Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have been at sewing camp over the holiday break and Im just now getting around to writing this blog post about my hair! I posted a video on IG showng you how I get my spiral curls! Here is a quick break down of everything.
First, I just want to say natural hair is like a little puppy. Natural hair needs to be cared for, sometimes it doesn’t listen to you, it takes patience, its super cute, you love and cherish it… But puppies also need to be TRAINED. And so does your hair! Yes natural hair needs to be trained to do whatever it is you want it to do. Even if you only wear protective styles, you train your hair so that it stays healthy!
How do you train your natural hair? Training you hair just means doing the same style or following the same routine consistently. By doing this your hair gets used to that routine or style so it becomes more manageable, styles last longer, and your hair stays healthy. For example if you only wear curly styles, the more you CONSISTENTLY do curly styles the more you hair will become used to or “trained” to be in those styles. So when it comes time to do them, your hair doesn’t work against you because it is trained. Your hair already knows it’s going in a curly style, after a while your curly styles will start to last longer and become easier to manage.
You can train your hair according to how you usually wear it. My mom is natural but she only wears her hair natural straight & flat ironed. You would think her hair is heat damaged and a mess because she flat irons it faithfully every 2 weeks, but NOPE, I trained her hair. She can wear it straight and still have healthy hair. Now this takes time, patience, and maybe even some professional help but train your natural hair so it can stop fighting with you. It needs somewhat of a routine and a little bit of structure… just like a little puppy. lol
So here is the quick breakdown of what I use to do my rollet sets.
SHAMPOO- I am NOT a product junkie. Lol Idk why but I’ve never been the type to buy a new curl product everytime I wash my hair. I have really thick hair and products can just add up really quick. I also believe that quality products don’t have to cost a fortune. That being said Im not going to recommend a shampoo and conditioner because I think you should just use whatever you like. I usually do some type of cleansing shampoo followed by a moisturizing shampoo. I try to do hot oil treatments or a deep conditioner every other time I shampoo. So for this style you are going to shampoo and condition your hair. Detangle it and put it into sections. This is the only combo I use to detangle, it is the best.
PRODUCTS- Leave In Conditioner- I usually switch this up. Right now, I’m using Crème of Nature Pure Honey Break Up Breakage Leave In Conditioner and I like it. Leave in is a step I never skip!
MOUSSE- The type of mousse you use is really what can make or break a roller set. My favorite mousse is the Design Essentials Compositions mousse. I have been using it for years and I love everything about it! However, it is around $12-15 (which is not bad) but when you set your hair as much as I do and you can only get about 2-3 sets out of a bottle, it goes fast. My next favorite mousse is the Olive Oil Mousse. The Olive Oil mousse is significantly cheaper than the Design Essentials mousse, its about $6 and you can still achieve great results with it!
DRYER- There are tons of dyers out there I use a simple hooded table top dryer I got from my local beauty supply. Mannn at home dryers have come a long way because this thing gets HOT and they come in bigger sizes now! I have a jumbo dryer so all my hair actually fits under it! It usually takes about 45 mins to an hour for my hair to dry completely.
SLEEPING WITH CURLS- Satin bonnet, Satin pillowcase, or Pineapple method. When my hair was really trained I could do the pineapple method, go to sleep, wake up in the morning, take it down, shake my hair, and go. Right now my hair is too short to go into a pineapple so I just wear a bonnet at night. I just try to keep the back and sides of my hair up so the curls don’t get smashed and flat. I fluff my fro in the morning and that’s it!
Go to my IG page @itsnichelleb to see the video of how I roll my hair! What do you think of this spiral set? Would you try it on your natural hair? Let me know if you have questions!