I have naturally curled hair like you. I have always dealt with frizz. Do you have any secrets to share on taming curls? ~Frizzy in Clinton, OK
I want to warn my readers that today’s column is a slight departure from the norm, but how could I refuse to answer a fellow curly-haired sister in her time of need? So if by chance you are of the straight hair species, you might want to pass this column along to a friend who suffers from unruly naturally curled hair…I dealt with this for the first 14 years of my life, and still do on the rare occasion when my process gets interrupted. I have to give props to the man who changed my life when it comes to my hair. His name is Wayne, and he was the first real stylist my mom ever took me to. Until then it had been whichever friend or family member had a sharp pair of scissors and a free afternoon. Wayne took one look at me and said, “You don’t know how to deal with your curls do you?” I shook my head. He was right. I had even gotten a perm in an attempt to achieve the soft defined ringlets that I had longed for, but there I sat with hair sticking out every which way. That day he passed along a secret that I am going to share with you. (Professional hairdressers stop reading here) I have used every hair product known to man. I have paid $65 for a toothpaste sized tube of shampoo guaranteed to smooth and condition. I have tried oils, special conditioners, pomades, gels, and creams, and yet I always end up coming back to my old standby. My secret to a refined curly coiffure, and the one set of products I cannot live without. PANTENE. I know! I know! Hairdressers across western Oklahoma are cringing! Yes, I am aware of the dangers…the harsh chemicals and the waxy build-up. But as a religious Pantene user, I’m here to say that my hair must love harsh chemicals and waxy build-up! I use the shampoo, conditioner, mousse, and the non-aerosol hairspray. I do all my product application and scrunching while the hair is wet, and then I don’t touch it until it dries. It works for me and I am asked at least once a month what I use in my hair. So dear frizzed in Clinton, it’s worth a try, and you won’t break the bank in the process. If that doesn’t work, send me a message and I’ll see if I can’t look up good old Wayne for you. Oh, and if you happen to be of the straight variety, feel free to drop me an email and share your hair woes or secrets as well and I will pass them along on my blog. We are an equal hair texture opportunity forum here.