You want to know what makes me really happy? Big, wild, free curls and untamed waves. Naturally curly hair that is left to its own devices and not shellacked with products. Wild, free, curly, bouncy, discheveled full-of-personality hair.
Curly hair is really special. I have curl envy. I had a brief dance with being a naturally curly girl for a couple of years before I had children. Now, my curls are mostly gone unless it is very humid, then I might see em again in the form of big wild wavy curls. Sometimes I have to pull out my Q-Redew just to get a little of that curl back. ( Have you heard of the Q-Redew? check out this review!)
Anyhow, when I see women with natural curls that are not tame but beastly, I thank her in my heart for letting the hair beast be free. By the way, Shamphree is a great method to use on naturally curly hair. Can I also introduce you to my favorite curl product ever?
I have a confession to make to all hair clients and future clients of mine. When you sit in my chair and tell me that you have curly hair but you wear it straight, I am going to try to convince you to let me cut it in a way that works with your curls so you can free the beast. If you are not interested or not ready to accept your hair texture and work with it, then may I suggest that you find yourself a different hairdresser. It hurts my heart too much. I love your curls.
In honor of your curls, these are some photos of curly hairstyles I love. Solange and her legendary afro can’t be beat. Duh. Vanessa Paradis and Kate Hudson rock em loose and free. An undercut with roots hairstyle on bleached shorter curls is perfectly edgy. Big and long curly bed-head is so very hot. But best of all, the curly shlob.
The shlob (shaggy layered bob) is so amazingly great on curls. Here is an example of a shlob that I did last summer on mixed textured curls. This haircut works on all kinds of curls, and on all face shapes which is why I have an entire DIY section dedicated to it. The layers in the back give nice height in the back, and the length in the front frames and elongates the face.
Here is Christina from Trop Rouge. She is one of my favorite NY fashion bloggers. Her hair is a perfect free beast of a shlob. She wins the award for my favorite free curls.
Please, curly friends. Rock your curls hard. And love them tenderly. And don’t forget to hashtag your natural hair photos #shamphree #freeyourhair #freethebeast. Let’s get some more energy in the natural hair movement!
Are you naturally curly and not sure how to take care of your hair? Here is the best guide to loving your natural hair out there ( Even straight haired girls can get alot out of reading this book!)
Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair
Are you naturally curly and do you have unanswered questions? Be sure to check out The Naturally Curly website, as well.