Q by Julie: Dear Reagan-
First of all, let me say that I think your blog is awesome.
Ok. Let’s start at the top.
I have naturally curly hair, very similar to your curl actually. The length is a medium long.
When it is short, I can get a super ramen noodley curl, but as it gets longer, it pulls heavy and draws the curls into a wavey curl.
Here’s the deal. The ONLY product I have found that gives me awesome curl WITH body, is Paul Mitchel mousse. I have seriously tried so many different
alternatives to no avail. Creams tend to make it really heavy on top
so I have no body. I avoid gels b/c I fear crunchy hair. See the dilemna?
My hairstylists are always encouraging me to air dry my air, but FYI, it goes TOTALLY flat.
I HAVE to blow dry with a diffuser, but that makes lots of frizz. Plus, lately it will look pretty good after blow-drying and then, bam, 20 minutes later its this limpy
80′s big hair band do. So it usually ends up in a bun after that.
See the dilema?
So, I am wondering, do you have ANY hair advice for me? (from start to finish…as in what to wash with, how to towel dry, how to blow dry, what products to use, etc, etc)
If not, that’s cool too. I still think your hair is total rockstar and you have awesomeness qualities.
thanks for yr time-
A by Reagan: Haha, I love this question! Although I haven’t seen a picture of your hair, it sounds like you don’t have the right cut for your hair texture. First thing I would suggest is trying out different lengths of layers, since the top is so heavy and flat. I have had layers as short as eye level before, which did hair wonders for my wave and overall shape. I kept that haircut for about a year, but grew out the layers to around mouth level so I could have more options with the way I styled it (short short short layers can be a little tricky when wearing your hair straight). Like I said, your first step is to make sure you have the right hair cut. Long or no layers will weigh down the top and make it flatter than the look it sounds like you are going for.
Once you have the proper cut, shampoo with any salon professional volumizing shampoo on regular days, and with a clarifying shampoo once a week.
Next, if Paul Mitchell Mousse is working for you, then I would keep using it! Try using a smoothing cream more in a “spot treatment” way to tame frizz….get a dab, rub it together in your hands and then work in the areas lightly as needed. I often work it in while scrunching to prevent pulling out any curl.
Lastly, an oil or serum or finishing gloss is always the way to go with waves. My favorites are: Redken Glass, Redken Vinyl Glam, Moroccan Oil and last but not least Tigi Headrush. These will help seal your frizzy ends together, create shine and give a little more definition to your natural waves. Make sure to avoid getting any of these near your roots because they will make your hair look dirty.
If all else fails, you can do a combo look. I will sometimes air dry my hair, hate it, then touch up certain areas with a flat iron (use to create wave) or curling iron. Like Kate Hudson’s hair in the picture.
Thanks for your question Julie, I hope this helps you!
P.S. I copy/pasted the question from the email Julie sent me which is why the format is a little funky. Also, I did edit it a little just to make it shorter.
Also, I missed this blog last week.