Thursday, August 14, 2014

How I style my Naturally Curly Hair: Part 1

What type of curly hair do I have?  How long have I had curly hair?  What kind of hairstyles worked on my hair?

I'm answering these questions in this post.  Whenever I see a "curly hair" post, I want to see lots of pictures so I know what type of curly hair the poster has.  If her hair is similar to mine, I will try her suggestions, but I know that there are many different types of curly hair and what works with one person may not work with another.

I have always had naturally curly hair, and as a child I sported some amazing hairstyles.

Or should I say Afros?

All cuteness aside, I come from a family of straight-haired people, so it took me several years to learn how to tame my hair.  I tried pomades, gels, serums, and creams of all kinds, from the drugstore and from the salon.  I never went through a straightener phase, like some girls have, because I kept my hair very long up until my junior year of high school, and have since varied between chin-length to mid-back length (my hair grows really fast).  These are a few examples of my hair type at varied lengths, using the method I will describe in my next two posts.

Chin Length

A few inches past shoulder

Very long

Angled Bob (Very Short in Back)

Whew, that was a lot (and I hate selfies, so I apologize).  Another thing important to look at is texture.  My hair is very fine, but I have quite a bit of it.  It is pretty much the opposite of coarse.  When I straighten it, it is smooth and glossy and doesn't even hold a curl.  The photo below is straightened with only a hairdryer and a flat iron; I didn't use any product because I was getting ready to donate it.

Curly vs. Straight
So, will my method work for you?  I hope so!  Your results will depend a lot on what type of hair you have, so that's why I spent so much time explaining what type of hair I have.


This post is part 1 of a series on how I style my curly hair. (I will update the links as the pages are posted)
Part 1:  What type of hair do I have?
Part 3:  How I style my hair


  1. My hair is very fine too and I have a lot of it. My beautician (when I used to go to one) loved my hair because it would do whatever she wanted it to do. If I just let it dry after washing it is completely straight except for in the back at the nape. I used to wish for curly hair but I have made my peace with it. I think your hair is beautiful but I know it has presented you (and your Mom when you were little) with challenges!

    1. Well, I used to wish for straight hair! Now that I've figured it out, though, I think it's awesome to have curly hair.