I have received a few messages inquiring about the products I use on Harper’s hair. My mom is a hairdresser so I have the luxury of trying out multiple types of products without breaking the bank so I thought I’d share the information I’ve obtained with y’all!.. I’ve listed my favorites and the process I use below as well as instructions as to how I use them. Hope you find it helpful when taming your own babe’s curly mane!
- Shampoo & Conditioner: My go-to shampoo has been Matrix for over a decade. I recently discovered the Matrix, Total Results, Rock It Texture, and I absolutely love it! I use it on both my and Harper’s hair.
- Gel: Matrix, Total Results, Curl Please Super Defrizzer, Curl Defining Gel
- Mousse: TRESemmé Curl Care, Flawless Curls, Extra Curls. I’ve used it for years. It’s affordable and great for everyday use.
- Curl Boosting Spray: Noodle Head, Beyond the Zone, Curl Boasting Spray
- Leave in Conditioner: 12 Benefits, Instant Healthy Hair Treatments
- Brush: KareCo, I purchased it from WalMart, and it was a game changer. Prior to this purchase I was using a fine toothed comb to brush out Harper’s hair. It took almost an hour each time and made both of us dread bath time.
- Old t-shirt that can be used for drying hair.
- Wet hair and apply the shampoo.
- Rinse hair and apply conditioner.
- Let conditioner set for a few minutes.
- Use the brush recommended above to brush out hair. (I know many would advise against brushing hair when wet, but it’s what works best for us and causes her the least amount of pain when detaingling. The knots in her hair brush out relatively easily. This usually takes me a max of 10 minutes to complete.)
- Rinse conditioner.
- Brush or comb again and apply gel to the bottom of hair.
- Add a bit of mousse and work throughout hair as well. (I only add products to the ends of her hair.. never the top. This keeps the products out of her eyes when we’re rinsing, etc.)
- Spray with leave in conditioner and curl boosting spray recommended above.
- Brush hair out again to add a little volume to it, and leave it to dry for a few minutes.
- Take tshirt and blot hair to remove access moisture. Never use a towel to dry curly hair. It causes frizz. Also, touch the hair as little as possible. The natural oils from your hands can cause friz as well.
- Use a hairdryer with diffuser and COLD air to dry if air drying isn’t an option and you want to add a little extra volume. (I always dry with cold or warm air, hitting it with a bit of heat for about 30 seconds at the end.)
I do not straighten my hair often, thanks to the lovely Alabama humidity and a flat iron that hasn’t been replaced since my college days, it just isn’t worth the trouble lol. When I DO straighten it, I love to use the Matrix Sleek Look line! I’ve used it for years, and it’s my favorite. I straightened Harper’s hair once out of curiosity, but it’s not something I do on a regular basis. Below is a photo of it on day two, no touch up, just brushed.
I told Matt about this blog post so he wanted to give a Dad’s perspective on how to care for curly hair.. lol!!
Matt’s “Dad Regime” for Harper’s hair:
- Wet hair.
- Use Suave Shampoo to clean hair.
- Condition with Suave.
- Distract the mother so you can actually dry hair with a towel, & your baby doesn’t have to go to bed with a wet head.
- That’s it!
My hair is a completely different texture, but I generally use the same products. 🙂