By: Renad Khaled
Curly hair. A blessing we should all appreciate. Many people decide to disguise their beautiful coils by using a straightener, which is something I used to consistently do. I was stupid enough to straighten my own hair while I admired other people’s curls. One day I decided that I’ve had enough, I wanted my hair to go back to being fluffy and curly. It has been almost a year since I took this wonderful decision, and I believe I’ve learned a ton of things that will help the transitioning curly heads out there.
To start off, you’ll need to acknowledge the fact that it’s going to be a tough process. Some of the very common obstacles are people’s judgements. You need to promise yourself that no matter how many comments are thrown at you about how straight hair is better, you’ll still embrace the curls. Another thing you’ll have to keep in mind is time. You’re going to have to be patient. Good curls don’t come overnight, you need to wait to see results. Another perspective of it is how much time you’ll be spending on experimenting and finding the right routine for you, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not going to consume a lot of your day. Last but not least, you’ll have to deal with letting go of any source of damage to your precious curls. Heat coming from curling wands and straighteners cause even more damage to your hair. You’ll also need to hunt for some sulfate free products, we don’t wanna frizzy and undefined hair, do we?
The big chop. Something that scares a lot of us. But don’t worry, I’m not here to tell you how you need to get rid of a fairly large chunk of your hair. I’m here to tell you that you gotta get rid of SPLIT ENDS. I didn’t get a big chop, all I had to do was grab a pair of scissors and tell my aunt that I wanted my split ends gone and bam! My curls started kicking in a slight bit.
It took me about 4 months of trial and error to figure out a suitable routine. I went from brand to brand until I was able to figure something out. Start by trying to find out your curl type and I know, it might be difficult since your curls are still transitioning but I mean, give it a shot! After concluding that I was a mix between 3A and 3B curls, I started hunting for products. I spent a ton of money since I was ordering expensive curly hair products online and using all these high-end brands, but then a friend of mine recommended that I try one of the less pricey Egyptian brands and let me tell you, they worked wonders. Who would’ve thought that the Vatika styling cream would keep my hair lookin’ shiny and defined? Instead of buying the OGX shampoo and conditioner, try the EVR ones, which are 200 egp. less and are actually very good (you’ll find them in AL image). Another alternative is herbal essences. I’ve always liked their products but I was staying away from them since the shampoos have sulfates, but to my luck, they recently made sulfate free products! One last important things. Deep conditioning. EVR has amazing hair masks, but if you don’t wanna purchase it, you can mix oils such as olive oil and coconut oil. Leave them on your hair for no less than 30 minutes. Just try and figure out what works best for you!
Here comes the final point. To go through your transition and feel less insecure, try out different hairstyles! Perfect your messy bun or master the French braid. All these will help you manage your hair for a while since you’ll be dealing with different curl patterns and weird looking hair for a while (if your hair was severely damaged, like mine) Just make the best out of what you have and enjoy every single step of your successful transition!