[dropcap]Q[/dropcap]: I’m actually using the Hair Rules line now. Love the shampoo and conditioners. I’m still styling product challenged…I need something that won’t shrink my curl further down than it already is. Any suggestions? -Alisha
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]: While I do like the Hair Rules line for their shampoo and Ultra Rich Quench conditioner, I wouldn’t choose their styling products for Afro texture curly hair that is shorter than 4 to 5 inches in stretched out length. For shorter hair I suggest using a type of styling product that is more substantial, in order to achieve better curl definition with some hold but not crunch.
For kinky curly hair I prefer the products that have hold but not crunch. To define your curls the best products I find are typically a mix between a gel and a pomade and usually clear, transparent and not opaque or creamy. Using this type of product will leave you with more curls, shine and less Afro. As far as the curl shrinkage issue – the nature of curly, coily hair, is that it springs back and coils up (that is what makes the hair texture so unique) as opposed to stretching out. At different stages of length you will start to see your hair’s ‘different personalities’.
- After shampooing and conditioning your hair part off the hair by 1/4 inch or very small sections
- Apply the product section by section using a rattail comb. Work the product through the individual section as the hair is soaking wet.
- Using a small tooth comb ensure that the section of your hair is well-coated with product
- Finish or set the section by twirling the curl with your fingers or the end of a rattail comb encourage curl separation.
- Continue applying the product section by section re-wetting the hair as necessary to make sure you are applying the product while the hair is soaking wet.
[box_info]Curly hair already has plenty of texture to begin with so you are just using styling products to manipulate and “set” the curl pattern or hair shape you desire. By applying the product in the steps I described you are actually doing what I call setting your hair without rollers. [/box_info] After entire head is set with product there is no need to further disturb the hair. Even though I call it a ‘set’ you do not have to sit under a hair dryer. Let it dry or set on it’s own resulting in shinier hair with a more uniformed, well-defined and visibly noticeable curl pattern. Hopefully this will help you have a good hair day.
[box_tip]I specifically mention Shea Moisture for short hair only. Read my Shea Moisture Curling Souffle product review here. [/box_tip]