash my hair every time I worked out! Wrong!  I cut back on shampoo and started using As I Am’s Coconut Cowash. This, combined with my daily scalp massage, left my hair feeling clean—even after sweating. Although I noticed a little extra grease at first, my hair quickly adjusted to the new routine, and now it looks better than ever.

Stopped comparing

My biggest mistake during the beginning of this journey was comparing my hair to other types. I wondered why my methods didn’t give me the same results as the girls I saw on YouTube. I took this quiz to determine my hair’s pattern, type, porosity, density, and width, which allowed me to have a better understanding and appreciation of my hair’s unique qualities. After just a few months, I'm now straightening less and loving my curls!

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Stopped comparing

My biggest mistake during the beginning of this journey was comparing my hair to other types. I wondered why my methods didn’t give me the same results as the girls I saw on YouTube. I took this quiz to determine my hair’s pattern, type, porosity, density, and width, which allowed me to have a better understanding and appreciation of my hair’s unique qualities. After just a few months, I'm now straightening less and loving my curls!

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.