Curly to Straight: How to straighten your curls without damaging them

Hello curlistas, the new year is vastly approaching us quite soon and I know many of you curly haired girls are planning on straightening your hair for your holiday parties. I would like to share some tips on how to straighten your beautiful curls without damaging them.

First, you will need to get a heat protecter. I personally just recently purchased the Nexxus Pro-mend heat protection spray (pictured below) after reading several reviews on it. It leaves your hair shiny and protects it against the heat and it also smells really good.

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Next you want to invest on a good blow dryer and some of key elements you want in a blow dryer are for it to have ceramic heating, be infused with tourmaline, and for it to ionic. These types of blow dryers help distrubute the heat evenly throughout your hair without causing excessive heat damage. You also want a blow dryer that has a wattage of 1300 or above and has multiple heat settings. Here’s an example of one below:

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Lastly, you also want a really good flat iron and in my experience more expensive does not always mean better. You definitely want it to be ceramic and infused for tourmaline which you can find in many flat iron nowadays.

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I hope some of these tips help you ladies.

Me with my natural curls

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Me after straightening my hair with all the tips I gave

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Gels vs. Creams

Have you ever gone shopping for new curly products and just feel overwhelmed with the amount of choices in front of you? If so, your not alone, I too have had the same feeling. There are so many products now out for curls all boasting how great they are. I like both gels and creams so I generally use them interchangeably. Here are some gels and creams that I have used and highly recommend!

Gels

DevaCurl Arc AnGel

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Now this gel is one my top favorites it gives you all the right definition and hold your curls need without making it feel crunchy. Your curls will be so defined and soft to the touch which in my opinion is how everyone curls should look. The only drawback is the pricing, however it lasts for good amount of time since you do not have to apply too much, so I would say the price is worth it. I have seen it sold in many places, such as; Target, Ulta, and many beauty supply stores. It generally costs $17.99 for a bottle of this size. But you will not be dissapointed!

CURLS Goddess Curls Gel

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This is another one of my personal favs that I use from time to time. It gives you similar results to the DevaCurl ArcAngel, but it works best by itself. So I recommend to not leave to much conditioner in your hair when you apply this product and I would also avoid using any creams with this gel since it will give you some white buildup. But it does work great on its own and it’s pretty affordable! The price ranges from $8 to $11 and I have found it sold in CVS, Walgreens, Target and a few beauty supply stores.

Ouidad Climate Control Gel

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Now this gel I just tried recently, I have heard lots of great reviews on it so I decided to try it. It reminds me a lot of another gel by DevaCurl called AnGel that gives definition and a lighter hold. If you want a lighter holding gel than this would be the way to go. It is pretty pricey this size bottle runs for $23 and I have seen it sold in Ulta and a few other beauty supply stores.

Creams

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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This is such a good cream for curls and it smells so yummy! It smells like sweet coconuts. This gives you a lot of the definition like a gel does. It also helps with some of the frizz as well. A little of this goes along way and it works really good in those cold winter months. You can find this product in many places like CVS, Walgreens, Target and most other places that sell hair products. It costs around $10 to $13 , but you can find for cheaper if there are sells going on like they have often in CVS.

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream

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This has to be one of the best creams out there for curls! It makes my hair so soft and defined and it also smells really good! This product also lasts a long time which is great. It works well with other gels and creams too. It only costs about $6 to $9. I have seen it at CVS and Walgreens.

Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Cream

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The smell is what first attracted me to this product. It has a sweet smell of grapes which I loved! It’s a lighter cream than the other too so I think it works well with curls that are looser since it won’t weigh down your curls. It’s not to bad on price either it costs about $6 to $8 depending on where you buy it. I bought mine at Walgreens, but I have seen it also in CVS and Target as well.

Overall I can not tell you which is better to you use on your curls. Gels and Creams both work for my curls so I like using each. I will say I do like the hold these gels gives especially for the summer since my hair tends to frizz up more. Now that winter will be close by I will most likely be switching to using more creams. I hope some of these product reviews help most of you when deciding on what to buy. Also feel free to leave a comment below and give me some of your reviews! ;)

Special Feature Friday!

Hello, our lovely readers this week we have the pleasure and honor of featuring Octavia. Her hair journey, like many of us has developed over the past few years with patience and lots of tlc!

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1) What is your favorite styling product?

My favorite product is the Curl Boosting Jelly by Curls Unleashed

2) Do you prefer mousse, gels, or creams?

I prefer gels…my hair is very frizzy and creams/mousses don’t always tame my fly-aways the way gel can.

3) What do you think is the best thing about wearing your hair curly?

The styles I can achieve with curly hair while maintaining its health is one of the best advantages to natural hair. I don’t have to sacrifice my hair’s health or texture to explore its versatility.

4) How often do you straighten your hair?

I usually straighten my hair during winter seasons but I’ve been heat free for a year and 9 months now. Heat damage ruined my hair’s curl pattern so I committed to nurse it back to health and stay away from heat for a while.

5) How many days do you generally go without washing your hair?

My current hair regimen is a co-wash once a week using diluted ACV instead of shampoo. After I “wash” my hair I detangle with conditioner using TreSemme for curly hair. Styling my hair is done with Argan Oil Eco Styler gel and vitamin E oil to seal my ends. I use the ‘pineapple method’ at night and I may refresh my curls once or twice through the week with a bit of gel and my spray bottle (filled with Infusium 23 leave-in conditioner, vitamin e oil and water).

Thanx Octavia for participating in our weekly feature! Your curly hair journey is very relatable and helpful to our readers!

Special Feature Friday!

Hello, my lovely curlistas! As promised here is our special feature for this Friday. We got to ask the sweet and lovely Ms. Danielle!

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1)Have you always rocked your curls? If not, what made you start wearing your hair naturally?

As a child, I rocked my curls all the time,but in high school, I not only got a perm, but I also got highlights. In college, I started embracing natural hairstyles more, because time was of the essence due to classes and I loved the versatility of natural hair.

2) What are your favorite curly products?

I have used Creme of Nature since I was a child and that is my staple product. I use coconut oil to moisturize my scalp and ends. I have recently started to try Shea Moisture products and they’ve been working great so far…no complaints!

3) How often do you deep condition and do hair treatments?

I try to do a deep condition/protein treatment every two months…once a month if I have the time.

4) Do you take any supplements to help with health growth such as biotin or gelatin vitamins?

I used to take Biotin, but now I just do protective styles to retain length.

5)What hairstyle do you prefer wearing; loose, ponytial, bun, etc?

I love just wearing my hair big,curly,and free! I love doing buns….the bigger the better! I am also into updos, like 1950s pinup styles, where I can set it off with a great accessory, like a flower.

Thanx for participating in our special feature Danielle it was an honor and we love your style! Your hair journey is an inspiration to all of us!

Special Feature Friday!

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Our first special feature is with the lovely Nicole! We had the pleasure of having a quick Q&A with this curlista:

1) What styling products do you use?
TRESemme mousse or TIGI Catwalk curl booster.

2)What shampoo and conditioner do you currently use?
TRESemme Flawless curls curl hydration shampoo and conditioner

3) Do you wear your hair curly most of time?
All the time!

4) how often do you trim?
about every 6 months/to a year

5) Why do you love your curls?
I feel my curls make me unique :)

We are always glad to see woman like Nicole embracing their curls and natural hair. By loving your hair in its most natural state you make a statement that says “I love who I am and I love my hair no matter the shape, size or texture!”

We would like to continue doing special features each Friday so please feel free to email us at curlyintervention@gmail.com with your favorite curly photo so we can send some fun q&a’s! Also you may hash tag #curlyinterventionfeatureme on Instagram so we know you want to be featured. Have a lovely Friday curl friends!

The Science behind Hair Growth

We have all wonder why some people’s hair grows faster than others. For the most part the answer is pretty simple, your growth cycle can be in your genes, or due to a good diet and as well as taking supplements. However, knowing the true science of the stages of our hair growth can better help how we can grow our hair to be long and healthy.

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Hair follicles grow in repeated cycles. One cycle can be broken down into three phases.

Anagen – Growth Phase
Catagen – Transitional phase
Telogen – Resting Phase
Each hair passes through the phases independent of the neighboring hairs.

Anagen Phase – Growth Phase

Approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growing phase at any one time. The Anagen phase or growth phase can vary from two to six years. Hair grows approximately 10cm per year and any individual hair is unlikely to grow more than one meter long.

Catagen Phase – transitional phase

At the end of the Anagen phase the hairs enters into a Catagen phase which lasts about one or two weeks, during the Catagen phase the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6 of the normal length. The lower part is destroyed and the dermal papilla breaks away to rest below.

Telogen Phase – resting phase

The resting phase follows the catagen phase and normally lasts about 5-6 weeks. During this time the hair does not grow but stays attached to the follicle while the dermal papilla stays in a resting phase below. Approximately 10-15 percent of all hairs are in this phase at an one time.

At the end of the Telogen phase the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen phase. The dermal papilla and the base of the follicle join together again and a new hair begins to form. If the old hair has not already been shed the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again.

For more information on hair growth visit http://www.follicle.com/hair-structure-life-cycle.html

DIY pre-wash deep conditioner / hair treatment

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To make your own deep conditioner/ hair treatment you will need the following ingredients:
-1 egg
-1/2 banana
-4-5 drops of aloe vera
-2 tsp of mayo
-1 1/2 tsp of honey
-2 tsp conditioner
-2 tsp of a silicone free conditioner (your choice)
-spray bottle w/ water
-spoon
-empty container to mix the contents

You want to mix all the ingredients thoroughly so it is easy to distribute in your hair evenly, we recommend mashing the banana first then mixing in the egg and then add the rest of the ingredients. The ingredients tend to settle after a few minutes so we also recommend to mix it every so often.

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As you are applying the mixture you want to section your hair in four, so you can fully penetrate all of your hair. You want to massage the deep conditioner onto your scalp and especially on your ends since it tends to be one of the driest parts of your hair. You want to twist each section into a small bun so you can keep it out the way while you start another section of your hair. You can use bobby pins to secure each small if needed.

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After you apply the deep conditioner to all parts of the hair you want to un-do the small buns and let your hair loose. You then want to take the left over deep conditioner and apply it to some areas you may have missed and more to the scalp and ends.

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After you use all the treatment (FYI if your hair is on the short side you might not have to use all of the mixture you can save the rest for next week, make sure to keep it in the fridge), you want to tie your hair into a bun and put a plastic shower cap or plastic bag, this allows e natural heat from your head to warm up the deep conditioner naturally.

We recommend leaving it on for 30-45 mins to get the full benefits of your deep conditioner. You then want to wash as you normally would, preferably with a sulfate-free shampoo and style as you normally would. You should see an added shine to your hair as well as very little to no frizz. We recommend doing this deep conditioner once a week to maintain beautiful hydrated curls!

Welcome curlistas!

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We like to officially introduce ourselves to all of you! We are two close friends who were inspired to share some of the tips and tricks we have learned on how to treat your natural hair, whether it be very tight and curly or even just waves! We will also like to hear from our readers what there hair concerns are so that we can better assist you. We will be posting treatments and masks that we have researched and tried ourselves very soon, so be on the look out! Also if your not following already, please follow our Instagram page @curlyintervention and @ us or hash tag us to feature your curly photos!